History/Tourism

There’s A New Baby Giraffe Calling This County Home

1 Jul , 2020  

From: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium; 1808Delaware

Recent births at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are contributing to important species populations at risk for survival, including a Masai giraffe calf, a sea lion pup, two red panda cubs, and a siamang (gibbon) baby.

Today on 1808Delaware, we are sharing information about the first of these births, a giraffe calf who arrived in the world this past weekend. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Catch A Zoovie This Holiday Weekend

28 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware; Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Have you been able to catch a “zoovie” this summer?

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium have been showing films in a “spin” on the drive-in movie experience. Each is a family-friendly movie shown on the“big screen set up in the Zoo’s northeast parking area.

Showing this weekend and next: More…

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History/Tourism

Cool Down Soon At Zoombezi Bay

12 Jun , 2020  

Zoombezi Bay is joining the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in re-opening after weeks of closure.

The attraction is is pleased to welcome back Season Pass Holders and Gold Members beginning on June 19, 20, and 21, and all guests starting on June 22.

Zoombezi Bay will be open daily from 10:30 AM to 7 PM, and all Zoombezi Bay visits (including for Season Pass Holders and Gold Members) will require a dated, timed ticket to help ensure that social distancing and other precautions are followed appropriately. More…

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History/Tourism

Columbus Zoo Reopening Next Week

6 Jun , 2020  

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is pleased to welcome back Columbus Zoo Members beginning on June 12, 13, and 14, and all guests starting on June 15.

The Zoo will be open daily from 9 AM until 7 PM, and all Zoo visits (including for Members) will require a dated, timed ticket to help ensure that social distancing and other precautions are followed appropriately. The Zoo has been closed to the public since March 16 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic and to support efforts to help reduce the spread of the virus within the community. Governor Mike DeWine announced on Thursday that Ohio zoos could reopen beginning June 10. The Columbus Zoo will use June 10 and 11 to provide more time to hire and train seasonal staff. More…

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History/Tourism

Sea Lions And Harbors Seals Are Delaware County’s Newest Residents: Video

23 May , 2020  

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is proud to announce the arrival of 10 California sea lions and four harbor seals in another milestone marking that the Zoo’s newest region, Adventure Cove, is edging toward completion.

Accompanied by Columbus Zoo staff and a marine mammal veterinarian, the seals and sea lions traveled from Florida and safely arrived at the Zoo on Sunday, May 17  at approximately 6:20 AM. The seals (one male, three females) and sea lions (six males, four females) are settling in well in a behind-the-scenes area of the facility, where they will have the opportunity to begin exploring their new surroundings as final phases of adjacent areas of the Adventure Cove region are completed. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Zoo Welcomes Baby Gorilla Jamani

24 Apr , 2020  

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is pleased to announce the birth of a female western lowland gorilla baby named Jamani on Wednesday, April 15 at 9:09 PM to mother, Cassie, and first-time father, Ktembe.

The Zoo’s team of animal care experts, who continue to monitor the gorillas, report that experienced mom, Cassie, is providing excellent care to her little one. Cassie and Jamani will likely remain behind the scenes with Ktembe and the other members of their troop for several months to ensure minimal disruptions so they can continue to bond. More…

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History/Tourism

Vote For The Columbus Zoo

22 Mar , 2020  

While a portion of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium remains closed to visitors, the Delaware County attraction remains very much in the news.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) public health concerns, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has taken precautionary measures at its park and closed its public indoor facilities and rides, and temporarily canceling its events, tours and programs beginning Saturday, March 14 until at least Monday, April 6. At this time, most outdoor animal habitats remain open and some food and beverage offerings are available, though on a limited basis. Guests will receive half off admission prices, and refunds will be issued for events, tours and programs. More…

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Life in Delaware County

First-Ever Cheetah Cubs Born Through IVF Arrive At Columbus Zoo

25 Feb , 2020  

International science news was made last week in Delaware County.

In a groundbreaking scientific breakthrough, two cheetah cubs have been born through in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer into a surrogate mother at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The births are the result of careful planning and innovative medical expertise through a partnership between the Columbus Zoo, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va., and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas—three leading institutions with a commitment to conservation. These efforts were also part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) and the Cheetah Sustainability Program (CSP), developed to manage a sustainable population of cheetahs in human care. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Columbus Zoo Offering Free Admission on Presidents’ Day

16 Feb , 2020  

On Presidents’ Day, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is continuing the tradition of offering free admission on this holiday originally created in honor of our nation’s first president, George Washington. On Monday, this special promotion, presented by Fifth Third Bank, will be extended to every guest to enjoy the Zoo and see their favorite animal friends. More…

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History/Tourism

Visit The Zoo For Free

24 Jan , 2020  

This year, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will continue its tradition of offering free admission on President’s Day.

The offer will be valid during operating hours (10 AM to 4 PM) on February 17. Standard parking fees ($10 per vehicle, free for Zoo members) will still apply. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Columbus Zoo Issues Update On Australian Wildlife Support

13 Jan , 2020  

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been working with conservation partners in Australia to identify ways to best provide support to efforts helping wildlife impacted by the fires. President/CEO Tom Stalf has issued the following update:

“Our hearts go out to the people and wildlife of Australia, and we continue to follow the situation closely while remaining in regular communication with our Australian colleagues and wildlife conservation partners. When our conservation partners alert us to emergencies such as these terrible wildfires that threaten their projects and communities, we respond with technical expertise and financial support. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Endangered Turtles Hatched In Breeding Milestone

8 Dec , 2019  

Two new babies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium may be tiny, but they bring big hopes for one of the most endangered species on the planet. On November 1 and 3, reptile keepers at the Zoo’s Shores region successfully hatched these rare yellow-headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii), the first ever hatched in an indoor zoological environment. The breakthrough is critical in efforts to boost the numbers of temple turtles, which are facing extinction. More…

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