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.
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 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
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.
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.
Thank You 2016
Thank you for supporting us as we continue to build a vibrant and thriving Zoo for Cleveland.
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
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.
Dasha gets her feet wet at Rosebrough Tiger Passage
Rosebrough Tiger Passage opened at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dasha uses the overhead trails
Check out some clips of Dasha using the overhead trails at the new Rosebrough Tiger Passage.
Cody and Cooper
Grizzly bears Cody and Cooper are getting in the Olympic spirit by practicing their wrestling moves.
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 membership.
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.
Snow leopard cub exam
See moments from the snow leopard cub's first veterinary exam at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
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!
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!
The Mueller's gibbons are now in their summer home! Visit them at Waterfowl Lake on your next visit to the Zoo.
David Steffee Address
The 10th annual David Steffee Address in Veterinary Medicine at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Spring Cleaning (Roseate Spoonbill)
See the roseate spoonbill inside The RainForest at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo