Jungle Jack Hanna live on stage at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on December 12, 2015

POWELL, Ohio, 2015-12-9 — /Travel PR News/ — See Jungle Jack Hanna live on stage for a winter wonderland of wild fun at Jack Hanna’s Home for the Holidays event, featuring Santa Paws, on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Jack Hanna and his animal friends will amaze guests at three special performances on the Animals on Safari stage during Wildlights. Show times are 6, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m.

“This is my favorite time of year at the Zoo,” said Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. “Wildlights is a tradition for my family and we look forward to spending it with the families in central Ohio.”

The flurry of fun starts with enrichment activities for the animals. From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Santa Paws will spread holiday cheer and bring specially wrapped treats made with animal-friendly materials to Zoo habitats for the animals to enjoy. Visitors can watch as reptiles slither up to their gifts, gorillas open their presents with ease, or red pandas climb to find their special treats, and more! The Santa Paws schedule is as follows:

11 a.m. Water Monitor

Arctic Fox

Asia Quest

North America

11:30 a.m. Reindeer
Bison and Pronghorn
North America
North America
Asia Quest
12 p.m. Red Pandas Asia Quest
12:30 p.m. Leopard Congo Expedition
1 p.m. Reptiles Shores
1:30 p.m. Bonobos
Nocturnal animals
Congo Expedition
Australia and the Islands
2 p.m. Barn animals
North America
Congo Expedition
3 p.m. Langurs Asia Quest

Plus, individuals can get in the holiday spirit by bringing an approved gift for their favorite animals on Dec. 12. Guests can receive one free admission to Wildlights, valid this day only, for each purchased gift. For more information and a list of approved gifts for the animals, visit the event calendar at www.columbuszoo.org.


Home to more than 11,000 animals representing over 600 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. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; annually contributing $5 million of privately raised funds to support conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating.

SOURCE: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium