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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

What-To Do Wednesday - Virtual Visits - Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

If you want to get your dose of culture while being stuck inside, many museums and other attractions offer a variety of virtual exhibits. This is an especially great time to explore museums and attractions that are outside of your area and maybe even outside of your country that you ordinarily would not be able to get to because of time and/or money constraints. We will doing so as well and  we will be sharing one or more of our virtual visits in today's and future What-To-Do Wednesday posts


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What: Columbus Zoo


Physical Address: 4850 Powell Rd.

                                Powell, OH



The Columbus Zoo which was established in 1927 is the home to over 7,000 animals. Jack Hanna, known for his appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman along with a variety of different animals, was the zoo's director from 1978 through 1993. He is currently the director emeritus. 





Famous inhabitants of the zoo have included the following:

Fluffy -The longest snake in captivity.

Gander - The bonobo whose mother was stranded in the town of Gander, Newfoundland along with thousands of airline passengers and crew members when their planes were grounded in the town in the wake of 9/11. 

Nora - The first polar bear born and raised at the Columbus zoo.


Normally, you can see live views of the Shores and Aquarium exhibit and the Bonobo exhibit on the zoo's website. Currently,  however, the webcams are not operating. Despite this, there is still a lot  to experience online.

There are numerous videos to watch on the zoo's YouTube channel including:

Polar Bear videos like:

Polar Bear Cubs Are Walking 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDZzBMKohO8&t=6s

Wild Life and Wild Places with Tom Stalf videos like:

Silverback Gorilla Health Check

www.youtube.com/watch?v=enRBdGw33rA&t=66s

Elephant videos like:

Beco's First Birthday

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Epkehc9wVE

Assorted other videos like:

The Differences in Cheetah Fur

www.youtube.com/watch?v=a38WZCDTj10

And much more!



You can also learn about a wide variety of animals with the zoo's animal guide which can be found on their website. Here you see over 100 species of animals and learn about them including where they can be found, their physical characteristics, life expectancy, diet, status in the wild and more.

For more information or to begin exploring the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on your own, visit their website at www.columbuszoo.org or their YouTube page at 
www.youtube.com/user/Columbuszoomedia



Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Stay well! Stay safe!

Photo credits:
Photo credit 1:photo credit: Mark Dumont Columbus Zoo - Tiger Cub Closeup via photopin (license)
photo credit 2: Mark Dumont Columbus Zoo - Koala via photopin (license)
photo credit 3: Mark Dumont Columbus Zoo - Grizzly Bears via photopin (license)
photo credit 4: Mark Dumont Columbus Zoo - Red Panda via photopin (license)

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