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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.

Support The Pride

Support The Pride

The Pride supports the annual fund and allows Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to thrive, grow and evolve.

Make a Donation

How does being a donor 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 in the world

2024 Engagement Opportunities:

Due to high demand we have added morning and evening tour options for the four tour opportunities.
Pride donors may register for four Walks with a Keeper.

Thursday, March 14 at 9 a.m.
Morning Walk with a Keeper - The RainForest

Thursday, April 18 at 4 p.m.
Evening Walk with a Keeper - The RainForest

Thursday, May 16 at 9 a.m.
Morning Walk with a Keeper - Wilderness Trek

Thursday, June 20 at 4 p.m.
Evening Walk with a Keeper - Wilderness Trek

Thursday, July 18 at 9 a.m.
Morning Walk with a Keeper - View into Zoo Operations

Thursday, August 22 at 4 p.m.
Evening Walk with a Keeper - Horticulture Tour

Thursday, September 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Donor Night at Asian Lantern Festival

Thursday, October 17 at 9 a.m.
Morning Walk with a Keeper - Horticulture Tour

Thursday, November 14 at 4 p.m.
Evening Walk with a Keeper - View into Zoo Operations

Thursday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Donor Night at Wild Winter Lights

Emails to come with RSVP information.
(All Walks are complimentary to donors of The Pride. Events and dates are subject to change.)

Who do I contact with questions?

Please reach out to Andrea Ponikvar, Director of Advancement, at 216-635-3323 with your questions.

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Family Select

$199/year

2 adults, 6 children, 2 guests

  • Admits two named adults in the same household and their children or grandchildren 18 years and under (limit six)

  • Two free guests every visit

Family Plus

$169/year

2 adults, 6 children, 1 guest

  • Admits two named adults in the same household and their children or grandchildren 18 years and under (limit six)

  • One free guest every visit

Family

$139/year

2 adults, 6 children

  • Admits two named adults in the same household and their children or grandchildren 18 years and under (limit six)

Individual Plus

$99/year

2 adults

  • Admits one named adult and one guest on every visit OR waive the guest privilege and list two named adults

Senior Plus (55+)

$74/year

2 adults

  • Admits one named adult and one guest on every visit OR waive the guest privilege and list two named adults

Explorers Club

$500/year

2 adults, 6 children, 6 guests

  • Admits two named adults in the same household and their children or grandchildren 18 years and under (limit six)

  • Limited edition t-shirt (one per membership)

  • Six free guests every visit

Keepers Club

$300/year

2 adults, 6 children, 4 guests

  • Admits two named adults in the same household and their children or grandchildren 18 years and under (limit six)

  • Four free guests every visit

  • Limited edition t-shirt (one per membership)

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