Thank You 2018
On Thanksgiving, we want to take a moment to show our appreciation for your support. Your donations, memberships, attendance at our events and engagement with us during the year makes a difference! It's hard to narrow down all the ways we are grateful this year. But we tried!
Snow leopard cubs in pool
The snow leopard cubs are busy practicing their pouncing and climbing skills.
2018 Giraffe Research Study Update at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Have you seen a staff member or volunteer studying the giraffe at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo? You're watching science in action! Check out this video for an update on our giraffe research study to see what we're learning about the way our giraffe use their habitat.
Five things you may not know about Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's meerkats
Learn more here: https://www.clevelandzoosociety.org/z/2018/05/22/five-things-you-may-not-know-about-meerkats
Animal Spotlight: Persian Onagers
Persian onagers are an important species to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. There are only 450-600 Persian onagers left in the entire world and we have three in Cleveland. Learn more about onagers and what we're doing to help them in zoos and in the wild.
Ask the Expert: Why do lions roar?
Just like humans, one of the ways animals communicate with each other is through a variety of sounds.
Assassin Bugs at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
The RainForest has colonies of insects from all over the world, but none with a name as deadly as the assassin bug. This predator insect can shoot venom from its eyes to stun other insects on the forest and jungle floors of South America. They then use their proboscis
Elephants - Night Camera September 2017
Keepers, curators, and Conservation & Science staff utilize the African Elephant Crossing cameras to monitor the elephants' sleep cycles, social dynamics, enrichment and exhibit use. Here's a clip of Kallie going for a swim in the Savannah Range pool after hours last month!
2017 Giraffe Study at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Our graduate student researchers are watching how the Zoo's giraffe use their space.
Healthy Populations - Species Survival Plans
The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) maintains Species Survival Plans (SSPs) for more than 500 species with the goal of managing and conserving a typically threatened or endangered species. Learn more from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's veterinarian, Dr. Barbarits.
Meet the Veterinarian - Dr. Barbarits
Hired in 2016, Dr. Barbarits is the newest member of the Veterinary Services team at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Saki monkey baby
Have you seen Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's newest arrival, a baby White-faced Saki monkey? The baby is an important example of how your Zoo is working to support sustainable animal populations. The baby’s parents are the most valuable genetic pairing in the Species Survival Plan, which manages populations of animals in Zoos. Stop by and visit the baby today in Primate, Cats & Aquatics building. Learn more at aza.org.
Meerkat pumpkin enrichment
Happy halloween from all of us at the Zoo Society! The meerkats enjoyed eating some mealworms in a carved pumpkin. Don't forget the Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 31.
The grizzly bear’s scientific name is Ursus arctos horribilis, which means “terrifying bear.” Many people are afraid that they may be attacked by a grizzly in the wild, but most attacks are usually the result of mothers protecting offspring or being startled near a food source.
Poison dart frogs
Beautifully colored but dangerous in the wild, poison dart frogs can excrete an alkaloid-based poison from the skin that can kill or paralyze snakes and large spiders. The toxicity comes from its diet, which is mostly ants, centipedes and mites. Frogs in captivity, like the ones at your Zoo, are not toxic since they are fed a diet of fruit flies and crickets.
Bats at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Are you afraid of bats? Fear of bats is called chiroptophobia and originates from the fear of blood feeding bats. But there’s no reason to be afraid! There are only three bat species out of more than 1,200 that feed on blood and they live in Latin America (phew!). The majority of bat species will feed on insects, fruit and nectar.
Next up on our week of de-mystifying Halloween animals - the aye-aye! Many Madagascar natives believe that if an aye-aye points their middle finger at someone they are marked for death. An aye-aye’s hands are actually designed perfectly for foraging. They have delicate fingers and use their long middle finger for eating, drinking and grooming.
Halloween is almost here! Let’s spend the next few days de-mystifying some scary, creepy and crawly animals. First up is the red-bellied piranha. These animals get a bad rap for going into feeding frenzies, and movies sometimes show them stripping their prey in a matter of minutes. In reality, piranhas mainly feed on fish, insects and aquatic vertebrates. Piranha feeding frenzies occasionally occur because of starvation or provocation.
Male ocelot goes for a swim
Have you seen the Zoo's male ocelot Raif go for a swim in The RainForest?
Kallie eats breakfast 10.10.16
An African elephant's trunk contains more than 40,000 muscles and is capable of both great strength and dexterity. See how Kallie worked for her breakfast this morning!
Origami Elephants for Conservation
The Cleveland Zoological Society is proud to support 96 Elephants and their campaign to bring awareness for elephant conservation by attempting to break a Guinness World Record title.
Your Zoo has two bachelor silverback gorillas, Bebac and Mokolo, and is working to help gorillas in the wild. We support declaring September 9 World Great Apes Day.
Giant anteater baby
A giant anteater baby was born in The RainForest at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on August 22, 2016.
Allen's swamp monkey pool enrichment
Allen’s swamp monkey Fen may not be diving like an Olympian, but he loves to dive for grapes. Visit our Facebook page for a chance to win a Family membership.
Fish at Primate, Cat & Aquatics
Our fish have Olympic synchronized swimming down until it’s time to eat!
Cody and Cooper
Grizzly bears Cody and Cooper are getting in the Olympic spirit by practicing their wrestling moves.
Seal and sea lions
Buzz, Annabelle and Nemo are ready to cheer on the swimmers! In the spirit of the Olympic Games, we're going to be giving away some Family memberships over the next few days on our Facebook page. Visit us there for a chance to win!
The future for our trumpeter swans
Find out how Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is helping the trumpeter swan population.
Snow leopard cub plays with mom
A female snow leopard cub was born on May 5 to first-time mom Sombra and six-time dad Amga at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. She now weighs in at over eight pounds and has started to show her more playful side when interacting with mom.
Plains garter snake tagging
Twenty Plains garter snakes were recently born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. See how we tagged them before release into the wild!
Amur tigers at Rosebrough Tiger Passage
Dasha and Klechka, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's two Amur tigers, are enjoying the weather in Rosebrough Tiger Passage.
Twilight at the Zoo 2016
Join us for Cleveland's largest fundraiser and a celebration of the city's vibrant music scene! Twilight at the Zoo presented by Medical Mutual is the wildest party of the summer! Must be 21 or older to attend.
Grizzly Bear Enrichment
Thank you to members of our young professionals group who last week made enrichment buckets for our bears, like the one our grizzly Cooper is enjoying!
Tree Installation at Rosebrough Tiger Passage
A chinquapin oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) was installed at the Rosebrough Tiger Passage construction site earlier this week. The installed tree and root ball weighed 18,000 pounds! Chinquapin oak trees are are native to eastern and central North America.
David Steffee Address
The 10th annual David Steffee Address in Veterinary Medicine at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Elevated hay feeders at the Zoo
Thanks to generous donors, elevated hay feeders with a shade structure were installed.
Spring Cleaning (Roseate Spoonbill)
See the roseate spoonbill inside The RainForest at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo