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Safari Africa Groundbreaking at the Columbus Zoo

Media Alert: Wednesday, September 19, 2012


September 19, 2012

Patty Peters
Vice President Community Relations

WHAT:           A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for its newest region, Safari Africa.
WHEN:           Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
WHERE:        Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s future Safari Africa site. Members of the media should report to the Zoo’s          Business Office.
WHY:              Safari Africa at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will transform guests into world travelers on an adventure to southern and eastern Africa. Here guests will find a colorful and active village outside the gates of a national park and experience the sights and sounds of a vast savannah, home to a population of fascinating African animals including the return of giraffe and zebra.
                      At the Columbus Zoo, guests will have an up-close, experiential safari adventure. Africa’s enduring energy, through immersive Zoo experiences, will depict the soul of its land, the spirit of its people and the thrill of its animals.
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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 Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and18-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.