Cleveland Zoological Society Annual Report 2021

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2021 Annual Report

Cleveland Zoological Society


Dear Friends –

In looking back on last year, I am so grateful for all we accomplished together.

The Zoo Society successfully overcame the financial stresses of 2020 exceeding all of our revenue goals, including record membership revenue and the addition of 11,000 new families to our memberships. We received generous funding for exciting new capital improvement projects, and started design and planning of the transformational Primate Forest. We launched new fundraising programs to grow engagement and revenue. We welcomed a new Board president and the largest new class of Directors in years.

But numbers and data aside, I am most grateful for the year in which we came back together – safely, cautiously, with a few pauses as we all figured out how to navigate our new in-person world. But for the most part, we were together and that led to our successes.

The Zoo Society team was back in the office, hosting donors and prospects on tours and going behind the scenes to learn about our favorite species. We enjoyed more than 20 Sunset Safari dinners and met new friends. We celebrated the 10th anniversary of African Elephant Crossing and welcomed back longtime supporters whose generosity and engagement moved the Zoo forward a decade ago. We partied at Twilight at the Zoo, Asian Lantern Festival and Wild Winter Lights. It was a glorious reminder that everything is easier with friendships and collaboration.

Thank you for supporting us in 2021, and we can’t wait to see what 2022 brings.

Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109 | (216) 635-3329
Photos courtesy of Dale McDonald, Nanette Patrick, Gina Wilkolak, and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
(216) 635-3368


The return to in person visits and events – coupled with the highest recorded Zoo visitation in 10 years and record membership sales –kept the Zoo Society team busy. Membership sales topped out at $4.7 million, more than one million over projection. The benefit of being an outdoor location, along with new events and experiences for members, meant members made up more than 35% of Zoo visitors and renewed at a high rate.

Monthly keeper walks for donors to The Pride, more than 20 private Sunset Safari dinners, The Pride donor nights at Asian Lantern Festival presented by Meijer and Wild Winter Lights presented by NOPEC, and a record number of private golf cart tours

meant we returned to seeing our closest friends and supporters after many stayed away in 2020. Twilight at the Zoo presented by KeyBank and the Tails + Cocktails series presented by the Steffee Family raised operating support for the Zoo Society.

New fundraising programs proved successful in 2021 including a revamped Honor and Memorial opportunity for donor signage at animal exhibits and an annual fund campaign utilizing recycled RainForest dome panels. Continued operating support from corporate and foundation donors, along with a second Payroll Protection Program grant helped stabilize operational funding the year after Covid’s impact.

Attendees at Tails + Cocktails presented by the Steffee Family Guests and staff celebrating the 10 year anniversary of African Elephant Crossing Guests enjoying a private Sunset Safari dinner on the deck of the Daniel Maltz Rhino Reserve


Capital project design and the promise of new habitats and new spaces was a focus of collaborative planning between the Zoo and Zoo Society in 2021.

A $3 million gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation will fund renovations to the Zoo administration office spaces, the development of a guest services hub and a new Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Auditorium for public programming. The gift is the largest single gift ever secured by the Zoo Society. The building renovations

began in late 2021 and will be completed in 2022.

Zoo staff also worked behind the scenes on the design and planning for a new habitat for tropical bears. Sloth and Andean bears now occupy the oldest habitats at the Zoo and are deserving of a new space that meets their needs as arboreal, tropical bears and highlights the conservation work the Zoo does to protect Andean bears in the wild. The Zoo Society secured a $2 million naming level gift from a longtime leadership donor for this project and

raised an additional $1.5 million from donors. The project is scheduled to break ground in summer 2022.

Eagle Zip Adventure opened in July 2021. More than 40,000 guests soared 150 feet above Waterfowl Lake, with revenue from the add-on experience going toward future Zoo capital projects. Eagle Zip Adventure was funded by Cleveland Metroparks, the Zoo Society Board of Directors, and a generous individual lead gift.

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As the nonprofit that raises money in support of this Zoo, our first focus is on improving spaces for our animals and our guests, but with a 139-year-old Zoo, we’re always looking for new opportunities to enhance our existing facilities. The gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation will better position us for the future, helping to improve operations and our philanthropic outreach, as well as creating new spaces for guests to connect with our mission.

