The Circle of Wildlife COMING SOON!
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Z Volume 17, Issue 1, Spring 2014 Editor: Mary McMillan Design: Nesnadny + Schwartz Contributing Photographers: Roger Mastroianni, Dale McDonald Cleveland Zoological Society Chairman: Robert J. Rogers President: Virginia D. Benjamin Executive Director: Elizabeth T. Fowler Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Executive Director: Chris Kuhar, Ph.D. Z is published by the Cleveland Zoological Society for members and friends. An annual subscription is included in every membership. Family memberships, which offer free admission to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, are available at $75 and $95 annually.
Dear Friends, You are invited to explore and enjoy the Zoo with family and friends! Check out the new gharials in The RainForest, visit the web site often for upcoming events, and be sure to join us at the new Circle of Wildlife Carousel & Nature Discovery Ridge (opening soon). The Carousel will create smiles for generations to come. Each unique, hand-carved figure will invite Zoo visitors on a joyful ride towards conservation awareness. Nearby, a 10,000-square foot Nature Discovery Ridge will inspire the Zoo’s youngest visitors to climb, splash, explore, daydream — and have fun! Also, in late April, Cleveland Metroparks, the Zoo and the Zoo Society will be helping to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Cleveland Foundation! Free admission to the Zoo on Saturday, April 26th has been chosen as the Foundation’s fourth birthday gift to the community and the event marks the first free admission weekend day at the Zoo in more than 20 years. A vital part of Cleveland Metroparks, the Zoo is a nationally recognized conservation organization, beloved by 1.2 million annual visitors and supported by the Cleveland Zoological Society. Here how you can help the Zoo – and animals everywhere:
• Advocate for your neighborhood school to experience a Zoo field trip
• Join MyActions.org/Cleveland – help us create one million actions for Planet Earth • Enjoy visiting your favorite animals
We look forward to seeing you at the Zoo!
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Connecting People with Wildlife Cover photo courtesy of Dale McDonald
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What’s Zoo? The latest in Zoo news
Nature Play Camp Coming May 2014
THE CHANGING FACE OF THE ZOO Fond Farewells
Zoo calendar April through July 2014
the Circle of wildlife
All photos courtesy of Dale McDonald
Opening this Summer
what’szoo? Twice as Nice
A rare member of the crocodile family is now on exhibit in The RainForest at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo – a pair of critically endangered gharials that were born at a conservation institution in their home range country of India. “Gharials are related to crocodiles and alligators,” said the Zoo’s General Curator Andi Kornak. “But they have a much more slender snout which is adapted for their f ish-heavy diet, as opposed to crocodiles which often take large land animals as prey.” Both of the new gharials are almost five years old and female. They were born at the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust in Tamil Nabu, India. When fully grown, female gharials can measure up to 13 feet long and weigh more than 200 pounds. They can be seen in the same exhibit that held the Zoo’s previous female gharial, which was sent to the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas as a potential breeding partner for Fort Worth’s male gharial on a recommendation from the Population Management Plan of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Crocodilian Taxonomic Advisory Group. Gharials are native to India, Nepal and Pakistan and are classified as critically endangered in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Gharials are
Started in 1917, Cleveland Metroparks is the oldest park district in Ohio. Cleveland Metroparks trails and parks provide a host of environmental and economic benef its that are truly exceptional given the level of development in Cuyahoga County. Last fall, voters in Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township approved a 10-year, 2.7 mil levy to help maintain and operate Cleveland Metroparks. Issue 80 had the support of nearly 70 percent of the voters. “Park District residents have told us that our parks are wor th it and we a re so g ratef u l for their support,” said Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks CEO. “We also thank our Board of Park Commissioners
and the hundreds of campaign volunteers who drove this campaign with hard work and determination.” The levy generates approximately 62% of Cleveland Metroparks’ $89 million operating budget and helps Cleveland Metroparks maintain and operate parks, trails, picnic areas, restrooms, roads and bridges as well as providing outdoor education and recreation programs for communit i e s t h r o u g h o ut G r e a t e r Cleveland.
