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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #90 on: September 03, 2015, 08:17:23 AM »
Also, if you want to see a Sumatran Rhino (for probably the last time ever) you should go to the zoo before Harapan moves to Indonesia in an attempt to increase their numbers. There are currently only 100 Sumatran Rhinos in existence and only one outside of Southeast Asia.

Last Sumatran Rhino in Western Hemisphere is leaving the Cincinnati Zoo

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CINCINNATI (August 25, 2015) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden announced today that eight-year-old male Sumatran rhino Harapan will be moved to Indonesia. His departure marks the end of an era for the Cincinnati Zoo’s Sumatran rhino breeding program, the only captive breeding program in the United States to produce calves for this crtically-endangered species.

During a press conference held to announce Harapan’s departure, Dr. Terri Roth, Director of the Zoo’s Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) said,  “Despite the great personal sadness so many of us feel both about Harapan leaving and Cincinnati Zoo’s Sumatran rhino breeding program coming to an end, we need to focus on all we have accomplished, for there is much to celebrate.  The Cincinnati Zoo has had a profound, historic impact on the effort to save this species.”

Harapan, the third of three calves born at the Cincinnati Zoo, is the only Sumatran rhino, also called the “hairy rhino” because of its hairy body, living outside of Southeast Asia.   He is sexually mature and his opportunity to breed and contribute to his species’ survival exists only at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS), a breeding facility in the Way Kambas National Park of Indonesia.  SRS is home to Harapan’s brother Andalas, as well as the son that Andalas sired at the sanctuary in 2012, and three possible mates for Harapan.

Approximately 100 of Harapan’s kind remain in the world and only nine are cared for in captivity. Also known as the “hairy rhino” because of its hairy body, the remaining wild Sumatran rhinos are scattered throughout fragmented rainforests in Southeast Asia, making it difficult for the animals to find each other and reproduce.  Last week scientists declared the species extinct in the wild in Malaysia, dealing another blow to a species already considered to be the most endangered rhino.

“Though the numbers are frighteningly low, Sumatran rhinos still exist in the forests of Sumatra, we believe there is still time to save them and we are by no means giving up that fight now.  Ultimately, the responsibility for saving this magnificent species now lies squarely on the shoulders of our Indonesian colleagues.  Our hope is that they succeed beyond all of our wildest dreams,” said Dr. Roth.  “We will all rejoice when we hear news of another birth – a son or daughter of either Andalas or Harapan,” said Dr. Roth.

Paul R HarryAn exact date for Harapan’s departure has not been set but the Zoo is pushing for the move to happen this fall. Moving an 1,800-pound animal such a great distance requires special training, multiple permits and coordination between governments.  Paul Reinhart, Team Leader, Wildlife Canyon and the Zoo’s most experienced Sumatran rhino keeper, and Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Jenny Nollman will be accompanying him on his journey.

“The Cincinnati Zoo has been committed to saving the Sumatran rhino for 25 years, and this move only strengthens that commitment,” said Thane Maynard, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo. Both CREW and Cincinnati Zoo keeper staff will continue to provide support and assistance as requested by SRS.

Harapan is the only Sumatran rhino on view to the public anywhere in the world. Zoo visitors can find him in Wildlife Canyon daily from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., weather permitting, until he leaves for Indonesia.

About the Sumatran Rhino Breeding Program at the Cincinnati Zoo

After years of research, CREW scientists at the Cincinnati Zoo, led by Dr. Roth, unraveled the mysteries of Sumatran rhino reproduction and, in 2001, produced Andalas, the first calf bred and born in captivity in 112 years. In 2004, his sister, Suci, was born, and in 2007, Harapan arrived.  Between 2001 and 2012, the Cincinnati Zoo held the distinction as the only place successfully breeding this endangered species.  The Zoo worked closely with Indonesian and Malaysian colleagues to transfer knowledge and techniques so that they too could succeed.  In 2007, the Cincinnati and Los Angeles Zoos agreed to send Andalas to the SRS to replace an old, infertile bull.  That sacrifice on the part of the LA Zoo, where Andalas was living at the time of his transfer, paid off in spades in 2012 when Andalas’s healthy son was born in Sumatra.

The Cincinnati Zoo works closely with the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, the Indonesian Rhino Foundation, the IUCN Asian Rhino Specialist Group and the International Rhino Foundation, to protect this species in the wild and also propagate Sumatran rhinos in captivity.

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #91 on: September 03, 2015, 10:19:13 AM »
The zoo has had a steady stream of construction projects for about the past 5+ years.  In addition to the African Savannah project that was just completed, they are still currently working on the new hippo exhibit, which will close out construction in what was formerly the main parking lot and entrance.  With the new gorilla exhibit, the zoo will have another year-round attraction, which should help with non festival of lights winter attendance.  Good stuff, as always, from the zoo!

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #92 on: October 15, 2015, 01:10:00 PM »

Here's who stepped up with $7M to bring hippos back to Cincinnati
Oct 15, 2015, 10:51am EDT Updated Oct 15, 2015, 10:55am EDT
Erin Caproni Digital Producer Cincinnati Business Courier



The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has reached its fundraising goal to create a $7.3 million hippopotamus habitat in its Africa exhibit.