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Sarah Crupi, Executive Director Cleveland Zoological Society PHOTO ABOVE: A rendering of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Auditorium which will open in late 2022. RIGHT: Children on the Eagle Zip Adventure BELOW RIGHT: Members completing their ride on the zipline BELOW: Andean bears will have a new home in 2023


Historic animal births were celebrated throughout the year, starting with a trio of spunky tiger cubs who made their public debut in Rosebrough Tiger Passage on a snowy April morning. Luka and Anya were the first Amur tiger cubs born in Cleveland in more than 20 years. Shortly after birth they were joined by Indrah, a Malayan tiger cub from the Tulsa Zoo, who quickly bonded with the two.

The animal care team cared for the trio at the Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine for three months before they were old enough to venture into Rosebrough Tiger Passage. More than 400 people donated to vote on the cubs names, raising $14,000 for conservation efforts.

The tiger trio were not the only adorable zoo babies in 2021. Koen the koala was a guest favorite and the second joey born to mom MacKenzie and dad Nyoonbi. Zaki, an adorably fuzzy orangutan baby, was born to mom Kera Wak in April and made a suitable sibling for 7-year-old Merah.

The year ended with an extraordinary birth – the first gorilla

baby was born in the Zoo’s 139-year history. Although he came more than 8 weeks premature and faced an early bout of pneumonia over the holidays, baby Kayembe is currently thriving and helping the Zoo’s animal care team rewrite the manual for raising a gorilla baby in captivity. Much more of Kayembe’s story will be told in 2022 as we watch him grow.

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Baby animals are so exciting for our staff and guests, but they are also an important reminder that our high standards of animal care, welfare research and habitat design make Cleveland Metroparks Zoo a successful breeding facility. We are bringing these important species into a habitat with best-in-class animal care and veterinary support.
Christopher Kuhar, Ph.D. Executive Director Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


The Zoo Society provided nearly $500,000 in conservation funding support for the Zoo’s various partners around the world. This funding was a blend of generous donations, investment spinoffs, as well as a portion of each membership purchased in the year. Public naming contests for the baby orangutan and tiger cubs resulted in more than $20,000 for conservation and helped engage the public in education efforts about these species and their habitats in the wild.

Conservation partners are located in Africa, Asia, South America and beyond and support more than a dozen partners and a variety of projects.

Zoo staff also resumed travel to Rwanda to partner with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (DFGF) after a 12 month pause. Dr. Kristen Lukas, the Zoo’s Director of Conservation & Science, conducted training for students from the University of Rwanda as part of DFGF’s Memoirs Program. Zoo staff have helped train more than 30 Rwandan biology students in conservation science through this program since 2014. Staff also assisted in onsite design and development of programming for the new Ellen DeGeneres Campus. The multi-acre, eco-friendly facility will open in 2022 and will include the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Interpretive Walking Trail among its many features.

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Cleveland Metropark Zoo’s Director of Conservation & Science, Dr. Kristen Lukas, with students from the University of Rwanda as part of DFGF’s Memoirs Program.


Being back in the office and in person for donor and Board events made 2021 more enjoyable, financially successful and collaborative. The Zoo Society hired two new Advancement Officers and an Executive Assistant to help with engagement, and our staff came back to the office after working mostly remotely for more than 12 months.

After being an active Board member for nine years, Chris Myeroff became Zoo Society Board President in June 2021 after serving six months as President Elect. A Cleveland native, Chris is also a member of the Cleveland Orchestra board. At the Zoo Society’s December Board meeting, seven new Directors began their first term – the largest new class of Directors in recent years.

A Board and staff task force began a strategic planning process that will help develop new focus areas and encourage new initiatives to elevate the profile of the Zoo Society as a philanthropic priority in Cleveland. Support from the Cleveland Foundation allowed the Zoo and Zoo Society to complete an economic impact assessment of the Zoo — the first such study in more than 15 years.

The staff and Board also collaborated with the Zoo and Cleveland Metroparks leaders on the beginning of the Primate Forest fundraising campaign, which would launch in early 2022. As part of this work, the Zoo Society hosted state and local legislators on an informational tour of The RainForest and recent Zoo projects.