The Zoo and Zoo Society work to ensure the health and well-being of the animals in our care as well as to support conservation of animals and their habitats in the wild. From the watersheds in our own backyards to the biodiversity-rich rain forests of Southeast Asia, our passion for protecting wild places and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources is wide ranging.
All photos courtesy of Dale McDonald
HELLOS & GOODBYES
threatened by habitat destruction for mining and agriculture and through conflicts with humans engaged in illegal fishing and turtle poaching activities. Gharials are rare in zoos, being housed in only seven institutions across the country. The Zoo and the Cleveland Zoological Society work with the Gharial Conservation Alliance to support gharial conservation in the wild.
We a r e p r o u d t o announce our participation in “One Million Actions for Planet Earth,” a program by Arctic Action Teams and myActions.com. This innovative program encourages you to share your green and sustainable activity on the myActions social platform. The easy-to-use website lets you share what you are doing every d a y to he lp t he planet and see the actions of you and ou r com mu n it y mak ing a real world impact. Simple ac t ions such as turning of f t he l ight s , carpooling, and recycling add up to big results! You can also share photos, give feedback to others, and invite your friends and family to participate. Each action you share generates a small donation for the Zoo, shows our community effort and individual stats of the impact of your actions. Visit myActions.com for more information and to share your conservation efforts!
space in Nor thern Tr e k w i t h h e r 15-year-old daughter, Kelly. Bactrian camels in the wild have an average lifespan of 30-40 years and typically live a few years longer in zoos. They have t wo humps rather than the single hump of their Arabian relatives. They are native to Central and East Asian ro c k y de s er t s where temperature extremes range from 100 degrees in the summer to -20 degrees in w inter. While there are domesticated populations of Bactrian camels, truly wild Bactrian camels are native to China and Mongolia and are classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
One of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s two Bactrian camels was euthanized after her keepers discovered her in medical distress in her night quarters. “Laura,” the 23-year old camel, had been under medical supervision and treatment for loss of appetite; the veterinary care staff had performed a complete physical, blood tests and an ultrasound which revealed nothing unusual. A necropsy (animal autopsy) found a basketball-sized intestinal tumor that likely contributed to her faltering health. The location of the tumor made it impossible to detect through ultrasound or by hand. L au r a h a d b e en at Cle v e l a nd Metroparks Zoo since 1991 when the Zoo debuted a new Bactrian camel exhibit. She shared exhibit Z5
N A T U R E P L AY
Camp COMING SUMMER 2014
The Nature Discovery Ridge is an integral part of the Zoo experience for our youngest visitors. The addition of Nature Play Camp helps to expand the Zoo’s depth of education programming for all ages. Through this and other programs we are committed to supporting early learning and development, while remaining on the cutting edge of science, education and conservation by connecting people with wildlife and nature. Here at your Zoo, we are giving children natural places to play, learn, wonder, and experience joy! Stacey Pantek, Education Specialist, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
All photos courtesy of Dale McDonald
Recent research in both the conservation and education fields has highlighted the benefits of children’s unstructured nature-based play. Not only can early nature play experiences have a profound and lifelong effect on how a person views wildlife, but it can also positively impact children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Studies show that these early experiences with nature foster children’s emerging sense of wonder, influence a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world, and contribute to greater learning and knowledge. In the Nature Discovery Ridge area of the Circle of Wildlife, children are invited to climb, splash, and explore the six natural Ohio habitats, while learning about essential elements such as water, shelter, and food.
