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Columbus Zoo Provides Teddy Bear Care

Media Alert: Wednesday, August 01, 2012


August 1, 2012

Jennifer Wilson
Communication Manager

Powell, OH – The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will host its annual Teddy Bear Safari from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on August 11. Children ages 2 to 9 who bring a teddy bear on this day will receive complimentary admission when accompanied by a paying adult. 
Nationwide Children’s Hospital clinic volunteers will be on site offering medical attention to the teddies at the “Bear Care Den” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children are invited to bring their special friends for wellness checkups and more. Stations will be stocked with stitches and Band-Aids to patch up scrapes and minor bear “boo boos” in an effort to teach children about their own annual check-ups before heading back to school.
In addition to the teddy bear clinic, visitors can watch some of their favorite animals beat the heat while receiving ice blocks filled with treats during “Block and Roll.” Kids can also take part in character ambassador meet and greets throughout the day and a Junior HOOFit Safari, presented by OhioHealth, at 11 a.m.
Teddy Bear Safari is made possible by Nationwide Children’s Hospital and OhioHealth. Zoombezi Bay admission is not included.
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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 575 species from around the globe. The Zoocomplex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates the Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; contributing more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating.