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There's yet another newborn at the Cincinnati Zoo. A male okapi was born last week.

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Steven Spielberg's mother Leah Adler, a Cincinnati native who gave birth to Steven here in 1946, died Tuesday in Los Angeles where she had operated The Milky Way restaurant. She was 97.

She was born Leah Frances Posner on Jan. 12, 1920, to Philip and Jennie Posner, and raised in Cincinnati during the Roaring Twenties and Great Depression.

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Update 02/21/17: The Cincinnati Zoo says, "Fiona took two bottles this morning and seems to have more energy. She's still receiving fluids via IV but she is able to get up and move around with help."

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This year marks the 25th Annual Barrows Lecture Series at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Since 1993, the zoo has invited naturalists and scientists to speak on wildlife issues and global conservation efforts. 

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The Cincinnati Zoo has three new tiger cubs. The Malayan tiger cubs were born Feb. 3 and are being cared for by zoo staff.

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If you are a serious gardener, would like to dress-up your yard or make better use of the space you have available, winter is the perfect time to do some research, take some classes and put your landscape plans together so you're ready to start planting this spring.

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Not long after discovering one of its hippos was pregnant, the Cincinnati Zoo says 17-year-old Bibi has given birth six weeks early.

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Typically gardeners in our region spend this time of year inside, researching new plants, ordering seeds and planning their spring gardens. 

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Public television fans will recognize marine biologist Dr. Carl Safina from his series “Saving the Ocean” which took viewers around the globe in search of good news about ocean life. 

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Seven endangered tortoises smuggled into the U.S. from Malaysia are now on exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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Gaia Vince is the former editor at Nature magazine who decided to leave her office and travel the world to see how people on the frontline of our changing environment are living. 

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Federal investigators said in report released last month a barrier at the Cincinnati Zoo's "Gorilla World" exhibit was in compliance with standards before a three-year-old boy slipped into the enclosure. That breach of the barrier in May made it non-compliant.

Gross Science With Anna Rothschild

Nov 7, 2016
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Nearly 100,000 people subscribe to the Gross Science from NOVA channel on YouTube so they can watch host Anna Rothschild explain the slimy, smelly, creepy-crawly world of science and nature in a fun, engaging way. 

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People may associate bees with honey for their tea and home remedies, but bees are also responsible for about one out of every three bites of food we eat. 

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The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will present its fifth annual Native Plant Symposium on November 12. 

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 The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will present its sixth annual Plant Trials Day symposium on August 18. 

Hippos Say Hello

Jul 21, 2016
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Henry, the Cincinnati Zoo's new male hippo, did some heavy duty courting Thursday, the opening day of Hippo Cove. He's been by himself for 20 years at another zoo and is now joined by female, Bibi. Zookeepers say, however, she's in charge and tires of Henry chasing her around.

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Henry the hippo has said goodbye to the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri and is now at the Cincinnati Zoo. Henry, 34, described as "one of the most charismatic animals at the zoo, is joined by a 17-year-old female named Bibi. A new exhibit will open July 21. In order to house them, the Cincinnati Zoo had to build an elaborate water filtration system, as described in this story which originally aired last summer.

Here's an encore presentation of the report:

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The Cincinnati Zoo's gorilla exhibit is reopen with new safety precautions in place. 

The exhibit was closed May 28, when a 3-year-old boy got into the enclosure. Zoo staff shot and killed a gorilla to rescue him. 

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The mother of the toddler who climbed through a barrier and fell into the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla enclosure will not face charges. That's the decision from Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters. The zoo fatally shot a gorilla while rescuing the child.

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