Best Of 2018

Best Coveted Kiss: Cincinnati Zoo's A.D.O.P.T. Program

To celebrate Fiona’s first birthday, the Cincinnati Zoo gave away a one-of-a-kind painting: Fiona’s kiss. Caretakers gave the hippo some purple paint and helped her plant one on a canvas to create a very unique work of art. The winner grabbed her prize after participating in the zoo’s A.D.O.P.T. program, where you can make a dollar donation that goes to provide food, housing, toys and enrichment activities for your selected animal. Fiona’s kiss was a special gift, but you can A.D.O.P.T. many other animals starting at just $30, from Winsol the baby aardvark to Moe the sloth or Sugar the river otter. Each adopter receives a personalized certificate, coupons for behind-the-scenes experiences and a color photo. If you’re more interested in the art, the zoo has a solution for that, too. The organization’s elephants and rhinos are particularly gifted in creating custom paintings. Rhino Rembrandts and Brush in Trunk packages include individually painted canvases featuring the colors of your choice (for the elephant experience, you can even opt to watch the animals create your work) and proceeds from sales go directly to the animals’ conservation efforts. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.