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Johnda Stowers
Brooke Hnatyszyn
Denise Ann
BABY ANIMALS: On July 12 and the early morning hours of July 13, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed the birth of three Amur tiger cubs. Experienced mom Mara is doing well and is taking care of her newborns. The animal care staff is monitoring the cubs via a remote camera and will not know the sex of the cubs until their check-up in the coming weeks. (For added clarification at 1:08 in the... View more »
BABY ANIMALS: On July 12 and the early morning hours of July
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Monica Cline
Bre Hinkle
Kim Pruim
Can you guess whose “hoof” this is? Join us for the next OhioHealth HOOFit walk on July 25!
Can you guess whose “hoof” this is Join us for the next

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Jennifer Sexton
Sarah Caplan
Nicole Gorley
Cool hat? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Free day passes to Zoombezi Bay? Upload your best Zoo photos to Instagram using #FamilySafari for your chance to win day passes to Central Ohio's wildest water park this summer! Brought to you by Pepsi In The 614, please set your profile to public so we can see your photos! Instagram.com/Columbus_Zoo
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Lea Chiki
Animal Programs Specialist Emily also took over our SnapChat account today! Check out her Takeover Tuesday SnapChat Story and follow @ColumbusZoo for more fun Snaps.
Animal Programs Specialist Emily also took over our SnapChat account today Check
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Denise Lafey
Amy L Gossard
Liz Walsh
I had so much fun sharing my day with you! I’m lucky to be able to say I love my job. Sometimes I even get to take my work home with me! This is Coby, one of our cheetah companion dogs. Coby is Zemba and Bibi’s “brother,” but he has helped raise many of our other cheetahs as well. The dog acts like a confident big brother for the cheetah, which gives these cats more confidence. After a long... View more »
I had so much fun sharing my day with you I’m lucky

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Kristy Marie
Courtney Gerrish Julien
Rachel Muñoz
Look at this little nugget run! Isabelle (aka Izzie) has been practicing chasing the lure and today she finished the entire run like a big girl! Right now, she may not be as fast as the older cats, but with more practice she will soon start reaching those top speeds! –Emily, Animal Programs Specialist #fluffiestbabycheetahever #isabellethecheetah #needforspeed #eyeofthecheetah #takeovertuesday
Look at this little nugget run Isabelle aka Izzie has been practicing
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Isabelle Maurer
Dee Veccia
Taylor A. Hattori
Our cheetahs love getting boxes for enrichment. This is a photo of Ophelia thoroughly enjoying her box. You might see 7-month-old cheetah girls Ophelia, Luciana and Isabelle running the lure during our cheetah runs or making appearances with Jungle Jack Hanna! –Emily, Animal Programs Specialist #AllCatsLoveBoxes #enrichment #takeovertuesday
Our cheetahs love getting boxes for enrichment This is a photo of

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Sara Dillon
Heather Branist
Alex Foster
Any new enrichment item has to be approved by our senior leadership before being given to an animal to ensure the animal’s health and safety. But sometimes we like to test it out too... and we always like to have a little fun! Animal Programs Specialist Hardy is testing out one of our swinging fire hose hay feeders for our warthogs in their behind the scenes suite. –Emily, Animal Programs... View more »
Any new enrichment item has to be approved by our senior leadership
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Meghan Herrod Adams
Erin Connett Tully
Nancy Warner
Aardvarks are nocturnal, which means they are mostly active at night. Typically they wouldn’t wake up until the sun has started to set, but we trained our aardvarks, Arty and Kiazi, to show their foraging ability during the day. Also, since aardvarks don't have a lot of hair they can get sunburned—just like us. We all practice safe sun habitats in the summer and apply sunscreen! –Emily, Animal... View more »
Aardvarks are nocturnal which means they are mostly active at night Typically
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Stacey Frizzle
Sue Burnam
Mark Bingham
Throwback to when our hyenas were babies. This collage shows how quickly they grew in just one year! Shenzi and Banzai were born in 2014. Fun Fact: Hyena cubs’ fur starts out short and black, and then as they mature their fur becomes lighter with spots! Did you know hyenas are incredibly intelligent? And although they are best known as scavengers, they are actually very good hunters as well!... View more »
Throwback to when our hyenas were babies This collage shows how quickly

