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Columbus Zoo Names New Chief Executive

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has a new boss. Tom Stalf is the new President and Chief Executive Officer. He joined the zoo in 2010 and served as interim CEO since last August. Stalf says the Zoo and Aquarium is still considering a hotel or themed lodge. "Just the feasibility of where it would be located, the size, what would be the experience, and how we would develop this. Where we're at now is the planning." Says Stalf. Stalf says the Zoo, Aquarium, and the Wilds near Zanesville attract more than 2.4 million visitors annually. It has a $60-million dollar operating budget that is 17% funded by Franklin County taxpayers. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is expected to complete Safari Africa in 2014. Safari Africa is the largest project in zoo history.