The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens zoo maintains more than 500 animals and 3,000 plant species and is the only place in the world that exhibits to the public the Sumatran rhino, a rare animal species. Details of their revenue, weaknesses, and strengths have been highlighted in the attached spreadsheet.
- The zoo was founded in the year 1873 and was opened to public in the year 1875. It started with an animal collection of eight monkeys, two grizzly bears, three deer, six raccoon, two elk, a buffalo, a hyena, a tiger, an alligator, a circus elephant, and over four hundred birds, including a talking crow. The zoo now maintains more than 500 animals and more than 3,000 varieties of plants.
- In the 1880s, the Zoo began its breeding program with Trumpeter Swans and Sea Lions.
- The zoo was named a National Historic Landmark in 1987 because of its architectural features in Elephant House, the Reptile House, and the Passenger Pigeon Memorial.
- From 1975, the zoo has been a part of the Cincinnati public school system and also has a four-year college preparatory program called Zoo Academy.
Offerings of the Cincinnati Zoo
- This is the only place in the world that exhibits to the public the Sumatran rhino, a rare animal species. To protect them from sunlight and to make their environment close to their natural habitat, the staffs have constructed special shade structures and mud wallows have been added to the yard.
- Cincinnati Zoo has 3 signature projects with the Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife’s (CREW), an organization where researchers save special species both plants and animals with the help of science, which include small cats, rhinos and endangered plants.
- The zoo has about 75 acres of botanical garden with about 200 species. They have also partnered with Cincinnati Reds to makeover the community for the past 5 years.
- Training Camps
1. The summer camps have educated 3,376 students which is 14% more than their estimated number of students.
2. There are various summer camps organized by the zoo, educating all age groups ranging from kindergarten to adults.
3. They also provide Advanced Inquiry Program, a web-based master's degree program in collaboration with Miami University.
- Crew School Program
1. The program educates students on the daily use of conservation science in the zoo.
2. The program accepts students throughout the year from 6th grade and above with a maximum group size of 30.
3. The topics covered in the program include Saving Species with Science, Exceptional Plants and Building Tour of CREW.
- Zoo Academy
1. Since 1975, the Zoo academy has been part of the public school system in Cincinnati where students get a vocational degree for working as zookeepers 2 hours daily.
2. It is a 4-year college preparatory program.
3. In 2008, the course transitioned to Tech Prep program in collaboration with UC Blue Ash and Cincinnati State and the students spend their ninth and tenth-grade years at the Hughes High School and eleventh and twelfth-grade years on the Zoo.
- Reds Community Makeover
1. As part of their Go Green initiative started in 2013, The zoo has partnered with the Reds Community Fund and P&G and has transformed Cincinnati neighborhoods.
2. They have renovated and upgraded community centers, baseball fields, and community gardens in the Cincinnati neighborhood.
3. Some of the notable projects are Gabriel’s Place & Hirsch Recreation Center, Avondale Millvale Community Center, South Cumminsville Seven Hills Neighborhood House, West End, Epsy Center & Evans Field, and Lower Price Hill.
- Community Gardens
1. The zoo has assisted many community gardens and green spaces around Avondale, contributing to the food environment.
2. In 2010, with the help of the zoo and a local company building value in Forest and Vine Gateway, they successfully deconstructed 3 deteriorating houses and constructed a welcoming gateway in Avondale.
3. The other community gardens they have participated in are Ruther Triangle, Beldare/Hilltop Community Garden, City Barn Community Garden, and Northern-Larona Community Park.
- Zoo Name: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
- Location: Cincinnati, Ohio [Source 8]
- Website: http://cincinnatizoo.org/
- Unique Fact: This is the only place in the world that exhibits to the public the Sumatran rhino, a rare animal species.
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The overview of the history of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens and their value proposition have been provided in the spreadsheet.