• Super Bowl Feb 1, 2020

    Hippo Fiona Makes a Mess of Her Super Bowl Pick

    Bettors looking for an edge in picking Sunday’s Super Bowl winner may (or may not) want to consider the selection thrown up by Fiona, the hippopotamus heartthrob at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Zoo keepers on Thursday placed two “enrichment” toys in front of her, marked with the logos of the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco...

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Jan 14, 2019

    Fiona and Zoo Animals Enjoy the Snow

    The animals at the Cincinnati Zoo had a blast playing around in the freshly fallen snow. As a winter storm hit Cincinnati Saturday morning, no one was happier than the animals at the zoo. Fiona the hippo was intrigued by her snowman while the other animals enjoyed being outside.

  • nurse Dec 27, 2018

    Famed Hippo Fiona of Cincinnati Zoo Hits Big Milestone After Premature Birth

    The Cincinnati Zoo is celebrating another milestone for its famous premature baby hippo. The zoo said Wednesday that Fiona has hit 1,000 pounds (454 kilograms). The zoo acknowledges reaching that weight mark is more of a sentimental milestone since full-grown female hippos weigh about three times that. Senior keeper Jenna Wingate tells WVXU radio that it’s “a big deal” because...

  • California Oct 26, 2018

    Cincinnati Zoo Sues for Return of Koko's Gorilla Companion

    The Cincinnati Zoo is suing for the return of a gorilla loaned to a California conservatory as a companion for Koko, the late gorilla famed for mastering sign language. In a complaint filed Thursday against The Gorilla Foundation, attorneys for the Cincinnati Zoo said Ndume, a 37-year-old silverback gorilla, has lived in isolation to his detriment since Koko’s death in...

  • texas Mar 9, 2018

    Texas Hippo Eyeing Cincinnati's Famed Fiona

    It might only be puppy love, but Cincinnati’s famed hippo Fiona has her first public suitor.

  • Facebook Mar 19, 2018

    Hippo-y Birthday, Fiona! The Popular Preemie Turns 1

    Some days, it’s more like being a Hollywood star’s agent than a communications official for the zoo. That’s what happens when your prematurely born hippopotamus becomes a global celebrity. The Cincinnati Zoo has a day of festivities ready for Fiona’s first birthday party Saturday, and expect plenty more of Fiona in Year 2.

  • ACTRESS Dec 19, 2017

    Solar Eclipse, Loveable Baby Hippo Warmed Hearts in 2017

    It wasn’t all doom and gloom in 2017. The year was also filled with awe-inspiring moments that united us and warmed the heart. The first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in a century bought millions together in what some could only describe as a primal experience. Thousands of immigrants took the oath of citizenship, realizing their dreams of...

  • Louisville Sep 18, 2017

    Cincinnati Zoo Adds Gorilla for First Time Since Harambe's Death

    The Cincinnati Zoo has added its first new gorilla since the controversial death of Harambe in 2016.

  • NBC Feb 25, 2020

    Cincinnati Zoo's Baby Hippo Fiona to Be Subject of Children's Book

    A popular baby hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo will now be featured in a book about her life that will be targeted toward children. NBC affiliate WLWT reports zoo director Thane Maynard is writing about the experience of hand-raising the hippo, who was born 6 weeks premature and is the smallest known newborn hippo to survive.

  • Sergeant Jul 30, 2017

    Man Stabbed During Fight at Cincinnati Zoo

    Authorities say a man suffered serious injuries after being stabbed at the Cincinnati Zoo during a fight. Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley says that a fight involving three men happened around 4 p.m. Saturday. She says the two other men left the zoo afterward. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

  • Brian Roth Feb 7, 2017

    Harambe-Like Cheeto Sells for Nearly $99K on eBay

    A Cheeto that bears a striking resemblance to slain gorilla Harambe has sold for nearly $100,000 online.

  • Twitter Aug 23, 2016

    Cincinnati Zoo Deletes Twitter Accounts Amid Harambe Comments

    The Twitter accounts of an Ohio zoo targeted by online critics and trolls over the shooting of a gorilla have been taken down. The Cincinnati Zoo has said it’s not amused by the memes, online petitions and signs about Harambe, a 17-year-old great ape killed in May by a special zoo response team after a 3-year-old boy got into his...

  • spokeswoman Jun 6, 2016

    No Charges Against Mom of Boy in Gorilla Exhibit: Prosecutor

    A prosecutor said Monday that he isn’t seeking charges against the mother of a 3-year-old boy who got into the Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla exhibit, which resulted in the shooting of an endangered gorilla to protect him. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the child’s mother had three other children with her, and she was attending to them when the 3-year-old...

  • spokeswoman Jun 2, 2016

    Zoo to Re-Open Gorilla Exhibit With Higher Barrier

    The Cincinnati Zoo said Thursday it will re-open its gorilla exhibit next week with a higher, reinforced barrier after a 3-year-old boy got into the enclosure, leading to the fatal shooting of a male gorilla. Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley said the outer barrier will now be 42 inches high — a half foot taller than before — with solid wood...

  • spokeswoman Jun 2, 2016

    Dramatic 911 Tape From Cincinnati Gorilla Incident Released

    Police released a taped recording on June 1, 2016, of a frantic mother’s emergency call after her son fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on May 29.

  • spokeswoman Jun 2, 2016

    Mom at Zoo: ‘He's Dragging My Son! I Can't Watch This!'

    Confusion and panic set in after a 3-year-old boy plunged into the Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla exhibit, according to 911 recordings released Wednesday, with the boy’s mother pleading for help while repeatedly shouting at her son: “Be calm!” “He’s dragging my son! I can’t watch this!” the woman, who isn’t identified, said in the 911 call Saturday after he dropped some...

  • texas May 29, 2016

    Texas Gorilla Killed After Boy Falls into Enclosure

    The Cincinnati Zoo has temporarily closed its gorilla exhibit after a special zoo response team shot and killed a 17-year-old gorilla that grabbed and dragged a 4-year-old boy who fell into a moat.

  • North America Jun 14, 2014

    Rhino Born by Artificial Insemination at Cincinnati Zoo

    The Cincinnati Zoo says a female Indian rhino calf born recently in New York was produced by artificial insemination using sperm from a now-dead Cincinnati rhino. Zoo officials call the calf born June 5 at the Buffalo Zoo a victory for endangered species. The father was named Jimmy and died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2004. His sperm was frozen,...

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