Sunday, June 8, 2014

Heart of Africa At The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been around for a long time.  Under the guidance of Jack Hanna, it has grown to be the #1 rated zoo in the United States.

The Heart of Africa wing follows in the same great tradition as Asia Quest in that it brings a whole new life to the already great zoo.  Upon entering the new area, you are slowly brought into the Africa feel.  The whole section kind of has a "town" feel to it, like you are not just entering another area of the zoo, but you have been transported to Africa.

The architecture and layout immerse you.  Now that you feel like you've been transported to a whole other place, you walk along an elevated boardwalk and gaze our upon an Africa plain.  Home to such wonderful animals like gazelle, ostrich, zebra and giraffes.  All roaming in a large habitat.

The lions had their own separate area, as did the warthogs.

The elevated platform allows for giraffe feeding at specific times during the day for a small fee.

In my opinion, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has hit another home run with this new opening.  Everyone I saw there was having a great time.  The animals looked comfortable and content in the spacious areas they were given to roam.

I can see this being a repeat visit for me and the family, we loved it that much.

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