Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
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Date opened 1875[1]
Location Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Land area 65.4 acres (26.5 ha)+
Coordinates 39°08′42″N 84°30′29″W / 39.145°N 84.508°W / 39.145; -84.508Coordinates: 39°08′42″N 84°30′29″W / 39.145°N 84.508°W / 39.145; -84.508
Number of animals 1,896
Number of species 500+[1]
Annual visitors 1.2 million+[1]
Memberships AZA,[2] WAZA[3]

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is a zoo in the American city of Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the second oldest zoo in the United States opening only 14 months after the Philadelphia Zoo. The zoo sits on over 65.4 acres (26.5 ha) of land and about 2,800 animals. It has over a total of 30 indoor and outdoor attractions. The Cincinnati Zoo also breeds of hundreds of rare animals that few zoos do. For example it was the first zoo to breed the California sea lion and one of the first to breed the American bison both in 1878. It is the only place in the Western Hemisphere where one, two, and three Sumatran Rhinoceroses have been born.

History[change | change source]

The Cincinnati Zoo dates back to its unofficial start in 1882. At that time, an invasion of caterpillars took place in the city. The caterpillars were eating most of the vegetation in the city. This mainly happened in Blakely Woods on Vine Street. Andrew Erkenbrecher and other people living in Cincinnati created a group to stop this. It was called the Society of the Acclimatization of Birds. Members of this group bought about 1000 exotic birds and brought them to Cincinnati. The birds were kept in a building in the woods for about a year. They were released in 1873 and the birds successfully decreased the number of caterpillars. The zoo was founded as the Zoological Society of Cincinnati. It covered 66 acres and was owned by some of the richest men in Cincinnati who came together to create the zoo in 1873. They got a lease for the land that lasted until 1972. The name was changed to the Cincinnati Zoological Garden and was opened to the public on September 18, 1875. The animal collection was small and but it had many species that were not common in zoos. It opened with eight monkey species, grizzly bears, deer, raccoons, elk, a buffalo, a hyena, a tiger, an alligator, an elephant, and a talking crow. It also included about 400 birds. As the years went along, the zoo was spending more money than it earned. This caused the zoo to go into bankruptcy but many citizens helped to stop the zoo from having to close. There are currently around 500 species at the zoo with a total of around 1900 animals. There are also over 6,000 plant species shown at the zoo.[4] The zoo is home to Indian blue peafowls that are free to walk anywhere around the zoo.

Green Practices[change | change source]

In the late 2000's, the Cincinnati Zoo was named the Greenest Zoo in America for their "go green" practices. The zoo currently has ten special garden exhibits but has over 5,000 other plant species spread throughout the zoo. In early 2010, the zoo completed their construction of over 6,000 solar canopies in the main parking lot. This is the largest display of solar panels in the world.[5] The zoo also displays plants in the animal exhibit in which they are the correct biome for that species. For example, there are many Florida native marsh plants and shrubs in Manatee Springs; bamboo gardens in the red panda exhibits; and bushes from California in the sea lion exhibit.

  • Go Green Garden: Near Elephant Reserve, this area teaches guests how the zoo and how they can practice going green.
  • Butterfly Garden: Just outside World of the Insect, this attraction gives home to Ohio's native butterflies.
  • Food Garden: Across from the Zoo Cafe, this display plants that are processed into foods eaten or drunken by people.
  • African Violet Display; At the end of Jungle Trails, this displays many rare violets along a long tree-stump.
  • Botanical Center: This area features hands on activities on how to go green.
  • CREW Endangered Species Garden: In front of the CREW building, there is a garden home to some of the most endangered plants that are native to the United States.
  • Native Plant Garden: Surrounding the Passenger Pigeon Memorial, this area displays many native plants of Cincinnati.
  • The Rain Garden: Just outside Discovery Forest, these plants are showcased to teach people on how to reduce rain water in their lawns.
  • The Green Roof: On top of the indoor stalls at Giraffe Ridge, this is where certain species of plants grow on roofs on typical city buildings.
  • Dinosaur Garden: In front of Monkey Island, this small garden displays plants that have been around since prehistoric times.
  • Oriental Garden: Near the old entrance of the zoo, this exhibit showcases hundreds of plants that are native to China. This also includes a pond for koi.
  • Other gardens: Garden of Peace (by Wings of the World), Floral Display Garden (behind the Reptile House), and the Pollinator Garden (by Lemur Lookout).

