You can’t say they didn’t warn you…
This summer, my baby brother made the trek home from Colorado for a visit. We had a couple of days free of family obligations and we were looking for something to do. My brother and I have wildly different ideas of fun. He’s a computer scientist and an avid runner. I’m a writer and I avidly avoid running. But, we do share a love for learning new things and walking in nature, so there was hope we could find something.
I haven’t been to the Columbus Zoo since I was very young. I don’t really have much memory of it, but I’m certain it was not nearly as cool it is today. It is a sprawling property, containing an aquarium and representing five different areas of the globe: Australia, Asia, the African forest, the newly opened Heart of Africa and North America. There were so many things that left me mesmerized!
Shown (clockwise, starting top left): Rainbow lorikeet, black swan, flamingos, flying fox bat
Shown (left to right): Burmese python, alligator
Shown: Left, Greater Kudu; Right (top to bottom), giraffe, dromedary camel, tiger
Shown (left to right): Orangutan, siamang
And fun rides!
Mangels-Illions carousel – A 1914 carousel restored by the zoo and providing rides to visitors
Not only did I see a lot of cute (and not so cute) animals, I learned a lot. The Zoo works with several conservation programs as part of its mission. While exploring the regions represented, there were displays in the exhibits discussing how the animals in these areas are threatened and how we can help. We managed to get in a good walk, too. We got in over 8,000 steps while walking the property!
If you have more time and happen to visit on one of Ohio’s hot and humid summer days, the Zoo has a water park, Zoombezi Bay. Judging by the sounds I heard while walking past on my way to the car, it’s a lot of fun! Maybe we’ll check it out next time.
Have you been to the Columbus Zoo? What was your experience like?