Adventure Cove At The Columbus Zoo And Aquarium Will Feature A Unique, Underwater Viewing Tunnel

Something very cool is coming to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium this spring.

Work at the newest section of the zoo, Adventure Cove, reached an important milestone yesterday. The final piece of the new, 60-foot-long underwater viewing tunnel was put into place. The new viewing experience is the first of its kind and will give guests the chance to be completely immersed in the world of the animals above.

The 4.1-acre region will be home to California sea lions and harbor seals, which will undoubtedly love showing off for visitors passing through. The sea lions who will be moving to the new enclosure are currently living in a temporary home in Florida.

In addition to the views from the underwater viewing area, there will also be a presentation area with seating for 250 guests.

One of the main goals of the new region is to promote conservation awareness. Sea lions are incredibly social and physical animals. Columbus Zoo animal trainers will be on hand to show guests how they work with the sea lions to keep the animals healthy and to explain how guests can help protect sea lions, even from Ohio.

Adventure Cove will also house Jack Hanna’s Animal Encounters Village, offering an enriched and ever-changing environment for sloths, African penguins, bat-eared foxes, cheetahs, tortoises, and toucans.

Guests can gain a deeper appreciation for animals by learning from Zoo educators and experiencing one-on-one animal encounters at the exhibit. Adventure Cove is the newest region at the zoo since the Heart of Africa opened in 2014. The area is expected to open in spring 2020.

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