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Cincinnati - Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

3400 Vine Street


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.


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.


cynthia muhlhauser

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Best Zoo in the *USA. It has a Cheetah run . African area. Giraffe habitat. They have rare Bengal tigers. They have alot of endangered animals. They have renowned reproduction program. It is also a Beautiful botanical garden. Spring tulips are gorgeous and summer annuals are abundant. They have a Holiday Festival of Lights that is fun for kids and parents and date night, too

Derek Pettit

Saturday, April 21, 2018
A great way to spend a day. With their hours limited to 10am - 5pm every day of the week, it tends to draw huge crowds during the weekends. If you can, I recommend going during the week to avoid large crowds. If you aren't a local, it's also difficult to find alternative parking of the main lot fills up, which it does frequently. Popular exhibits include Zoo Babies in May, Festival of Lights in the winter, and of course Fiona the baby hippo. Be prepared to do a lot of walking, as the exhibits are spread out. Staff is extremely friendly, and very accommodating to their guests. One of the best zoos I've ever visited in the U.S.

Jen Sandlin

Friday, April 6, 2018
I use to love the zoo. I've been a member for years. I love the Africa exhibit. It is beautiful and easily navigated, and the animals are typically out. So many of the other exhibits seem to have gone down hill the last few years. Every time we go... even during peak season... There are so many animals that are not in their exhibits. They could learn a lesson from the Columbus Ohio zoo.

Krysta Lemm

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Beautiful zoo with a lot to see!! Fun for all ages! The nursing room available near the middle of the park for new moms was one of the best I have ever seen. Great place for my little one and I to be comfy and have privacy. The covered parking was fantastic while getting kiddos in/out of the vehicles.

john morrison

Friday, March 30, 2018
I went to the zoo with my 2 kids on a school trip. This was a great place to take my kids. Lots of information about the animals and even the plants around the zoo. It was still cool and a little rainy but a lot of the animals were out and visible. That meant a lot to get to see the animals. If you go you have got to check out the insect and reptiles houses. They were great!

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