In 1994, one of the world's greatest living scientists, E.O. Wilson, received the second annual Wildlife Conservation Award from the Cincinnati Zoo. The list of internationally known conservationists who have been honored with this award is impressive. Beginning with the first recipient, Jane Goodall, in 1993 and including this year’s honoree, Dr. Craig Packer, the Zoo has recognized many of the most outstanding conservationists of our time. Dr. Wilson is often called, "the father of biodiversity." #conservation#savingspecies#closeenoughtocare#CZBGConservationAward
Each year, the Zoo has invited several of the world’s leading conservationists to participate in its Barrows series and has presented its annual Wildlife Conservation Award to one of the speakers. The list of internationally known conservationists who have been honored with this award is impressive. Beginning with the first recipient, Jane Goodall, in 1993 and including this year’s honoree, Dr. Craig Packer, the Zoo has recognized many of the most outstanding conservationists of our time. In 1993, Dame Jane Goodall received the first ever Wildlife Conservation award. She is the world’s foremost authority on chimpanzees, who has spent the past half century in the jungles of the Gombe Game Reserve in Africa observing their behavior. Dr. Goodall serves as a United Nations Ambassador of peace. #conservation#savingspecies#earthday#closeenoughtocare#CZBGConservationAward (more info: check out the link in our bio! )
Seyia is eating for two! The care team in the rhino department is busy getting things ready for Seyia's upcoming birth this summer. They are calf proofing her stalls, getting extra rubber mats and bedding for her stalls, and setting up cameras so they can monitor her. The last ultrasound done showed the fetus moving around! #closeenoughtocare#cincinnati#cincinnatizoo
Huge problems like habitat loss and climate change will only be solved by hundreds of millions of better, more informed, decisions being made every day across America. Looking for a way to get involved in conservation science happening at the zoo? Meet animals up close and do fun, hands on science activities that Zoo researchers use every day during a zoo overnight. #EarthDay#cincinnatizoo#cincinnati#caturday#closeenoughtocare
Fiona’s caregivers place a scale right outside her stall each morning and she walks onto it as she follows them to get her morning bottle. They ask her to hold still for a second and she obliges, luckily, making it easy for them to get her weight. This has been her routine since she was born, so she is accustomed to it. She will eventually be weighed on the same scale as her parents. It is flush with the floor and is positioned on the hippos’ regular shifting route, so they walk over it without even noticing. Current weights for our hippos: Fiona: 173.5 pounds; Bibi: 3200 pounds; Henry: 3538 pounds. #fionafix#hippo#closeenoughtocare#cincinnati#cincinnatizoo#TeamFiona
Our 2-month-old Okapi calf, Moyo, ventured outside for the first time yesterday. An okapi calf starts sampling solid food at just three weeks old but what's really amazing is the calf doesn't poop for the first time until they are four to eight weeks of age. This unique adaptation helps keep predators from sniffing out the newborns until they have had a chance to grow and gain strength. This is the 16th okapi birth at the Cincinnati Zoo since 1989. Okapis are classified as endangered due to habitat destruction and poaching. The world population is approximately 15,000. #okapi#cincinnatizoo#cincinnati#closeenoughtocare#zoobabies
Fiona's morning routine includes walking onto a scale to get weighed and moving from there to the kitchen to drink about 60 ounces of formula. To encourage activity, her care team lets her explore the Fiona-proofed areas of the building (chaperoned). A few days ago, she walked into the dive room shower and stood there. Since hippos like to be wet, her caregiver turned on the water. Fiona played and eventually took a nap with the water running. #cincinnatizoo#cincinnati#hippo#closeenoughtocare#fionafix#TeamFiona
Tiger cubs Izzy, Chira and Batari are grrrrowing up fast!
Fiona is spending more time in the indoor adult pool getting used to deeper water. Her care team stays close by to make sure she’s comfortable as she tests the waters. The depth of the water will gradually increase along with her ability to hold her breath for longer periods. #TeamFiona
Fiona's full introduction to her parents will take time, but she is now able to touch her mom, Bibi, through mesh in her neighboring stall. They spent some time checking each other out, nose to nose, this morning.
The #zoogarden is magnificent! 110,000 tulips were planted by our botanical garden staff and they are in bloom. WOW! This is the 30th anniversary of Cincinnati Zoo being renamed to officially include Botanical Garden.