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Best reason to visit Columbus, OH is its terrific zoo

The zoo is one of only 2 outside Florida to play host to West Indian manatees; the manatees housed here are part of a rescue program and many are undergoing rehabilitation before release to the wild

The zoo is one of only 2 outside Florida to play host to West Indian manatees; the manatees housed here are part of a rescue program and many are undergoing rehabilitation before release to the wild

Jamani is the 33rd gorilla to be born (4/2020) at the Columbus Zoo, where history was made in 1956 with Colo, the first gorilla to be born in human care; Colo further made history as she lived to be 60 years old—the oldest gorilla in human care

Jamani is the 33rd gorilla to be born (4/2020) at the Columbus Zoo, where history was made in 1956 with Colo, the first gorilla to be born in human care; Colo further made history as she lived to be 60 years old—the oldest gorilla in human care

The Columbus Zoo is home to more than 7,000 animals representing 800  species and sees 2.3  million visitors annually; it was absolutely packed on a beautiful Saturday in November

The Columbus Zoo is home to more than 7,000 animals representing 800+ species and sees 2.3+ million visitors annually; it was absolutely packed on a beautiful Saturday in November

The threatened Lake Erie water snake has one of the smallest geographic ranges of any vertebrate in the world - found only on the islands in Lake Erie

The threatened Lake Erie water snake has one of the smallest geographic ranges of any vertebrate in the world - found only on the islands in Lake Erie

Betty White first visited the Columbus Zoo and met Jack Hanna in 1979 and they've been friends ever since; as a tribute, the Heart of Africa section of the park is on Betty White Way

Betty White first visited the Columbus Zoo and met Jack Hanna in 1979 and they've been friends ever since; as a tribute, the Heart of Africa section of the park is on Betty White Way

Baltimore oriole; I skipped activities that I'd done elsewhere such as riding a camel ($7) or feeding the giraffes ($3); Jack Hanna made the zoo world famous with his many TV appearances (he's finally retiring from the zoo this year)

Baltimore oriole; I skipped activities that I'd done elsewhere such as riding a camel ($7) or feeding the giraffes ($3); Jack Hanna made the zoo world famous with his many TV appearances (he's finally retiring from the zoo this year)

This reindeer must be disappointed with the lack of progress being made to address global warming; he didn't sign up to be in Columbus in November with 75 degree temperatures

This reindeer must be disappointed with the lack of progress being made to address global warming; he didn't sign up to be in Columbus in November with 75 degree temperatures

Trumpeter swans were nearly driven to extinction in the early 20th century; starting in 1996, they were reintroduced in Ohio and their numbers are slowly increasing

Trumpeter swans were nearly driven to extinction in the early 20th century; starting in 1996, they were reintroduced in Ohio and their numbers are slowly increasing

In the water I find it impossible to photograph Asian small-clawed otters because they are so fast; native to South and Southeast Asia, they are the smallest otter species in the world

In the water I find it impossible to photograph Asian small-clawed otters because they are so fast; native to South and Southeast Asia, they are the smallest otter species in the world

Although the endangered okapi has striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe; found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo, successful breeding programs exist at the Bronx and San Diego Zoos

Although the endangered okapi has striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe; found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo, successful breeding programs exist at the Bronx and San Diego Zoos

The green tree python is native to New Guinea, some islands in Indonesia, and the Cape York Peninsula in Australia; they have become popular in the pet trade but it is estimated that up to half die in transit

The green tree python is native to New Guinea, some islands in Indonesia, and the Cape York Peninsula in Australia; they have become popular in the pet trade but it is estimated that up to half die in transit

Admission to the Columbus Zoo was $21.99 with another $10 to park; supposedly they were limiting attendance due to the pandemic but it was easily the most crowded place I've been in months

Admission to the Columbus Zoo was $21.99 with another $10 to park; supposedly they were limiting attendance due to the pandemic but it was easily the most crowded place I've been in months

Among the different species of chuckwalla, the San Esteban Chuckwalla is the largest and will often live 25 years or more; they can be found on San Esteban Island in the Sea of Cortez

Among the different species of chuckwalla, the San Esteban Chuckwalla is the largest and will often live 25 years or more; they can be found on San Esteban Island in the Sea of Cortez

Red-crowned cranes are endangered with fewer than 1700 remaining; they are the second rarest crane species after the whooping crane

Red-crowned cranes are endangered with fewer than 1700 remaining; they are the second rarest crane species after the whooping crane

The markhor is the largest goat and is found in Central Asia and the Western Himalayas; the national animal of Pakistan, there are only a few thousand left in the wild

The markhor is the largest goat and is found in Central Asia and the Western Himalayas; the national animal of Pakistan, there are only a few thousand left in the wild

The sloth is a type of bear that normally feeds mainly on ants and termites (that's lots of work for not much food); in 2008, the zoo added a nice waterpark called Zoombezi Bay

The sloth is a type of bear that normally feeds mainly on ants and termites (that's lots of work for not much food); in 2008, the zoo added a nice waterpark called Zoombezi Bay

Siberian musk deer live in eastern parts of Asia and have been hunted for their musk pouches; I think half the people visiting the zoo had Ohio State-branded clothing

Siberian musk deer live in eastern parts of Asia and have been hunted for their musk pouches; I think half the people visiting the zoo had Ohio State-branded clothing

Red pandas can eat 45% of their body weight in a day (that means 200,000 bamboo leaves!); over the past 5 years the zoo has contributed $3.3  million to more than 70 conservation projects in 30 countries

Red pandas can eat 45% of their body weight in a day (that means 200,000 bamboo leaves!); over the past 5 years the zoo has contributed $3.3+ million to more than 70 conservation projects in 30 countries

The greater mouse-deer is found in Sumatra, Borneo, and smaller Malaysian and Indonesian islands, and in southern Myanmar, southern Thailand, and peninsular Malaysia

The greater mouse-deer is found in Sumatra, Borneo, and smaller Malaysian and Indonesian islands, and in southern Myanmar, southern Thailand, and peninsular Malaysia

Mandrills are the world's largest monkeys and are found in southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo; I enjoyed the many unusual species found at the zoo

Mandrills are the world's largest monkeys and are found in southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo; I enjoyed the many unusual species found at the zoo

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