The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium + Heart of Africa Exhibit

We finally made a trip out to the Columbus Zoo this weekend to check out the new Heart of Africa exhibit. It was a cool, drizzly day but the zoo was still hopping. Upon arrival, we immediately made our way over to the Heart of Africa exhibit to check out the giraffes. Giraffes have always been one of my favorites and we had previously been without them at the zoo for eight years. We loved how close you can get to the giraffes even without paying and waiting in line to feed them. You can also catch a glimpse of zebras, lions, and cheetahs. I could have stayed and watched the giraffes for hours but we had many more animals on our list of must-sees.

columbus zoo & aquarium giraffe

Some of my personal favorites at the zoo include the gorillas and bonobos, elephants, gibbons, brown bear, and kangaroos. We actually didn’t make it over to Asia but that’s ok, one of the perks of a membership is that I can go to the zoo whenever I want (for only $99 a family, it’s totally worth it). We were lucky that the animals were pretty active on Saturday and there were plenty of cute babies to see, which is always a treat.

columbus zoo & aquarium gibbons

columbus zoo & aquarium monkey

As a kid, I don’t think I ever truly appreciated that I lived so close to the best zoo in the country but now I’m so grateful that my parents have always had a membership and that I get to visit multiple times a year. I’m already looking forward to the Wildlights during the holiday season.

columbus zoo & aquarium orangatan

columbus zoo & aquarium monkey 2

I always enjoy visiting the kangaroos and during out visit a kangaroo decided to hang out on the path and get a closer look at all the humans.

columbus zoo & aquarium kangaroo

Thanks to Chris for dragging your camera along and taking these amazing photos.

columbus zoo & aquarium baboon

If you haven’t yet been out to check out the new Heart of Africa exhibit, you need to! It’s amazing getting close to such large, beautiful animals and no matter how many times I go, I always see something new and different.


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