Columbus Zoo Rated Top Zoo in the United States

Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:24am EDT

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POWELL, Ohio--(Business Wire)--
The USA Travel Guide rated the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium the number one Zoo in
the country in their website article "Top Ten Zoos in America" posted on
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009. 

Edging out the San Diego Zoo for top honors the USA Travel Guide says this,
"While any of the zoos mentioned above are worthy of the respect they have
garnered, none have achieved the positive worldwide reputation of the Columbus
Zoo, arguably America`s favorite. While the zoo has been open continuously since
1927, its reputation grew to such heights under direction of the amiable Jack
Hanna, one of America`s most beloved animal experts. Under Hanna`s guidance, the
quality of the Columbus Zoo was elevated considerably, making it what is
considered today to be the aspiration of any traditional zoo. Along with over
7,000 animals, the Columbus Zoo has more recently expanded to include a water
park, amusement park and golf resort." 

"Our dedicated team is very excited and honored. We are truly grateful to the
citizens of Franklin County, the Franklin County Commissioners, the City of
Columbus, the State of Ohio, and volunteers along with the leadership of Jack
Hanna, Jerry Borin and the Board of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium who have been
so well supported by the corporate community as well as many generous
individuals," said, Jeff Swanagan, executive director of the Columbus Zoo and

The Zoo is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7
for children ages 2 to 9 and seniors 60+, free for children younger than 2 and
Columbus Zoo members. For more information, visit The
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
(AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your
assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent
care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living
things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global
wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native
habitats. For more information, visit 

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Jeff Glorioso, Director, Marketing and Sales, 614-645-3490 

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