Columbus Zoo Embarks on a Groundbreaking Journey to Transform the North America Region

Photo: Columbus Zoo worker standing next to a parrot sitting on a branch

Powell, OH — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, a beloved landmark in the Columbus community since 1927, officially broke ground for the $40 million North America Trek region. The project aims to transform the oldest area of the Zoo into a captivating destination, where visitors will not only learn about the native species of our beautiful country but also actively engage in ways to protect the world's most precious creatures.

“The North America Trek project represents our next step forward in the Columbus Zoo’s commitment to animal well-being, wildlife conservation, and education. As the transformation of the North America region takes shape, it promises to offer visitors an immersive experience like no other while strengthening the Zoo's pivotal role in fostering a love for animals and a dedication to their protection,” said Tom Schmid, President and CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Leading the way to help build North America Trek is Battelle who committed a gift of $2.625 million to the Columbus Zoo and The Wilds. This grant includes significant support to the North America Trek and its interactive education interpretive stations. "Battelle is proud to expand the impact of the Columbus Zoo and The Wilds," said Wes Hall, Vice President of Philanthropy and Education at Battelle. "The reimagined North America region will serve as a window to native wildlife, fostering curiosity and a spirit of conservation for future generations."

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Oct 30, 2023


Nicolle Gómez Racey, VP of Communications and Marketing


Columbus Zoo

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