Sunday, March 10, 2013

Columbus Zoo Update March 2013

We took a trip to the Columbus Zoo on Saturday, March 9th to see what was going on and if anything was new. In the latest edition of the Beastly Banner, the zoo president and CEO Tom Stalf said "We are moving to Phase II of the Safari Africa construction project. I was impressed with the 60 large trees that were planted throughout the area. This process happened in just a few days and it really transformed the area. The completion of the area will be in the summer of 2014. Giraffes, zebras, and lions will be some of the featured animals." At this point none of the Safari Africa construction can be seen from inside the zoo, other than mounds of dirt, markers, and construction equipment. The construction is going on right behind the grizzly bear enclosure.

Tom also talked about the zoo's 2013 plans in the magazine: "In honor of Jack, we are excited to provide a dinosaur experience. Enjoy walking through the Jurassic era and come face-to-face with these amazing creatures. This exhibit will also include our boat ride tour as you travel by many dinosaurs, ranging from the size of your hand to our T-rex that is larger than a city bus!" The dinosaurs are going to be found in the Islands of Southeast Asia region of the zoo. While visiting the zoo I spotted numerous red and yellow flags in the ground which I suspect are the future locations of the dinosaurs and I snapped a few pictures (seen below).

A couple other of my own notes and observations:

  • All three polar bears were out in the yard and playing, the first time I have seen all three at once.
  • It looks like a new cage was added to the bat exhibit in Asia Quest to separate some of the bat species.
  • A new Colobus monkey was born at the zoo recently but, of course, is not on public display yet.
Enjoy our pictures from the Columbus Zoo!

columbus zoo polar bears
grizzly bear columbus zoo
silvery lutung lounging around
columbus zoo roadhouse
gorilla at the columbus zoo

Columbus Zoo possible early Dinosaur exhibit construction (I believe the placement of the flags is where the animatronic dinos will be):

 columbus zoo dinosaur
dinosaurs at the columbus zoo
columbus zoo dinosaur location
columbus zoo dinosaur cost