Today, we remember Nanuq and the legacy he has left. He was rescued as an orphan in Alaska in 1988, and he came to the Columbus Zoo in 2012 from the Buffalo Zoo. Nanuq sired four litters at the Columbus Zoo with female polar bears, Aurora and Anana, based on a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan® (SSP). These births are important to the survival of...
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Rebecca Emans
Juanita Webb
Michelle Kivi Johnson
It is with a very heavy heart that we say goodbye to Nanuq. After consultation with Zoo veterinary staff and specialists from MedVet, the difficult decision was made to humanely euthanize Nanuq this morning after it was confirmed this week that he had liver cancer. At 29 years old, Nanuq surpassed the 20.7-year median life expectancy for male polar bears in a North American zoo by more than...
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It is with a very heavy heart that we say goodbye to
Jeramiah Holland
Joanne Konst
Carri Bonner
????New bird on the block! You’ll see a new face in the markhor habitat. Meet Eos, an Eurasian eagle-owl! This lovely lady was introduced to the yard yesterday and is enjoying several of the rock crevices and platforms that were added for her and a male eagle-owl, who will be introduced to the habitat in the coming weeks. The markhor exhibit was designed perfectly for mountain climbing and...
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New bird on the block Youll see a new face in the
Aimee Dursch
Caleb Morrow
Ashley Arnett
❄Happy Wild Wednesday! Are you team Amelia Gray, Denali, Elisapee or Vieta? Cast your ‘beary’ important vote to Name The Cub! Visit to vote every day through May 2. While you will help us name Anana’s cub, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and The Wilds staff are naming Aurora's twins through one of the many employee initiatives raising funds for conservation. Check back on...
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Happy Wild Wednesday Are you team Amelia Gray Denali Elisapee or Vieta
Kahle Wilcox
Sara Barnard Wolfe
Jeff Hughes
The polar bear cubs are now on view! Plan your visit to see Anana and her little girl or Aurora and her twins: Viewing opportunities will rotate, as polar bear moms raise their young independently and schedules are determined by the bears. We’re also looking for your assistance in determining the perfect name for Anana’s cub! To Name the Cub, presented by Kroger, please visit...
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The polar bear cubs are now on view Plan your visit to
Sam Stewart Lombardi
Joice Viets
Tammi Kostos
Happy World Penguin Day! The Honorable Chudder McFluff, Esq. (McFluff for short) is now a month old. He gained two pounds in the last 10 days and currently weighs 5.4 pounds! His keepers say that he is in "penguin bootcamp," which means he's learning to eat fish during keeper feedings. He is gaining more confidence, and will make his debut when he leaves the nest in the coming weeks! Despite...
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Happy World Penguin Day The Honorable Chudder McFluff Esq McFluff for short
Cole Rowdy
Melinda Strouse Graham
Debbie Andis Hutchison

Happy World Penguin Day! When you purchase two specially marked Stonyfield Organic YoKids multipacks, you can get a FREE kid's ticket with purchase of an adult ticket -- bring kids face-to-face with endangered species and inspire them to make a difference. Offer valid till 9/30/17. Other restrictions apply, visit for details.
FREE KIDS ADMISSIONS TICKET Happy World Penguin Day When you purchase two
Brittney Hoobler
Kayla Cremeans
Have a Columbus Zoo and Aquarium photo you’d like to share? Well, we’d love to see it! Brought to you by Pepsi In The 614, post your photos to Instagram using #FamilySafari to win some cool prizes this spring! Best of luck!
Have a Columbus Zoo and Aquarium photo youd like to share Well
Sharon Jacks
Happy World Penguin Day! Animal Encounters Village, presented by The Goddard School, opens April 29 for weekends only. Stop by this vibrant stage to see our African black-footed penguins at 11:30 a.m., 1, 1:30, 3 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through May 21, then daily starting May 27!
