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We exist to enrich our community's quality of life and to inspire a greater appreciation of wildlife for the advancement of conservation action. Our vision is to be a global leader in conservation and a premiere destination for fun and unique experiences.
The Columbus Zoo opened in 1927 with a small collection of donated animals and in 1930 the Columbus Dispatch and the Ohio State Journal found the Columbus Zoological Society. In 1937 the first membership drive began, leading to the creation of a planned zoo. In 1956, Colo, the world's first zoo-born gorilla is born at the Columbus Zoo. In 1978, Jack Hanna is hired as Zoo Director! Fast forward to 1992, the Zoo hosts 1.4 million guests - an all time high. The Zoo also houses two giant pandas, raising nearly $730,000 for the conservation of the giant panda and other endangered species. In 2006, Colo turned 50. In 2007, Fluffy, the world's largest reticulated python arrived at the Zoo. In 2008 the Zoo opens a waterpark and more exciting attractions. In 2009 the Zoo welcomes a male Asian elephant calf named Beco and opened its Animal Encounters Village where guests can interact with Zoo animals up close and personal.
To learn more about the Columbus Zoo visit the official website by clicking here.