It’s hard to believe that Fiona is 4 months old! We celebrate how far she’s come in those few short months. She was born on January 24, six weeks premature and weighing only 29lbs. Average birth weight for a hippo is 55-100 pounds. She required 24-hour critical care for several months. During that time she gained millions of loyal fans that have been following her progress and rooting for... View details ⇨
A solitary and nocturnal member of the hyena family, the aardwolf specializes in feeding on termites. Rather than digging into a termite nest, the aardwolf simply licks up the insects with its long tongue and chomps down on them with its peg-like molars. A single aardwolf can consume 200,000 termites in one night.
Happy World Turtle Day! Starting this Saturday our Galapagos tortoise encounter begins. Every day at 2pm you can go inside the tortoise yard and touch these gentle giants. As one of the longest-lived animals, a Galápagos tortoise can live 150 years or more!
Our flamingo chick that became an internet sensation when he/she hatched live on Facebook is doing well. The chick is weighed each morning to monitor growth and this morning's weight was up 10% from yesterday's which is great progress. The white mark on the end of its bill is called the egg tooth. It is used to help the chick break through the shell when hatching. It will disappear as the... View details ⇨
Big yawn! Fiona now has regular access to the large indoor pools while her parents are outside. She can now hold her breath for up two minutes! She often naps in the large pool and uses the hippos unique ability to surface for air without waking up.
White-faced saki monkeys exhibit sexual dimorphism whereby the male and female look very different. Males undergo a color change so that by adulthood, they are all black with white fur around their faces. Can you tell below which is the male and which is the female?
Zebras are back at the Zoo! After several months of yard renovations, we now have a bachelor group of 3 plains zebras. They are still getting used to their new yard so they are only outside for a few hours each morning. As distinctive as a fingerprint, every zebra has a unique pattern of stripes.
Howdy Henry! Fiona has progressed to "open howdy" introductions to both her parents! The protective mesh barrier has come down between the stalls, allowing for more physical contact between Fiona and her parents but still ensuring Fiona's safety by keeping them in separate spaces. Bibi, Fiona's mom, has spent more time next to Fiona and shows a lot of interest in her. Big daddy Henry... View details ⇨
As its name implies, the favored prey of the fishing cat is fish. While most cats are built for running with long legs and a long tail, the stocky fishing cat is built more for strong swimming with short, powerful limbs, and a rudder-like tail.
Fiona is up to 250 pounds! Her mom, Bibi, is more than ten times bigger than her baby, weighing about 3200 pounds! Fiona weighed only 29 pounds when she was born and is the smallest Nile hippo on record to have survived. #TeamFiona
Please wish Sly a Happy 5th Birthday today! Sly is one of our female artic fox. An Arctic fox’s fur changes colors with the seasons. In winter, it is white to blend in with the snow but in the spring they shed their winter coat, revealing the gray fur underneath.
The greater flamingo chick that hatched live on Facebook yesterday is looking nice and fluffy today. He/she weighed in at 97 grams. Do you have a good name suggestion for this little one? We'd like to hear them.
The first of a two-phase Gorilla World expansion will be finished in less than three weeks! Starting this June, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden visitors will be able to see gorillas in an outdoor habitat that has been modified to make room for a new indoor facility that will be ready later this year. Click the link to learn more. [ Cincinnatizoo.org Link ]