Outdoor Attractions[change | change source]

Wildlife Canyon and Sumatran Rhinos[change | change source]

Male Sumatran Rhinoceros exhibit

Since 1989, Wildlife Canyon has been showcasing rare and exotic hoofstock species that are native to many parts of the world. It currently consists of six different paddocks along the bottom of a steep canyon that was built in 1942. Visitors may walk among emus, camels, Asian wild horses, Sichuan takins, river hogs and the critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros. Every Sumatran rhino that lives in the U.S. was born at the Cincinnati Zoo. Suci (2004) and Ipuh reside at the zoo today in well mud-covered, tropical habitats with large canopies constructed above each exhibit to protect the rhinos' eyes from the harmful sun. Harapan (2007) is at the Los Angeles Zoo, and Andalas (2001), is at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia. Andalas was the first recorded Sumatran rhino birth since 1889 (112 years). Emi, who gave birth to these rhinos, died at 30 years-old of liver complications in September of 2009. This put the zoo's Sumatran rhino breeding program on hold. The zoo is working on getting Suci pregnant by receiving sperm from a male Sumatran rhino in Borneo to artificially inseminate her in hopes of breeding this critically endangered species. [6] A baby male camel, Bogart, can be seen in the attraction.

Eagle Eyrie[change | change source]

At this attraction that opened in 1970, guests can walk into large flight cages that are home to two of some of the largest flying birds on the planet, condors and sea eagles. When visitors enter the two flight cages while being in an elevated observation deck, there is nothing that comes between the visitors and the birds. The Cincinnati Zoo is currently the only institution in North America to breed the Steller's sea eagle. Efforts to set these species free have been successful multiple times. Two eagle chicks can be seen nesting in the sea eagle flight.

Monkey Island[change | change source]

This island is a man-made rock surrounded by a moat and exotic landscaping and provides a home for to a large troop of snow monkeys or Japanese macaques. It is over 80 years old and was one of the first bar-less monkey exhibits in North America.

Gorilla World[change | change source]

Gorilla World attempts to simulate the rainforest of central Africa. It opened in 1978 as one of the first, natural gorilla exhibits in the country. The main enclosure is about a 30,000 square foot, forest habitat with many tropical plants, waterfalls, meadows, logs and vines for zoo's famous lowland gorillas to encounter. The Cincinnati zoo's gorilla breeding program has had a total of 48 births, making the zoo in the lead for the most gorilla births in America. [7] In 1975, because of not just their gorillas, but the zoos overall successful breeding program has lead Newsweek to call the Cincinnati Zoo the "Sexiest zoo in America".[8] The zoo also holds the record for having the most gorilla births in one year; six, in 1996. There are also exhibits for colobus monkeys and crowned guenons.

Lemur Lookout[change | change source]

Lemur Lookout is a large open-topped habitat home to a troop of ring-tailed lemurs.

Rhino Reserve[change | change source]

This whole area are is a series of eight enclosures housing a variety of African species of the Savannah, and Asian species of the forest. Rhino Reserve, opened in 1997, consists of outdoor paddocks home to the zoo's female Indian rhinos (Nikki & Majula), and a male black rhino (Klyde) that spend most of their days wallowing in the mud. Directly adjacent to Rhino Reserve is the African Veldt that opened in 1935. They are a series of similar exhibits home to an okapi (Kuvua), a yellow-backed duiker, eastern bongos, crowned cranes, and zebras. There is also Flamingo Cove, which is where zoo visitors may overlook greater flamingos and bar-headed geese.

