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Baby girl Bornean orangutan born at Columbus Zoo

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Last week, the Columbus Zoo welcomed a baby female Bornean orangutan into the world, marking the first birth of the critically endangered species at the zoo in over 60 years.

The baby orangutan was born on Nov. 28 at 12:34 a.m. to first-time mother Khali, who is 17. The zoo said the baby appears to be “bright and strong.” It also reports that Khali is attentive to the baby’s needs and spends her time grooming and snuggling her baby. Khali has been bringing her baby over to the keepers for visual examinations, the zoo said.

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Columbus Zoo breaks ground on new animal habitats

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It was an exciting morning at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Tuesday as renovations began on one of the zoo’s oldest regions.

The North America region’s new, immersive habitats will give guests a new way to visit their favorite animals, and the region’s curator, Nikki Smith, says she’s excited for guests to experience these.

“The otters in our habitat love to swim. They love to dive,” Smith said. “It’s not something that our guests get to experience currently, so I’m really looking forward to sharing that with them.”

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Precious cargo: Columbus Zoo returns 5 rehabilitated manatees to Florida

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Nearly 6,000 pounds of rehabilitated sea cow made the journey to Florida over the weekend after gaining strength in Ohio zoos.

No, these cows didn’t jump over the moon, but their nearing completion of the journey to a healthy reintroduction into the wild is nearly as remarkable. Five manatees from the Columbus Zoo and three from the Cincinnati Zoo successfully completed their rehabilitation, some coming from extremely dire situations, and were placed in customized transports to fly from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to Florida.

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Boo at the Zoo returns to Columbus Zoo

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October is just days away and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is celebrating spooky season with an annual tradition set to return for 2023.

Boo at the Zoo is coming back for every weekend next month with fun and not-so-scary activities for the whole family. Guests can wear their Halloween costumes, get some candy, take pictures, and discover all kinds of fun things to do.

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Columbus Zoo welcomes unexpected baby gorilla to troop

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Staff members of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium were greeted by a surprise in the gorilla habitat on Thursday – the unexpected birth of a female gorilla!

According to the zoo’s Facebook, the new mother of the infant, Sully, was believed to be a male gorilla before this surprise birth.

Sully, who has lived at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium with her mother and fellow troop members since 2019, was discovered holding the baby gorilla early Thursday.

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The Columbus Zoo welcomes an endangered Masai giraffe calf

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The father of the brand new male Masai giraffe calf, Enzi was humanely euthanized on Sept 23. 2021 making the arrival of the calf at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium extra special.

The mother, Zuri, who is 12 years old, has been at the Columbus Zoo since 2013. The pairing of Zuri and Enzi was recommended by the Species Survival Plan® (SSP), a program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to maintain genetic diversity of threatened and endangered species in human care. Calves are born after a gestation period of approximately 15 months, the Columbus Zoo said in a press release.

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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium launches new diversity scholarship program

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has launched a new RISE scholarship program to increase minority representation in the zoo and conservation science field.

“We are excited to launch this new program right here in central Ohio. These internships will provide valuable exposure, and we hope spark interest in careers in animal care, conservation education, and related fields. Students will have the opportunity to learn from and work with our talented staff. The end goal is to inspire these students to join the zoological profession and better reflect the communities we serve,” Tom Schmid, President and CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, said.

Starting this fall students, over 18-years-old, will be able to apply for 15 individual scholarships available dedicated to various positions across the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, The Wilds, Zoombezi Bay, and Safari Golf Club.

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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium receives accreditation

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POWELL, Ohio — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced it received accreditation from the Zoological Association of America in a news release Wednesday.

The Zoological Association of America (ZAA) notified Columbus Zoo leadership after multiple steps were taken for the accreditation including a four-day on-site inspection by zoological professionals, a review by the accreditation committee and approval by the Zoological Association of America board of directors.

“We are very proud that we continue to be recognized in our professional community as among the best facilities for caring for wildlife and contributing to conservation and education initiatives,” Tom Schmid, President/CEO of the Columbus Zoo Family of Parks said in a news release. “We welcome the rigor of all accrediting bodies, and we strive to exceed these standards in any way we can.”

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