The Zoo Society staff were thrilled to welcome back old friends and longtime donors at a summer celebration of the 10th anniversary of African Elephant Crossing, a habitat that changed the face of the Zoo and garnered national attention both for the guest experience and animal welfare and husbandry standards. The anniversary was also an opportunity to discuss the upcoming Primate Forest project as the next transformative capital project.

(l. to r.) Newly elected Board President Chris Myeroff with Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Executive Director Chris Kuhar and Cleveland Zoological Society Executive Director Sarah Crupi.

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OPPOSITE PAGE. The newest Directors were voted in at the December Board Meeting. (Pictured l. to r.) Russell O’Rourke, Karen Kaminski, Pat Bemer, Ken Mountcastle, Muffy Boland, Coty Franklin, Becky Truelson.



Christine Myeroff, President

Michael D. Vaughn, Immediate Past President

Thomas G. Fistek, Vice President

Ki Mixon, Vice President

Mary Kay Schneider, Vice President

Lisa M. Hunt, Treasurer

Barbara Brown, Ph.D., Secretary

Robert S. Reitman*, Chairman Emeritus

Virginia D. Benjamin*

Carl Black

Marilyn K. Brown*

George S. Coakley*

Julie Edgar, Ph.D.

Rob Elmore

Theodore R. Evans

Sally Everett*

James L. Francis

Gregory D. Friedman*

Lindsay Guzowski

Carol Hall*

Lawrence H. Hatch

Adam Hechko, DVM

Jessica M. Jung

Lori Kalberer

Bernard L. Karr

Joanne Kirk

Joseph J. Mahovlic*

Sally Messinger

Allen Mistysyn

Patrick S. Mullin*

Gregg G. Muresan

Chris Nehez

Brian M. O’Neill

Jim Parish

Shelly Peet

Anthony R. Petruzzi

Kim Pinter

Ron Plazek

Susan Racey

Robert J. Rogers*

Lauren Spilman*

Iris J. Vail*

Theodore A. Wagner

Thomas A. Waltermire

Susan M. Zanetti

Sarah Crupi**

Cleveland Zoological Society

Executive Director

Christopher Kuhar, Ph.D.**

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Executive Director

Brian Zimmerman

Cleveland Metroparks, CEO **

*Life Trustee



Rachael Fuller, Director of Marketing & Events

Mary McMillan, Controller

Leta Obertacz, Director of Advancement

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Board Vice President Tom Fistek and his wife Kristen. Life Director GiGi Benjamin and State Senator Nikki Antonio in The RainForest. Director Muffy Boland with friends at a Sunset Safari. Director Dr. Adam Hechko and his family visiting the Zoo.



Total Zoo Society revenue


Total support to the Zoo including operating, program and capital project support

11,000 new member households

A record high for the Zoo Society’s membership program, which is the largest in Northeast Ohio


Value of Board-designated and donor-designated investments


Gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation for renovations to the Zoo administration building. The gift is the largest single gift ever secured by the Cleveland Zoological Society.


Annual giving from the Zoo Society’s Board of Directors in 2021

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Pounds of plastic saved by new digital membership cards

Baby gorilla born in Cleveland in the 139-year history of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Baby Kayembe was born premature on October 26, and his name was selected by a public naming contest that raised more than $15,000 for gorilla conservation efforts in Rwanda

Tours given to generous Zoo Society donors – a record high and a joyous recovery from 2020 when we did not see many friends in person

14,500 lbs. Pounds of electronics collected to be recycled at our World Gorilla Day event sponsored by MCPc


The highest Zoo attendance in more than 10 years

150 feet

Height of Eagle Zip Adventure, which opened in July 2021 and allows guests to soar over Waterfowl Lake at 35 miles per hour


Number of Eagle Zip Adventure riders

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The Cleveland Zoological Society is proud to recognize the following donors and friends, whose generous contributions help to make a positive impact on securing a future for wildlife and ensuring the continuing prosperity of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.



Swagelok Co.




