Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

4850 West Powell Road

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is one of the premier zoos in the United States, boasting over 10,000 animals from 600 different species, including rare and endangered animals. The zoo was founded in 1927 and since then has been constantly evolving and improving, with multiple exhibits and habitats that mimic the animals' natural environments. Visitors can explore the Heart of Africa exhibit, which features 22 acres of African savanna, showcasing animals such as lions, zebras, and giraffes, or the Polar Frontier exhibit, which features polar bears and Arctic foxes in a simulated arctic environment. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also boasts a variety of other attractions, including the Zoombezi Bay water park, the Ohio Wildlife Center, and the Jungle Jack's Landing children's amusement park. Additionally, the zoo hosts several events and programs throughout the year, including summer camps, behind-the-scenes tours, and even a holiday light display.

The zoo's history is also notable, as its director emeritus, Jack Hanna, has become a beloved figure in the world of wildlife preservation and conservation. Hanna's appearances on various TV shows, including the Late Show with David Letterman and his own show, Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures, have helped to raise awareness of the need for conservation efforts and the importance of zoos like Columbus in preserving species. Visitors can also explore nearby landmarks, such as the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens or the Ohio Statehouse.

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