Top Ten Accomplishments


During 2013 and 2014, the Zoo Society successfully completed and surpassed its $2.2M fundraising goal for the new Circle of Wildlife Carousel and Nature Discovery Ridge. Opened in summer 2014, the Carousel and Nature Discovery Ridge add to the Zoo’s family-friendly atmosphere and help to raise awareness for our joint mission: We create compelling experiences that connect people with wildlife and inspire personal responsibility for conserving the natural world.


The Zoo Society raised more than $12.8M for African Elephant Crossing which opened May 2011. The state-of-the-art exhibit is one of the best elephant facilities in the United States and, in 2013, was awarded Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) .


The Zoo Society has built the largest membership base in Northeast Ohio – 42,500 households (or approximately 186,000 individuals), ensuring the Zoo continues to offer affordable family fun and meaningful opportunities to learn about wildlife.


Signed in 1998, an Operating Agreement between the Cleveland Zoological Society and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has provided the Zoo with nearly $26 million in operating support, educational outreach and funding for conservation projects here and around the world.


The Zoo Society provides more than $200,000 annually for international conservation programs that work to preserve wildlife in wild places in Northeast Ohio and around the globe.


Twilight at the Zoo, the largest fundraiser in Cleveland, hosts more than 7,000 guests enjoying live music from 18 of Cleveland's finest local bands, and in one evening raises more than $600,000 in support of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.


The Zoo Society distributes 600 complimentary Zoo memberships to foster families in our community annually.


The Zoo Society receives nearly $2 million in online donations annually.


The Zoo Society established the first-ever endowed chair at the Zoo — The David Steffee Chair of Veterinary Medicine.


The Zoo Society helped build Cleveland's profile as a tourist destination — the Zoo attracts 1.2 million visitors and, together with the Zoo Society, delivers an economic impact of $100 million to the region each year, meaning that for every dollar invested, the Zoo and Zoo Society deliver a five-fold return.