The Boston Beer Company

Hyland, creator of OnBase



The Almera Reitz Foundation

The David Steffee Chair of Veterinary Medicine Gift Fund of The Cleveland Foundation


Dr. Rachel W. Abernethy

The Andrews Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Baumgartner

Britton Fund

Cohen & Company

Ernst & Young LLP

Mr. and Mrs. Howard S. Essner

Hanes Family Foundation

Mrs. William E. Harris

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence H. Hatch

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kraus

Lakeside Foundation

The Lubrizol Corporation

Medical Mutual

The Thomas W. and Florence T. Murphy Fund

Susan and Jeffrey Nash

Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Rosebrough, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. Saltzman

Ms. Winifred Shima

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Spilman

The Thomas Family

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Wuliger

Special Gifts

Anonymous (4)

Mr. and Mrs. David J. Abood

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Adipietro, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Victor B. Alexander

Mr. Joseph J. Allotta

Mr. and Mrs. Todd C. Amsdell

Mr. and Mrs. Brad Anderson

Dr. David G. Anthony

Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc.


ASI International, LTD.

Mr. James A. Attwood, Jr. and Ms. Leslie K. Williams

Dr. Elizabeth S. Babcox and Dr. David S. Barnes

The Ruth and Elmer Babin Foundation

Mr. Richard Bamberger and Ms. Cindy Struk

Ms. Carol A. Barnak

Dr. Kimberly Bates and Dr. Craig G. Bates

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bednarik

Ms. Vanessa M. Behrend and Mr. Robert J. Ellis, Jr.

The Bonne Bell Family Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Bemer

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Benedejcic

Ms. Virginia D. Benjamin and Mr. Philip L. Woodcock

Mrs. Kathryn Berkshire and Ms. Jessica Berkshire

Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Berne

Ms. Ginny Bertram

Ms. Mary Kay Beyer

Mr. and Mrs. Aamir Bharmal

Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Black

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Blaustein

Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Boehm

Muffy and Jim Boland

Ms. Teri Booher

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Boron

Dr. Christopher P. Brandt and Dr. Beth Brandt Sersig

Mr. and Mrs. David Brickner

Dr. Barbara Brown and Dr. Steve Ward

Mrs. Jack L. Brown

Brown-Forman Corporation

Mr. Ross H. Bushman

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Mr. Gerald F. Cannon and Ms. Kerry Beckette

Mrs. Susan J. Cannon and Mr. David H. Cannon

Dane and Dottie Carney

Mr. and Mrs. David G. Catanzarite

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cistolo

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MCPc sponsored an E-recycling event at the Zoo for World Gorilla Day.

Cleveland Wire Cloth & Manufacturing Company

Ms. Doris A. Clinton-Gobec and Mr. Matthew R. Gobec

The George W. Codrington

Charitable Foundation

Ms. Nan Cohen and Mr. Daniel Abrams

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Connors

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. Conrad

The Conway Family Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Cook

Karen* & Doug Cooper


Mrs. Ellen June Cowher

Brett Custer and Rachel Cordy

Ms. Veronica A. Czekaj and Ms. Frances A. Brady

Mrs. Anna Dachtler

Mr. and Mrs. Peter W. Danford

Mr. and Mrs. David G. Davies

The Deno Family Charitable Fund

Timothy and Pamela Desanzo Family Fund at the Cleveland Foundation

Ms. Stephanie Difranco

Ms. Carol H. Donaldson

Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Duale

Mr. Eric W. Dunn and Mrs. Jennifer Myers

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Durham

Bob and Darlene Duvin

Dr. Julie A. Edgar and Mr. Adrian D. Edgar

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Ellis

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Elmore

Mr. Carl E. Engelman and Dr. Tracy L. Hull

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Evans, Jr.

