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Thank You 2019

Thank you for being a member, a donor and a friend of the Zoo Society and Zoo this year. You make a difference!

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!

Black rhino calf Nia's first time outside - September 2018

Snow leopard cubs - first time outside at Asian Highlands July 2018

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

Support giraffe conservation here: https://www.clevelandzoosociety.org/campaigns/giraffe-conservation

Twilight at the Zoo presented by KeyBank 2018

Tickets are now on sale! Join us August 3. https://www.clevelandzoosociety.org Many thanks to Rock the House for the promotional video.

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

How do you get the animals to listen to your training?


How do you safely take care of the dangerous animals at the Zoo?


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.

Happy Halloween! (Meerkats and a pumpkin)

We love watching the Zoo's animals enjoy enrichment every day, and Halloween is no exception. The meerkat mob got in the holiday mood with a pumpkin full of mealworms.

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!

What does elephant care consist of at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo?

Stay tuned for upcoming videos about African Elephant Crossing.

What's one thing you wish everyone knew about being a zookeeper?

What advice do you have for someone interested in becoming a zoo keeper?


What inspired you to become a zoo keeper?

It's National Zoo Keepers Week! Thank you to all the members who sent in great questions for our keepers. Watch Claire Winkler talk about what inspired her to be a keeper. #NZKW2017

What is your favorite animal?


How many different animals does each keeper take care of?

Giraffe health care

Our keepers monitor giraffe health and wellness. Watch and then visit the Zoo on World Giraffe Day this Wednesday to hear keeper talks at the Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter.

2017 Giraffe Study at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Our graduate student researchers are watching how the Zoo's giraffe use their space. What are they finding out? Watch.

Giraffe enrichment

Providing the Zoo's giraffe different ways to feed helps them mimic foraging behaviors they do in the wild. Elevated feeders and "puzzle feeders" help giraffe forage and eat much like they would in the wild.

Being a Zoo Veterinarian - Working with Different Animals

For Dr. Barbarits of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Veterinary Services team, every day is different, and the passion to provide the highest standards of animal welfare makes for an intense, non-stop schedule.

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.

David Steffee Address in Veterinary Medicine 2016

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...

Year in Review 2016

Thanks for a great year with the Cleveland Zoological Society!

Thank You 2016

Thank you for supporting us as we continue to build a vibrant and thriving Zoo for Cleveland.

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.

Grizzly bears

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.


The unique, aquatic salamander the hellbender has a name worthy of a horror film. The species may have been named by settlers of eastern North America who thought “it was a creature from hell where it’s bent on returning.” Hellbenders are solitary, nocturnal salamanders – so the chance of encountering...

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...

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...


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...


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...

Sameera explores outdoors

Dasha gets her feet wet at Rosebrough Tiger Passage

Rosebrough Tiger Passage opened at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in 2016.

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!

Forrest - New Black Rhino

Hey Forrest, happy World Rhino Day and welcome to Cleveland! Forrest is a black rhinoceros, which are critically endangered in the wild. Learn more about #savingspecies at www.aza.org/SAFE-black-rhino.

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. ClevelandZooSociety.org/origami Music: http://www.bensound.com

Gorillas at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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. Daily Beetle Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Burmese python shift/transport box

How would you safely clean the habitat of an 82-pound Burmese python? Staff at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo came up with a creative solution. "Autumn Day" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Giant anteater baby

A giant anteater baby was born in The RainForest at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on August 22, 2016. Music: http://www.bensound.com

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. Facebook.com/clevezoosociety

Dasha uses the overhead trail at Rosebrough Tiger Passage

Rosebrough Tiger Passage opened in June 2016. The new exhibit is five times the size of the previous exhibit. A key design feature is four separate, interconnected habitat areas for the tigers to roam, including two overhead elevated pathways that provide unique viewing for Zoo visitors and a way for...

