The Pride of the Cleveland Zoological Society
"Members of The Pride are our most dedicated and passionate friends who truly understand the importance of maintaining a world-class zoo for Cleveland." - Sarah Crupi, Executive Director, Cleveland Zoological Society
What is The Pride of the Cleveland Zoological Society?
The Pride supports the annual fund and allows Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to thrive, grow and evolve. As the advancement partner of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Cleveland Zoological Society works to secure private funding that helps catalyze excellence at your Zoo. From creating a joyful summer day experience for more than 1 million guests a year, to educational programming for children, to efforts to secure a future for wildlife around the globe, the Zoo needs your support.
How does being a member of The Pride help the Zoo?
Your gift to The Pride supports annual unrestricted funding to the Zoo. The Pride (donors of $1,000 and up) help provide $2 million in operating support to the Zoo each year.
Your support allows us to:
- Focus on all aspects of animal care — from the food the animals eat to innovative research that informs future management practices
- Introduce students to inquiry-based science that captures their imaginations and encourages exploration and innovation
- Educate and inspire guests on how animals they see in their communities are ambassadors for those in the wild
- Advise and financially support partners in the field who are working to protect species most at risk the world
NEW Virtual Opportunities
We are excited to offer virtual engagement opportuntities for The Pride supporters. Please check your email for invitations to each of the following virtual tours.
August 12- ZooZoom Happy Hour 6 p.m. Animal Enrichment
August 26 - ZooZoom 9 a.m. Morning with a Keeper, African Elephant Crossing
September 9 – ZooZoom Happy Hour 6 p.m. Fall horticulture highlights
September 16 – ZooZoom 9 a.m. Morning with a Keeper, Asian Highlands
September 24 – ZooZoom Happy Hour 6 p.m. World Gorilla Day
September 30 – ZooZoom 9 a.m. Morning with a Keeper, Australian Adventure
October 8 – ZooZoom Happy Hour 6 p.m. RainForest construction update
Who do I contact with questions?
Please reach out to Leta Obertacz, Director of Advancement, at (216) 635-3346 with your questions.