Jul 26, 2022 - News

Zoo animals have a field day on Ohio Stadium turf

A sea lion rests on turf
California sea lion Qizai rests indoors on turf from Ohio Stadium. Photos: Grahm S. Jones, courtesy of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Buckeyes found a good use for some of their old home turf.

What's happening: The turf, which came from Ohio Stadium renovations, will enhance exhibits for Columbus Zoo animals, especially those that spend their winter "off season" indoors.

Why it matters: The artificial grass more closely resembles natural habitats than hard surfaces, which can improve foot health and overall well-being, according to the zoo.

A pelican stands on artificial turf with its wings oustretched
A perfect touchdown from Ken the brown pelican in the Manatee Coast exhibit.
A stingray grazes over turf
A southern stingray grazes turf at the bottom of Stingray Bay.
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