History/Tourism

Historical Society To Present Program On The Columbus Zoo

6 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Historical Society will host a free virtual program titled “The History of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium” on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 PM. The program will be on Zoom and Facebook Live with registration on Eventbrite.

From its humble beginnings in 1927 as a shelter for a few reindeer to more than 10,000 animals representing over 600 species from around the globe, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium leads and inspires by connecting people and wildlife. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact, annually contributing more than $4 million of privately raised funds to support conservation projects worldwide.

This program will be presented by Dr. Michael Kreger, Vice President of Conservation and Sustainability at the Columbus Zoo. He will talk about where the Columbus Zoo has been and its progressive march to gaining an international reputation for excellence in animal care, conservation, and education. More…

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History/Tourism

Columbus Zoo Executives Resign Amid Allegations; Zoo Hires Interim CEO

31 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Columbus television station 10TV reported on Sunday that Zoo President and CEO Tom Staft and Executive Vice Preseient and CFO Greg Bell had resigned from their respective positions amid allegations of a possible misuse of corporate resources.

On Monday, the Zoo itself issued the following press release detailing its next steps in securing the future of the operation.

“The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced today that former Zoo Executive Director and Director Emeritus Jerry Borin is stepping out of retirement to serve in an interim role as the Zoo’s President and CEO. Borin will work closely with the Zoo’s Board of Directors and senior management team as the Board immediately begins a national search for a new CEO. More…

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History/Tourism

Penguin Newborns Arrive At Columbus Zoo

24 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

You are warned — the images below are almost impossibly cute.

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium has two new occupants this month — penguin chicks who hatched earlier this month over two days.

The proud parents are Oswald and Big Bertha, although one of the chicks now has foster parents to maximize the chance for survival and thriving.

Penguin eggs are smaller than any other bird species when compared proportionally to the weight of the parent birds. Each weighted approximately 80 grams. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Zoofari Returns In 2021 With New Twist And New Date

22 Mar , 2021  

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is pleased to announce the return of Zoofari, one of Central Ohio’s favorite signature fundraisers. This year’s Zoofari event has a twist…and a new date!

While last year’s event was canceled due to additional precautions taken regarding the global pandemic, this year, the Zoo is proud to bring back Zoofari, a favorite Central Ohio summertime tradition presented by Fifth Third Bank, on Saturday, August 28 from 7 PM to 12 AM.

Guests ages 21 years and older can expect the return of food selections from more than 60 restaurants and live entertainment, but on a smaller scale, as part of the Zoo’s continued efforts to keep guests safe. Safety protocols (including the location of our food and beverage stations) will be per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and in compliance with the Delaware County Health District. More…

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History/Tourism

Zoo And Aquarium Mourns Loss Of World Famous Bonobo, “Unga”

10 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is morning the loss of Unga, a 29-year-old bonobo, who drew much-needed attention to her endangered species and touched the hearts of many around the world—including through a Broadway musical’s nod to her story.

On Friday, March 5, Unga appeared unable to move her right side, likely due to a stroke. The Animal Health team helped to stabilize her to further evaluate her. Unfortunately, her condition worsened, and she passed away. Full autopsy results won’t be received for several weeks, but initial findings through radiographs and a cardiac ultrasound showed that the walls of her heart were greatly thickened and the amount of pumped blood was significantly reduced. Those findings, along with her stroke, confirmed significant heart disease, which led to her sudden decline. More…

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History/Tourism

Zoo & Aquarium Shares Reopening Plan

7 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has extended its winter ticketing policy. Admission will continue to be half-priced, and no reservations are required until March 12. (Subject to change while capacity permits. Park capacity restriction still in effect). Due to COVID-19 and the necessity to continue to limit our in-park capacity, the Columbus Zoo will return to timed ticketing and reservations on March 13.

Beginning March 13, admission will be $5 off regular price, and timed reservations are required for Members and our day guests until 2 PM. More…

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History/Tourism

Baby Koala Makes His Debut

26 Feb , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Back in January we ran a story about the ongoing development of one of the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium’s newest residents, the first koala born there in over 15 years.

At that time, an arm or a leg of the joey (baby koala) we shared the following, “For now, guests may catch a glimpse of a tiny arm or leg every once in a while until around mid-March when the joey will outgrow Katy’s pouch.”

