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Currently there are seven zoos in the United States with Bonobo exhibits.  Please see the list below and click on the links for more information.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden  – Cincinnati, Ohio

The Zoological Society of Cincinnati was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden the second oldest Zoo in the United States. The Zoo’s original animal collection was very small, originally consisting of just eight monkeys, two grizzly bears, three deer, six raccoons, two elk, a buffalo, a hyena, a tiger, an alligator, a circus elephant, and over four hundred birds, including a talking crow. The Zoo was founded on 65 acres in the middle of the city, and since then has acquired some of the surrounding blocks and several reserves in Cincinnati’s suburbs.

Click here to see their Bonobo page!

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – Columbus, Ohio

Home to more than 11,000 animals representing nearly 600 species from around the globe, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium leads and inspires by connecting people and wildlife. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Course. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates the Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; annually contributing $4 million of privately raised funds to support conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating.

Click here to see their Bonobo page!

Fort Worth Zoo – Fort Worth, Texas

The mission of the Fort Worth Zoo is to strengthen the bond between humans and the environment by promoting responsible stewardship of wildlife and ensuring diverse, high-quality educational and entertaining family experiences through effective and efficient management of its resources.

Click here to see their World of Primates page!

Jacksonville Zoo – Jacksonville, Florida

Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is growing and changing daily and is dedicated to consistently improving. Beginning in 2004 with Range of the Jaguar and continuing with Giraffe Overlook and Savanna Blooms garden, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. The Zoo has something for everyone with more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants.

Click here to see their Bonobo page!

Memphis Zoo – Memphis, Tennessee

Their vision is to preserve wildlife through education, conservation and research. Aware that the zoo of tomorrow begins today, their staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing a naturalistic and enriching sanctuary for their animals, and a clean, friendly, entertaining and educational experience for their guests. Together, they are building one of the world’s great zoos.

Click here to see their Bonobo page!

Milwaukee Zoo – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Milwaukee County Zoo’s mission is to inspire public understanding, support and participation in global conservation of animal species and their environment by creating a unifying bond between their visitors and the living earth and provide an environment for personal renewal and enjoyment for their guests by:

  • Contributing to world wide animal management, conservation and research efforts
  • Fostering sound physical, psychological and social development for the animal groups in their care
  • Sharing their knowledge with the intent to reinforce the human-animal-earth bond
  • Improving the quality of their professional development, administration and operating environment
  • Striving for the financial self-sufficiency of the organization
  • Continuing the public-private partnership with the Zoological Society of Milwaukee County

Click here to see their list of animals!

Click here learn about their Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative!

San Diego Zoo – San Diego, California

San Diego Zoo Global is a not-for-profit organization that operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. It was founded on October 2, 1916, by Harry M. Wegeforth, M.D, and has an 11-member Board of Trustees headed by Robert Horsman; Douglas G. Myers is their president/CEO.

The 100-acre (40-hectare) Zoo is home to over 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park.

The San Diego Zoo is the only zoo west of Texas with a collection of bonobos.

Click here to see their Bonobo page!