Ms. Carmen Everett-Dehaan and Mrs. Sarah Crespo

Dennis and Michelle Farmer

Mr. and Mrs. Robert U. Fein

Mr. James Fidler

Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Fowler

Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Fox

Jim and Linda Francis

Mr. and Mrs. Coty Franklin

Mrs. John R. Fraylick

Ms. Joy M. Freda

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory D. Friedman

Dr. and Mrs. Daniel G. Fuller

Ms. Janet Glaeser and Ms. Patricia Glaeser

Ms. Michelle R. Godish and Mrs. Amanda Mitchell

Mr. Larry A. Gogolick

Ms. Nancy Gorenshek

Mr. and Mrs. Terrance J. Gorges

Gould Inc. Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Sean Grandage

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Grossman

Mr. Douglas M. Grossman and Ms. Kathleen A. Moran

Mr. and Mrs. David Grubb

Dr. and Mrs. Andrew A. Guzowski

Mrs. Paula Haffner

Mr. Robert M. Hahn and Ms. Joan O’Malley

The Carol & Graham Hall Family Foundation

Carol and Graham Hall

Mr. and Mrs. Eric S. Hall

Hamilton Beach Brands Holding Company

Ms. Nancy Hancock Griffith

Mrs. Nancy J. Hansen

The William E. Harris Family Fund at The Cleveland Foundation

Sam and Kim Hartwell

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Haught

Dr. Paul A. Hechko and Dr. Jennifer Hechko

Nicole and Stephen Hilbert

Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hobbs

Mr. Brooks G. Hull and Mr. Terry Gimmellie

Ms. Julee M. Hunt

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Jack, Jr.

Ken and Patti Jacko

Mr. and Mrs. James W. Jaroszewski

Ms. Jessica M. Jung

Ms. J J Jursik

Ms. Lori J. Kalberer

Mr. Ray Kaliszewski and Mrs. Carol Leahey

Ms. Renee Kamenos

Mr. and Mrs. John Kaminski

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Kaniecki

Ms. Janet A. Kappus

Bernie and Nancy Karr

Kendis Family Charitable Trust

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kilmer

Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Kinch

Ms. Susan M. King

Mr. and Mrs. James Kipfstuhl

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen F. Kirk

Mrs. Fred Klotzman

Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Koharik

Mr. Stewart A. Kohl

Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Kohrs

Dr. and Mrs. David Koncal

Ms. Wanda L. Konjati

Mr. and Mrs. William M. Kovach

Ms. Tami Kowit

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip J. Krell

Ms. Karen Kupchik

Mrs. Sharon Kustra

Mr. William B. La Place

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Lane, Jr.

Mr. Timothy M. Lavelle

Tom and Kathy Leiden

Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust

Ms. Susan J. Levitan and Mr. Alan Barnes

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Lewis

Mr. and Mrs. Rudolf B. Linnebach

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lipold

Kim and Tom Littman

The Lozick Family Foundation

Jackie and Chuck Lurie

Mr. Dale G. Lyndall

Dr. Elizabeth P. Macintyre and Dr. Joseph A. Sopko

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Mahovlic

Rita and Charles Maimbourg

Mrs. Carlos A. Maldonado

Jack, Joseph and Morton

Mandel Foundation

Stephen and Nancy Markus

Mr. Robert J. Marok and Ms. Bridget Assing Marok

Ms. Jane Martin

Mr. Ron Martin and Mrs. Betty Martin

The Elizabeth Ring Mather and William Gwinn Mather Fund

Mr. and Mrs. Carmen A. Matteo

Mr. and Mrs. William D. Matthews

Mr. and Mrs. Mark C. Mazzone

Mr. Mark D. McClusky and Ms. Barb J. McClusky

Mr. and Mrs. Jay McKelvey

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin McKibben

Jeffrey Melda and Odalys Melda

Bunnie and Bob Merckle Family Fund

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Messina

Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis

Ms. Biserka Mikleus

George A. Misencik Living Trust

Mr. and Mrs. Allen J. Mistysyn

Mr. Monty Mlakar and Mrs. Laura Mlakar

Franklin H. & Nancy S. Moore Foundation

Ms. Victoria R. Moorehead

Mr. and Mrs. Warren L. Morris

Mr. and Mrs. James C. Mosher

Ken and Sharon Mountcastle

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick S. Mullin

Mr. and Mrs. Gregg G. Muresan

Deanna and Joe Murlin

Ms. Susie B. Murphy

Chris and Randy Myeroff

Mr. and Mrs. Steven R. Myers

Nicholas Naugle and Chelsea Smith

Mr. Christopher Nehez

Nordson Corporation

Northern Trust Bank

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Mr. Gary M. Novotny

Mr. Steele Nowlin and Ms. Chris Jayjack

Kristen O’Bryan

Michelle Orenick

Mr. Jeff Oros

Mr. R. R. O’Rourke and Ms. Georgia A. Froelich

Mr. and Mrs. Jon H. Outcalt, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Parish

