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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 Ramey

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Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
For one of the oldest zoos in the country it was fabulous. Many of the exhibits are updated and all are educational. From giraffe feedings to animal encounters everything was designed to show the animals in natural habits and close enough to be seen. The cheetah encounter was very cool, must see. Even the insect house was awesome, with leaf cutter ants carrying their work through tubes and multicolored beetles in a grand display. The African safari was the best I've seen. Definitely a must view if in the Cincinnati ares

Sarah McManaway

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Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
The Cincinnati Zoo is such a great place to take the entire family. We see something new all the time and never waste the opportunity to learn. It's well maintained, especially considering the amount of people on any given day. The family membership is well worth the cost. On slow days, we take the train and carousel two or three times. The zoo has a small downhill or uphill walk depending on what side you are on but they also offer wheel chair rentals for those with mobility issues.

Maggie Ratliff

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Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
We enjoyed most of the day. Except the ending. We bought train tickets, however our daughter wanted to see the last bird show of the day at 3pm. We decided we should have lunch and then see the show, then come back and ride the train. We did just that. We waited in line for the train about 20 mins then when we arrived at the front row. The staff member came by requesting tickets. He scanned our tickets and we waited for the train to return. After it returned a lightening strike was reported. Then another and another. We waited till about 5:30 and they shut the train down. The staff member told us we could get a refund in guest services. At guest management my husband was treated very RUDELY. They simply said "no rain checks or refunds". The Team manager said "you bought these at 1:45". That should have no bearing on a refund and we certainly should not have had to deal with eye rolling, rudeness and tickets being tossed back at us on a counter. We were treated as though we were trying to pull a scam. A simple radio call to the train staff would have confirmed the tickets were scanned but not redeemed. This was our 1st visit to the zoo we were trying to decided if we should buy a membership, I am not sure this place deserves our business. They certainly need to figure out that their customers keep their zoo running and their staff paid. If they would have kindly refunded our 16$ we probably would have purchased a membership. They lost a membership that was far more lucrative than the 16$. Its concerning that this staff thinks they can treat people so poorly. Sad!

james stephenson

Rating:
Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
Had a great day at the zoo. Able to get discounted admission online, animals and exhibits were great. Some days animals are not visible, today they all were out. Food choices are nice as well, and considering it is at a park, prices very good. I had a black bean burger with fries and drink for less than $10. Facilities were clean and well staffed. A wonderful day.

Jill kenny

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Monday, July 23, 2018
I have a family membership here and we go often enough that it's well worth the money. We also get free train rides, carousel rides, discount on food, drinks and the gift shop. Most of the staff that I've encountered is friendly and knowledgeable. My favorite is the elephants. The Cincinnati zoo recently added on an area and did a great job with it. I do wish the children's petting zoo was better though. There isn't really much in that part for kids to interact with. I actually believe this part has gotten worse over the years and it would be nice to see them redo this area better before moving into bigger projects like they have been.

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