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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

As seen on National Geographic’s “Secrets of the Zoo,” the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 animals representing 600 species from around the globe. Of these species, more than 34 are endangered and 11 are threatened, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. For more than 95 years, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has evolved to be a cornerstone of the community and a destination inspiring the appreciation and conservation of many of the earth's most amazing animals.

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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The zoo offers many events throughout the year. During the summer months, live music abounds and there are plenty of events such as JazzZoo, Craft Brew at the Zoo and Colo’s Classic Car Show. Their signature fall event is the “merry-not-scary” Boo at the Zoo that promises fun for the whole family. Visit for Wildlights during the holiday season for millions of lights lighting up the Zoo. See your favorite animals along with animated light shows, Santa, and more!

The Wilds

Located about an hour outside of Columbus, The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world. With rare and endangered species from around the world living in a natural, open-range habitat, visitors can enjoy a unique animal experience by an Open-Air Safari tour or ziplining through the sky. Other fun activities include horseback riding, birding, mountain biking and even spending the night in the middle of the pastures.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also owns Zoombezi Bay, a 22.7-acre water park. Learn more about it here.

Upcoming Events at the Zoo