This as-yet-unnamed joey didn’t want to wait, however, and has already been seen out of the pouch and heading out to eat eucalyptus leaves, as this recently-posted Columbus Zoo video reveals: More…

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History/Tourism

A Conservation “SSSSS”uccess: Seven Rattlesnakes Born at the Columbus Zoo

4 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is celebrating another incredible conservation milestone with the birth of seven eastern massasauga rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus) on January. With this achievement, the Columbus Zoo now joins the ranks of only five facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to have successfully bred this subspecies of massasauga rattlesnake. The eastern massasauga rattlesnake is federally listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and listed as endangered by the State of Ohio.

The pairing of the snakelets’ parents was recommended by the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Species Survival Plan® (SSP), a program coordinated by the AZA to maintain genetic diversity of threatened and endangered species in human care. The mother to the seven massasauga snakes arrived at the Columbus Zoo from the Toronto Zoo in Canada in 2016. The father arrived from Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo in 2018.

Female eastern massasauga rattlesnakes give birth to litters between 5 to 20, typically in the fall. Unlike other species of snakes that lay eggs, massasauga rattlesnakes give birth to live young. More…

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History/Tourism

Columbus Zoo And Aquarium Welcomes First Baby Koala Born At The Zoo In 15 Years

23 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Guests who visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Australia and the Islands region may discover a special surprise waiting for them. Katy the koala’s “baby bump” is now occasionally moving as her little joey, born on July 5, 2020, is developing inside her pouch!

Koalas are marsupials, which give birth to tiny, underdeveloped young that are the size of a jellybean. Unlike other mammals that develop in their mothers’ wombs, marsupial babies have to make their way from the birth canal to their mothers’ pouch. The good news is that Katy’s joey has already achieved this major milestone!

As the joey continues to grow, the baby will be protected inside Katy’s pouch, which she can open and close using a special muscle. Currently, the joey is approximately the size of a softball, finely furred, and has recently opened its eyes. For now, guests may catch a glimpse of a tiny arm or leg every once in a while until around mid-March when the joey will outgrow Katy’s pouch. More…

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History/Tourism

Zoo Offering Free Admission On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

6 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has announced that the it will be continuing its tradition of free admission on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

This year’s holiday will be on January 18.

The offer will be valid during regular operating hours (10 AM to 4 PM).

Open year round, the Columbus Zoo has much to see even in the winter months. From the comfort of indoor areas,guests can enjoy the gorillas in Congo Expedition; the wombat and other nocturnal animals in the Australian amd islands region; iguanas, snakes, and turtles in the Reptile Building; manatees, stingrays, and sharks in Manatee Coast and the Discovery Reef; langur monkeys and the sloth bear in Asia Quest; and more. More…

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History/Tourism

Zoo Offering Winter Half-Priced Days and No Reservation Required

2 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Remember the days of not having to make a reservation to visit the Zoo – well, those days are back… at least temporarily. Beginning January 4 through February 28, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s admission will be half price, members and non-members do not need a dated, timed ticket to enter. (Subject to change due to due weather and limited capacity).

Also, beginning January 4, the Zoo’s operating hours will be 10 AM to 4 PM.

Several animals enjoy the colder weather in their outside exhibits, such as those living in the North America region like the polar bear and cougars. Let’s not forget the newest residents at the Columbus Zoo; if you haven’t met the sea lions and harbor seals at Adventure Cove – you need to stop by.

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History/Tourism

Triple the Excitement! Columbus Zoo Welcomes Third Giraffe Calf Of 2020

31 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

There’s even more cause for celebration in the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Heart of Africa region, where a female Masai giraffe calf was born on Wednesday, December 9, at 11:06 AM. This is the third giraffe calf to be born at the Columbus Zoo this year, marking an important achievement for the conservation of this endangered species.

The Animal Care team, who was on 24-hour birth watch and observed the birth through a camera in the giraffe barn, reports that the calf born to 9-year-old mother, Digi, appears to be strong and alert. The calf was already fully standing and nursing shortly after birth. The care team was also delighted to observe the calf testing out her little “bunny hopping” and “running” (or “zoomies”) skills later that day. More…

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