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Columbus Zoo to grant 6-year-old’s wish to Be a Zookeeper With Make-A-Wish®


July 29, 2018


Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus, OH

Columbus, OH (July 2018) — A wish kid with a passion for zoo animals will have his wish to be a zookeeper granted thanks to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana.

Wish kid Isaac, age 5, underwent a heart transplant when he was 4 months old. Isaac truly loves animals – his favorite animal is a giraffe – and his one true wish is to be a zookeeper for a day when he can feed and experience his furry friends up close. The Make-A-Wish team selected the Columbus Zoo to grant Isaac’s wish because they had heard about the Zoo’s prestigious zookeeper program.

This wish is coming true on Isaac’s 6th birthday on Sunday, July 29, when he will be given a VIP tour of the Zoo, have the opportunity to feed giraffes, meet some special animal ambassadors up close, and experience a Land Rover drive through the savanna in the Zoo’s Heart of Africa region.
Isaac and his family are from Hayward, Wisconsin. Isaac and his family, as well as representatives from Make-A-Wish and the Columbus Zoo, will be available for media interviews to talk about this wish and the impact wishes have on children battling critical illnesses.

WHAT: Zookeeper wish for Isaac, age 5
WHEN: Sunday, July 29, 2018
WHERE: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (Business Office)
TIME: Media: Please arrive at the Zoo’s Business Office at 11:15 a.m. to be escorted to the 11:30 a.m. experience with the Zoo’s animal ambassadors.
CONTACT: Kelly Phillips, Marketing Director, (805) 551-0211

Make-A-Wish relies on the financial support of the local community and organizations to grant wishes. Currently, only one out of every two eligible children gets their wish granted.

For more information on ways to help, visit, call 1-877-206-9474, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @makeawishohkyin.
About Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. For more details on how to get engaged with our chapter, please visit or follow us on social media @makeawishohkyin.


Press Contact

Juli Miller
Vice President, Development
2545 Farmers Drive Suite 300
Columbus, OH  43235

Phone : (317) 522-4083 x4415
Fax : (614) 923-0560

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