Columbus Ohio Zoo & Aquarium - a family outing

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is located just north of Columbus, Ohio. The zoo opened in 1927 and in September of 1978 Jack Hanna was named Director of the zoo. In 1979 the lowland gorilla's of the zoo had never been outdoors and this was normal, with financial backing the zoo was able to overhaul the habitat to a more liveable state. In 1983 Jack Hanna had his first appearance on network television, long story short, Hanna's passion for animals made the Columbus Zoo what is today and home to many rescued animals.

My fave, the manatees. Their flippers have been damaged by boat propellers.

The Zoo is large, allot a full day to see everything. There is no transportation within the zoo, be prepared and wear comfortable shoes. You can find discounted tickets at a local Kroger grocery store, there is one about 5 miles from the zoo.

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Spiny Leaf Stick Bug in the Australia section of the zoo.

There are Koala's, turtles and reptiles galore, penguins, Red River Hogs, Flying Fox Bats, Markhor, a ton of beautiful birds, and much more. One of the things I really like is the description on the animal boards talks about each animals level of extinction. There are a lot of great education opportunities and activities for kids and families.

Its always fun to catch the keepers cleaning one of the aquarium tanks.

Zoombezi Bay is a water park within zoo. The tickets are additional and it would be a full day event for my family of 4-5 (depending if my sister can join in the fun). It is on the kids list to go back and spend a day at the water park as well. Needless to say we will be returning to Columbus for another visit, hopefully soon.



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