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Photo and Video Policy


You are welcome to take photos and/or video for personal use only; commercial photography requires written permission from the Zoo’s Community Relations department.  On occasion we will photograph or take video of visitors for educational or promotional purposes.  Entry to the Zoo, including Zoombezi Bay, grants permission for use of these images.
Taking photos or video for commercial purposes, including for stock images, commercial products and other commercial purposes is prohibited without prior authorization from the Community Relations department.  See our Location Filming Policy for additional information.
If your photos are for noncommercial purposes you may come to the Zoo as a regular Zoo visitor (admission costs will apply; please see website for current hours and prices) and take your photos provided all the following apply:
1. Photos cannot be sold or published.
2. No tripods or monopods are permitted to block visitor walkways.
3. Plugging into Zoo electrical outlets is strictly prohibited.
4. The party is not permitted to stop Zoo traffic in order to take the photos.
5. The party is not permitted to disrupt Zoo visitors, staff or the animals in any way.
6. No special assistance shall be given (e.g., golf carts, security, etc).
The Zoo maintains an extensive library of photos that are available to members of the media for use with stories about the Zoo.  We make these available to media at no charge.  Commercial use of photos (including use in textbooks and other published materials) provided by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are subject to a fee of $300 per use.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium frequently visits stock photography websites and other wildlife photography sources.  If an animal or location is recognized as being the property of Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the photographer did not have written permission from the Zoo’s Community Relations department, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium reserves the right to contact both the photographer and the company representing the photographer to seek reparations.
Staff members reserve the right to approach photographers in the park about their work.  If photographers have not sought permission to take professional photographs of the park’s animals or physical site, they will be asked to return their equipment to their vehicle before enjoying the rest of their visit at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.