The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden invites visitors to experience the spirit of Africa during the opening of Phase III of its newest exhibit - AFRICA - which opens to the public on June 29. Africa will come alive as you journey through the breath-taking beauty of this open-vista exhibit, featuring some of the country's most beautiful animals - the majestic African lion, the incredible African cheetah and the graceful Maasai giraffe, to name a few.
The zoo's animal outreach coordinator, Kate Olukalns, brought along some of the animals that will be in the exhibit including an African leopard tortoise, a white faced scops owl and a ball python.
Coming face to face with the Zoo's two new African lions through a 12-foot-tall glass wall in their new 11,200 square-foot exhibit is just one of many reasons to visit the Zoo when it opens Phase III of AFRICA. Visitors can also see the Zoo's herd of Maasai giraffe from the newly expanded Giraffe Deck which now features a covered Treehouse that reaches out into the giraffe yard, getting visitors closer than ever to the Zoo's tallest residents. In addition, a new Circle of Love animal encounter area where guests can meet unique African animals, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily, and a lush, new African cheetah exhibit which features quiet grasslands, a waterfall and a rippling creek passing through, located just outside of Base Camp Café - the Zoo's new African themed dining facility - featuring more indoor dining space and a new, largely expanded outside deck overlooking the African savannah.
While in AFRICA Zoo visitors will have an opportunity to help one of the Zoo's conservation mission's in Africa. Beaded bracelets, made by the Olkiramatian Women's Group that manage the Lale enok Resource Center in the South Rift of Kenya, will be sold in the AFRICA exhibit. These bracelets are an unchanging symbol of the Maasai - a tangible cultural icon and a means to maintaining healthy livelihood. The bracelets are a symbol of the coexistence of humans and wildlife - and the Zoo hopes to inspire it's visitors with this message of coexistence in hopes that they will take the sustainability and conservation messages they hear at the Zoo and put them into place in their homes and communities. By purchasing a bracelet, Zoo visitors are supporting the coexistence of lions, humans, and other wildlife in the South Rift.
Visit AFRICA - opening June 29 at the Cincinnati Zoo. It's closer than you think! AFRICA is free with regular admission. Admission prices are $15/adults, $10/children (2-12), children under 2 are free. Additional parking fees are added. Zoo summer hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. from May 26 - September 3. For more information visit us online at www.cincinnatizoo.org , or download the Mobile App for mobile devices.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45220