Sunday, November 22, 2015

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Map 2015

A few weeks ago we visited Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, our second visit since the first in 2013. My thoughts from last time remain pretty much unchanged as the only difference at the aquarium was swapping out the dinosaur exhibit for "Swarm". It was fun taking our son and seeing his reactions. Check out the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies 2015 map below:

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies map

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo 2015

This Thursday was the start of Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo. New this year is three different light dancing light shows: two alternating shows around the central lake and a new one in the Shores region. Check out some highlights by watching the Wildlights 2015 video below:

Monday, July 20, 2015

Columbus Zoo 2015 Videos

A couple videos from the Columbus Zoo this summer, including the Pirate Island Boat Ride:

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Columbus Zoo Map 2015

Pictured below is the 2015 Columbus Zoo map. Heart of Africa is open for the season but meerkats have not been added like previously rumored. Robot dinosaurs have been replaced by robot pirates around the boat ride in Voyage to the Islands area. The pony rides have been moved to the top of Bison Hill and a cow has taken up residence in the old pony ride area.

2015 columbus zoo map

Monday, June 2, 2014

Columbus Zoo Heart of Africa Vervet Monkey

Are Columbus Zoo: Heart of Africa series continues with a look at the vervet monkeys. These monkeys have taken over Jack Hanna's base camp. There are 27 vervet monkeys kept in three different groups. The zoo keepers can use different setups to keep the exhibit fresh and interesting for visitors and monkeys alike.

Watch the vervet monkeys wreck havoc on Jack's camp below:

We'll have a final post on Heart of Africa soon!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Columbus Zoo Heart of Africa: Cheetahs

In the next several posts I’ll be taking a look at several of the highlights of the Heart of Africa in the Columbus Zoo. The main cheetah exhibit is a bit of a letdown after the fantastic lion exhibit. It looks a bit small and viewing is only through glass or a net. 

However, several times a day the cheetahs are let loose in the neighboring watering hole enclosure and this is where the fun really begins. The watering hole is rather large and the cheetahs are free to run around at will. While we visited, two dogs that have been living with the cheetahs were also set loose and they played in the watering hole with the cheetahs.

Stay tuned for more Heart of Africa coverage.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Columbus Zoo Heart of Africa: Giraffe Feeding

In the next several posts I’ll be taking a look at several of the highlights of the Heart of Africa in the Columbus Zoo.The giraffes have finally made their return to the Columbus Zoo and there are now eleven of them that call the savanna home. It appears as though they have been split up into two groups: one occupies the enclosure where the feeding platform is while the other group roams free in the savanna with countless other creatures. It costs $3 to feed the giraffes and I believe there are three feeding times during the day. Of all the giraffe feedings I've done (Detroit Zoo, the Wilds, etc.) I have to say these giraffes are the most friendly I've seen. They're not shy at all! Watch the video if you don't believe me.

A few pictures of the giraffes at the Columbus Zoo:
columbus zoo giraffes

Stay tuned for more Heart of Africa coverage!