What We Do Capital Improvements

Since 1998, the Zoo Society has provided $30 million in funding for the Zoo's capital improvement projects. From past projects that are now guest favorites to upcoming habitats, the Zoo Society works to support the Zoo's strategic plan. 

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Asian Highlands (Opened 2018)
A new one-acre space in Wilderness Trek is home to red panda, snow leopard, Amur leopard and takin, a species new to Cleveland. Learn more...

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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Welcome Pavilion (Opened 2018)
In June 2018, the Cleveland Zoological Society and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo hosted a dedication ceremony of the new Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Welcome Pavilion at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The Mandel Pavilion, located at the entrance to the Zoo, raises awareness of the Zoo’s longstanding commitment to international conservation programs, and allows guests an easy way to Make a Difference for wildlife. Each guest who enters the Zoo is given a green token, which is deposited in a donation box in the Mandel Pavilion, with each box supporting a different Future for Wildlife program

The Mandel Pavilion was made possible by a generous $500,000 gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. Learn more...

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Rosebrough Tiger Passage (Opened 2016)
A state-of-the-art home for the Zoo's endangered Amur tigers, Rosebrough Tiger Passage features interconnected yards, ample guest viewing and overhead walkways for the cats. The Zoo Society committed $2.5 million toward the exhibit’s $4.1 million total cost, including a naming level gift from Northeast Ohio philanthropists Carol and Walt Rosebrough. Learn more...

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Circle of Wildlife Carousel & Nature Discovery Ridge (Opened 2014)
Located near Stillwater Place, the Circle of Wildlife Carousel is a destination for a special occasion or a restful moment during a busy Zoo day. Nature Discovery Ridge provides a space for outdoor play and an opportunity to learn about local habitats and animals. Learn more...

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African Elephant Crossing (Opened 2011)
The much-celebrated African Elephant Crossing is an outstanding place to raise awareness of conservation challenges in sub-Saharan Africa and the high standards of animal care the Zoo provides its herd of African giants. The habitat is Gold certified through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program. The $12.8 million raised through the Zoo Society’s capital campaign was three times larger that any previous campaign. Learn more...

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Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine (Opened 2004)
One of the most visible measures of excellence at the Zoo is the Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine.The SAS Center contributes to the scientific advancement of zoo veterinary medicine worldwide. The David Steffee Chair for Veterinary Medicine underwrites training for scientists and practicing veterinarians from developing countries, as well as innovative research.The world-class facility was made possible by a successful $4.4 million campaign that funded approximately half the total cost of construction. Learn more...

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