Picks and Pans Review: Columbus Zoo: a Family Adventure

updated 04/02/1990 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/02/1990 01:00AM

Wonder where that giant Madagascar cockroach who climbed up his keeper's arm on Late Night came from? In 30 spirited minutes Jack Hanna, executive director of the Columbus Zoo, and his staff show off the lush life-styles enjoyed by that bug and hundreds of other creatures in the Ohio capital. The tour visits the only coconut crab on display in the U.S., a mother scorpion toting 30 babies on her back, and Kolo, the first gorilla born in captivity. The Columbus Zoo's first lodgers were six reindeer from the Columbus Dispatch's 1926 Christmas pageant, donated by the paper's publisher. Since then, the intimate zoo has become home to the nation's largest collections of reptiles (936 specimens) and cheetahs (24). And there is a population of pachyderms who are seen stomping watermelons before slopping them up for dessert. (Video Tours, Inc., $9.95; 800-869-6789)

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