The Zoological Society of Cincinnati was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden the second oldest zoo in the United States. The Zoo was founded on 65 acres in the middle of the city and has since acquired some of the surrounding blocks and several reserves in Cincinnati’s suburbs.

Rated by peer zoological parks as one of the best zoos in the nation, the Cincinnati Zoo continues to set the standard for conservation, education, and preservation of wild animals and wild spaces. Over 1.2 million people visit the zoo annually. The zoo features more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, making it one of the largest zoo collections in the country.

The mission and vision of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is dedicated to creating adventure, conveying knowledge, conserving nature, and serving the community. With the addition of a fourth pillar to the zoo’s mission statement, “Serving Community,” the Cincinnati Zoo recognizes the responsibility to partner with diverse and economically challenged communities in its daily work.

Inspiring Passion for Nature and Saving Wildlife for Future Generations.

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