Columbus zooWebsite


4850 West Powell Rd. Powell OH 43065

Number of animals

Currently the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to 9,000 animals which represent 700 species.


Animals on Safari
Watch a number of animals as they prepare the set for a TV show. The majority of the cast is dogs and cats but a number of exotic animals are also part of this. Most of the dogs and cats came from shelters in the area.

Giraffe feeding
Stop by to see the giraffes and even enjoy the experience of giving them some food.

Kangaroo Walkabout
Enter the kangaroo exhibit and get up close and personal with these animals.

In lorikeet garden you can get up close to these colourful birds. To get even closer you can purchase some nectar and feed the birds,

Reptile keeper lab
Get up close to reptiles in the reptile keeper lab. You will get the opportunity to pat species such as turtles or snakes.

Stingray Bay
Get close to stingrays in this interactive experience where you will be able to pat the rays.

Tide Pool Touch
Touch sea stars and horseshoe crabs along with a number of other ocean dwelling species at the touch pool.

4-D Theatre

Part of the new shore’s play park is a 4-D Theatre. There is a sesonally roatating series of movies which engage all of your senses.

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The Size of the zoo

The zoo is set on 234 ha of land (580 acres).


In 1927 the Columbus Zoo was opened with a small collection of donated animals. The Columbus dispatch and the Ohio State Journal founded the Columbus Zoological Society in 1930. Throughout 1937 a planned zoo is created with funds from a membership drive. During the 1940s and 50s more fundraising took place. This led to more animals and buildings being created.

1950 saw the Columbus Zoos operations taken over by the City of Columbus. In 1970 ownership is transferred to the Zoological Park Association Inc. which is a non-profit group.

Jack Hanna took over directorship of the zoo in 1978, a position he retained till 1993. During this time the zoo gained international fame due to his TV appearances and the natural exhibits they built. He was named director emeritus during 1993 and he maintains this position today.

During 1980 the zoo was accredited by the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The all-time attendance record was set in 1992 at 1.4 million guests. It was during this year that the zoo hosted 2 pandas for 8 months.

In 1995 a .75 mil bond which would last through to 2005 was approved. This was used to undertake a large number of renovations.

2006 saw the attendance record beat. The new record was 1,565,928.

In 2008 Zoombezi Bay and Jungle Jacks Landing, the theme parks were opened.

2010 saw the opening of polar frontier the area where polar bears are housed.

In 2014 the zoo opened the new Savannah habitat known as Heart of Africa. This exhibit is home to camels, cheetahs, monkeys, giraffes, lions and other savannah species.

Star Animals

The Guinness world record holder for longest snake in captivity, Fluffy, was put on exhibit at the zoo in 2007. After being put on display she was brought from her owner in September that year. She died from a mass on her ovaries on October 26, 2010. At the time she was 18 years old and weighed 300 pounds.

Colo the gorilla
Colo was the first ever gorilla born into captivity. At the age of 57 she became the oldest gorilla in human care. She had an extended family of 1 child, 10 grand-children, 4 great grand-children and 2 great great grand-children.

Main Exhibits

In this area you can meet a range of sea creatures including West Indian manatees. The zoo is one of only 2 outside Florida to play host to West Indian manatees. The area also features a touch pool and the reptile house.

Asia Quest
Asia Quest introduces you to a range of the species that call Asia home including bats, Amur tigers, sun bears and elephants. The area is home to the largest elephant in America who weighs in at 7 tons. The exhibits are designed to immerse you in the animals habitat.

Australia and the Islands
This area exhibits animals from Asia’s islands, Australia and New Zealand. The area features a walk in kangaroo yard. Koalas are also exhibited here, one of only a few groups in America. They are one of the very few that house them inside and outside.

Expedition Congo
This area is home to monkeys, gorillas and bonobos. It also houses Congo Station a space where face painting is available and a play area.

North America and Polar Frontier
In this area you can meet wolves, bald eagles and moose. The space is home to My Barn at Habitat Hollow where kids can get up close with popular farm animals. They can also play in the Polar Playground. In 2010 Polar Frontier was added to this area. This exhibit is home to polar and grizzly bears along with a few other artic species. It aslo features an education centre.

Heart of Africa
Opened in 2014 this exhibit brings the savannah to Columbus. Here you can meet cheetahs, vervet monkeys, lions, giraffes, zebra and a range of other species. It is also in this area that guests can take a ride on a camel.