More Than One Million Visitors have Already Visited the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in 2010
By Patty Peters
Powell, OH - Even before the Fourth of July holiday weekend more than one million visitors had already visited the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in 2010, the earliest the Zoo has reached that benchmark. In addition, a record number of visitors in June broke the monthly attendance figure set in June 2009. Both the Zoo and Zoombezi Bay saw an increase in attendance and had a combined visitation of 416,898 visitors in June 2010, a 15% increase over the 363,858 visitors in June 2009.
The highly anticipated Polar Frontier exhibit opened on May 6, 2010. The attraction is home to polar bears, brown bears and arctic fox in expansive habitats with large pools and underwater viewing of polar bears. The area also features the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost interpretive center with engaging activities focusing on polar bears and climate change, and a Polar Playground that takes kids on an arctic adventure.
The $20-million Polar Frontier experience is made possible due to the generosity of Franklin County residents and funds raised through a county property tax levy as well as corporate and private contributions.
“We strive to create memories that last a lifetime every day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium” said President and CEO Dale Schmidt. “The Polar Frontier experience is certainly helping us to achieve that goal.”
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is currently on track for breaking last year’s annual attendance record when 2,218,511 guests visited in 2009.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open 363 days of the year and Zoombezi Bay is open daily through Labor Day. The Zoo was named the #1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA.) For more information and to purchase advance discounted Zoo and Zoombezi Bay tickets, visit www.columbuszoo.org or www.zoombezibay.com.
To view Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's web page on Zoo and Aquarium Visitor, go to: http://www.zandavisitor.com/forumtopicdetail-20-Colombus_Zoo_and_Aquarium
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I especially liked if you go to the zoo's homepage and click on the info about naming the baby, the winner says she'd like to be able to tell her dad that a penguin was named after him for his birthday. Adorable!
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Asome news on the new baby! I agree with everyone here on the fact that animals should not be in captivation. If you want to check out a really cool place in Thailand where you can care for elephants check out http://www.elephantstay.com this place is a sanctuary for retired working elephants, it's an amazing place and they do so much good for the animals who live there. I went a few months ago and it was amazing.
It's ridiculous to try extrapolate zoo animals diet to human beings, and it flies in the face of all science of the last 30 years that looked into nutrition and health research. Maybe Rudy Socha was being sarcastic? I hope so.
I fully agree with you when it comes to the captivity of orcas. These animals live considerably shorter, unhealthier lives than they normally would have in the wild. I am disgusted by what I have seen at Sea World. They claim to be trying to educate people on the animals when really it is all nothing but a circus with the animals being made to perform to attract customers. I am a little more on the fence however when it comes to some other species of dolphins, such as the ones they keep at Vancouver Aquarium. While I do not support the capture of wild dolphins, I do recognize the fact that there are species that actually live longer and perhaps healthier lives in captivity than in the wild. One of the neat things at the Vancouver Aquarium is that none of the dolphins were captured for the purpose of entertainment: they were all animals that were rescued after getting caught and injured in fishing nets and are unable to return to the wild due to their injuries. I have seen the shows and the aquarium are truly focused more on educating visitors than trying to entertain them at the animals' expense.
I know that Christian is dedicated to her aquarium job and to the rehab of sea turtles. I am proud of her.
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I think we should move on from having dolphins in captivity now - we all know this isn't good for them.
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