Two hippos will be on display at the zoo beginning in summer 2016 after a nearly 20-year absence.

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2015/10/15/heres-who-stepped-up-with-7m-to-bring-hippos-back.html

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #93 on: April 07, 2016, 03:14:52 PM »
Cincinnati Zoo set to open its ‘most complicated project’



The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is working to complete construction of its new hippopotamus exhibit this summer.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2016/04/07/exclusive-cincinnati-zoo-set-to-open-its-most.html
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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #94 on: June 01, 2016, 11:22:18 PM »
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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #95 on: June 02, 2016, 09:02:35 AM »
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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #96 on: June 30, 2016, 02:06:33 PM »
Cincinnati Zoo plans early opening for highly anticipated new exhibit



Cincinnati’s new hippopotamuses are here, and they’ll be on display sooner than planned.

Henry, a 34-year-old male hippo, and Bibi, a 17-year-old female hippo, have moved into the zoo’s new Hippo Cove exhibit that features a 70,000-gallon pool and underwater viewing area. Each Nile hippo weighs about 4,000 pounds

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #97 on: May 30, 2017, 12:26:53 PM »
...attempted to visit the Zoo on Memorial Day at 10am with a variety of infant-toting female relatives.  We were one of the last carloads to get into the last zoo lot, but then we faced a line of 100+ people to get in.  The women aborted the trip and cursed the world for the next hour.  They didn't listen to me when I warned that it was going to be "really crowded" and were equally upset they didn't get the chance to use some coupons. 

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #98 on: May 30, 2017, 12:52:29 PM »
Independent decision making comes in very handy. If you think everyone else is going to do a certain thing at a certain time and it doesn't HAVE to be done then... do something else. That's like everybody trying to sell us their video games that they got last Xmas in May and wondering why we have too many and can't buy any more of that particular game. We can't sit on them until the next Xmas since they'll be worth a third as much then from being a year old. But if you sell us that game a week before Xmas I can promise you we won't have too many. But nobody does that.

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #99 on: May 30, 2017, 01:37:09 PM »
The dilemma zoos face is that they can only fund their serious work (breeding programs, etc.) with the financial support that comes from the place being "something to do" for families with young children.  The Cincinnati Zoo faces the added dilemma of being in a city neighborhood that is too vast for it to control and tart up.  Also, even if the city built a light rail network (in the 90s, OKI studied building a light rail stop , I'm not confident that many of these suburban families could be compelled to ride it to the zoo. 

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #100 on: May 30, 2017, 01:48:31 PM »
Columbus' Zoo was out in the middle of total nowhere until about 2000 when the sprawl machine targeted southern Delaware County and quickly carpet bombed thousands of acres. Before then the zoo did OK but had a strong national reputation due to TV appearances. When most of Columbus' wealth moved from being all over the city to the Cool Crescent the zoo cleaned up financially from being near the Cool Crescent's apex.
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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #102 on: December 05, 2017, 04:52:11 PM »
Cincinnati Zoo opens new indoor gorilla habitat

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will unveil its indoor gorilla habitat to the public on Wednesday.

Media, VIPs and members got a sneak peak Tuesday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, concluding a $12 million, multiphase renovation that began in 2015.

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/12/05/cincinnati-zoo-opens-new-indoor-gorilla-habitat.html
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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #103 on: January 12, 2018, 01:09:46 PM »
The Cincinnati Zoo is asking for an increase to its property tax:
https://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2018/01/08/3-reasons-why-cincinnati-zoo-needs-tax-increase/1000974001/

Currently the average county homeowner pays $10-20 per year (not per month -- per YEAR) toward the zoo. 

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #104 on: January 12, 2018, 01:23:55 PM »
The Cincinnati Zoo is asking for an increase to its property tax:
https://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2018/01/08/3-reasons-why-cincinnati-zoo-needs-tax-increase/1000974001/

Currently the average county homeowner pays $10-20 per year (not per month -- per YEAR) toward the zoo.

I think the zoo should definitely go with the idea to charge non Hamilton County residents more in admission fees rather than asking for yet another tax increase. It's not fair that Hamilton County residents have to pay additional taxes to support institutions that the whole region gets to enjoy. Many places understand this, and offer discounted or even free admission to residents of the home county, to try to balance the scales a bit. I'm a bit perplexed why the zoo has seemingly rejected this option as a non-starter.

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #105 on: January 12, 2018, 03:04:20 PM »
I agree with raising ticket prices. The zoo is only around $15 while the Newport Aquarium is $25. I say you charge $20-25 per ticket, but then keep the residents of Hamilton at the current price of $15 dollars.

All of this coming from a Newport resident, and zoo pass holder, but I have been to many zoos and other attractions around the country and ours seems to be cheaper than most, especially for how good the zoo is. Our ticket price is the same as Fort Wayne's zoo for comparison.

