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Columbus Zoo Supports Gov Kasichs Plan to Protect Exotic Animals and Citizens of Ohio

Media Alert: Friday, October 21, 2011


October 21, 2011

Patty Peters                                                    
Vice President, Community Relations

Powell, OH – The animal care experts at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in conjunction with their partner institutions in the state of Ohio and around the country, are ready to provide resources and expertise to support the plan announced today by Governor Kasich to protect the exotic animals and citizens of Ohio.
“Within 48 hours after the tragic events in Zanesville, Governor Kasich and his team have developed a plan to proactively respond to complaints and concerns regarding exotic animals being kept by private individuals” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium CEO and President Dale Schmidt.
Representatives from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the other Ohio zoos are part of the Dangerous Wild Animal Task Force formed by Governor Kasich when he took office. Officials from the Zoo have a long history of working with Governor Kasich on wildlife issues dating back to his service in Congress when he worked to place elephants on the Threatened Species list.
“The citizens of Muskingum County, public safety officials, and the animal care team from the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds were catapulted into a very difficult and dangerous situation that must not be allowed to occur again” said Schmidt. “In the end, it was the animals that paid the ultimate price.”

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 9,000 animals representing 675 species and provides more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide.  A recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium hosts more than two million visitors annually and was named the #1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide.  A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating. For more information and to purchase advance Zoo admission tickets, visit