The C. Walder Parke Family Foundation

Ms. Shirley M. Pasholk

Ms. Shelly M. Peet and Mr. Robert R. Martinko

David and Margo Petlowany

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony R. Petruzzi

The Pincus Family Foundation

Mrs. Kimberly Pinter

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Plazek

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Poe

Ms. Deanna Powell and Mrs. Lisa Wray

Mrs. Barbara J. Pumphrey

Pysht Fund

Mr. and Mrs. Allyn J. Pytel

Mr. John V. Quackenbush and Mrs. Marie Burr

Ms. Marie A. Quintana and Mr. Robert B. Sikora

Ms. Susan L. Racey

Leonard, Lillian, Faye, Albert B. & Audrey G. Ratner

Donor Advised Fund

Mr. and Mrs. Pete D. Rebar

Mr. Karl B. Ress and Ms. Mary Klein

Dr. and Mrs. Brad J. Richmond

Mr. Edward Rivalsky

Ms. Kristine Roby

Mr. and Mrs. Rob Rogers

Ms. Benita Rollins

RPM International Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Ruhlman

Ms. Virginia Russell and Mr. Kevin Kunz

Mr. and Mrs. David A. Sangree

Mr. Jerry P. Sanicky and Mrs. Nicole A. Beckham

Ms. Mary Kay Schneider

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley K. Schneider

Sally and Larry Sears

Ms. Rosemary Selepena

Mrs. Susan Seman-McDaniel and Mr. Michael McDaniel

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff A. Semanski

Dr. and Mrs. Donald M. Shafer

Jodi Shankweiler

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Mr. and Mrs. David T. Shrader

Shurtape Technologies, LLC

Alan Silver

Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Simon

Ms. Kristin Sinnenberg

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Skaljac

Mr. Allen A. Smith

Ms. Robyn W. Smith

In Memory of Mark A. Smrekar, Jr.

Ms. Ann Snyder

Mrs. Nancy Stegens

Edward R. & Jean Geis Stell Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher C. Steward

The Helen & Louis Stolier Family Foundation

Ralph E. and Barbara N. String Fund

Stroud Family Exempt Trust II

Shea Swedenborg and Janice Verch

Mr. Daniel Symons

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Taylor

Steve and Sarah Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Templeton

Mr. Arthur L. Thomas

Mr. Edward Thomas

Mr. Dustin Thompson and Ms. Sarah Fehribach

John and Dorothy Tomsic

Triple T Foundation

Ms. Vivien Tsang and Mr. David Manelski

Tucker Ellis LLP

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Tyrrell

Ulmer & Berne LLP

Ms. Carol A. Urick and Ms. Frances Babiasz

Mr. Robert Vagi

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas V. Vail

Van Auken Akins Architects LLC

Lisa and Mike Vaughn

Ms. Freda Verburg and Mr. Andrew Verburg

Mr. John A. Veverka and Ms. Lisa Lieben

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore A. Wagner

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Walter

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Waltermire

Lesia Wasio and Lyndsey Wasio

Mr. Thomas J. Webster

The S. K. Wellman Foundation

WEST Forwarding Services

Mr. and Mrs. Seth White

Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Whitehead

Mrs. Sue Widdows

Ms. Sylvia Wildner and Ms. Sue Delaney

Richard and Mary Lynn Wills

Mr. Daniel Wilson and Ms. Lisa Kucharski

Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Wohlfeiler

Wong Family Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Donald F. Woodcock

Mrs. Lisa Wray and Ms. Deanna Powell

Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Wright

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yaroshak

Mr. Norman J. Young

Dan and Ellen Zelman Family Foundation

Dr. Christine Zirafi and Ms. Susan Zanetti

Mrs. Martha Zlotnik


Visionaries Anonymous

Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Kalberer



The Lubrizol Corporation

Daniel Maltz, The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Messinger

Carol and Walt Rosebrough

The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation

Patrons Anonymous (2)

Ms. Bonnie J. Hagerman

Hanes Family Foundation

John P. Murphy Foundation

The Thomas W. and Florence T. Murphy Fund

The Reinberger Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Larry M. Sears