Cat Canyon[change | change source]

Cat Canyon is a future exhibit being constructed to provide new space for the zoo Malayan, and white tigers. Snow leopards are planned to be also added, a species that hasn't been on exhibit at the zoo since the closing of the Cat House in 2010. This is the second phase of Night Hunters, which also included the plan to add the cougars along the side of the building. This is a major renovation of the former attraction Tiger Canyon that allowed visitors to look over the cats while being on a large cliff. Cat Canyon will allow people to walk down into the canyon to view the animals face-to-face, only being separated by thin glass. The zoo is also planning to breed Renji and Nudo, the zoo's young snow leopards and even maybe more Malayan tigers, a species the zoo leads births in. This exhibit will open on June 30, 2012. [9]

Siegfried and Roy's White Lions of Timbavati[change | change source]

The White Lion habitat opened in 1998 and provides a spacious exhibit that shows off the Cincinnati Zoo's pride of four Southeast African lions that all carry the white recessive mutation gene. Two males Sunshine and Future, and one female, Prosperity, were given to the zoo in 1998 by Siegfried and Roy. Prosperity and Sunshine mated and on August 1, 2001, the first litter of white lions was born in the U.S., making them the Pride of the Millennium. Prosperity gave birth to four offspring, three males Courage, Wisdom, and Legend who live at the Toledo Zoo and Gracious, the female who still remains at the Cincinnati Zoo with the other lions. Visitors can walk over a canyon bridge that encircles the lions who are unobstructed in a natural setting. The lions are planned to move to the third phase of the zoo's future exhibit Africa, in the summer of 2013.

Jungle Trails[change | change source]

Bonobos in Jungle Trails

Jungle Trails takes visitors through a 2.5 acre naturalized rain forest habitat, teeming with rare and exotic wildlife and hundreds of plant species from Asia and Africa. Each region in the exhibit is divided by outdoor and indoor habitats with enjoyable viewing of the Zoo's collection of rare primates such as orangutans, bonobos, Müeller's and lar gibbons, bamboo, ruffed, and sifaka lemurs, Angolan colobus monkeys, aye-ayes, Francois langurs, lion-tailed macaques, pottos, pygmy slow lorises, and greater galagos that brachiate, crawl, and jump from branch to branch. In addition, Jungle Trails houses some of the zoo's birds, reptiles, insects, and other rare mammals that include lesser adjutant and saddle-billed storks, pelicans, white-naped ravens, yellow-billed hornbills, starlings, shelducks, hammerkops, cloud rats, sugar gliders, large-spotted genets, emperor scorpions, and ground boas. The attraction received the AZA prestigious exhibit award in 1994, a year after it opened.[10] Two baby galagos and three baby large-spotted genets can be seen in the African Building.

Kroger Lords of the Arctic[change | change source]

Lords of the Arctic which opened in the year 2000, houses two species representing northern parts of the world in a 21,000 square foot attraction. The main animals in the area are the zoo's two polar bears, a male named Little One, and a female, Berit. Visitors can watch the bears swim in their one large 70,000 gallon pool that stretches between the two enclosures. There are many observation areas available for the guests, including underwater viewing, across from a moat, and even of the bears on land only with 3 inches of glass separating them from the visitors. Next to the bears is an aviary that houses a bald eagle.

Bear Hill[change | change source]

The Bear Hill grottoes were built in 1937 featuring two bear species from North and South America, black bears and Andean bears. The exhibits were built on a hillside to complete their natural mountainous habitats to also keep the sun from shining light into their exhibits.

Spaulding Lorikeet Landing[change | change source]

In Lorikeet Landing, a flight cage built in 1962 and renovated in 2006, is a mesh enclosed aviary filled with hundreds of birds native to Australia and New Guinea that allows guests to feed rainbow and sunset lorikeets, and black-capped lories. The exhibit is also home to magpies, cape-barren geese, ruddy shelducks, imperial and Nicobar pigeons that fly freely around the tall aviary. During the winter months, the aviary stays open and only showcases an endangered parrot called the kea. One kea hatched in the aviary in early 2012.

Wolf Woods[change | change source]

Female Mexican Wolf

Guests can hike through the Wolf Woods to see animals native to North America in the very heart of zoo. The area opened in 2005 after a renovation of Otter Creek. After another renovation in the summer of 2011, exhibits for turkeys and box turtles were taken down, making room for more information about the habitat in which other species live. Guests will pass by grey foxes, red-tailed hawks, and endangered Mexican wolves. There is also an American river otter enclosure with an underwater viewing. Before entering into the woods, guests will see a rocky outcropped habitat for sea lions.