The Zoo is excited to announce the addition of Nature Play Camp for children ages 3-4 that will take place in the Nature Discovery Ridge. This program offers a fun-filled half-day summer camp program where young explorers will discover natural wonders, play outdoors, tour Zoo exhibits and even get up close and personal with a few of our smaller Zoo residents. Nature Play Camp will give children an important opportunity to connect with nature and also provide unstructured open-ended creative play and discovery. Nature Play Camp begins June 9th 2014 – to learn more, please visit us at clemetzoo.com
Photos All photos courtesy courtesy of Roger of Cleveland Mastroianni Metroparks Zoo
Imagine a beautiful sunny summer day. You can feel the breeze, smell the flowers, and hear the insects buzzing about. Now listen for the sounds of laughter - children splashing in a creek, digging in the dirt and climbing over logs. We all love to hear these signs of children experiencing the joy of being outdoors and connecting with nature. But there is more to nature play than just fun and games. Through nature play, children also construct knowledge, problem solve, build a foundation for early science skills, and learn to a p p re cia t e w il dlif e a n d t h e environment.
New Tools t o Ensur e Welfar e and Reproductive Success During Assisted Reproduction in
WILD EQUIDS Mandi Wilder Schook, Associate Research Curator, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Zoos and aquariums are not only places to learn about animals, they are also some of the most advanced conservation research institutions in the world. Every day, researchers at your Zoo work to make the world a better place for the animals in our care and their wild cousins. The following is a report on one of the projects currently being worked on by Zoo researchers in collaboration with other participating institutions. You can visit the Zooâ€™s onagers this summer in Northern Trek. Equids are a family of horse-like animals that include horses, zebras and asses. Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) zoos are striving to maintain healthy and viable populations of equids through breeding to maintain critical numbers as well as by maintaining genetic diversity. Maintaining the health of our zoo populations is critical if zoos are to serve as a source of animals for reintroduction in the wild and is demonstrated by the successful reintroduction of Przewalskiâ€™s horses, once declared extinct in the wild, and of critically endangered Asian wild asses, Persian onagers and Kulan. As a strategy to support natural breeding programs, Dr. Mandi Wilder Schook led a team of researchers working at The Wilds in Zanesville, OH that achieved the first successful artificial insemination (AI) in a nondomestic equid, the Persian onager, resulting in the birth of two onager foals. Researchers hope to apply this new technique as a cost effective way to transport semen (genes) between regional populations in an effort to ensure genetic diversity without removing animals from the wild and without having to transport animals over long distances between continents. Currently, AI requires a few brief periods of physical restraint using a padded device that keeps the animal
and staff safe during a short ultrasonic exam of the ovaries while performing the insemination. This method is brief, safe and effective but does represent a potential stressful event for the animals. The goal of the onager project at The Wilds was to test the effectiveness of a therapeutic agent (fluphenazine decanoate) to reduce stress. Since stress can affect welfare and reproduction, the hope is that by minimizing the stress associated with these brief periods of handling, we will improve welfare and also ensure reproductive success. This study involved funding, researchers and staff from The Wilds, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Columbus Zoo, and exemplif ies cooperation between Ohio Zoos to care for endangered species. The project was also generously supported by grants from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the Phoenix Zoo and the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. If fluphenazine is effective in alleviating stress without inhibiting reproductive cycles or ovulation, this study will be immediately applied by zoos and in-situ wildlife managers to ensure best practices in animal welfare, increase reproductive success, and allow for effective global population management of wild equids.
