Artist endorses zoo levy
An internationally-known Cincinnati wildlife artist is endorsing the March 4 levy for the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
John A. Ruthven called the zoo a “world-class family attraction” that has “been in the forefront of conservation and breeding of endangered animals. I am pleased to add my voice to the many people who will vote ‘yes,’” he said.
Ruthven, a Walnut Hills native, is also a naturalist, author and lecturer. The zoo is seeking a 0.46 renewal levy to pay for animal care and maintenance of the zoo’s buildings. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $9.44 a year, $1.78 more than they pay now.
Thane Maynard, zoo director called Ruthven a "great friend of the zoo and wildlife conservation."
“We especially value and appreciate John Ruthven’s endorsement and support," he said. "We know the voters of Hamilton County appreciate John Ruthven as a treasure of this community and are confident they will appreciate his support for the Zoo.”