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    Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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    Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

    Central plaza and Celebration of Giving Fountain

    Date opened 1927

    Location Powell, Ohio, United States

    Coordinates 40°09′23″N 83°07′06″W / 40.156266°N 83.118403°W

    Coordinates: 40°09′23″N 83°07′06″W / 40.156266°N 83.118403°W

    Land area 234 ha (580 acres)[1]

    No. of animals more than 7,000[2]

    No. of species over 800[1]

    Memberships WAZA[3]

    Major exhibits North America, Heart of Africa, Asia Quest, Shores & Aquarium, Polar Frontier, Australia and the Islands, Adventure Cove and Congo Expedition[4]

    Public transit access Zoo Bus


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    Interactive map outlining the zoo's boundaries

    Website www.columbuszoo.org

    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.[5] It was also ranked number one best zoo in 2012 by Besties Readers Choice.[6]

    The Columbus Zoo is home to more than 7,000 animals[2] representing over 800 species and sees over 2.3 million visitors annually. The animal exhibits are divided into regions of the world, with the zoo currently operating eight such regions. In addition the zoo owns an 18-hole golf course, known as the Safari Golf Club which encompasses 56.656 hectares (140 acres). The zoo also owns Zoombezi Bay which encompasses 9.187 hectares (22.70 acres). In total, the zoo owns 234 hectares (580 acres) of land, with 164.424 hectares (406.30 acres) dedicated to the zoo itself.[]

    The zoo operates its own conservation program, donating money to outside programs as well as participating in their own conservation efforts. Over the past five years the zoo has contributed over $3.3 million to more than 70 projects in 30 countries.[7] The zoo also has a close working relationship with the Wilds, a 9,154-acre (37.04 km2) animal conservation center located in southeast Ohio and featured on the Columbus Zoo's website.[8]


    1 History 1.1 Early history 1.2 1950 to present

    1.2.1 Loss of accreditation

    2 Exhibits 2.1 Adventure Cove 2.2 North America 2.3 Polar Frontier 2.4 Asia Quest 2.4.1 Fluffy

    2.5 Shores & Aquarium

    2.6 Congo Expedition

    2.7 Australia and the Islands

    2.8 Heart of Africa 3 Other attractions

    3.1 Mangels-Illions Carousel

    3.2 Zoombezi Bay

    3.3 Rides At Adventure Cove

    4 Conservation 5 Notes 6 External links


    Early history[edit]

    The first zoo in Columbus, known as "the Zoo" was operated by the Columbus Zoological Company (not affiliated with today's Columbus Zoo). It was located in the present-day Old Beechwold Historic District in Clintonville. The zoo opened in May 1905 but closed for unknown reasons only five months later in October 1905. The former monkey house can still be seen on the property of 150 West Beechwold Boulevard where it is used as a barn. The zoo's original brick entrance can also be seen on North High Street at Beechwold Road.[9][10]

    The present Columbus Zoo opened in 1927 as Riverside Park on 21-acres by the O'Shaughnessy Reservoir.[11] The zoo was initially conceived by Harry P. Wolfe, owner of the , and the Columbus Mayor on a trip to the St. Louis in 1920 where they visited the zoo. Wolfe began purchasing exotic animals for the zoo and kept them in the Franklin Park Conservatory until the park was ready. Its first building housed lions and tigers and was completed in 1932.[11]

    In 1937, the zoo's name changed to the Columbus Municipal Zoo and utilized membership fees to fund its growth but by 1950 was struggling financially.[11]

    1950 to present[edit]

    The city of Columbus took over management of the zoo in 1951, but later gave up ownership to the Zoological Park Association, Inc., a non-profit organization, in 1970. The city continued providing funds from the city's general fund, however, until 1986.[12]

    Colo (1956-2017) was the first gorilla born in captivity and lived to be the oldest gorilla in captivity

    On December 22, 1956, Colo, a western lowland gorilla, became the world's first captive-born gorilla at the Columbus Zoo. When she died in January, 2017, at the age of 60, she was the oldest gorilla in human care.[13][14] Colo's extended family includes one child, 10 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren living in zoos throughout the country. The Columbus Zoo currently houses 15 gorillas, six of which are related to Colo. The Columbus Zoo has a gorilla breeding program, with 31 gorillas born at the zoo since 1956.[15] Colo was named after Columbus, the city of her birth.[16]

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    Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

    The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a world of adventure that does a world of good. The Zoo is home to more than 9,000 animals representing 650 species from around the globe. Watch a polar bear swim above your head, meet the world famous gorilla family, say "G-Day" to the koalas, ponder the giant pachyderms and be amazed by the manatees. The Zoo provides more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide. A recreation and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was named the number one zoo in America by USA Travel Guide.

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