Central Ohio is fortunate to have such an enjoyable and educational attraction as the Columbus Zoo. What's more, the facility does important work in saving endangered species and educating the public about the world's animals.
This season, the Columbus Zoo welcomes Misha, a baby gorilla born at the Louisville Zoo and injured in a family skirmish there. She'll be raised in Columbus by a surrogate gorilla mother with the assistance of the zoo staff.
Also new for 2010 is the Polar Frontier, designed to resemble an Arctic Circle mining town and home to a variety of cold-weather animals, including an arctic fox, polar bears, and brown bears.
The Columbus Zoo is open 363 days a year (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Hours are 9am to 7p through Labor Day and 9am to 5pm after Labor Day. General admission is $12.99 for adults and $7.99 for children ages 2 to 9 and seniors 60 and older. Children under 2 and Columbus Zoo members are free.
by Sandy Mitchell
(photo courtesy of the Columbus Zoo)