We didn’t have much wandering time, but The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium always has options for as many minutes as we have to spare.
We opted for a stroll through the “Islands of Southeast Asia”. Komodo dragons, orangutans, gibbons and Asian small-clawed otters captivated our attention -as did the hungry carp in the Scioto River at the western edge of the zoo’s park land! The zoo has six such regions spread over 90 acres with another 10 acre exhibit, “Polar Frontier”, set to open in the near future and a 70 acre African Savannah in the planning stages. Its 586 acre holdings also include Zoombezi Bay Waterpark and the Safari Golf Club.
We were surprised to learn that a Komodo dragon can consume 80% of its body weight in a single meal and that while they typically eat deer and pigs, smaller Komodo dragons are also on the menu!
The Asian small-clawed otter exhibit is one of my favorites and is popular with other zoo guests as well. These animals are ultra-social and enjoy one of the better “playgrounds” that includes a waterfall perfect for long slides into the pool below.
Energetic gibbons, sedate but facially expressive orangutans… we’ve visited the zoo so many times that we tend move in a focused manner now, passing by crowds in favor of familiar favorites.
I’ll be sharing more about the Columbus Zoo throughout the summer as we make periodic visits. Next we hope to see Beco, an Asian elephant born on March 27th of this year, in “Asia Quest”!
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (Powell, Ohio)
Acres and Acres of Animals!
Hours of Operation:
9AM -6PM (Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day)
9AM – 5PM (Labor Day – Memorial Day Weekend)
Open until 8PM on Wednesdays (6/24 – 8/19)
Admission: $12 (ages 10 – 59); $7 (ages 2 – 9, 60+), Free (2 and under)
Parking Fee: $5
Group Discounts/Season Passes available, Admission Specials
Address: 4850 West Powell Rd, Powell OH 43065
Directions: From Interstate 71, travel west on 270 West to Exit 20 (Sawmill Rd). Turn right and travel north (Sawmill Rd becomes Sawmill Pkwy). Turn left onto Powell Rd (SR 750); zoo entrance will be on the right after approximately one mile.
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