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Old 27-05-2011

The zoo is improving quickly! We've had so many new exhibits and renovations in the past few years and so many to come.

The zoo recently posted this video walk-through of the Night Hunters exhibit.

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Old 27-05-2011

@Kudu21: thanks for posting the video! To be honest Night Hunters looks remarkably similar to a combination of the old cat house (which was awful) and the nocturnal building (which was worse). Toss in the outdated and tiny reptile house, the average gorilla grotto, wildlife canyon and its revolving door of hoofstock in basic paddocks, the bear pits/grottoes and there are a lot of substandard exhibits at the Cincinnati Zoo. The animal collection is amazing, Jungle Trails and Insect World are at times spectacular...but even the newer habitats for giraffes and elephants are nowhere near as impressive as similar exhibits at other major zoos. The Night Hunters 4-minute video just shows another average exhibit complex (with very little natural substrate) at this fascinating zoo. Am I being too harsh? It is well worth a visit just for the list of species, but there must be 30 American zoos that are better.

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Old 27-05-2011

After watching video, I am not nearly as excited about Night Hunters as I was during construction updates. Looks very bland indeed. I think I already miss the Cat House.
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Old 27-05-2011

I think it's a little unfair to judge an exhibit based on a video. However, I do agree that the video does make the exhibit look a little less than flattering. Having actually been in the new building, I can assure you that most of the animals have a lot more space. Especially the animals that transfered over from the nocturnal house. The vampire bats have so much room it's incredible. The aardvarks and flying fruit foxes have a ton more space to maneuver. Granted, the potto and the pygmy slow loris don't have a lot of room at all... but they're small animals as it is. The bearcat and fennec foxes didn't seem to know what to do with all the space they had! The cats, I concur, are pretty much in the same space and exhibits they were in when it was the old cat house. But overall it's a very neat experience and one you have to see in person, not on a tiny computer screen.
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Old 27-05-2011

It looks better than I expected. Snowleopard, I agree totally with your statements. I love this zoo b/c it was my home zoo and at one time probably ranked behind only Bronx and SDZ in terms of rarities. I was fortuante to see animals as a child that I will likely never see again.

All of the issues you mentioned are fixable, and cash money is the unviersal lubricant for advancements. I think that over the next ten or fifteen years that these problems will be addressed. I did not always feel that way. My opinion is that Cincy is a very old urban zoo that badly needed to imporve physical plant issues before they could do major exhibit facelifts and reorganization. I'm confident that the are coming.

Gorilla World is very fixable. The hoofstock yards hold far less animals in numbers than they once did. As for the poor bears, that's one place that I'd take a backhoe to and just completely rework. Maybe they cold connect it with Wolf Woods and make it an exhibit for smaller North American species and perhaps build a better black bear holding.

If only I had 50 mil or so laying around to donate. The things I could do for that place.........
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Old 28-05-2011

I'm beginning to think the zoo just has empty exhibits they're passing off as having aardwolves and aye-ayes. I've been to the zoo three times this week (excessive? You betcha!) and I have yet to see even a trace of either animal. Usually you can at least see an ear, tail or back if they're tucked away sleeping. Kind of annoying.

Night Hunters does have a bobcat. I have no idea why the zoo's website lists some animals but not all. It's at the very beginning of the rotunda on the right side. I saw it briefly this morning, before it ran into it's cave.

The area with the new Cat Canyon map was off limits so I couldn't get a photograph. It looks like the construction workers are already well on their way to working on "Phase 2".

I agree with the bear exhibits. The polar bear display isn't bad, but the black and spectacled bears are cramped to say the least. It would be awesome to expand and incorporate them into wolf woods!!!! The bear exhibits as it is isn't too far from Wolf Woods. The bear exhibit in Indianaoplis is much nicer.
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Old 28-05-2011

Thanks for your update dpatter28!

Interesting as I would figure they would list all of the animals in Night Hunters. Maybe it's a remnent and they have to move it else where. It's just funny that the bobcats were on the zoo's website, but then they were taken off when Night Hunters was announced....yet there is still a bobcat on display...

I'm suprised that they jumped right into Phase 2. The blog said that construction would not begin until August. Was Tiger Canyon still open?

