The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second oldest zoo in the United States. It opened in 1875, just 14 months after the Philadelphia Zoo on July 1, 1874. The Reptile House is the oldest zoo building in the United States, dating from 1875.
The Cincinnati Zoo is located in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati. It was founded on 65.4 acres in the middle of the city, and since then it has acquired some of the surrounding blocks and several reserves in Cincinnati’s outer suburbs. The zoo conducts breeding programs, and was the first to successfully breed California sea lions. The zoo also has other breeding programs including South African cheetahs, Sumatran rhinoceros, Indochinese tigers, Malayan tigers, western lowland gorillas, pottos, and Masai giraffes. The Cincinnati Zoo was the home of Martha, the last living passenger pigeon, which died there in 1914. It was also home to the last living Carolina parakeet in 1918.
- City Attraction Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Fully Accessible Entry: Yes
- Accessible Restrooms Onsite: Yes
- Restrictive Steps: No Restrictive Steps
Jim’s Accessibility Comments:
Everyplace at the zoo and botanical garden is accessible and very wheelchair friendly. Park on Vine Street in a handicapped parking space, roll across the Vine St bridge and take the elevator to the 2nd Floor. There is a wheelchair accessible restroom. The gardens have asphalt walkways which are generally level and easy to navigate. No steps.