The Columbus Zoo is perhaps most famous as being the home of TV animal guy Jack Hanna. The Zoo is consistently rated as the second-best zoo in the US, behind only the San Diego Zoo (one year, the Columbus Zoo actually came out on top, which led to TV commercials showing joyous zookeepers throwing away their shovels and yelling “No more Number Two!!”).
It really is a great zoo–spacious, large open enclosures, lots of variety in species, geography and habitat. I had a great time.
Here are some photos from a day at the Zoo.
The Columbus Zoo
The African Plains. There are at least a dozen species living together here, including Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Ostrich, Saddlebill Stork, Crowned Crane, and others.
Who would have guessed that Ostriches have such lovely eyelashes?
Birdie yoga–a Trumpeter Swan preening
A goat getting some lovin’ in the Petting Zoo
Baltimore Oriole in the aviary
African Crowned Crane–this is a male doing a mating dance to a female
Wolverine taking a snooze
Flying Fox fruit bat
African Crowned Crane
Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake
Australian Amethystine Python
Grizzly Bear relaxing in the pool
Bonobo using a twig to fish peanut butter out of a hole in a log