The bear exhibits do leave A LOT to be desired. I know the black bears are quite getting up there in age, so perhaps they are just waiting for them to die off before moving forward with the bear exhibits. In the time being, the zoo has added quite a bit of enrichment to the grottos. Especially to the Spectacled Bear grottos. The bears were out-and-about playing with everything the last time I was at the zoo.
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Old 28-05-2011

Yeah, the tiger canyon is still open. I was under the impression that they wouldn't work on that until "phase 3". I thought Phase 2 was getting space for the pumas and snow leopards. I also heard they were moving leopards to the new African Savannah, but every time I hear about that it's something different. LOL

Here is a list of the animals at Night Hunters that I can remember:
Owl
Pallas' Cat
Fossa
Aardwolf (maybe!)
Pygmy Slow Loris
Potto
Clouded Leopard
Vampire Bats (ick)
Flying Fruit Fox
Aardvark
Bushbaby
Ocelot
Python
Sand Cat
Black-Footed Cat
Bobcat
Fishing Cat
Fennec Fox
Bat-eared Fox
Bearcat
Caracal
Tayra

It's odd that nothing on any animal list mentions the bobcat, but he was there. Maybe they're going to put him with the pumas and stuff and will use the exhibit he's currently in for some other nocturnal animal? Maybe they'll move the aye aye over? I have no idea!

The bonobos crack me up. I was taking pictures of one who was sitting close to the plexiglass eating some lettuce. I looked at my camera for a second to change settings and when I looked back up, the bonobo was RIGHT AT the window! He slammed his hand on it, scared the bejeebus out of me, and ran off. It's hilarous in retrospect, but he was hardcore! I always wondered if the animals were aware of the people looking at them.
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  #144
Old 28-05-2011

The Cat Canyon projectis a huge mystery to me. When I first heard plans, it was going to be Malayan tigers, Amur leopards and snow leopards. Then Thane Maynard mentioned putting leopards in the new Savannah (which is odd considering the SSP is phasing out all but Amur leopards.). Amur leopards on the savannah or rogue African leopards? I have no clue where the cougar exhibit is being constructed. I assumed it was on the hill with NH. Is it not? Is the new snow leopard holding up there as well?

I think it would have been really impressive to revamp a current Cat Canyon grotto for the snow leopards. I suppose it would need to be reinforced with some mesh fencing, but the topography of those hilly enclosures combined with their size would be fantastic. Plant a nice evergreen or two and you'd be set.

I also would really like to see good old plain leopards in Cincy. I haven't seen one there since the persians in the old Cat House. They're such a prolific and successful species and there's a lot of ways and places to display them.
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Old 06-06-2011

The Cincinnati Zoo is involved with a new gorilla heart health study.

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Cincinnati Zoo, The Christ Hospital and Toshiba Team Up for a Preventative Study

CINCINNATI – “Jomo”, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 19 year-old silverback, western lowland gorilla gets a heart checkup as part of a preventative study. A team of human cardiologists, technicians and corporate partners made the house call to the Cincinnati Zoo’s Gorilla World exhibit recently to perform an awake cardiac ultrasound (also known as an echocardiogram or an echo) on Jomo. As in humans, an echo is critical for assessing heart condition and identifying any problems. With early detection, follow –up treatments can be prescribed. To date, heart disease is the #1 cause of mortality in zoo gorillas. Jomo received a clean bill of health, and the zoo was able to collect valuable cardiac data that will aid nationwide scientific research.

A great deal of time, preparation and planning went into Jomo’s echo. Each gorilla’s physical makeup can be different in regards to chest cavity depth, musculature and sternum configuration; therefore the positions of the echo wand and stationary position of the gorilla can vary to access views of the heart.

Months before actually collecting any heart images, the Cincinnati Zoo’s Team Leader of Primates, Ron Evans, worked diligently to not only condition Jomo to stand still for the scan, but to also find a position for him to hold while capturing the images.

“Not only were we trying to instruct Jomo on where and how to stand, but we also had to prepare him to get used to the wand and ultrasound conductive gel touching him,” said Evans. Once the positioning behavior and wand/ gel desensitization was established, Ron and the primate team brought in the zoo’s Vet Tech, Jenny Kroll, along with the Zoo’s ultrasound machine to practice with actual image collection. Finally, after months of preparation, Jomo was ready for the official scan. The Christ Hospital’s team of cardiologist Wojciech Mazur, M.D., and Jennifer Schaaf, B.S, R.D.C.S., echo lab technical director, joined the Cincinnati Zoo’s team to administer the scan using a state of the art Xario™ XG Ultrasound system generously loaned to the zoo by Toshiba.

“The high quality of contrast and resolution with increased depth penetration made the Toshiba Xario XG scanner very valuable in hard-to-scan patients such as these,” said Dr. Mazur. “The Xario XG is able to uncover minute details in the differentiation of tissue and borders. The results of all gorilla echo scans are collected and can be shared with other zoos, beginning to build a norm reading for veterinarians to compare in the future.”

“Toshiba is committed to helping provide the best technology possible, no matter who the patient is, human or animal,” said Tomohiro Hasegawa, director, Ultrasound Business Unit, Toshiba. “The Xario XG, with its advanced features and portability, is the ideal system to use in unique situations such as this with Jomo.”

“In addition to making sure Jomo was doing ok, the goal of this echo was to gather as much information as possible, to help add data to the growing list that the Gorilla Health Project team has currently collected,” said Evans. “The more data we have, the better we can determine an effective way to detect and treat heart conditions within zoo gorillas, which is our #1 priority.”

Pleased with results from Jomo, an echo was also performed on “Samantha,” the Cincinnati Zoo’s 41 year old female Western lowland gorilla, and the team of keepers is currently working with “Kwashi,” the Zoo’s 29 year old silverback gorilla. Additionally, the Zoo’s cardiac program has been expanded to include individuals from its group of critically endangered bonobo chimpanzees. “We hope to continue this program well into the future and integrate as many of our apes as we can,” said Evans

Strong awareness of gorilla cardiac issues began in November 2006, when a workshop of physicians, veterinarians, pathologists and animal keepers, from across the country, came together to discuss the cardiac health issues apparent with captive gorillas. As a result of the meeting, the Gorilla Health Project was created; receiving funding and donations to help with preventative research in gorilla cardiac care. The Cincinnati Zoo is proud to be among the industry leaders taking part in this amazing project.

Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered in the wild, with less than 175,000 individuals. Due primarily to habitat destruction caused by logging, mineral mining and agricultural expansion, wild gorilla numbers continue to shrink. The bushmeat trade – the killing of wild animals to be used as human food – is also a major threat to the western lowland gorilla population throughout the Central African rainforests. Over 1,000 gorillas are illegally poached for the bushmeat trade each year. The Cincinnati Zoo supports wild gorilla conservation efforts like the Mbeli Bai Study. The Mbeli Bai Study is the longest running research being done with wild western lowland gorillas. Through research, local education programs, publications and documentaries, the Mbeli Bai Study is raising international awareness for gorillas and their struggle for survival. For more information, visit
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Video of the newly hatched Green Tree Monitor at the zoo.
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Old 09-06-2011

Since the opening of Night Hunters the zoo has experienced several births including the births of a Binturong and Tayra.

I've found out a little about what happened to several of the species that were previously in the Cat House and Nocturnal House, but were not in Night Hunters. Several of the species moved to other areas of the zoo, while others moved to other zoos.

The three species of armadillos (Southern three-banded, Screaming Hairy, and Six-banded) now rotate on exhibit in the Children's Zoo and are often used as live encounter animals.

The Linne's Two-toed Sloths have now all moved to the Discovery Forest building.

The Barn Owls and South American Coatis are also used as live encounter animals.

The Serval is now used in the Cheetah Encounter presentations.

Now that Night Hunters is open… | Cincinnati Zoo Blog
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Now that it's summer, several friends and myself are planning a trip to the zoo within the next two weeks before everyone leaves for vacation (one's going to Australia for a month) or to go see family. So hopefully I will be able to report back with some photos and news of the new arrivals/arrangements and Night Hunters.

Also, I've been redoing my bathroom and I've looked into buying a "Rhino Rembrandt" painting to hang on a rather empty wall. "Rhino Rembrandts" are paintings painted by the zoo's rhinoceroses. Nikki the Indian Rhinoceros, Klyde the Black Rhinoceros, and Suci the Sumatran Rhinoceros all paint the "Rhino Rembrandts", and I was planning on buying one painted by Suci. The paintings cost $100 if they're unmatted and $150 if they're matted.The zoo also sells paintings created by their herd of elephants which sell for $250 and are unmatted. You can specify the colors you would like, and the money goes to help rhino and elephant conservation. I was wondering, do any of you have any artwork painted by animals?
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Old 10-06-2011

More news on the where-abouts of the Night Hunters outcasts.

-The Sugar Gliders are now on exhibit in Jungle Trails in the exhibit that was previously home to the Pygmy Slow Loris.

-The Feather-tailed Gliders are not on exhibit yet, but they may be in the future.

-There is talk of the Slender-tailed Meerkats returning for the African Savannah, but nothing has been said definitively.

Now for a little more news on the Cat Canyon project.

-The second phase of the Cat Canyon project will be opening next summer with updated enclosures for Malayan Tigers and a new exhibit for Snow Leopards.

-The cougar exhibit is close to opening.
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Old 14-06-2011

Awesome!!! Thanks for the info on the sugar gliders!
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Old 15-06-2011

Night Hunters - The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

The zoo has posted the plans for the Cat Canyon exhibit on the Night Hunters page. They have also added all of the animals to the virtual tour of Night Hunters.
 


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