Columbus Zoo Rated Top Zoo in the United States
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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 Aquarium. 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 www.columbuszoo.org. 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 www.aza.org. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Jeff Glorioso, Director, Marketing and Sales, 614-645-3490 Copyright Business Wire 2009