Nationwide Insurance has been a long-time partner of the Columbus Zoo, dating back to Jack Hanna’s early days as zoo director in 1978. For more than 30 years, Nationwide has strengthened the Zoo’s mission through continuous support – from bringing to life impactful animal habitats, such as the state-of-the-art Polar Frontier, to sponsoring Jack Hanna’s two national television series. Nationwide is also the presenting sponsor of the Zoo’s North America region and Zoofari, the Zoo’s largest annual fundraising event. As the Official Insurance Company of the Columbus Zoo, Nationwide and the Zoo work together to deliver multi-faceted programs to those in the central Ohio community and across the globe.
Jack Hanna’s TV Series and Tour
Nationwide and the Columbus Zoo co-sponsor two popular TV programs hosted by the Zoo’s director emeritus Jack Hanna — Jack Hanna's Into the Wild (www.jhitw.com) and Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown (www.wildcountdown.com). Both shows take viewers on educational and exciting adventures to learn more about the fascinating animal world. Combined, the TV shows bring Jack, the Zoo and Nationwide into the homes of nearly 200 million households per year. Nationwide is also a sponsor of Jack Hanna’s national speaking tour, Into The Wild LIVE!, which travels throughout the country inspiring people to learn more about Earth’s creatures.
Nationwide Zoo Crew
This guest engagement team serves as the partnership’s anchor activation program and the model for partnership-branded guest service integration for the Zoo. Outfitted in co-branded uniforms and bright blue shoes, Nationwide Zoo Crew provides proactive, on-the-spot guest service. From committing random acts of kindness to assisting guests in finding their way, the Zoo Crew enhances the guest experience, giving the credit to Nationwide.
Your Zoo View
In 2012 Nationwide and the Zoo launched a live, high-definition webcam adventure, enabling viewers from around the world to visit the number one zoo in America. Featuring four Zoo habitats, including the playful brown bears or the serine aquarium, Your Zoo View also enables the experience partnership to transcend the tradition zoo visit. On average the site receives 45,000 views per month.
Zoo Member Benefits
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