Happy World Penguin Day Animal Encounters Village presented by The Goddard School
Thank you all for following me around today on this Takeover Tuesday. I've had so much fun sharing how lucky I am to help care for these amazing animals! You guys should come down under to say “hi” to our furry and feathered friends at Australia and the Islands! –Emily, Australia and the Islands keeper
Thank you all for following me around today on this Takeover Tuesday
Alyssa Schwartz
Tami Turner
Jackie Reynolds
Sometimes our animals feel under the weather, but we have a FANTASTIC vet staff to help us get them feeling 100% again. Here I am giving Matari some eardrops to help heal his small ear infection. –Emily, Australia and the Islands keeper
Mary-Beth Alleman
Tami Turner
Leigh Henry- Delong
Spring is in the air and the roos are super excited that the trees are in bloom! They love to get fresh browse to snack on. Beatrice here is enjoying some forsythia, but they also really enjoy flowering crabapple. Yum! –Emily, Australia and the Islands keeper
Spring is in the air and the roos are super excited that
Jamie Crouse
Dustin Burton
Lori Radabaugh
The roos love to do some morning laps! Kangaroos can run up to 35 mph and at full speed they can leap up to 25 feet in a single bound. –Emily, Australia and the Islands keeper
Sarah Miller
Darlene Grigsby
Grayson Ponti
Now that you've learned all about the lorikeets, let’s "hop" on down to the Kangaroo Walkabout. Did you know that a group of kangaroos is called a mob? Our mob is 13 kangaroos strong—stop by this weekend to walk through the yard and see them in person! The Kangaroo Walkabout is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this week. Then, this hoppin' area will open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting April...
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Kelly Davis
Kevin Kollar
Not only do lorikeets eat nectar, but fruit is a major part of their diet as well. We are clicker training our birds so they know that when they hear the sound of the clicker, they will get food. This will help us get a visual on individual birds without causing stress. By associating the sound of the clicker with receiving food, we can use the clicker to move birds in and out of the exhibit...
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Louise Keether Verdugo
Sherri Agosta
Jennifer Schleppi
It is nesting season! Did you know that lorikeets typically pair up with the same mate for life? We have several nest box options for our couples to lay their clutch of two eggs, and this cutie has decided this one is the perfect fit! –Emily, Australia and the Islands keeper
It is nesting season Did you know that lorikeets typically pair up
Michelle Burnett
Vicky Pasaska
Laura Davis Shannon
It is so much fun giving the lorikeets enrichment because they get SO excited about everything! Paper bags and shredded paper are just a couple of their favorite things. (Make sure you turn on the sound to hear their happy noises!) –Emily, Australia and the Islands keeper
Monique Anton Beck
Karrel Buck
Mary Glidden Edwards
The lorikeets love to lend a helping hand (or wing) while we clean their home first thing in the morning. Sometimes they like to land on our heads to hitch a ride. I really enjoy their company! –Emily, Australia and the Islands keeper
The lorikeets love to lend a helping hand or wing while we
Melissa Taylor
James Fisk
Victoria Michaels
Hello everyone! My name is Emily, and I am a keeper in the Australia and the Islands region at the Columbus Zoo. I will be taking over the Zoo's social media today, so you'll get the inside scoop of what we do to care for the lorikeets and kangaroos. I'm standing in front our Lorikeet Garden, which is currently under construction, but you will soon be able to come in and feed nectar to our...
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Hello everyone My name is Emily and I am a keeper in
Tammy Webb Coy
Dan Lesko
Ashley Morrow
Happy World Penguin Day! The Columbus Zoo is home to 11 Humboldt penguins. Will you adopt one? 100% of your donation will pay for food and enrichment for these clever birds. As one of our new spotlight animals, you will also receive an adorable plush penguin with your symbolic adoption. Please donate today!
Happy World Penguin Day The Columbus Zoo is home to 11 Humboldt
Jaime Baxter Emerick
Amanda Sexton-Martin
Theresa Contor