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June 14, 2024

Zoo Returns Manatees to Florida

If you're headed to the Cincinnati Zoo in search for manatees, you won't find them at Manatee Springs until spring 2021 - here's why.

(Featured Photo: The Cincinnati Zoo is relocating manatees Truffleshuffle and Pippen to SeaWorld Orlando while Manatee Springs undergoes renovations.)

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is bidding adieu to two majestic manatees, Truffleshuffle and Pippen, as they make their way to SeaWorld Orlando.

The two manatees will reacclimate to Florida’s climate and weather before being released back into the wild. CZBG (3400 Vine St.) is one of two U.S. zoos outside of Florida that participate in MRP (Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership), a program that rehabilitates sick, injured or orphaned manatees before they can be released back to their natural habitat. Manatee Springs will undergo renovations and will be sans manatees until the spring of 2021.

You can still see alligator, snapping turtles, alligators, crocodiles, snakes and fish during visits to Manatee Springs. Learn more about the Cincinnati Zoo’s initiatives or plan a visit to the zoo today. Visit or call 513-281-4700 for more information.

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Amanda Ciani

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).