The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has taken in an orphaned moose named Strawberry from Anchorage, Alaska.
- Her name was inspired by the road where she was found alone, Strawberry Road.
Startup funding in Columbus has officially rebounded from a pandemic drop-off last year.
- More than $250 million in investments has gone to area tech companies in Q3 2021, per data from Pitchbook.
Exactly one year ago today, Gahanna-Jefferson teachers began picketing after 105 days of tense, stalemated negotiations for a new employment contract.
- The strike lasted four school days, ending with a temporary, one-year deal.
State of play: The union is now working under a new contract that was approved in April and runs through June 2024, with 3% annual pay raises and an appendix outlining teaching protocols amid the pandemic.
Texas State Aquarium's longtime leader, Tom Schmid, will become the next president and CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Why it matters: Schmid starts Dec. 6 and will be responsible for restoring public trust in the zoo following recent scandals.
- The zoo could soon lose accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a distinction it has had since 1980, according to a WCMH story.
- Tom Stalf, Schmid's predecessor, resigned in March amid allegations that he used zoo assets personally, including credit cards, vehicles, homes and tickets to events.
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