The Changing Fa The Zoo reported the death of its female polar bear, “Aurora” back in August 2013. The 30-year-old bear had been showing signs of steadily deteriorating health for the last several months of her life. In spring 2013, Zoo veterinarians had given the bear a thorough exam and found evidence of liver cancer. The veterinarians determined that the cancer was at such an advanced stage that treatment was not a viable option. Since then, Aurora’s keepers and the veterinary staff kept a close watch on her behavior for signs of discomfort and to monitor for quality of life issues. Once it was determined that her condition had significantly worsened, veterinary and animal care staff made the difficult decision to euthanize her. “It’s never an easy decision to euthanize an animal,” said the Zoo’s General Curator, Andi Kornak. “Aurora enjoyed a long life and she was a favorite of both guests and staff. But her condition was beyond treatment and we made the humane choice after assessing her quality of life.” Aurora was born at the Zoo on November 13, 1982. She did some traveling before finally returning to Cleveland in 2001, spending time in the Ruhr Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin. Female polar bears have an average life expectancy of 24 years in zoos. Polar bears are the largest land predator in the world, capable of reaching up to eight feet long and 1,600 pounds for a full-grown male. They are classified as “vulnerable” in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Z8
Blackie, the oldest Nile hippopotamus in North America, was euthanized in his off-exhibit enclosure in the Zoo’s Africa barn in January 2014 due to advanced age-related ailments. He was estimated to be 59, and it is believed he set the record for the oldest male Nile hippo ever recorded. Blackie sired three offspring, all males, during his time at the Zoo and he was a favorite of many guests and staff members. Due to his advancing age, the Zoo built a special addition with a heated pool onto the Africa barn for him in 2008 and he lived out his last several years contentedly eating copious amounts of produce and floating lazily in a pool he didn’t have to share. Blackie came to the Zoo from Africa in 1955 when he was about one year old, and generations of Clevelanders grew up seeing him in the former Pachyderm Building. He was born at the Mount Meru Game Sanctuary in Tanzania and brought to Cleveland by Zoo officials and board members, including Vernon and Gordon Stouffer, who were gathering animals on a safari, an acceptable method of acquiring zoo animals prior to the passage of the Endangered Species Act.
Polar bear courtesy of Dale McDonald, Hippo courtesy of Amanda Perry.
The last six-months have marked the passing of two of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s iconic animals – Aurora the polar bear and Blackie the hippopotamus. Both animals were well known and loved by the Zoo’s visitors and guests and both will be missed.
ce ( s ) of the Zoo exhibits at other Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions. “The Zoo’s current Site Master Plan calls for focusing on species currently at the Zoo while also taking into account the exhibits at other Ohio zoos such as the Toledo Zoo’s Hippoquariam at Tembo Trail” said Kuhar. As for polar bears, their dwindling numbers in the wild have forced the Canadian government to put an embargo on moving any animals to the United States and there are few captive-bred animals available. “Even if we did build a new bear exhibit, polar bears are marine mammals and that brings a whole new level of regulations and water-filtration requirements that, given the shortage of available bears, do not make sense for the Zoo.”
Hippos typically live between 30-40 years in the wild and can live a few years longer in captivity. They are herbivores, and in the wild they graze mostly on grasses. They eat a wider variety of foods in the zoo including hay, vegetables, fruits and other produce. Hippos spend the majority of their time in the water, hence their name which is from the ancient Greek for “river horse.” Hippos are classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Hippo populations are declining due to habitat loss and poaching but are still found over a large range of weastern and southern Africa. The passing of Blackie and Aurora marks not only the loss of those two animals, but also change in the collection plan for the Zoo. “At this time, there are no plans to have new polar bears or hippopotamus at the Zoo” said Zoo Executive Director Chris Kuhar. “While both species are popular with guests, there are compelling reasons to not replace Blackie and Aurora.” Many of these reasons tie back to the Zoo’s long-term planning and the existence of
The Zoo’s transition from entertainment venue to conservation organization is reflected in its long-term site plan. In the mid-twentieth century, most zoo collection plans were sort of “one-of-everything” and geared more to guest experience than to wildlife conservation. Modern zoo planning calls for zoos to concentrate and specialize on fewer species. What does that mean for your Zoo? Senior Zoo staff are working to define the next ten years of Zoo expansion and are considering possible upgrades for gorillas, tigers and bears. Whichever project rises to the top, the Zoo and Zoo Society are committed to providing the best for the animals in our care and to providing guests with a Zoo that will create life-long memories by living our joint mission: We create compelling experiences that connect people with wildlife and inspire personal responsibility for conserving the natural world. Joe Yachanin, Marketing Specialist, Cleveland Metroparks Mary McMillan, Director of Finance & Operations, Cleveland Zoological Society
Celebrate responsible pet ownership and adopt a cat, dog, kitten or puppy from area shelters. The Zoo is teaming up with area humane organizations to find loving homes for dogs, cats, kittens and puppies most of which are available for immediate adoption. Activities take place outdoors under tents in the Zoo’s Ticket Plaza. Members: Free!
