Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | April 23, 2009

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says Cincinnati Zoological Society is a treasured landmark for all to see and enjoy.

One of my favorite places to visit is the Cincinnati Zoological Society.  Of course, folks from Northern Kentucky simply call it the “zoo.”  It is located in the middle of the city of Cincinnati, near U.C., and a great place to take the family for a wonderful day of fun and relaxation.  It is truly a wonderfully designed zoo situated on about 65 acres or so. In addition to the animals and insects, the Cincinnati Zoo’s biological gardens are a pure delight to see and smell in the spring.   

The Cincinnati Zoo was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making it the second oldest Zoo in the United States. The Cincinnati Zoo’s original animal collection was very small, originally consisting of just eight monkeys, two grizzly bears, three deer, six raccoons, two elk, a buffalo, a hyena, a tiger, an alligator, a circus elephant, and over four hundred birds, including a talking crow.

 

The Zoo was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1987 due to its significant architecture featured in

The Cincinnati Zoo is one of the finest zoos in the country.

The Cincinnati Zoo is one of the finest zoos in the country.

the Elephant House, the Reptile House, and the Passenger Pigeon Memorial. Today, the Zoo’s Reptile House is the oldest existing Zoo building in the country, dating from 1875.

 

Perhaps as neat, the Cincinnati Zoo is the home of Thayne Maynard, who is frequently heard on Public Radio talking about his hometown zoo.

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