Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Heart of Africa Exhibit

Powell, OH

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is recognized as one of the nation’s top zoos. Plans for an Africa-themed exhibit were first announced in the 1990s. After decades of dreaming, the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium was able to bring their vision to reality with the Heart of Africa exhibit.


  • 43 acre exhibit includes 22 structures – ranging from a cafe to animal housing facilities, an events pavilion and a man-made savanna
  • Exhibit houses giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, monkeys and lions among others in innovative animal housing facilities
  • Topography and strategic landscaping were used to hide fencing
  • The Mapori Dining Facility is LEED Certification
  • Awarded Best Project of the Year by ENR Midwest