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo
Enjoy an extraordinary evening celebrating fabulous fun and community support for the Zoo! Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet dinner and the Wild Side Silent Auction, featuring one-of-a kind Zoo experiences. Reservations begin at $250 per person; $3,500 for a table of ten. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society. Call (216) 635.3323 for more information and reservations.
6:00 p.m. – Midnight
Mammals, reptiles and free-flying avian actors return to the Savanna Theater in Professor Wylde’s Animal Show. Showtimes: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Also, meet some of the Zoo’s fascinating Australian animals at Australian Adventure’s Ballarat Theatre each day at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 pm. Members: Free!
Season Premiere Animal Shows
Attention all Adopt an Animal ZooParents, ZooKeepers’ Circle members and Corporate Member employees – the Zoo is reserved just for you! Come on down to visit your favorite animal and meet their keepers. Information will be mailed in June. Call (216) 661.6500, ext. 4440 or email Adopt@ClevelandZooSociety.org for more information.
An event for the young at heart, visitors age 55 years or better receive free Zoo admission. Activities include entertainment, fitness and relaxation demonstrations and , wellness exhibitors. Members: Free!
Activities 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Let Dad know you love him with a trip to the Zoo. Dad receives free admission on Father’s Day. Members: Free!
For up-to-date information on all our events, check out all the details on ClevelandZooSociety.org/Events
Mom gets free admission to the Zoo as you create a memorable day for your entire family. Members: Free!
View animals as you pedal through the Zoo during this after-hours, heart-healthy bicycle event. The event also promotes the role bicycling can have as part of a healthy, active lifestyle and how it can help you reduce your carbon footprint. Reservations are required - visit clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo for more information. Members: Receive a $2 discount per ticket.
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wild Ride at the Zoo
Aim, focus and take your best shot during the Zoo’s annual photo contest open to all amateur photographers. All photos must be taken on Zoo grounds between April 1 and October 31, 2014.
April 1 – October 31
Photo courtesy of Dale McDonald
Hang me up! Pull out this calendar and display it as a reminder.
Within the Circle of Wildlife you will find the Carousel and the Nature Discovery Ridge. Artisans at Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio have been hard at work hand-carving the 64 wildlife figures and two ADA accessible chariots featured on the Carousel. In the Nature Discovery Ridge, children may climb, splash and explore as they navigate a series of habitats — from forests to meadows to wetlands — and experience what life is like for wildlife living in Ohio’s own backyard.
Director of Finance & Operations, Cleveland Zoological Society
Associate Conservation Curator, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
There’s a brand new sound at the Zoo this summer – the roar of the lions and the rumbling of the elephants will soon be joined by the song of the Circle of Wildlife. Opening in May 2014 and located in the heart of the Zoo near Waterfowl Lake, the Circle of Wildlife is an exciting, active environment designed to inspire generations of Zoo-goers to care for wildlife and wild places. Z12
Intended for our youngest audience, the Nature Discovery Ridge is an opportunity for the Zoo and Zoo Society to captivate and engage generations of tiny Zoo-goers. Designed by Learning Landscapes, a thought-leader in nature play, the Nature Discovery Ridge offers children six habitats in which to interact with three elements – water, shelter, and food. The primary goal is for children to engage in unstructured play, adventure and discovery, and to reconnect with nature. Through play, these children may explore how animals create homes and secure resources. With 180 million annual visitors nationwide, accredited zoos reach a vast audience and provide far more than just exposure to animals. As centers for conservation involvement, leading zoos provide the public with essential connections to the natural world, promote conservation action, and enhance the quality of life for visitors of all ages and stages. The Carousel will introduce visitors to species, habitats, and biomes from around the world: grasslands, tropical and temperate forests, fresh water, oceans and tundra. Imagine your favorite child picking their favorite Carousel animal - they can touch the tail and fins, trace the stripes or the trunk and climb on for that ride that is just not possible at an animal exhibit. Nine of the figures – the Anatolian shepherd, emperor penguin, ocelot, Eurasian lynx, coral reef chariot, pygmy slow loris, fossa, ring-tailed lemur and cardinal tetra - were designed and built especially for the Circle of Wildlife Carousel and do not appear on any other carousel. All of the species featured on the Carousel are important inhabitants of their biomes and many of the species may be found here at your Zoo. Additionally, the figures are a great way to showcase the Zoo and Zoo Society’s support for conservation projects around the world. Carousel figures such as turtles, gorillas, lions, elephants and conservation dogs represent not only a playful learning experience for guests, but also their wild counterparts that benefit from Zoo and Zoo Society field conservation efforts.
