Star-Studded Opening Of New Exhibit At Columbus Zoo

May 22, 2014

The Columbus Zoo opened its new Heart of Africa exhibit earlier today to a lot of fanfare. 

As Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports, one of Hollywood's most beloved leading ladies came in to help cut the ribbon for the exhibit.

Actress Betty White is well known for being an advocate for animal rescues.  She’s also a friend of Jack Hanna, President Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo.

Jack intros Betty

This isn’t Betty’s first time at the Columbus Zoo.  She visited back in 1979.  But on this occasion, she was greeted with hundreds of adoring fans.  She has starred in the Betty White Show, the Mary Tyler Moore show, the Golden Girls and currently, Hot in Cleveland. 

We are changing our name from Hot in Cleveland to Hot in Columbus (cheers).

White, known for her widespread charity for animal rescue causes was the perfect celebrity to cut the ribbon to open the Columbus Zoo’s new Heart of Africa exhibit.  Zoo President Tom Stalf says this one has been many years in the making.

Stalf – We have giraffes, wildabeasts, zebras, giselles, cheetahs, warthogs, ardvarks.  It’s 160 animals replicating the region of the world in an African savannah.

The 30 million dollar, 43 acre exhibit is open to the public now.