Quick Review: A cool zoo near the heart of town. Very historic location and feel.
As historic as they come, the Cincinnati Zoo is one of the best medium sized zoos in America. It has all of the animals one would expect at a zoo but doesn’t pander to the customer to see them.
The zoo is broken up into different displays like most others. It categorizes most of the animals by type, (nocturnal mammals giraffe, reptiles) and not by continent. This actually works out well because most animals don’t live by human defined boundaries.
All of the animals seemed happy and content to live where they. None of them seemed to be stuck in small concrete cages, but where still easy to view with out problems. The larger animals are not the only focus of the place. All animals seemed to get equal attention with the larger one being slightly more noticeable. Some animals do get more than deserved attention but this is normal because of the recognizably that children have with them.
The informational placards about the animals are easily visible and highly informative. The zoo has many a school program that is offered through out the year and even a four year college preparatory academy located on the grounds. With many an to see a show (some try to hard to entertain, like the bird show), meet a zoo keeper, or watch a feeding the park offers plenty of opportunities to learn and be educated.
The Cincinnati zoo is one of the oldest zoo’s in America. Opened in 1875, the same year as the park the reptile house is the oldest building in any zoo in the nation. The park does a good job keeping the history upfront and vivid but not stagnating in it. Yes the buildings are old, but the methods for keeping the animals do not seem to be. Even major historical events are given the respect they deserve. One of the best examples of this is the Passenger Pigeon and Carolina Parakeet Memorial. Both specie became extinct at the zoo, but the park does not hid the truth of what happened.
Overall the Zoo keeps very true to its goals of conservation, education, and preservation. With respect for the visitor as a consumer of information.