Zoo Boards Enhance Franklin County Benefits
April 24, 2014
Citizens of Franklin County will enjoy enhanced benefits from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as a result of actions taken by the Governing Board of the Columbus Zoological Park Association and the Zoo’s Appointed Board of Trustees at their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday.
The Columbus Zoo strives to be an affordable community destination where families can enjoy quality time while learning about wildlife in a park-like setting. The Zoo currently provides 50 percent admission to residents of Franklin County every Wednesday and beginning in 2015 the 50 percent admission discount will be provided to residents every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Although pricing has not yet been set for the proposed satellite campus to be located in the heart of Columbus, the Board approved Franklin County residents to receive reduced pricing to the new Zoo adventure on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. They will also receive priority or early entry.
Approximately 45,000 Franklin County households support the Zoo by being members and as part of their benefits receive free admission to the Zoo 363 days of the year for all persons covered under the membership. Beginning in 2015, all Columbus Zoo members living in Franklin County will receive two free tickets to the Zoo with their membership so that guests, visiting relatives or others can experience the Zoo with them.
Engaging children to learn about the natural world around them is core to the Zoo’s mission and it provides valuable resources for enriching school children. More than 150,000 school children visited the Zoo in 2013 and Franklin County students receive discounted admission of just $2.00 per person when participating in a field trip. This special school group pricing will continue in addition to already offered free education programs for underserved schools and individuals such as assembly programs, teacher workshops, camp scholarships and school field trip grants that provide financial assistance for admission and transportation.
“The Zoo’s boards are comprised of dedicated representatives from the community who care about the community,” said Zoo President and CEO Tom Stalf. “Board members and the entire Zoo team are committed to providing fun, informative and accessible experiences and programs to the citizens of Franklin County. We are excited to announce these added benefits.”
To learn more about how the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium gives back to the community, please visit the Zoo’s website.
Home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 575 species from around the globe, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium leads and inspires by connecting people and wildlife. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Course. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates the Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. It 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.