Join us for a day at the Zoo!
Please note that there is some construction on the roads around the Zoo. We recommend using a GPS system such as Google Maps or Waze to find the best route to the Zoo for you.
Type “John Ball Zoo” into Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze, or your preferred GPS system to get the fastest route to the Zoo.
When exiting off I-196 at M-45 east (Lake Michigan Drive), there are constructions barrels but the road to the Zoo entrance is open on Fulton St.
Celebrate the zooÍs 150th anniversary! Join us for the opening day festivities of a special exhibition and explore an interactive timeline.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a non-profit zoo located near Powell in Liberty Township, Delaware County, Ohio, United States, north of the city of Columbus. The land lies along the eastern banks of the O’Shaughnessy Reservoir on the Scioto River, at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Powell Road. It has a worldwide reputation, largely attributable to the efforts and promotion of director emeritus Jack Hanna. In 2009, it was named by the USA Travel Guide as the number one zoo in the United States. It was also ranked number one best zoo in 2012 by Besties Readers Choice.
The Columbus Zoo is home to more than 7,000 animals representing over 800 species and sees over 2.3_million visitors annually. The animal exhibits are divided into regions of the world, with the zoo currently operating eight such regions. In addition the zoo owns an 18-hole golf course, known as the Safari Golf Club which encompasses 56.656 hectares (140 acres). The zoo also owns Zoombezi Bay which encompasses 9.187 hectares (22.70 acres) and Jungle Jack’s Landing which encompasses 4.452 hectares (11 acres). In total, the zoo owns 234 hectares (580 acres) of land, with 164.424 hectares (406.30 acres) dedicated to the zoo itself.
The zoo operates its own conservation program, donating money to outside programs as well as participating in their own conservation efforts. Over the past five years the zoo has contributed over $3.3_million to more than 70 projects in 30 countries. The zoo also has a close working relationship with the Wilds, a 9,154-acre (37.04_km2) animal conservation center located in southeast Ohio and is featured on the Columbus Zoo’s website.
Call ahead to schedule your visit: everything is by appointment. Biologist-guided tours can be arranged for school groups, garden clubs, families, etc.. at . There’s no charge to shop for plants or books, or to do a bit of research in the Biophilia reference library, just be sure to make an appointment.
The zoo is tucked away just blocks from the beach and is home to more than 290 animals. Lions, tigers, bears, monkeys and macaws are just some of the creatures that inhabit this Gulf Coast oasis. There’s also a petting zoo, reptile house, aviary and daily animal shows in the summer.
You can see wildlife from all over the world and learn about them. Tour our main building exhibits, tropical birds, reptiles, exit the building to see two species of Black Bear, Tortoises, Leopards, Tigers, Lions, and Serval Cats. The journey passes an open range of non-flying birds, two species of Deer, and Antelope, Bison, long hair cattle, Giant Horses, Minature Donkeys, Wild Hogs, Alligators, many different primates including Chimpanzee and much more.