Spaulding Children's Zoo[change | change source]

Opened in the 1950's and renovated in 1985, and 2008, the Children's Zoo is a large 55,000 square foot attraction designed to make any guests enjoy interacting with many wildlife. The zoo's nursery resides here and features baby animals that come and go from different zoos. It has glass displays for Lucy the bearcat, Don and Tom, the Bennett's wallabies, bat-eared foxes, and Cinder, Thatcher, and Magnolia, the miniature Julian pigs. On the side of the building is a wire, enclosed habitat for pigeons. The young animals have the opportunity to come out of their exhibit, and walk around the zoo while being guided by keepers. The play area designed for children contains small habitats for threes species of armadillos (three-banded, six-banded, screaming hairy), and three species of tortoises (gopher, red-footed, radiated). Children may enter the Petting Zoo and feed and interact with dwarf goats and doll sheep. Blakely's Barn, that was added in 1997, has both indoor and outdoor paddocks with close viewings of four-horned sheep, cattle, llamas, dwarf goats, miniature cows, miniature donkeys, and alpacas. At the entrance of the attraction is Penguin Walkabout that opened in 1985. Little and black-footed penguins reside here.

Gibbon Islands[change | change source]

This attraction features rare and endangered apes that can be viewed brachiating on two large jungle gyms built on two circular islands that were constructed in 1972. Guests can walk on a wooden platform that is on the surface of the lake to get an even closer look of the zoo's loudest animals, siamangs and buff-cheeked gibbons, as they can be heard from every part of the park.

Red Panda Habitat[change | change source]

Some of the zoo's current red pandas were given to the zoo in 1985 from the Beijing Zoo. They live in two exhibits at the zoo that teems with natural plants of China, and has a large stream flowing into the exhibit from Swan Lake. Many natural trees have been added for climbing, so the animals can watch the guests from branches from above. It is arguably the greatest red panda exhibits in the country. The Cincinnati Zoo has bred over 70 red pandas, the last one being in the early 2000's. In November 2011, the Houston Zoo transferred one of their male red pandas to breed with Cincinnati Zoo's females.

Dobsa Giraffe Ridge[change | change source]

Giraffe Ridge opened on June 6, 2008 and it gives guests an opportunity to look out onto a wide 121,000 square foot vista simulating the savannah while being on an elevated boardwalk. The zoo's mating Masai giraffes, Kimba and Tessa, are the main attraction. The boardwalk was designed for guests to get eye level with the animals and be able to feed them treats. Kimba and Tessa can be seen even during the winter months because the indoor stall viewing windows are leveled with the boardwalk and the guests. This attraction was the first phase of the future exhibit called Africa. In 2010, the zoo later added a flamingo and crane habitat.

Marge Schott-Unnewehr Elephant Reserve[change | change source]

The exhibit Elephant Reserve, opened in 2008 after the renovation of Vanishing Giants, in an area that has been exhibiting elephants and other pachyderms since the zoo's opening in 1875. The main feature of the exhibit is a 1.5 acre female habitat showcasing the zoo's stars, Schottzie, Mai-Thai, and Jati. The exhibit includes a 60,000 gallon pool that is next to one of the many viewing areas. Sabu, the bull, has his own habitat that was added in the year 2006. Sabu came originally came to the zoo around 1997, later went to the Louisville Zoo and returned to Cincinnati in 2008. In the cold weather, the visitors can still view the Indian elephants in the national landmark Elephant House that was built in 1906 when it first featured other herbivores like rhinos, hippos, kangaroos, and giraffes. It is still is the largest complete concrete building of its kind and gives a Taj Mahal like appearance. Together, Elephant Reserve is 3.5 acres, currently the largest exhibit at the zoo. The zoo has only bred one elephant, but it was the first elephant birth in Ohio since the Ice Age. His name was Ganesh, born on March 15, 1998, from Sabu and Jati. He was transferred to the Columbus Zoo in 2003 because the zoo did not have the space for two bulls. Plans have been announced for Jati and Sabu to breed again, but there has not been news on her being pregnant.

Swan Lake[change | change source]

Swan Lake is the largest body of water at the zoo, giving a home to native waterfowl of Cincinnati. Many species like mallards, pintails, and swans are free to inhabit the lake as they please as the historic train also circles around them. Along the end of the lake is Crane Island, home to a Japanese species called red-crowned cranes. Wetland Trails is an area, giving an all natural, naturally enclosed habitat to a sandhill crane.

