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Columbus Zoo

Columbus Zoo

Columbus Zoo

Columbus Zoo

The all-new Columbus Zoo has revamped its website, but they don’t just have one update. They’ve had 28 different updates over the past 14 years. Other sites may be stale, but Columbus has shown that changes can be done without taking the site offline.

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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a non-profit zoo located near Powell in Liberty Township, Delaware County, Ohio, United States, north of the city of Columbus. The land lies along the eastern banks of the O'Shaughnessy Reservoir on the Scioto River, at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Powell Road. It has a worldwide reputation, largely attributable to the efforts and promotion of director emeritus Jack Hanna. In 2009, it was named by the USA Travel Guide as the number one zoo in the United States.

Jack Hanna became the director of the Columbus Zoo in 1978 and remained director until 1993. The zoo benefited greatly from his oversight, rising to national recognition during his tenure. Prior to his arrival, the zoo saw an average annual attendance of about 360,000. In addition, the animal facilities were in need of renovation. Hanna put an extensive amount of effort into turning the Columbus Zoo into a model facility, including personally picking up trash after hours. Cage enclosures were also removed during his time and replaced with more natural looking habitats. His enthusiasm, along with his national television recognition, helped attract more visitors to the zoo, with over 1.4 million visitors annually by 1992. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

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Jack Hanna became the director of the Columbus Zoo in 1978 and remained director until 1993. The zoo benefited greatly from his oversight, rising to national recognition during his tenure. Prior to his arrival, the zoo saw an average annual attendance of about 360,000. In addition, the animal facilities were in need of renovation. Hanna put an extensive amount of effort into turning the Columbus Zoo into a model facility, including personally picking up trash after hours. Cage enclosures were also removed during his time and replaced with more natural looking habitats. His enthusiasm, along with his national television recognition, helped attract more visitors to the zoo, with over 1.4 million visitors annually by 1992.

The Columbus Zoo is divided into regions, each housing animals from a particular region of the world. Each region is themed for the particular area of the world they are representing, though older regions are themed less than the newly constructed ones. Food and souvenir shops are located throughout the zoo, each one also themed for the region the shop is in. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

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With the denial, the Columbus Zoo is no longer part of the AZA’s Species Survival Plan programs, unless it becomes an approved “sustainability partner” with the AZA. The zoo said it “will immediately begin the process of becoming AZA sustainability partners for any species affected." Species Survival Plan programs may also work with a facility that loses its accreditation for up to two years to help manage the population and facilitate transfer of animals owned by AZA facilities, the zoo said.

Every year the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium gets turned into a wonderland of lights. It takes about 4 months to string all the lights. The Central Ohio Model Railroad Club also gets into the act by laying over 6000' of wire and 600' of train track for the Wildlights exhibit that runs starting about mid November, through December. Through an ongoing upgrade, the 1000s of Christmas lights are being converted to energy saving LEDs. (Source: touringohio.com)

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Every year the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium gets turned into a wonderland of lights. It takes about 4 months to string all the lights. The Central Ohio Model Railroad Club also gets into the act by laying over 6000' of wire and 600' of train track for the Wildlights exhibit that runs starting about mid November, through December. Through an ongoing upgrade, the 1000s of Christmas lights are being converted to energy saving LEDs.

The new water park opened in May 2008. The new 22.7 acre water park, called Zoombezi Bay, is a name chosen by Central Ohio residents. The water park is part of the park grounds and is located just south of the zoo. Separate admission is required to the water park. (Source: touringohio.com)

 

 

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