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« Reply #106 on: January 12, 2018, 03:16:54 PM »
I suppose that the zoo could attract some good will from county residents by doing this, but honestly, it's not a big deal. 

The bigger question is what the hell is going on with all of the tear-downs on Erkenbrecker and Louis.  What is the zoo planning?  There is hardly a house left now between Vine and Children's Hospital.   There were about 100 homes and apartments in that area until the tear-downs started around 2005.  Now we're down to about 30.   

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #107 on: January 12, 2018, 03:39:33 PM »
I would assume a physical zoo expansion. Wasn't there a report floating around before that detailed out their 25 year vision that detailed just that?

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« Reply #108 on: June 06, 2018, 01:54:30 PM »
Tomorrow (June 7th) the Zoo is going to have "unprecedented, historic announcement".
https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2018/06/06/cincinnati-zoo-something-big-coming/676349002/

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #109 on: June 06, 2018, 07:54:52 PM »
Tomorrow (June 7th) the Zoo is going to have "unprecedented, historic announcement".
https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2018/06/06/cincinnati-zoo-something-big-coming/676349002/

Unprecedented AND historic?  Sounds like Trump talking about his inauguration crowds, so it had better be big!

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #110 on: June 07, 2018, 11:01:15 AM »
Cincinnati Zoo reveals master plan for $150M makeover
By Barrett J. Brunsman  – Staff reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier



The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has revealed plans for a $150 million renovation that would provide space for more elephants and other animals, in part by shifting some surface parking to a new garage.

Director Thane Maynard said new animal exhibits and a planned ropes course over an area for kangaroos could boost annual attendance to 2 million by 2025, which will be the 150th anniversary of the zoo. The zoo had record attendance of 1.87 million in the 2017 fiscal year, making it the third most popular local destination behind Kings Island and Jack Cincinnati Casino.

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/06/07/cincinnati-zoo-reveals-master-plan-for-150m.html

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #111 on: June 07, 2018, 11:06:53 AM »
A bunch of expanded exhibits, but the biggest announcement is the addition of a new 1,800 car garage on the superblock bounded by Shields, Erkenbrecher, Euclid and Vine.

http://cincinnatizoo.org/more-home-to-roam/



Some renderings starting around 3:00:

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #112 on: June 07, 2018, 11:07:15 AM »
Ugh.  My old house is going to become a parking garage. 

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #113 on: June 07, 2018, 11:27:24 AM »
And I thought the big announcement was that they were turning the zoo into an urban game reserve.

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #114 on: June 07, 2018, 11:30:30 AM »
It really is an unpleasant experience seeing one of your former dwellings destroyed if it was in OK shape and it wasn't your decision. I recently drove past what I thought was my old apartment in Huntington, WV. Nope there was a middle school there. Turns out the apartment complex had been torn down in 2011 to build the middle school. The complex had been well-maintained. This is actually the only one of my many former dwellings that has been razed.

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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #115 on: June 07, 2018, 12:11:35 PM »
That is a massive update for the zoo!

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« Reply #116 on: June 07, 2018, 12:42:14 PM »
It really is an unpleasant experience seeing one of your former dwellings destroyed if it was in OK shape and it wasn't your decision. I recently drove past what I thought was my old apartment in Huntington, WV. Nope there was a middle school there. Turns out the apartment complex had been torn down in 2011 to build the middle school. The complex had been well-maintained. This is actually the only one of my many former dwellings that has been razed.

I can speak as a former resident that property owners were contacted in the late 90s re: the OKI I-71 light rail study.  Most here are familiar with the Mt. Auburn Tunnel to MLK to CL&N ROW alignment but OKI also studied a Mt. Auburn Tunnel to Zoo then east on Erkenbrecher alignment.  OKI studied putting a station right in front of the VA, which is only one block from the zoo.  I remember talking to a guy on the phone giving the piece of advice to build some sort of pedestrian connection across the ravine from Vine to Ruther. 

Well that deep ravine was filled in the 2000s to form the solar panel parking lot.  At the time we were told that a parking garage was going to be built there and that ODOT required a 4-foot widening of Vine St. to permit the garage.  At great expense each lane of Vine was widened by one foot around 2007.  Now the garage is being built on the east side of Vine. 
 
The scene around the zoo entrance is a sad one.  Just look at all these clumsy families struggling to get out of their SUV's and then up the escalator and then across the bridge.  People jaywalk under the bridge and generally look confused and worn-out.  I got in a zoo-related argument with one of my sister-in-laws.  I told her going to the zoo on memorial day was a really bad idea.  We get there and the place is absolutely mobbed.  A 20-minute wait to park, then a 20-minute wait to get in the gate.  It was all my fault.     



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Re: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
« Reply #117 on: June 07, 2018, 01:29:23 PM »
I love to see the zoo being expanded and improved. Parking and entry can be a bit of a challenge, so it's good to see those issues are being addressed through this massive project. I've been curious as to the zoo's plans for the old parking lot for a while, so it's great to see they're planning to expand the zoo, and give more room for both the people and animals to spread out. Great project all around, and one that could have a very positive impact for Cincinnati tourism.