Fast Facts

As the Zoo’s nonprofit advocate and partner, the Cleveland Zoological Society is committed to:

  • Raising awareness of the Zoo as a community priority
  • Improving all aspects of the Zoo, from exhibits to programs to daily operations
  • Giving visitors, members and donors great value for their investment

Founded in 1957, the Zoo Society strives to ensure that Cleveland Metroparks Zoo remains one of the region’s preeminent destinations. The Zoo Society maintains the largest membership program in Northeast Ohio (42,500 households).


  • Elizabeth Fowler, Executive Director, Cleveland Zoological Society
  • James Francis, President
  • Eric Hall, Treasurer
  • Justin R. Horton, Secretary
  • Chris Kuhar, Executive Director, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  • Thomas Leiden, Vice President
  • Margaret Ratner, Vice President
  • Robert J. Rogers, Chairman


Finances as of 12/31/14

  • ZooFutures Fund $3.3 M
  • Sustaining Fund $5.6 M
  • Membership Dues $2.64 M
  • Annual operating & programmatic support to the Zoo, including signature Educational Outreach Programs $4.7 M
Click here for our 2013 IRS 990 and 2013 audit.

Visitor Profile

  • 42,500 member households, including
  • 1,200 ZooKeepers' Circle VIP members
  • Families with children 12 & younger and college educated / household incomes $75,000+
  • 1.1 million Zoo visitors annually

Major Projects List

  • In 2014, completed $2.5 Million campaign for the Circle of Wildlife including the Carousel, Nature Discovery Ridge and Stillwater Place event center
  • $12.5 Million capital campaign for the Zoo's African Elephant Crossing exhibit — completed May 2011, and exceeded the goal by 3%
  • In 2004, completed the capital campaign for the Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine

Zoo Education & Workforce Development

Zoo Education & Workforce Development

Join the Zoo Society and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo as we strive to improve Zoo access for underserved students and teachers.

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Adopt an Animal

Adopt an Animal

Adopt an Animal and provide the best possible care for the animals that call Cleveland Metroparks Zoo "home."

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