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Visit the Cincinnati Zoo

Discounted Zoo Tickets - Valid Everyday

UC staff, faculty, students and alumni can buy discounted tickets for admission, rides and meals. Bypass ticket booth lines by printing admission tickets from your computer. Present them, along with your UC ID, at the entrance turnstiles.

Purchase discounted tickets by visiting the Cincinnati Zoo online tickets site. Enter "UC" as the store name.  

Lucy the bearcat

When you visit the zoo, don't forget to say "hello" to Lucy the bearcat, member of the UC cheerleading squad.

Find out what's happening this month at the Cincinnati Zoo by visiting the events calendar.

Directions to the Zoo | Zoo map



Bearcat, Arctictis binturong -"Lucy"

Birthday: January 17, 2008

Hometown: Spring, Texas

Length: 4 ft

Weight: 20 lbs

Favorite Food: Grapes, bananas and musketeers

Also known as the binturong, the bearcat is agile like a cat in the canopy and less adept on ground, walking flat-footed like a bear. However, it is neither a bear nor a cat, but belongs to the civet and mongoose family. Spending most of its time in the trees, it slowly and skillfully walks along branches at night while foraging for fruit and small animals. Curling its prehensile tail around a tree limb, the bearcat pulls fruiting branches to its mouth with its forepaws. As it climbs down a tree headfirst, the bearcat turns its ankles so it can still grip the trunk with its claws.

The bearcat has a very distinctive odor; it smells like hot popcorn!

Although it is classified as a carnivore, the bearcat primarily eats fruit.

A bearcat eats a fig, travels a ways, then passes the seeds out the other end, helping fig trees grow in new places.

UC at the Zoo

UC at the Zoo 2013

Thanks for joining us! More than 5,000 UC and UC Health staff, students, friends, fans and families joined in the fun.

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