Thursday, April 30, 2009

I want one!

Suzi and I have had the pleasure of helping take care of these puppies the past few days.

These dogs will be trained by the New Horizons Service Dogs program ( to help folks with disabilities.

These puppies couldn’t be cuter! We are so sad to be leaving them behind today - our bags are packed and we are heading to SeaWorld in Orlando (which will be fun too...).

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Columbus is #1 - 3 times!

The Columbus Crew (soccer) and the Columbus Zoo aren't the only #1s in town. Parent's Magazine recently honored COSI (Columbus's science museum for children) as the #1 science center in the country.

A few days ago, I was at COSI for a photo shoot to promote both the Zoo's and COSI's #1 status. They put me up on the high wire bike -- people tell me that elementary school kids do this all the time. Kids sure are brave, I was scared out of my mind!!! Thanks to Ron Foth Advertising for capturing the moment!

"Tweeting" isn't just for birds

I'm proud to announce that along with my blog, you can know stay up-to-date with my crazy adventures on Twitter and Facebook! Definitely check them out!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

One Big Step Closer to a Name

The Columbus Zoo is one step closer to giving the new elephant calf a name. Of the 11,000 enteries submitted, they have narrowed it down to 4!

Beco – (BEE-co) – This unique name combines that of the baby’s mother (Phoebe) and his father (Coco).

Damai – (da-MY) – Translated from Indonesian, this name means “peace”. The Columbus Zoo is involved with several elephant conservation projects in Sumatra.

Sattva - (SUHT-vah) – Translated from Sanskrit, this name means “purity” or “existence.” In Hindu, individuals who are sattvic are believed to have a good memory supporting an old adage that an elephant never forgets. When you combine the name Sattva with that of his brother, Bodhi, you get Bodhisattva. In Mahayana Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is someone that uses his/her wisdom to bring others to enlightenment.

Siddhartha – (si-DAHR-tuh) – Translated from Sanskrit, this name means “fulfillment”. “Sid” may be used for short.

Click here to vote for your favorite! Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday, May 6 and the winner will be announced on Mother's Day.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Happy Earth Day

Help me celebrate Earth Day tomorrow (4/22) by watching The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. It will be my honor to accept a donation for rhino conservation on behalf of the Wilds in Ohio (an amazing place that you just have to check out!) and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. These organizations do amazing work every day to support rhinos in their fight against extinction.

It has been my pleasure to work with Zicam to help support rhino conservation, and bring awareness to the rhinovirus.

What a morning!

I just received these pictures a few minutes ago (compliments of Ida Astute of ABC News) Not only did I get to hang out with a sloth, but I had fun seeing my buddies Chris Cuomo and Sam Champion. Emeril Lagasse and I really heated up the kitchen on GMA. Bam!

Good Morning America

A few of my animal friends and I stopped by Good Morning America this morning. Click here to check out the video!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Coach Fulmer stops by the Zoo

The rainy Ohio weather didn't stop Tennessee's former head football coach, Phil Fulmer, from stopping by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to see the new baby elephant calf.

Before Phil had to head out of town, we stopped by one of my favorite places to eat - Hella's.

Coach Fulmer and I have been good friends for many years - Suzi and I were so excited to show him the new projects going on at the zoo. We just made sure that we had a big umbrella!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Eggs, Paws, and Claws!

Who is faster - the tortoise or the hare?

On April 11, I will be at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for Eggs, Paws, and Claws to find out. My namesake, Jack the rabbit, and I will be meeting up with the Zoo's Director Jeff Swanagan and Lucky the tortoise for a little spring fun! We would love for you to join us at 10:30 am or 1 pm for a half-hour show at Water's Edge. `

Thursday, April 2, 2009

It doesn't get much better than this!

The Columbus Zoo's new elephant calf is truly an amazing little guy. This is a picture of him from April 1, 2009 - when he is only 5 days old. Click here to see a video of him on that was posted by the Zoo.