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Cincinnati Zoo - Gorilla Exhibit
Old 25-08-2008

July 2008. Disappointing habitat that looks nice from this photo but is actually much smaller than it appears. The long, rectangular-shaped enclosure holds at least 6-7 gorillas.
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Old 03-11-2008

It sort of looks like a Gorilla grotto. Yikes!
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Old 03-11-2008

I found more than half of the enclosures at the Cincinnati Zoo disappointing, even though that zoo has a fabulous animal collection.
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Old 11-01-2009

Gorilla World was one of the best gorilla exhibits when it was built (late 70's, methinks). There were plans to renovate it but I'm not sure where that is on the list of priorities.

If you think this is bad, you should have seen the old ape house. It was absolutely brutal. It's a little gift shop down the hill from Rhino Reserve right now. They used to keep Orangs, Gorlillas and Bonobos in there along with some marmosets and even a couple of Doucs at one point in the 80's. Terrible, trust me.
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Old 12-01-2009

Keep in mind how small the zoo is.
If Cincinnati were to build a gorilla exhibit the size of the one at the Bronx Zoo, that one exhibit would eat up 10% of the Cincinnati Zoo's land.
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Old 13-01-2009

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Keep in mind how small the zoo is.
If Cincinnati were to build a gorilla exhibit the size of the one at the Bronx Zoo, that one exhibit would eat up 10% of the Cincinnati Zoo's land.
Very true.

Also keep in mind that before Congo, the Bronx didn't exactly have the prettiest of gorilla exhibits either.
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Old 24-12-2009

This "ape grotto" was built at around the same time as Woodland Park Zoo's gorilla exhibits, and it is obvious which habitats have stood the test of time. This Cincinnati Zoo enclosure, while outdated, reminds me of the larger gorilla exhibit at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
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Old 24-12-2009

That water moat looks lethal!
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That water moat looks lethal!
Gorillas have gone down there to give birth on occasion. The water is very shallow
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Old 24-12-2009

Ah that makes more sense, thanks
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Old 24-12-2009

When I was there, I didn't think it was such a bad exhibit. I actually remember it as seeming bigger than it looks in the photo, not smaller than it looks as someone else has said. But maybe I don't remember it that well, since I spent most of my time with the cats.
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Old 24-12-2009

True, the photo doesn't really give a good idea of the size of the exhibit...to many plants!
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Old 14-10-2011

Cinzoo man, snowleopard has right to post his own opinion whether you agree with it or not.
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there you go again, bashing the zoo's amazing exhibits, and it holds 10
@Cinzoo man, snowleopard is a zoo critic and has strong opinions about what he thinks are good exhibits. I have had a similar reaction as you to his reaction to my original hometown zoo, the Sacramento Zoo. You can see our exchanges about the chimp exhibit in the Sacramento Zoo gallery.

It is important to realize that he, and many other people on this site, have been to hundreds of zoos and seen lots of exhibits. They are not likely meaning to attack your zoo, and if they are then hopefully they mean it constructively. Most people who post here want to see zoos improved and criticisms of particular exhibits are because they want to make them better, not make fun of them. snowleopard can be a little acerbic sometimes, and he knows this and has moderated his tone somewhat over time.

I see from you profile that you have been to a few zoos, and that is great. With your interests I expect that you will probably be like snowleopard and others on this site and visit dozens or hundreds of zoos. After you've seen several gorilla exhibits perhaps you will see why people make these comments about Cincy's exhibit. It is likely a good exhibit, but like many zoos, perhaps it needs to be upgraded when time and money allow.

Instead of getting upset when people make negative comments, perhaps you can suggest what is good specifically about the exhibit in question and what you think needs to be improved about it? That would be quite interesting to know coming from someone who knows the exhibits in question. Just a thought.

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Old 14-10-2011

@Cinzooman: I see that you have been to 7 zoos, which is great and noteworthy for someone of your age, but when you get older I'm sure that you'll realize that this gorilla exhibit (built in the late 1970's) is past its due date. In this thread I typed the word "disappointing" twice (both in 2008) and if you think that is too harsh then you have obviously not read many of my zoo reviews as I've used many words that are far more acerbic.

I did a quick count and I believe that I've seen exactly 45 zoos with gorillas, with 24 of the exhibits being impressive and 16 disappointing in American zoos, plus 5 additional zoos with gorillas not within the United States (Taronga, Melbourne, Zurich, Toronto, Calgary). Quite honestly Cincinnati Zoo's gorilla exhibit is far from terrible and in fact I'd put it in the middle of the pack of the 45 different gorilla habitats that I've been privileged enough to see. It is not nearly as incredible as my two favourites (Bronx and Disney's Animal Kingdom) but a hell of a lot better than all-indoor enclosures in Buffalo and Brookfield.

Overall Cincinnati Zoo has some terrific sections such as Jungle Trails and the Insect House, and in 2008 there were several poor ones such as the Nocturnal House, Cat House, Reptile House and ancient bear grottoes. From what I've heard the new Night Hunters revamp is for the most part awful, and while Cincinnati maintains an awesome collection the exhibits are most definitely a hit-and-miss affair. If there is one thing that I've learned via my 98 zoo reviews that I've posted on this site, it is that there are loads of people who are in favour of their hometown zoo and find it difficult to ever accept outside criticism. My most legendary review was when I gave Toronto Zoo a subpar grade and I never heard the end of it from fellow Canadians!
 


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