Columbus Zoo offering free admission to federal employees furloughed by government shutdown

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POWELL, Ohio — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is offering free admission to furloughed federal workers and their immediate family members while the partial government shutdown persists.

Federal employees are asked to present their federal ID or badge at the ticket booth for free admission.

The zoo made the announcement in addition to their tradition of offering free admission to guests in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21 and Presidents' Day on Feb. 18.

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“In addition to honoring the incredible life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., observing Presidents’ Day—which, coincidentally, was signed into law by President Rutherford B. Hayes, who was born in Delaware, Ohio not far from the Columbus Zoo—as well as paying our respect to current federal employees for their service to the public, we feel it is important to offer these promotions to our wonderful community members, the support from whom we are extremely grateful,” said Columbus Zoo President and CEO Tom Stalf.

Standard parking fees still apply during these promotions, the zoo said.