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Spring has sprung: 5 flowers not to miss at the Zoo

Spring has finally sprung at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo! The Zoo is awash with color as bulbs begin to bloom with the warmer weather.

Leigh Ann Lomax, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Manager of Horticulture, said her team plans six to nine months in advance to make sure the Zoo is colorful year-round. To prepare for spring, her team last fall planted thousands of tulips, hyacinths, and daffodil bulbs. Their hard work paid off when the bright yellows, oranges, purples, reds, and pinks finally poked out from the thawed planting beds.

Here are five floral displays not to miss during your spring walk around the Zoo. And remember: The planting beds change seasonally so each Zoo visit can be a unique plant experience!

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1. The ticket plaza sports a huge bed of orange tulips and bring yellow daffodils. It's a welcome view as you enter the Zoo.

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2. The bed near the African Elephant Crossing Tram Stop lets viewers get in the floral mood. Tall green and purple frittilary and tulips in varying shades of purple line the path.

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3. Hyacinths, a common and very fragrant spring bloom, pop up in multiple spots among the Zoo's 183-acre property.

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4. The walking path around Waterfowl Lake is a great place to take a break. Benches line a curved path with views of bright daffodils, blooming trees and swans on the lake.

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5. Those who make the trek up to Primate, Cats & Aquatics building are rewarded by a welcoming bed of bright daffodils.

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