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Meet Strawberry, the Columbus Zoo's new baby moose

A close-up of a moose calf's face near a tree branch
Strawberry, an orphaned moose calf from Alaska, will now call Columbus home. Photo: Grahm S. Jones/Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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.
Tyler Buchanan
Oct 15, 2021 - Business

Columbus startup funding up 554%

Illustration of a check folded into a paper airplane carrying an app button.
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

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.

On this day in 2020: Gahanna teachers strike

Teachers and supporters line the sidewalk in front of Lincoln High School in 2020.
Teachers and supporters line the sidewalk in front of Lincoln High School in 2020. Photo courtesy of the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association

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.

Amid scandal, Columbus Zoo picks new CEO

Tom Schmid, the new CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, stands in front of an aquarium
Tom Schmid, the new CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Photo courtesy of Texas State Aquarium

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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