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How Fiona became a social media star


It's been almost six months since she was born, but baby Fiona has already made a name for herself all over the internet.

The hippo was born premature and only weighed 29 pounds, when full-term baby hippos weigh 55-120 pounds at birth. From the minute she was born, a care team at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden gave her round-the-clock care, and she pulled through. 

They started posting daily updates on Fiona, and when she was past the critical point, the zoo made an announcement that they would stop giving daily updates. Almost immediately, people started commenting on the social media posts that they wanted those daily updates, so they continued.

It seems Fiona came at just the right time, both for the nation and for the zoo. She arrived just after Inauguration Day, and it was just last year that the zoo had to make the decision to shoot and kill one of its Silverback Gorillas, Harambe, after a child fell into the gorilla enclosure and was in danger.

The country's favorite little hippo is now over 350 pounds, and she's finally reunited with her parents, Bibi and Henry. Although she's still not on a regular viewing schedule, it's highly likely you'll see her during your next visit to the zoo. 

Read the full NPR story and take a peek at some of Fiona's social media posts here.

 

Travel + Leisure discovers the key places to visit in Cincinnati


Cincinnati is undergoing a renaissance, and it's been named one of the hottest places to visit in the country. Residents know why, but visits are just starting to learn about its history, top-notch bars and restaurants, museums, sports teams and great views.

Travel + Leisure thinks these are the top nine places to visit while in the Queen City: Click here to read more. 
 

Zoo's Painted Dog Valley receives important sustainability recognition


Painted Dog Valley at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has achieved the International Living Future Institute's Living Building Challenge petal certification.

This certification is the world's most rigorous performance standard for buildings and recognizes spaces that help the environment.

The LBC praised Painted Dog Valley for being made with long-lasting materials, fostering a sense of community and immersing visitors in the beauty of the African savannah.

Cincinnati Zoo is known as the greenest zoo in the country, and is committed to maintaining the highest standard of sustainability in its building projects. In 2006, the Education Center received LEED silver certification and was the first of its kind in the city. Since then, the zoo has received LEED certification on each of its new building projects (Historic Vine Street Village, the Pavilion, the gift shop, Cat Canyon, the shipping/receiving building and Africa Phase 3).

Read more about the zoo's new certification here.

 

Around-the-clock care has helped baby Fiona reach 200 pounds


Fiona the premature baby hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has stolen millions of hearts from around the world. Since her early birth in February, she's taken huge strides, due in large part to the around-the-clock care she's receiving from her care team at the zoo.

Fiona is predicted to be fully reunited with her parents early this summer, and will be at Hippo Cove with them shortly after.

In this piece from USA Today, her 25-person care team talks about what it's like to take care of a 200-pound hippo. (That's right, Fiona is up to 200 pounds and continues to grow!)

Five new must-see attractions coming to Cincy this summer


There are a number of new things coming to Cincinnati this summer, and the Indianapolis Star, via the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network, has rounded up five of those attractions
 


 

Cincinnati Zoo's preemie hippo Fiona takes first steps


According to Cincinnati Zoo spokesperson Michelle Curley, Baby “Fiona” is eating well and maintaining good activity levels.
 
On Jan. 24, Fiona was born six weeks prematurely to Bibi, her 17-year-old mother. Fiona is the first Nile hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 75 years.
 
Staffers are assisting Fiona with feeding, but say they will continue to help her gain strength and eventually nurse on her own. On Sunday, she took her very first steps, which is something baby hippos should be able to do shortly after birth.
 
Read the full story, watch the video and link to the Zoo’s website for updates here.
 

Avondale program shows how the arts contribute to creating more equitable places


Local arts leader Margy Waller has published a report about her painting project in Avondale on Americans for the Arts' ArtsBlog. It's her fifth blog post in 2016 related to her involvement with the organization's New Community Visions Initiative, a two-year effort to explore the role of community-based arts enabling organizations, funders, cultural institutions and artists in shaping the future of local arts in the U.S.

Waller's new blog post asks how the arts can contribute to creating more equitable places and offers her Avondale experience as an example of success.

"Leaders at two of the area hospitals seem to recognize the damage done to the neighborhood (by large institutions replacing homes with office buildings and parking lots) and are looking for ways to connect with residents, bridging and bonding with the community, creating a stronger place for all," she writes. "These leaders called for a partner to create an experience, having in mind something like the ArtWalks — community inspired and co-created crosswalk murals — we’ve created in other neighborhoods."

The resulting painting project at Gabriel's Place, Waller says, "might seem a small thing. But, no. Co-creating the art is a major happiness element, enhancing quality of life and connecting the neighborhood residents to people working at the encroaching institutions. Recognizing the damage done, the racist and privileged actions over decades, is large."

Read Margy Waller's full blog post here.
 

Fodor's ranks Cincinnati Zoo in top 10 U.S. zoos


Fodor's, one of the best-known names in travel guides, has published its list of the 10 best U.S. zoos and included Cincinnati Zoo.

"These ten zoos deliver local wildlife experiences where endangered species are nurtured, ferocious predators are kept within feet of the public, and a renaissance of education in conservation and science is incorporated throughout, promising fun for the whole family," the list's introduction says.

Cincinnati Zoo is praised for its animal demonstrations and talks; choice opportunities to feed giraffes and watch elephants bathe and cheetahs run; and for being the nation's second oldest zoo.

"(Cincinnati) zoo has a long history of animal conservation and animal awareness initiatives, including Project Saving Species, a fund that channels money throughout the world to projects dedicated to animal welfare," the story says.

Check out the full list here.
 

Cincinnati Children's named #3 overall pediatric hospital in U.S.


U.S. News & World Report released its ninth annual rankings of U.S. pediatric hospitals, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center was recognized as #3 overall.

The rankings evaluate hospitals in 10 specialties, from cancer to urology, and in the new rankings 83 hospitals were ranked among the top 50 in at least one specialty. Twelve of the 83 ranked hospitals had high scores in three or more specialties and were named to the Honor Roll. Cincinnati Children's was one of only three hospitals to be ranked in all 10 specialties, and the other two (Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) ended up #1 and #2 overall, respectively.

See the full rankings here.
 

Newborn Buffalo Zoo rhino calf conceived with deceased Cincinnati Zoo rhino's sperm

The Cincinnati Zoo says a female Indian rhino calf born recently in New York was produced by artificial insemination using sperm from a now-dead Cincinnati rhino. Zoo officials call the calf born June 5 at the Buffalo Zoo a victory for endangered species. Read more.


 

Public Library of Cincinnati gets five-star rating

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County accepted a national honor last week from the library field’s leading professional publication. "The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service" awarded the public library a five-star rating for service. Read more.

Cincinnati named one of Top 100 Best Places to Live

Livability.com named Cincinnati one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live. Read more.

Endangered rhino born via artificial insemination

Born at Alabama’s Montgomery Zoo on June 5, Ethan is the first endangered Indian rhino calf to live and thrive as a result of artificial insemination. The birth was a collaboration between the Montgomery Zoo and the Cincinnati Zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife, where Dr. Monica Stoops, a reproductive physiologist, pioneered the technique.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati Zoo's restaurant greenest in United States

The Cincinnati Zoo, which calls itself the Greenest Zoo in America, now also has the greenest restaurant in the country.

Read the full story here.

Struggling women sad, angry over sale of nonprofit Ohio home that will become a boutique hotel

After losing a two-year fight with a Fortune 500 company determined to buy their beautiful, 104-year-old property and turn it into a boutique hotel the women of the Anna Louise Inn have to leave the neighborhood.

Read the full story here.
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