Who We Are About

The Cleveland Zoological Society and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo share a joint mission: We create compelling experiences that connect people with wildlife and inspire personal responsibility for conserving the natural world.

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Since 1882, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has evolved from a source of community pride to a zoo-based conservation agency with worldwide influence. Today – thanks to forward-thinking leadership and one of the best public/private partnerships in the nation – the Zoo generates $100 million in regional economic impact, is the largest provider of informal science education in Northeast Ohio, and serves as a global conservation resource committed to protecting endangered species.

Founded in 1957, the Cleveland Zoological Society is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 governed by a Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director. As the Zoo’s nonprofit advocate and partner, the Zoo Society is committed to:

  • Raising awareness of the Zoo as a community priority and civic asset
  • Securing private support for the Zoo and its programs
  • Giving visitors, members and donors great value for their investment
  • Ensuring that the Zoo remains one of Northeast Ohio’s preeminent destinations

The Zoo Society serves the largest membership base in Northeast Ohio (40,000 households), raises significant support for education, conservation and capital improvements, and advocates for the Zoo as a leading regional priority. More than 1 million people visit the Zoo each year, making it the most visited destination in the region.


2018 Financial Snapshot

  • Number of employees: 20
  • Revenue total 2018: $8.8 million
  • Investment Portfolio totals 2018: $11.8 million
  • Operating & programmatic support to the Zoo, 2018: $3 million
  • Capital project support to the Zoo, 2018: $3.3 million

Click here for our 2018 IRS 990 and 2018 audit.


Membership Profile

  • 38,000 member households, covering more than 250,000 individuals in Northeast Ohio
  • 670 ZooKeepers Circle VIP members
  • 1.1 million Zoo visitors annually
  • Families with children 12 & younger and college educated / household incomes $75,000+

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