The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a 65.4 acre zoo situated in Cincinnati. The zoo is to date the second oldest zoo in the United States which first opened its doors to the public in 1875.
The zoo itself is located in the Avondale neighborhood and has actively supported everything from breeding programs to the protection and conservation of wildlife. The zoo animals that are kept and protected in the zoo come in various shape, sizes and forms. Mammals that are kept in the zoo include armadillos, vampire bats and giant fruit bats, bears such as polar bears, American Black Bears and Spectacled bears, there are also big cats on display in the Cincinnati Zoo including African lions, Siberian Lynx, southern Brazilian Ocelot, white tigers, snow leopards, Ocelot, cougar and Malayan Tiger.
There are also several kinds of hooved animals displayed including mammals like the Alpaca, Baby doll sheep, red river hog, Bactrian camel and the Bongo. There are also two kinds of wallabies. Other mammals that visitors can look at when visiting the zoo include raccoons, rodents, weasels and monkeys. The zoo also holds different records including the longest living alligator held in captivity together with the fastest cheetah.
The zoo has also been helping push new breeding programs for animals to help save endangered species. The Cincinnati zoo first received success in 1880 when they hatched the first Trumpeter Swan inside the zoo together with four passenger pigeons. In 1882, the zoo also managed to breed its first American Bison that was born and raised in captivity. To better improve their breeding technology the zoo started the Carl H. Lindner Jr. Family Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife or CREW. CREW has also been responsible for maintaining the Frozen Zoo which contains over 2,500 specimens of 65 plant species and 60 animals.
Visitors or bigger groups of visitors are given group discounts while families can rent different facilities inside the zoo together. Picnics can also be done as well as birthday parties and weddings.
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