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Spring is peak bloom season for the hundreds of thousands of flowers at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, but visitors are unable to enjoy them because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The blossoms, however, aren't going unenjoyed.

Hippos can get hungry. Very hungry. So when zoos shut their doors to the public because of the coronavirus, zookeepers keep showing up to work to make sure everyone is fed.

Jenna Wingate feeds Fiona, the Cincinnati Zoo's 3-year-old, 1,300-pound hippo. Fiona was born premature, and Wingate has been looking after her since two hours after she was born.

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Just months after celebrating her 50th birthday, the oldest animal born at the Cincinnati Zoo has died. The zoo says a gorilla named "Samantha" was euthanized Sunday morning.

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Dr. Gary Nabhan, an ethnobiologist, nature writer and world expert on the people, plants and wildlife of the Sonoran desert, speaks with Cincinnati Edition host Michael Monks and Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard about his upcoming lecture on March 11 at the Cincinnati Zoo's Peacock Pavilion as part of the Barrows Conservation lecture series.

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Updated 12 p.m.

The oldest living animal ever born at the Cincinnati Zoo turned 50 Friday. "Samantha" is the sixth oldest of the more than 360 gorillas in North America.

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Despite high hopes based on her denning behaviors, the Cincinnati Zoo confirmed early this month the polar bear named "Anana" is not pregnant. Now, the agency that oversees the polar bear Species Survival Plan is recommending a new mate.

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Updated: 3:44 p.m.

When you're the darling of Cincinnati a simple sheet cake just won't do. Fiona the hippo turns three on Friday and she celebrated a day early with a tiered confection combining all her favorite treats.

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A white lion famously donated to the Cincinnati Zoo by magicians Siegfried & Roy has died. The zoo says the lion named "Prosperity" was "humanely euthanized" Monday.

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Updated Dec. 2, 3 p.m.

The Cincinnati Zoo's baby giraffe has a name.

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The winter holiday season is in full swing, with plenty of things to see and do in the Tri-State. We asked people on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit for their tips and tricks for improving the entire experience.

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The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden says its 12-year-old male giraffe 'Kimba' has died following a recent surgical procedure. Officials say he developed complications after undergoing a successful procedure last week to fix his hooves. 

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After sifting through hundreds of suggestions and putting the final two options to a vote of the people, the Cincinnati Zoo's baby bearcat now has a name.

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The Cincinnati Zoo announced Wednesday that its "beloved black rhino Kendi" would be leaving the zoo for a new home at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where he will be paired with a female "so he can do his part to contribute to the survival of his critically endangered species." 

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The University of Cincinnati is getting a new living mascot. The Cincinnati Zoo Friday introduced a new baby bearcat just arrived from the Nashville Zoo.

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Two manatees are back in Florida after spending two years undergoing rehabilitation at the Cincinnati Zoo. "Miles" and "Matthew" arrived at a SeaWorld Orlando facility Tuesday as they prepare for the final steps before release back into the wild.

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A few Cincinnati firefighters took a break from their normal routine Monday to visit the Cincinnati Zoo's elephants. Members of Ladder Co. 32 used their hoses to bathe elephants Schottzie, Jati and Mai Thai.

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A gorilla named "Jomo" is getting along well despite being diagnosed with a neurological disorder earlier this year.

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A mainstay at University of Cincinnati sporting events, "Lucy the Bearcat" is retreating to private life. The Cincinnati Zoo says Lucy is retiring from her duties as a living representation of the school's mascot.

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The Cincinnati Zoo says it is progressing methodically as it re-integrates a gorilla that spent the last nearly 30 years in California.

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A female manatee named "Daphne" is ready to return to her native Florida waters after spending 16 months at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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