Turtle courtesy of abc7. Ring tailed lemur courtesy of Danita Delmont. Tetra courtesty of Montenegro. All others are courtesy of Dale Mcdonald.
The Carousel highlights animals and animal homes from around the world. The hands-on experience of “getting close” to a gorilla, tiger or bear carousel figure can help raise awareness, create an emotional connection, and start a conversation with visitors of all ages about complex conservation challenges and how species interact within ecosystems.
Turtles: Two species of turtles - loggerhead sea turtles (oceans) and red-crowned roofed turtles (fresh water) – are featured on the Carousel. Listed by the Turtle Conservation Coalition as one of the 25 most endangered turtle species in the world, the redcrowned roofed turtle is found in the freshwater Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers of Bangladesh, India and Nepal. More than half of Asia’s 89 turtle species are endangered or threatened as a result of habitat degradation and the unsustainable turtle trade. Tons of turtles are poached from across Asia for sale in food markets and for traditional medicine. The aim of the Zoo’s Asian Turtle Program (ATP) is to establish a safe and sustainable future for Asian turtles by implementing strategic interventions that directly contribute to the conservation of Asian turtles. The ATP carries out target species conservation efforts as well as education and public awareness projects, training for wildlife protection officers and rangers, and student training and internship programs. The program also manages the Asian Turtle Conservation Network, provides support for the rescue and management of turtles confiscated from the wildlife trade, and works closely with Education for Nature – Vietnam on turtle protection and addressing the Asian turtle trade. Loggerhead sea turtles are the largest of the hard-shelled turtles and are named for their large heads that support powerful jaw muscles. Loggerheads carry colonies of small plants and animals on their shells, thus becoming a habitat in and of themselves. Sea turtle are found in all the world’s oceans except the arctic. Six of the eight species are endangered due to the large scale harvesting of adults and eggs, habitat loss, pollution, marine debris (such as plastic and fishing nets) and coastal development. The Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST) and its partner CICTMAR conduct sea turtle research and conservation in Venezuela’s Paria Peninsula and link these efforts to better livelihoods for coastal inhabitants. In addition to sea turtle monitoring, the project actively protects two of the most important nesting areas for the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle. Field work on beaches reduces poaching of turtle eggs and promotes environmental awareness among local community members. Conservation education efforts increase local conservation capacity and reaches thousands of people, including children, fishermen and local authorities.
