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Cincinnati Zoo's New Roo Valley Is Hopping

The Cincinnati Zoo's newest outdoor exhibit is open. Roo Valley features two types of kangaroos and penguins in an environmentally efficient habitat.

More than 30 little blue penguins will be swimming through a tank filled with recovered rainwater heated and cooled with a geothermal well system. The zoo says visitors will be able to walk among the kangaroos as well.

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"The animal staff was instrumental during the design phase of Roo Valley and, as a result, enrichment opportunities have been built into the habitats," the zoo writes in a release. "For the penguins, this includes fans, misters, sprinklers, underwater jets, heat lamps, heated rocks, multiple substrates, and underwater elements that create a complex environment.  All of these promote natural behaviors for overall optimal health and wellbeing."

Reservations are required to enter the zoo because of the pandemic.

The area includes a craft beer garden and an ADA-accessible ropes course will open in 2021. The new area was funded by the zoo's More Home to Roam campaign.

Credit Courtesy of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Kanga Klimb, a ropes course, is slated to open in 2021.

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Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.
Bill Rinehart started his radio career as a disc jockey in 1990. In 1994, he made the jump into journalism and has been reporting and delivering news on the radio in markets including Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; Dayton, Ohio; and most recently as senior correspondent and anchor for Cincinnati’s WLW-AM.