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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s newest capital project is Primate Forest, a 140,000-square-foot transformation and expansion of The RainForest that will incorporate state-of-the-art technology and the latest research on animal care and conservation to create a new home for some of the most endangered primate species including gorillas, orangutans as well as hundreds of other animal and plant species from around the globe.
Primate Forest will advance Cleveland Metroparks Zoo as a world-class science education institution and strengthen the position of the Zoo as one of the most notable tourist destinations in the Great Lakes region and beyond. It will highlight the Zoo’s significant expertise in gorilla care and research, as well as a strong connection to conservation efforts to secure a future for gorillas in the wild. Primate Forest builds upon existing structures to create a new home for several iconic Zoo species, as well as significantly upgraded guest experiences including interactive technology, indoor playscapes for all ages and revamped dining options.
The project is planned to be a multi-year and multi-phased construction project that will begin with the construction of the CrossCountry Mortgage Forest Gallery as early as 2023.
The Cleveland Zoological Society is actively fundraising for Primate Forest, which is expected to be funded primarily through philanthropic donations. This year begins a new round of design meetings and construction planning, as well as continued fundraising efforts that will make this transformative investment a reality for the Cleveland community.
Please contact Cleveland Zoo Society Executive Director Sarah Crupi (216) 635-3394 if you are interested in hearing about our leadership donor opportunities.
April 7, 2022 - Tails & Cocktails
Watch a conversation on the successful journey of the Zoo's first baby gorilla born last year. Tails & Cocktails presented by The Steffee Family was recorded live on April 7 at the Zoo.
March 22, 2022 - Press Release
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and CrossCountry Mortgage Kick-Off Long-Term Project to Create Primate Forest, a 140,000 Square Foot World-Class Destination
Read the full press release here.
February 24, 2022 - Spring Issue of Z Magazine
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's social media pages have been exploding with adorable photos and video celebrating the first gorilla birth in the Zoo's 139-year history. Kayembe has become the newest ambassador inspiring people to learn more and help protect gorillas in the wild.
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