Wildlights, animals, and families all at the Columbus Zoo


POWELL, Ohio (WCMH)–Millions of lights, visits with Santa Claus, and recollections made throughout Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.

“No real strategy, we’ve done it so many years, so we know what we’re doing more or less making sure we have enough lights up,” mentioned Director of Facilities Mark Patzer.

This marks the thirty third yr for the mild show. There are greater than three million lights flashing and glowing the November evening. They want some severe tools to place every thing collectively.

“It’s a little bit of everything, we have ladders, we have scissor lifts, we have book lifts it’s a combination and a lot of groundwork as you can imagine,” mentioned Patzer.

Santa is all the time well-liked, and the zoo animals obtained their props as effectively.

“A lot of our animals want to engage with visitors as they come through the building and it’s just a unique way,” mentioned Director of Animal Programs Shawn Brehob. “A lot of it is creating natural behaviors but also the stimulus of the animals coming through and interacting with the people and the guests.”

Even although that is the animal’s dwelling, they took a backseat to the lights.

“Most important thing I think is the family that touches me the most kids having a good time,” mentioned Patzer.

The total show is LED, so if one mild goes out, the relaxation proceed to shine brightly. Wildlights runs by way of Jan. 2.