The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo routinely conducts research addressing contemporary challenges in animal care, wildlife health and population sustainability.
Opened in 2004, the Zoo’s Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine articulates a powerful vision for the role of veterinary medicine in Zoos. It is the hub for leadership development and research training. Its staff employs expert knowledge of endocrinology, epidemiology, veterinary medicine and behavioral sciences to ensure optimal care for the Zoo’s many species. The world-class facility was made possible by a successful $4.4 million Zoo Society campaign that funded approximately half the total cost of construction.
In addition to on-site animal care and welfare, the Zoo's veterinary staff develops and supports cooperative breeding programs, facilitates animal research and management initiatives at the regional and global level, and administers the Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP). The Zoo maintains educational and research partnerships with Case Western Reserve University, Cuyahoga Community College, Miami University and The Ohio State University to train graduate-level students in conservation education, research and veterinary science.