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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium staff veterinarian Dr. Katie Seeley (left) conducts a CT scan on zebra shark.
National Geographic TV

All summer, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium been featured on National Geographic TV’s "Secrets of the Zoo." The series finale aired Sunday, Aug. 18.

The Columbus Zoo recently lost its Asian elephant calf to an infection.
Grahm S. Jones / Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

At the end of last year, the Columbus Zoo faced the loss of three giraffes and an Asian elephant calf over the span of six weeks. The deaths were unconnected, and zoo officials say an external review committee found there was nothing they could have done to save the animals.

Grahm S. Jones / Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The Columbus Zoo is mourning the loss of one of its newest additions. The yet-to-be-named female Asian elephant calf was less than three weeks old when she unexpectedly died from an infection. 

National Geographic Wild Miniseries on the Columbus Zoo

Aug 6, 2018
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Cable television channel National Geographic Wild is taking viewers behind-the-scenes at the Columbus Zoo. It premiered a six-hour miniseries in July on the zoo, aquarium and its 10,000-acre conservation center, The Wilds. 

The series, “Secrets of the Zoo,” is about the staff at the zoo and their close relationships with the animals. It premiered on July 29. 


Today on All Sides we speak with the executive producer about the show and find out what makes the Columbus Zoo show-worthy. 


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Columbus Zoo officials say the zoo will remain closed for the rest of Friday, due to repairs on a gas line inside the main gate.  

Watch the video here.

Snot otter. Lasagna lizard.

Pick your favorite nickname for the Eastern hellbender salamander.

Columbus Zoo Gives Names To Polar Bear Cubs

May 16, 2017
Grahm S. Jones / Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Three polar bear cubs born to two different mothers at the Columbus Zoo last year now have names.

Columbus Zoo Euthanizes Nanuq, 29-Year-Old Polar Bear

Apr 27, 2017
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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio says it has euthanized a 29-year-old male polar bear after veterinarians determined he had liver cancer with limited treatment options.

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A polar bear cub by any other name is just as cute - though the Columbus Zoo is still hoping for a worthy one for its five-month-old polar bear cub.

Colo, World's Oldest Known Gorilla, Dies At Columbus Zoo

Jan 17, 2017
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Leaders of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium say the country's oldest known gorilla in captivity, and the first in the world to be born in a zoo, has died. Colo was 60.

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Four manatees rescued near Florida have arrived at the Columbus Zoo.

Officials at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium say two of them are twins rescued after their mother was killed in a boat strike last month in the Florida Keys. They're named Millennium and Falcon.

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An inspection report says a young black bear that escaped its Ohio zoo enclosure by scaling a fence with electrified wires previously climbed trees wrapped with "hot wires" intended to jolt animals as a deterrent.


The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says it's going smoke-free. Officials say it will join several other zoos around the country, including all Ohio zoos, by prohibiting smoking on zoo grounds beginning Friday.

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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is now home to three more big cats.

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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said it made the tough call to euthanize its only Grizzly bear Thursday. Ginger, who bore two cubs, was 40 years old.