Northwestern Ohio might not be the first place you’d expect of find yourself gazing at an African savannah, but that’s exactly why this zoo in Toledo is so unexpectedly incredible. From a series of skywalks and elevated platforms, you’ll feel like you're on another continent as you appreciate the zebras, giraffes, crocodiles, and other African fauna. Before, of course, stepping down a long ramp and into the world’s first Hippoquarium, an underwater observation room where you can take in hippo life below the water line. And if you get tired of walking, the Africa! exhibit even has an aerial obstacle course for you to traverse while looking down at the animals.
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