The Thomas Famly

Van Auken Akins Architects LLC

Ms. Jill Van Auken


GiGi Benjamin and Phil Woodcock

The Bicknell Fund

Muffy and Jim Boland

Dane and Dottie Carney

The Conway Family Foundation

Eaton Corporation

Jim and Linda Francis

Joy M. Freda

The Carol & Graham Hall Family Foundation

Ms. Susan M. King

Randy and Chris Myeroff

The Nord Family Foundation

Nordson Corporation


Lisa and Mike Vaughn

Mr. Alan Wilber

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Ms. Carol A. Barnak

The Brott Foundation

Mr. Gerald F. Cannon and Ms. Kerry Beckette

Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. David

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph M. Della Ratta

Mr. and Mrs. Howard S. Essner

Dr. and Mrs. Andrew A. Guzowski

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen F. Kirk

The Kuhn Family Foundation

Lincoln Electric

MCPc, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Allen J. Mistysyn

Deanna and Joe Murlin

Michelle Orenick

The James Parish Family

Parker Hannifin Corporation

Mary Kay Schneider

The Sherwin-Williams Company

The David Steffee Chair of Veterinary Medicine Gift Fund

Dr. and Mrs. Lars G. Svensson

Michael Talty and Helen Talty

Charitable Trust

Tom and Shirley Waltermire

Special Gifts


AAA East Central

Dr. Barbara Brown and Dr. Steve Ward

Mr. and Mrs. John G. Day

Dominion Energy

Ms. Carol H. Donaldson

Dr. Julie A. Edgar and Mr. Adrian D. Edgar

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Elmore


The Sam J. Frankino Foundation

Ms. Janet Glaeser and Ms. Patricia Glaeser

The Hankins Foundation

Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hobbs

Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Horvitz

Ms. Lori J. Kalberer

Nancy and Bernard Karr

The Kaulig Foundation

Ms. Terri W. Lange and Mr. Leonard J. Lange

The Laub Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. David H. Lavelle

Dr. and Mrs. Fredric A. Litt

Ms. Jane Martin

Gregg and Deanna Muresan

Mrs. Kimberly Pinter

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Plazek

Ms. Susan L. Racey

Ms. Winifred Shima

Synthomer Foundation

Terrestrial Brewing Company LLC

Triple T Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Tyrrell

Thomas V.H. and Iris J. Vail

Mrs. Barbara VonBenken

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore A. Wagner

Dr. Christine Zirafi and Ms. Susan Zanetti


Anonymous (3)

Paul and Kimberly Bednarik

Jeffrey M. Biggar

Mr. Douglas O. Cooper

Jim* and Ellen June Cowher

Mr.* and Mrs. Gail F. Davies

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald V. Estes

Denise Jon Finelli

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Fowler

Jim and Linda Francis

Joy M. Freda

Larry Gogolick

Mr. and Mrs. Mark D. Grenig

Leigh and Eric Hall

In Memory of Joseph and Janice Hogue

Kenneth and Patricia Jacko

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Jones, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Kalberer

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Mahovlic

Mr.* and Mrs. Cecil D. Miller

The Estate of Marilyn Mills

Ken and Sharon Mountcastle

Dr. Evelyn Neufeld

Mr. Steele Nowlin and Ms. Chris Jayjack

Margo Petlowany

Almera B. Reitz*

Mr. and Mrs. William Riccio

Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Rispoli

Mr.* and Mrs. Jacob I. Rosenbaum

Mr. and Mrs. Daryl J. Rothenfeld

Beth Brandt Sersig, MD

Michael ‘Tony’ Stillings and Thomas Ganley

Steve and Sarah Taylor

Shirley A. Testa

Mr. Arthur L. Thomas

Tom and Diane Tyrrell

Robert and Darci Usher

Mrs. Leonard VonBenken

Charles and Mary Whitmer

Katie and Donald Woodcock

Diane M. Woodruff and Stan Schmidt

Kay Zielazienski

* Deceased

These lists represent individual and organizational cumulative giving of $1,000+ for special projects and event between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 and donors who have chosen to join the ZooFutures Heritage Society. To provide updated information or to make a gift, please call (216) 635-3329 or email

Annual Report 2021 | 15
Sarah and Steve Taylor at African Elephant Crossing. 3900 Wildlife Way Cleveland, OH 44109

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