Indoor Attractions[change | change source]

Reptile House[change | change source]

The Reptile House, also America's oldest existing zoo building, is a Turkish style facility that once showcased primates from the zoo's opening until 1951. The zoo has been exhibiting large collections of smaller reptiles since 1937. The Cincinnati Zoo has bred many endangered and threatened species that are rarely seen in zoos such as neotropical rattlesnakes, tree pythons, tree monitors, and rat snakes. Guests are able to encircle a rotunda of a variety of monitors, pythons, mambas, tortoises, and even frogs and salamanders behind glass. There is an open-topped exhibit in the center of the building where alligators and sliders co-exist. Even though the habitats are currently all indoors, the zoo is constructing the Reptile House's (not the buildings) first outdoor exhibit. It is set to open in May 2012 and will feature six young Galapagos tortoises that the zoo received in 2009 from the San Diego Zoo. Other renovations will include newly designed indoor exhibits, windows, vents, and painting the roof red, it's original color. Both whiptail lizards and pancake tortoises hatched in April 2012 and can be seen in the building.

Night Hunters[change | change source]

Eurasian eagle owl at the Cincinnati Zoo

This renovated facility opened on May 25, 2010. It is a multi-sensory journey that takes guests through near darkness that features a variety of exotic nocturnal predators that are rarely seen in other zoos. Guests will be with-in inches of flying creatures like an eagle owl, vampire bats, and giant fruit bats. There are cat species like endangered Pallas' cats, clouded leopards, Brazilian ocelots, black-footed cats, sand cats, a caracal, fishing cats, and bobcats. There are dog and cat like species like fossas, aardwolves, palm civets, bearcats, tayras, bat-eared, and fennec foxes. Here also lives rare primates like pottos, and greater bushbabies. Aardvarks and a Burmese python are also displayed. There are even outdoor habitats enclosed by mesh wire with an eye-to-eye viewing window for Joseph and Tecumseh the cougars, and a lynx.

World of the Insect[change | change source]

World of the Insect, or the Insectarium, was the first and largest building in the world with the widest collection of six-legged species after opening in 1978. The zoo has received four AZA awards for this achievement, which also includes breeding of many rare species like the Hercules beetle, the Royal Goliath beetle, the Giant Southeast Asian Walking Stick and the Harlequin beetle. Not only does the building showcase invertebrates but it also is home to small animals that prey on them. like emperor tamarins, blue spiny lizards, horned frogs, dyeing poison dart frogs, green rough snakes, black tree monitors, Heckel's leaf geckos, and naked mole rats. Connected to the building is a separate walk-through atrium called the Butterfly Rainforest. It showcases African helmeted turtles, Andean cock-of-the-rocks, blue ground doves, Peruvian pigeons, golden-headed manakins, spangled cotingas, white-naped pheasant pigeons, African pygmy geese, and passion flower butterflies. Over seventy species are on display, but the building actually holds over 500,000 total animals. Currently the building holds baby walking sticks, whipscorpions, emperor scorpions, hissing cockroaches, leaf katydids, and spiny leaf insects.

  • Ants: Bullet Ant, Leaf-cutting ant, Big-headed Ant, Velvet Ant.
  • Beetles: American Burying Beetle, Blue Death Feigning Beetle, Red-lined Darkling Beetle, Emerald beetle, Flamboyant flower beetle, Hercules beetle, Magnificent Flower Beetle, Jade-Headed Buffalo Beetle, Sunburst diving beetle, Taxi-Cab Beetle, Tin-Foil Beetle, Yellow-bellied beetle.
  • Cockroaches: Bat Cave cockroach, Green-Leaf Cockroach, Madagascar hissing cockroach, Zebra Bug.
  • Grasshoppers: Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, Grey Bird Grasshopper.
  • Scorpions: East African Whipscorpion, Emperor scorpion, Giant desert hairy scorpion, Vinegaroon, Water Scorpion.
  • Spiders: Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater, Brown recluse spider, Cave Whip Spider, Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula, Goliath bird-eater Tarantula, Golden Silk-spider, Mexican Red-knee Tarantula, Togo Starburst Tarantula
  • Walking Sticks: Australian Walking Stick, Giant Jumping Stick, Giant Walking Stick, Giant Spiny Stick Insect.
  • Other Various Invertebrates: Giant African Millipede, Giant Water Bug, Giant Spiny leaf insect, Honeybee, Malayan leaf Katydid, Red-Eyed Assassin Bug, Tri-Colored Backswimmer, White-eyed assassin bug, Water Strider.

Dragons![change | change source]

Re-opened in 2010, Dragons! is both an indoor and outdoor attraction that showcases monitor lizards that range from the smallest to the longest, and the largest in the world. Guests may observe dwarf, green, quince, and crocodile monitors. In the largest enclosure of the complex lives the star of the attraction Hudo, a Komodo dragon. Each indoor exhibit is glass-enclosed and are full of real plant life and branches. Outdoor viewing for the Komodo dragon is available near the exit of the building.

Otto M. Budig Family Foundation Manatee Springs[change | change source]

Built in 1999, based on the Everglades, Manatee Springs houses many different species of wildlife from the swamps of Florida. The first section of the building is a greenhouse that simulates the sights and sounds of a freshwater swamp, tropical hammock and coastal wetland mangrove wetlands. The enclosures in the greenhouse are designed to be hidden by the surrounding environment, and are all open-topped to fulfill the natural scenery. American alligators, American crocodiles, and Florida cooter turtles can be observed in a series of water/land exhibits all with an underwater viewing. This includes a bridge constructed over a deep pool where zoo visitors may walk on as an alligator snapping turtle lies directly beneath it. Within the greenhouse are real plants that hang down from every corner, such as live oak, bald cypress, Spanish moss, and sabal palm trees. The next section ventures indoors and features many different areas showcasing a wide and diverse collection of reptiles, amphibians, and fish. The building is darkened to depict the brackish waters manatees live in. Tanks are reserved for Caribbean hermit crabs, and one exhibiting an alligator snapping turtle, catfish, golden shiners, sunfish, and bluegill. The main attraction of the building a large tank with many gars, carp, and the zoo's of course, the zoo's two manatees. The Cincinnati Zoo is one of only two institutions in America that helps rehabilitate and set manatees free into the wild. The zoo has freed eight manatees, including Illusion, a female who went back to the waters of Florida on November 9, 2011.

  • The River of Grass are glass-cased displays containing species that hide within the tall swampy grass.
  • Knight anoles, and golden silk spiders.
  • The Florida Biodiversity section features glass, wall exhibits that show guests the importance of almost unknown species.
  • timber rattlesnakes, green anoles, basslet fish, Florida decorated crabs, margarita snails, peppermint shrimp, turbo snails, royal coral shrimp, scarlet hermit crabs, southern copperheads, mangrove water snakes, loggerhead musk turtles, western mosquitofish, and eastern water dogs.
  • The Manatee exhibit is a 120,000 gallon tank that gives visitors a dramatic close-up viewing with Wooten, and Betsy, the rare Florida manatees.
  • Other species include: Alligator gars, chain pickerels, channel catfish, crass carp, Florida gars, Florida softshell turtles, longnose, and spotted gars.
  • The Infamous Alien Invaders tank provides an above and underwater look of plant and animal life that were introduced into Florida ecosystems.
  • Azureus cichlids, Banded dwarf cichlids, green severums, oscar fish, Mozambique tilapia red devil cichlids, and red-eyed piranhas.
  • In the Discovery Area, visitors are encouraged to investigate the skeletal features of the Florida manatee and to see a sampling of species that contribute to Florida's diversity.
  • Palmetto Scrub is one large co-existing snake exhibit that provides warm surfaces areas that encourages the animals to stay out in the open for viewing.

Wings of the World[change | change source]

Originally the zoo's Reptile House in 1937, Wings of the World features over 50 species of feathered creatures from 15 corners of the world that fly and swim in lavishly planted aviaries and displays that provide habitats as natural as the outdoors. Birds from the Amazon all the way to the Antarctic Coast are displayed. Guests can see owls, macaws, bird-of-paradises, hornbills, parakeets, auklets, puffins and even three species of penguins. Seeing opportunities for zoo visitors as such include two walk-though aviaries, open-fronted habitats, and species behind glass with underwater viewings.