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Glenda Fluhart
Alyssa Schwartz
Christina Krumm
The Watering Hole is one of my favorite exhibits because it is unique. It only rains reliably in Africa half of the year, so areas where water collects are great places to view wildlife. Every single day is different at our watering hole, even for us! It makes each day interesting and unpredictable for our animals, similar to life on the savanna. Each morning we make a plan as to when each... View more »
The Watering Hole is one of my favorite exhibits because it is

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Nancy Eberle
Lauren Millard
With Julian, we have the amazing opportunity to educate our community about lemurs in their native range and the threats they face. Habitat loss is a huge problem for Julian’s cousins in Madagascar. Our very own Dr. Randy Junge is visiting Madagascar again this year to continue his long-term lemur health research project, which evaluates the effects that mining and human activity has on lemurs... View more »
With Julian we have the amazing opportunity to educate our community about

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Christy Davis
Angela Thomas
Randy Junge
During the off season, I also take care of the ambassador animals and go to local community events, daycares and retirement centers, as well as travel with Jungle Jack Hanna to special events and programs. One of my favorite animals to introduce to people is King Julian, the ring-tailed lemur. This is a video of a tail hold behavior I trained Julian to do. We just realized that Julian’s tail... View more »
During the off season I also take care of the ambassador animals
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Jennifer Sell
Lara Kretler
Pam Barwick
Ever wonder what we do when Heart of Africa closes for the season? We are still here taking care of the animals and it’s the perfect time to do a lot of training! Our animals are trained to participate in a lot of medical procedures like vaccines, blood draws, and radiographs. Here in one of our behind-the-scenes cheetah suites, we are training Bibi for voluntary ultrasounds in preparation for... View more »
Ever wonder what we do when Heart of Africa closes for the

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Candace Seebaugh
Misty Sullivan
Jacqueline Nicole Adkins
Throwback video! This is one of my favorites from last summer. We walked our warthog babies, Pikipiki and Zulu, behind the scenes to and from their on-view habitat by the Heart of Africa schoolhouse every day. We trained them to walk on harnesses using their favorite foods, like grapes, apple and banana. –Emily, Animal Programs Specialist #thesehoovesweremadeforwalking #babywarthogs... View more »
Throwback video This is one of my favorites from last summer We
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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Did you know you help contribute to more than 70 different conservation projects just by visiting the Columbus Zoo? If you love cheetahs like I do, you can help support cheetah conservation by visiting one of our wonderful docents, like Bob, at the cheetah habitat! For a $1 or $2 donation you can get yourself a cheetah pin or bracelet while helping cheetahs in their native range, too! One of... View more »
Did you know you help contribute to more than 70 different conservation

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Andrew Herold
Leeann Poindexter
Julie Reed
The cheetahs in our care are ambassadors for their cousins in their native range and they help raise awareness for cheetah conservation! Dr. Laurie Marker (pictured right) from the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) makes appearances around the United States to educate and create a connection between people and cheetahs. Our cheetahs that attend events are hand raised from a very young age due to... View more »
The cheetahs in our care are ambassadors for their cousins in their

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Courtney Adams
Kevin Wenrich Sr.
Sherry Conley Hughes
Paintings made by the animals in our care are a great way to raise funds for our enrichment and conservation programs, as well as provide guests with a unique souvenir. We wanted to find a way to have our cheetahs voluntarily participate in painting, so we decided to use positive reinforcement training! Trainer Samantha has been working with cheetah, Keyara, to learn to touch her paw to a... View more »
Paintings made by the animals in our care are a great way
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Maria Wolf
Amy Titchell
Melody Schafer
I get to see this every day and it never gets old! Cheetahs are the fastest land mammal and are able to go 0-60 mph in 3 seconds!!! They have amazing adaptations that allow them to do this, like their enlarged heart and lungs, non-retractable claws, and rudder-like tail. Cheetah Runs take place (weather permitting) in the watering hole at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. Each day is... View more »
I get to see this every day and it never gets old
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Jessica Mager
Stacey Frizzle
Andrew Herold