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San Francisco, California
October 26, 2006
Zagat rated the Cincinnati Zoo one of the top zoo's in the nation. It's also been rated as 1 of the top 10 zoos for kids. With all this in mind, it seemed like it would be a fun idea to check it out.
We parked at the zoo- which cost money. We paid our entrance fee to the zoo- it costs less for young children (under 12) than adults. It was your typical price to enter the zoo- reasonable as long as you intend to stay for at least a few hours to get your money worth. We got our zoo map at the door (which you need because this zoo is large) and headed in.
There are 500 animals and 3000 different plant species at the zoo so it was kind of overwhelming to know where to start. Elephants have always been one of my favorite animals so we headed over in that direction first. As we walked I noticed how clean the zoo itself was. There are lots of visitors, but there was no litter or sign of unruly crowds anywhere. The sidewalks were nicely manicured and clean and although there was a slightly zoo-y smell (as one would expect in such a large zoo) it was not too noticeable.
The animal habitats are very nice- this is not your typical zoo with animals in cages with steel bars and a little pool and a few trees. It really looked like natural habitats- lots of lush plant life and greens, and a very jungle like feeling for the jungle animals. The bears had a lovely and large pool. I know the zoo is also known for conservation and animal care, and it definitely showed. You could tell that great attention was paid to having the animals be comfortable and feel at home. This made me very happy. Sometimes I feel uncomfortable in zoos because I feel like the animals are just stuck in human made cages for our amusement- but here I felt like they were really there because the zoo cares about the animals and teaching kids about animals and conservation.
Overall I would highly recommend a visit to this zoo. There is every kind of animal you could expect to see, from the typical snake and lizard and monkey house to the cute little polar bears and pandas. The zoo also has traveling exhibits that come in periodically throughout the year so you can see other animals you would not necessarily expect or get to see at your average zoo. They do a really good job making sure everything feels natural for the animals and that everything is clean and nice. The one down side is the only refreshments/snacks at the zoo were quite expensive- but again I suppose this is to be expected when you have a monopoly on the market. But I recommend you have lunch before you go to avoid the problem.
From journal College Trip
by Shady Ady
Hinckley, England, United Kingdom
May 30, 2006
From journal Kentucky Attractions (Part 2)
by J. Stephen
July 25, 2005
There is far too much at the zoo to list it all here. A few of our favorite sections are:
Wings of the Word
Lords of the Arctic (polar bears)
And there's a whole lot more, so you'd better plan to make a day of it. There are several fast-food restaurants, picnic areas, and shops within the zoo grounds.
The zoo is open year-round, but hours vary with the season. A special time to visit is just before Christmas when the place dances with a million twinkling lights.
If you are going to visit the zoo more than once, a family season pass is a good deal.
From I-71N take the Dana Ave. Exit and follow the signs, or from I-75 N take Mitchell Ave., Exit # 6, and follow the signs.
From journal Cincinnati, Ohio: My Home Town
Washington, District of Columbia
June 18, 2005
From journal The Heart of It All
August 26, 2003
The Jungle Trails is an incredible section of the zoo, and definitely my favorite. Visitors are immersed in the sights and sounds of African and Asian rainforests. You will start off walking through a mist of fog searching for the animals in the exhibits beyond. The white handed gibbons and an orange orangutan cohabitate in a large outdoor exhibit on the Asian trail. Inside the African section you will see rare animals such as two Bonobos and an Emperor Scorpion. I was introduced to the Grey’s Crowned Ghenons which are unique looking animals in the monkey family. They were very playful when we were there and one guy had amused me because he was having a lot of fun looking at himself in a little mirror dangling from the ropes.
The zoo also features rare animals including White Lions, Komodo Dragons and Sumatran Rhinos. The Sumatran Rhino is the smallest and oldest species of rhino and is one of the most endangered species on earth. His horn is not as large as black and white rhinos, and he has shaggy hair on his body. In an effort to conserve this rare species, scientists at the zoo helped their Sumatran Rhinos produce the first of their species born in captivity in 114 years. Emi, the mother, gave birth to a baby boy, Andalas about two years ago and he just moved to the Los Angeles Zoo. Debbie at the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife explained their story and we were even able to watch Emi give birth. Emi is now pregnant again.
We spent the rest of our time looking at the amazing Manatees in Manatee Springs, wandering through the Cat House, and spying on the Bald Eagle and Stellar’s Sea Eagle in Eagle Eyrie. We got very close to a giraffe at the Vanishing Giants section and also saw an Okapi, which is a relative to the giraffe, and some elephants. We finished our trip at the Children’s Zoo where we go to watch two otters wrestling in and out of the water at Otter Creek.
What an amazing zoo! I suggest planning on spending 4 or 5 hours at the zoo to see it in its entirety.
From journal Cincinnati: A Summer Sojourn