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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220
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 opened on July 1, 1874. The Reptile House is the oldest zoo building in the United States, dating from 1875. Animals at the zoo have held several records, including the longest living alligator in captivity at the time (at about 70 years of age), the fastest cheetah in captivity, and the largest Komodo dragon (who died in 2005). The zoo was the first in the United States to put an aye-aye on display, and after losing its last aye-aye in 1993, it finally acquired another in 2011: a 6-year old transferred from the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina. The zoo is one of only a dozen in North America to house and breed bonobos (also known as pygmy chimpanzees), an endangered species of the great apes. The zoo covers 75 acres and has about 1900 animals representing more than 500 species.
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