What We Do We Care for Animals

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. 

Veterinary Care

Supporting world-class animal care

Sophisticated diagnostic equipment, professional training and ongoing research projects are central to understanding and solving complex issues of individual animal health and well-being as well as species survival. 

With help from the Zoo Society and its donors, tools such as these will make a difference in the lives of zoo animals – today and for years to come:

  • Cardiac ultrasound (Surgitron - Dual Frequency RF/120 Device): An important tool for cutting and cauterizing during surgical procedures.
  • Lab animal anesthetic machine: Allows our vets toprovide better anesthetic control of larger species.
  • Updated blood pressure monitor: Essential for intraprocedure monitoring of blood values, including blood gases during anesthesia.

The Cleveland community is known for medical innovation and delivering quality healthcare.

Donate to the Zoo Society today to support the veterinary team and continue world-class animal care at your Zoo.

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