The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden gives you a real feeling and experience of nature and the wild. Opened in 1875, this is the second-oldest zoo in the United States and it’s located in Cincinnati, OH. The zoo is strategically located in the middle of the city and covers over 65 acres. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is renowned for its breeding programs that have led to the breeding and preservation of many foreign and hybrid animal and bird species. The zoo has one of the most beautiful and comprehensive botanical gardens. I visited the zoo for the first time late last year and was quite amazed by the huge collection of animals, birds, and plants in the habitats. The zoo is actually divided into various animal habitats. You can go on guided tours of the zoo or you can just explore the various habitats on your own. There are all kinds of amenities in this zoo. There are so many things to do in Cincinnati, but I set aside two days to experience all of the fun and amazing things at the zoo. I will try to relate my experiences as accurately as possible.
I started my tour of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden early in the morning. I decided to check out the animal habitats first. There are over 20 animal habitats featuring all kinds of animals. The animals are generally classified into five categories including birds, invertebrates, reptiles, mammals, amphibians and fish. The habitat Cat Canyon is where you will find all kinds of big cats including cougars, tigers, leopards etc. We also have the Dobsa Giraffe Ridge where you will find many giraffes. The Africa habitat has many animals and bids from the African tropics including ostriches and meerkats. Gorilla World is one the most amazing habitats in the zoo. You will find gorillas of all ages and looks in this habitat. I was also impressed by the Dragons habitat where giant komodo dragons are seen roaming around. The Reptile House has the best collection of snakes and other reptiles that I have ever seen. You will be able to see some of the rarest and even endangered animal species at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, OH.
One of the things that I really love to do is just staring at birds. I like watching birds in the wild. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is one of the best places to go bird watching. There are very many different species of birds in this zoo. I visited the Wings of the World habitat and enjoyed watching many different types of native and foreign birds. The Wings of Wonder Bird Show is quite thrilling with some of the most beautiful birds that I have ever seen. Swan Lake has many aquatic birds living in the wild.
Exploring The Gardens
In addition to all these animals and birds, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, OH, also has a very beautiful botanical garden. This is an expansive botanical garden that I toured for half a day. There are all kinds of rare and local plants all grown properly and very healthy. There are garden exhibits, native plants, trees, manicured lawns, and plant research that is always ongoing in the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.