Fiona showing off her new dental development. The picture on the left was taken when she was 10 days old and the one on the right was taken this week. This comes at the perfect time as she is now more interested in eating solid foods. You can also see her unique birthmark on her upper left gum. It is growing right along with her. #cincinnati#cincinnatizoo#closeenoughtocare#hippo#teamfiona#fionafix
Help us wish red river hog Sir Francis Bacon a very Happy 9th Birthday! Using their strong snouts and sharp tusks to bulldoze through the leaf litter and soil, red river hogs dig up a dinner of roots, bulbs, other plants and small animals. #redriverhog#cincinnati#cincinnatizoo#closeenoughtocare
Baby rhino Kendi had a great day wallowing in the mud. The mud is good for cooling off, skin protection and warding off parasites. It's also lots of fun for a little calf! Black rhinos are critically endangered. Kendi is the first of his kind to be born @cincinnatizoo since 1999!
Bottoms up!! Fiona doing a hippo handstand. Adult hippos can hold their breath up to 5 minutes. Fiona can hold hers for about 2.
Hello! Three-week-old ring-tailed lemur peeks out from behind mom in Lemur Lookout. Lemurs are endangered and their numbers are decreasing in the wild. This was the first lemur birth @cincinnatizoo in 30 years and was followed 3 days later by 2 more babies! The other female in the troop had twins.
He's “Redd-y To Run!” Get an update on premature cheetah cub Redd's progress & road to running in a new blog by his caretaker! As many may remember, Redd had an orthopedic surgery in called a Femoral Head and Neck Osteotomy (FHO) surgery to correct a physical abnormality that he had in his back hip. It will be many more runs before Redd catches up to his siblings speed and is ready to debut in the Cheetah Encounter. But, he has proven that there is nothing that will stand in his way! Full speed ahead, Redd! Read more at blog.cincinnatizoo.org. #cheetah#cheetahcub#cincinnati#cincinnatizoo#animalsofinstagram#catsofinstagram#cats#cubs#closeenoughtocare#conservation#savingspecies
Elephants are not only a cultural icon throughout Asia, they also help maintain the integrity of forest habitats. #WorldElephantDay
Sandy Fiona! When Fiona first started going outside she liked to eat the sand. Now she just prefers to lay down in it. The sand really sticks to the hippos because of the blood sweat on their skin. Blood sweat is a layer of mucous that does many things, it acts as a sunscreen, keeps the skin moist, and even seems to be an antibiotic. #cincinnati#cincinnatizoo#closeenoughtocare#teamfiona#fionafix#hippo
Happy #WorldLionDay! Lions are the only cats that live in large, social groups called “prides.” Also, a lioness can sprint over 30mph! Lions are considered vulnerable by the IUCN as the result of climate change, hunting and habitat loss. Following a review of the best available scientific information, on October 27, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the African lion as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The agency’s analysis found that lions are in danger of extinction in the foreseeable future. The Cincinnati Zoo provides funding to support Rebuilding the Pride, a community-based conservation program that combines tradition and modern technology to restore a healthy lion population while reducing the loss of livestock to lions in Kenya’s South Rift Valley. #conservation#savingspecies#lion#africanlion#lions#czbglioncubs#cat#cats#cincinnati#cincinnatizoo#closeenoughtocare#animalsofinstagram#worldlionday 🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁
If you’ve visited recently, you may have noticed that Henry hasn’t been out much with Fiona and Bibi. Our beloved papa hippo hasn’t been feeling well and has been choosing to stay inside. He has been more tired than usual and doesn’t have much of an appetite. His care team is working hard to diagnose and treat whatever is ailing him. Please send your positive thoughts Henry’s way. #cincinnatizoo#cincinnati#closeenoughtocare#teamfiona#fionafix#hippo
Black and white colobus monkeys are born with curly snowy white fur and pink faces. By 6 months old they will have achieved full adult coloration. The little one was just born on July 28th while the older one in the second picture, TJ, is now almost 7 months old. #cincinnatizoo#cincinnati#closeenoughtocare#colobusmonkey
Fiona isn't always graceful but she's always cute! Did you know the water in our 65,000 gallon pool in Hippo Cove comes from recycled rainwater that we collect in underground tanks? Up to 400,000 gallons of filtered rainwater sits below the Zoo in specially designed storm water systems. This water is used in many ways throughout the Zoo - irrigating gardens, cleaning of animal areas, and filling pools for many of our animals. #GreenestZooInAmerica#cincinnatizoo#cincinnati#closeenoughtocare#teamfiona#fionafix#hippo