Phone threat prompts evacuation at Cincinnati Zoo

(Courtesy: Dan Griffin, WLWT)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WLWT) – Someone made a phone threat to the Cincinnati Zoo that prompted an evacuation Thursday.

Cincinnati police officers and bomb-sniffing dogs are investigating after the call, which came in at 3:30 p.m. Guests were evacuated immediately. Police had not found anything as of 5 p.m., they said.

The police department tweeted about the evacuation: “Cincinnati Zoo evacuated for suspicious device call. Bomb dogs currently sweeping zoo. Media staging area: Vine & Shields bus turn-around.”

“The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden safely evacuated staff and guests today around 3:30 pm as a precaution after an unspecified threat was called into Cincinnati Police,” the zoo wrote in a statement. “The Zoo takes all threats seriously. We will continue to work with Cincinnati Police to ensure the Zoo remains a safe environment.”

The Cincinnati Zoo has been under fire, especially on social media, since Haramabe, a gorilla, was shot and killed there in May after a child got into his enclosure. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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