Fish at Primate, Cat & Aquatics

Our fish have synchronized swimming down until it’s time to eat! Visit our Facebook page for a chance to win a Family membership. Facebook.com/clevezoosociety

Grizzly bears Cody and Cooper

Cody and Cooper are getting in the Olympic spirit by working on their wrestling moves. Visit our Facebook page on Sunday, August 14 for a chance to win a Family membership. facebook.com/clevezoosociety

Merah the Bornean orangutan

Our Olympic Games giveaways continue! Merah is practicing her uneven bar routine in anticipation of cheering on the gymnasts today. Visit our Facebook page for a chance to win a Family membership. Facebook.com/clevezoosociety

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's 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! Facebook.com/clevezoosociety

Sameera antics vol. 1

Snow leopard cub Sameera definitely has some personality!

Snow leopard cub Sameera

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced the snow leopard cub's name is Sameera!

The future for our trumpeter swans

Find out how Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is helping the trumpeter swan population. Music: http://www.bensound.com

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. The snow leopard cub needs a name, and...

Snow Leopard Cub Exam at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

See moments from the snow leopard cub's first veterinary exam at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Plains Garter Snake Tagging June 2016

Twenty Plains garter snakes were recently born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. See how we tagged them before release into the wild! Happy Alley Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Amur tigers at Rosebrough Tiger Passage

Dasha and Klechka, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's two Amur tigers, are enjoying the weather in Rosebrough Tiger Passage.

Rosebrough Tiger Passage Opening - June 2016

Rosebrough Tiger Passage officially opened to the public on June 3, 2016 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. For more information, visit www.ClevelandZooSociety.org Music courtesy of: "Going Higher" http://www.bensound.com/

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. Purchase tickets: http://clevelandzoosociety.org/events/schedule-of-events/2016/08/05/twilight-at-the-zoo Music courtesy of: http://www.bensound.com/ "Happy Rock"

Grizzly Bear Enrichment - May 2016

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! Music courtesy of: "Wallpaper" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Mueller's Gibbons at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The Mueller's gibbons are now in their summer home! Visit them at Waterfowl Lake on your next visit to the Zoo. Become a member and get in free all year: http://www.clevelandzoosociety.org Music: Fretless Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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. Rosebrough Tiger Passage is set to open early June 2016. Music courtesy...

National Zookeeper Week 2015 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

THANK YOU to our keepers who take such great care of our animals. Music courtesy of: http://www.purple-planet.com

Gharial training at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Need help with some Zoo terms? Enrichment: encouraging natural behaviors that an animal would display in the wild Target training: rewarding an animal after it touches the target Crate training: rewarding an animal for going into a crate for transportation Scale training: training an animal to voluntarily stand on a scale to get a...

Cleveland Zoo Society's 2014 Year in Review

Check out all the great things that happened in 2014 at the Cleveland Zoological Society and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo! ClevelandZooSociety.org Music courtesy of Kevin MacLeod ("Life of Riley" at Incompetech.com)

David Steffee Address in Veterinary Medicine at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 2014

Recorded September 30, 2014 at the 10th annual David Steffee Address in Veterinary Medicine at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Enjoy watching this panel discussion with three of our top Zoo experts discussing animal care and scientific management of our animal collection at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Dan Moulthrop, CEO at The City...

We Care for Animals - Rhinos

If you’d like to help all of the Zoo’s animals, including our crash of rhinos, receive fresh, healthy and nutritious food designed to meet their needs, consider making a donation to the We Care for Animals fund. Make a donation: http://goo.gl/YutGM3 Music courtesy of Kevin MacLeod ("Happy Alley" at Incompetech.com)

Elevated Hay Feeders at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (featuring Willy!)

Thanks to generous donations to the We Care for Animals fund, a new shade structure with elevated hay feeders was recently installed in the Savanna Range of African Elephant Crossing at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Make a donation at ClevelandZooSociety.org Music courtesy of Kevin MacLeod ("Carefree" at Incompetech.com)

Spring cleaning! (Roseate spoonbill)

See the roseate spoonbill inside The RainForest at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Thank You 2015

Thank you for supporting us as we continue to build a vibrant and thriving Zoo for Cleveland. As 2016 begins, we look forward to our favorite Zoo events, member visits, VIP experiences, the opening of Rosebrough Tiger Passage and more! Music courtesy of: http://www.bensound.com

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