  • The Outdoor Habitats include an open-topped island and a mesh wired covered aviary connected to building, greeting the visitors as they enter.
  • The Amazon is a large, natural greenhouse with an obstructed scenery home to free-flying species native to South America. Guests can walk-through the aviary and view the animals from a tall boardwalk looking over a foggy setting.
  • Elegant crested tinamous, golden conures, guira cuckoos, matamata turtles, northern helmeted curassows, northern lapwings, opal-rumped tanagers, paradise tanagers, red-capped cardinals, red-rumped caciques, red shovelers, saffron finches, scarlet ibises, southern screamers, sunbitterns, and yellow-rumped caciques.
  • Australasia is a walk-though atrium home to birds of New Guinea and Australia. Before entering the aviary, guests will notice a separate display for the beautiful Raggiana bird-of-paradise. Awaiting the visitors are giant fruit bats that hang from the ceiling, and a rhinoceros hornbill that resides in its own habitat.
  • The Montane display is an open-fronted habitat that is surrounded by a rocky environment representing species who dwell in highland areas.
  • Masked bobwhite quails and thick-billed parrots live here.
  • The Grasslands exhibit resembles the natural life-style of birds that roam in the African Savannah.
  • Black-winged red bishops, blue-breasted kingfishers, blue-naped mousebirds, buff-crested bustards, golden-breasted starling, northern carmine bee-eaters, and violet-backed starlings live here.
  • The Wetlands represents a simulated subset of a marsh swamp native with North American species.  :*Double-crested cormorants, tri-colored herons, ruddy ducks, red-bellied, and peninsula cooters.
  • The Song Bird Exhibits are two darkened displays with the animals behind glass featuring species home to New Guinea and Australian species.
  • Bourke's parakeets, red-flanked lorikeets, scarlet-chested parrots, and gouldian finches.
  • The Arctic Islands is a display that simulates the natural, rocky shores of the Arctic lands. The exhibit also features an automatic wave machine to simulate the waters that constantly crash into the rocks.
  • Crested auklets, harlequin ducks, least auklets, smews, spectacled eiders, and whiskered auklets.
  • The Arctic Sea Cliff display is a well obstructed display surrounding Arctic birds with a large vertical cliff with nests for breeding, and even a deep pool with underwater viewing for guests.
  • Common murres, harlequin ducks, horned puffins, pigeon guillemots, and spectacled eiders.
  • The Sub-antarctic Coast is a long, cold-weathered display home to birds native to the southern most parts of South America and the coasts of Antarctica.

P&G Discovery Forest[change | change source]

Discovery Forest is a 4,500-square-foot tropical rainforest housed in a unique, two-story circular atrium as part of the Harold C. Schott Education Center that opened in 1996. Discovery Forest is designed to engage guests in a multi-sensory exploration of the world of plants and their importance. The setting is a tropical Latin American rainforest, incorporating interpretive elements from throughout Central and South America. In 2008, several neotropical animals like a two-toed sloth, a blue-and-gold macaw, and boa constrictors were added to emphasize the relationship between plants and animals.

Zoo Records[change | change source]

Former Attractions[change | change source]

Full list of Animals[change | change source]

The Future[change | change source]

Africa[change | change source]

Africa will be the largest animal exhibit in the Zoo's history, planned to be nearly 8-acres big and at a cost of $32,000,000. Phases I & II,, were completed in 2010 which added an exhibit for flamingos and cranes. The Cheetah Encounter yard was also expanded so the cheetahs we given enough space to run. Phase III will open at the end of June 2013, This phase will include a wider vista that will offer visitors an opportunity to see African Lions and a new Cheetah exhibit.[11]

In Phase IV, the zoo will add the largest part of the future attraction, a wide Savannah teeming with some of Africa's most spectacular hoofstock such as zebras, gazelles, and elands. Along with some of the world's largest birds like ostriches, Marabou storks and grey-crowned cranes. This phase will be open in 2014.

The final phase will bring Nile hippos, one of the most remarkable and fearsome creatures in all of Africa, and crocodiles. The hippo area will give visitors a dramatic experience by providing both above and below-water viewing. In addition, this phase will include Nile crocodiles and possibly African wild dogs. This last area will open in 2015.

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