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January Calendar: Things to do at the Zoo


Thank you to long-time member Nanette Patrick for the great picture!

It's January and it's cold, but the Zoo is open and a great place to visit this time of year! The RainForest is warm and full of places to explore (have you checked out the medicine trail?). The RainForest features more than 10,000 plants and over 600 animals from the jungles of Asia, Africa and the Americas. For cold-weather friends, kick-start your post-holiday exercise routine with a walk. Put on some boots and walk through the Zoo - the snow leopards are LOVING the snow in Asian Highlands!

Here are a few other dates to note as you plan your month:

January 6: Sunday Stroll

Our Ambassadors Circle young professionals group gets together to walk, mingle, and explore the Zoo each month. Meet the group in the Welcome Plaza at 10 a.m. This group of conservationists, philanthropists and influencers are dedicated to raising awareness of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo among young professionals. Learn more.


January 16, 23, 26: Volunteer Info Session

Interested in becoming an official Zoo volunteer? All volunteers at the Zoo are ambassadors, connecting our guests to wildlife and conservation. The Zoo has revamped its volunteer positions, which are available to all individuals aged 18 years and older. The Zoo is interested in attracting young professionals and those of any age who can volunteer on weekends and evenings. Volunteers are asked to give 40 hours a year, or the equivalent of one shift per month. The first step to become a volunteer is to attend an information session which are at the end of January so sign up soon!

January 20: MLK Holiday

Are the kids off from school for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday? The Zoo (excluding The RainForest) is FREE to Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township residents (Bring your driver's license, state I.D. or a current utility bill with your Cuyahoga Cty. or Hinckley Twp. address along with a photo ID.)

If you are looking for a warm place to visit, be sure to see our gorilla troop - Freddy, Kebi, Nneka and Mokolo - up in the Primate, Cat & Aquatics building.


Outdoor recreation in the Cleveland Metroparks

Cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, kayaking...who says you have to stay inside in January. Visit for great opportunities to get out and explore!


Looking Ahead

Summer Day Camp registration: February 1

It's not too soon to be thinking about the kids and summer vacation. Campers ages 5 to 14 can spend their summer days at the Zoo participating in fun and educational activities with experienced camp counselors. One camp session lasts five days and each week has a different theme, so there's plenty to choose from. The Zoo offers half-day and full-day options as well as before care and after care.

NEW THIS YEAR: Members receive an exclusive presale AND discount on camp registration. Click here to learn more.

Fairy Tales and Frogs - February 17

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