What We Do Animal Care

Excellence in Veterinary Care

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has dedicated programs in veterinary care and animal wellbeing to help ensure the remarkable animals entrusted to us enjoy the best quality of life possible.

The Zoo is a recognized leader in animal welfare standards and management, and the veterinary team plays a crucial role. The Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine, dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and surgical procedures, has a radiology lab, clinical labs, an endocrinology lab and a pharmacy. Learn more...

Taking Pride in Animal Care

Enrichment is a vital part of the Zoo’s commitment to quality care for all of its animals. Zookeepers develop enrichment plans with unique activities that encourage natural behaviors which keep instincts keen, minds alert and bodies active. 

Elevated Elephant Feeders

In the wild, elephants spend up to 60% of their day foraging for food. To mimic those behaviors at the Zoo, keepers place food in various places throughout African Elephant Crossing and up high in nets, or “elevated feeders.” Elevated feeders encourage natural behaviors as the herd searches for food. The feeders rise and drop on a randomized schedule that challenges the herd cognitively, prompts cooperative feeding and exercises important trunk, neck and torso muscles. Learn more...

Hay Barn - a valuable role in the Zoo’s animal care mission

A 9,000-square-foot hay barn was completed in 2017 as a centralized storage facility for storying hay. This centralized location increases efficiency for Zoo staff who are testing, inspecting and loading hay. It also allows the animal care team to purchase and store larger quantities of hay at one time, meaning more consistent nutritional value with each delivery, and more efficienty rotation and storage mangement of the hay. Learn more...


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