The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is consistently ranked as one of the top zoos in the country. Opened in 1875, it is the nation’s second oldest zoo and a national historic landmark.

The Zoo’s 75 acres display over 3,000 plant varieties. Over 1.2 million people visit the Zoo annually. This not-for-profit entity is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants, and engages in research and conservation projects around the world.

Of course, most people only think of the animals when the word "zoo" is mentioned. However, many zoos have incorporated wonderful plantings to complement the animal displays. Cincinnati Zoo is one of the best.

During my visit, I actually hardly noticed the animals. The variety of plant material and the nice gardens kept my attention. This can be dangerous, however, since I almost fell into a pit with the apes. Wonder if they would have adopted me.

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