Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

3400 Vine Street
513-281-4700

MISSION

Adventure. Conservation. Education. Community.

The mission and vision of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is dedicated to creating adventure, conveying knowledge, conserving nature, and serving the community. With the addition of our fourth pillar to our Mission Statement, Serving Community, we recognize the responsibility to partner with diverse and economically challenged communities in our daily work.

HISTORY

The Zoological Society of Cincinnati was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden the second oldest Zoo in the United States. The Zoo’s original animal collection was very small, originally consisting of just eight monkeys, two grizzly bears, three deer, six raccoons, two elk, a buffalo, a hyena, a tiger, an alligator, a circus elephant, and over four hundred birds, including a talking crow. The Zoo was founded on 65 acres in the middle of the city, and since then has acquired some of the surrounding blocks and several reserves in Cincinnati’s suburbs.


Reviews

Kevin G

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Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017

Soon as we pulled into the zoo we realized that we had a flat tire. On a whim I asked the gate keeper if their maintenance crew had an air pump. He called security for us and within minutes a nice, really nice young man showed up. He attempted to air the tire but we both thought it was of no use so instead of packing up and leaving he stayed and helped us get our donut tire changed out and then made sure it was pumped up. Inside the zoo we went to the pink vanilla/blueberry ice cream shop where although busy and by herself met an awesome young lady who was very patient and kind young lady. It is Saturday so it was really busy and we didn't get to see Fiona but we understand that the zoo has no control over that and I was actually pleased that they let the animals decide if they want to be out in the hot or in the a.c. overall we had an awesome day and highly recommend our friends and family make a trip. We will Definitely be back in the fall! Thank you Cincinnati Zoo!!

Cristi Meyer

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

We love that you can bring your own food and drinks. This saves us a lot of money and is a lot healthier. We also love the pass because it is so worth the price for a family. We love our zoo!! And we have so many cute zoo babies!! Not just Fiona ;) but we can't wait to see Fiona in person!! Our zoo has the best staff too! They take such good care of the animals and are so knowledgeable! Thane Maynard is wonderful and we are lucky he has been in Cincinnati so long.

Hola mi Amigos!

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Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017

I love coming here in the middle of the night and swimming with the polar bears and penguins! If you go there after 2 Am and before 6Am there's no charge! :] I have taught the monkeys to flip people off and eat bugs off of each other's butts by putting bugs on my butt and forcing them to eat them. If your going i would definitely recommend running naked through their bird exhibit. Its a very liberating experience. But whatever you do don't run naked through their gorilla they tried to rip my winker off. Great place and a lot of fun but day prices are too expensive.

Amanda Reynolds

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Awesome zoo!!! We got the adventure tickets and it was well worth it. We were there from 9AM to 6PM and still did not see everything. The kids absolutely loved the 4D video experience, the train ride, and the carousel (even though the carousel was only like a 1 minute ride). The down side was that the specific animals that a couple of us wanted to see were off exhibit due to habitat construction....they could have noted that or told us when we got our maps and asked questions when we first got their. I don't fault them for upgrading habitats, but just tell people that there are no orangutans or sloths out today so we didn't walk all the way back to see them, just to be disappointed! We are from the Indianapolis area and I thought our zoo was nice, but this one definitely outshines ours, it was a fantastic day! (Oh, and they charge parking fees when you leave, not when you get there!)

Nathan Brown

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Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

Best zoo I'm the county. Check out the elephant house, one of the oldest zoological structures in the nation. The train and children's zoo are great for families with kids. Beer is served here. Refillable souvenir soda cups for a dollar. Don't miss the bird show and many other encounters listed in the zoo map pamphlet. Been a member for years!


Upcoming Events at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Exhibition - Photo Ark

Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - Photo Ark

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 at 10:00am
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Wild About Wine

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 at 6:30pm
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Exhibition - Photo Ark

Friday, Aug 18, 2017 at 10:00am
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Visitor Appreciation Days

Saturday, Aug 19, 2017
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Exhibition - Photo Ark

Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 at 10:00am
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Visitor Appreciation Days

Sunday, Aug 20, 2017
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Exhibition - Photo Ark

Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 at 10:00am
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Cheetah Run

Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 8:00am
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Zoofari

Friday, Sep 15, 2017 at 6:30pm
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Zoo Brew

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017 at 6:30pm
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Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 at 12:00pm
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