By Steve Hirschberg
Highland Heights, Kentucky – In September, 1875, Cincinnati became only the second city in the nation, after Philadelphia, to have its own zoo. Now there's a pictorial history of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Author Joy Kraft tells WNKU's Steve Hirschberg that the zoo was founded by local businessman Andrew Erkenbrecher, who had a fondness for collecting songbirds. She says Erkenbrecher and some of his friends decided to import songbirds from Germany. They thought releasing the birds around the city would help deal with a caterpillar infestation that was harming trees.