African elephants: The Carousel will feature two African elephant figures - a baby and an adult. African elephants are the largest living land mammals, with males weighing up to seven tons and females coming in at between three to five tons. Promoting African elephant conservation is an integral part of the message of the Zoo’s African Elephant Crossing exhibit. Internationally, the Zoo and Zoo Society promote elephant conservation through support of efforts including the Peace Parks Foundation’s Kavango- Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. Peace Parks or Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) link the natural wonders of Africa across international borders - jointly managing and promoting the conservation and free movement of wildlife across international boundaries. The Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) TFCA is situated where the borders of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe converge. Officially proclaimed in 2011 at nearly 170,000 square miles, (roughly the size of Sweden) it is the largest conservation area in the world. When complete, it will include 36 national parks, game reserves, community conservancies and game management areas, and hold the largest population of African elephants in the world. One of the primary components of the KAZA is the Elephant Corridor project. This innovative project will create an Elephant Corridor linking the Chobe National Park in Botswana to Kafue National Park in Zambia. Completion of this project will create the world’s largest free roaming elephant zone for more than 100,000 Elephants. The project is being developed with local chiefdoms and the corridor will benefit local communities by helping to restore wildlife to the area and mitigate human elephant conflicts. Gorillas: Sure to be a favorite on the Carousel, the western lowland gorilla figure represents a species that your Zoo has been involved in protecting for many years. In 2008, western gorillas were reclassified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) based on projected population declines. The primary threats are loss of habitat, poaching and disease. Mbeli Bai is a large swampy Z13
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) has been protecting gorillas and other endangered species in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, through the Karisoke™ Research Center since 1967. Committed to science and dedicated to the conservation of gorillas and their habitats, DFGFI conducts long-term research on gorillas and the threatened ecosystems in which they live. With support from a range of collaborators, they educate local communities about the relevance of gorillas and raise awareness internationally about the preservation and protection of gorillas in east Africa. In collaboration with government agencies and other international partners, DFGFI also provides assistance to local communities through education, health, training, and economic development initiatives. Big cats: A familiar site at the front of the Zoo, African lions are just one of the big cat species featured on the Carousel. The Zoo and Zoo Society support the conservation of snow leopards, cheetahs, lions and other carnivores by helping to address human carnivore conflicts. Cheetahs are the world’s fastest land animal but that hasn’t protected them from habitat loss and conflict with humans. Today it is estimated that fewer than 10,000 adult cheetahs remain in the wild. Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK) aims to promote the conservation of cheetahs through research, awareness and community participation. ACK works closely with local wildlife Z14
authorities and land holders to develop policies and programs that support wildlife conservation and human livelihoods. The goal is to promote cheetah population sustainability in Kenya through programs that foster coexistence with people. Through research, education and cheetah-human conflict mitigation, the program informs and promotes local and regional cheetah conservation efforts. ACK supports sustainable activities to alleviate poverty and encourage conservation attitudes, empowering local people to be conservation leaders in their communities. Lion populations have suffered a dramatic decline in the past 50 years, disappearing from 80% of their former range. Scientists estimate that less than 40,000 animals remain and fear that without urgent measures, lions may disappear completely from unprotected areas. Tanzania’s Ruaha landscape is a high priority region for carnivore conservation, including lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and African wild dog. The intense humancarnivore conflict in Ruaha is driven by livestock depredation, poverty, insufficient knowledge about carnivores, and few benefits from wildlife. The Ruaha Carnivore Project aims to lessen conflict by employing local people to help improve livestock husbandry and wildlife knowledge. The project helps reduce the negative impacts of carnivore presence and provides significant conservation-related benefits such as education, healthcare, training and employment. This improves both the cost-benefit ratio of carnivore presence and the likelihood of continued carnivore persistence in the region. The Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) works to protect the endangered snow leopard and its Central Asian habitat through a partnership-based approach to wildlife conservation. With a focus on community partnerships and conflict mitigation, SLT conducts research to help determine key snow leopard habitat, assesses wildlife-human conflict, and identify resources for conservation programs. All SLT programs involve local communities in the protection of snow leopards and their habitat, promote an improved quality of life for members of the community, are verifiable through monitoring programs, and have a path to becoming self-sufficient. SLT programs focus on meeting the needs of snow leopards and humans, and are not only protecting these magnificent cats, but also greatly improving the livelihoods of families and communities that share their homes with them.
Lynx courtesy of Drazen . Ocelot, lion, elephant and gorilla are courtesy of Dale Mcdonald.
forest clearing situated in the south-west corner of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in northern Congo. The Mbeli Bai Study is the only long-term population study of western gorillas, collecting important information on social organization, demography and behavior. The presence of researchers and their camps in the forest helps to deter and decrease illegal activities such as logging and poaching in the area and also provides immediate protection of strategic areas of the park. Due to these research and education activities, Mbeli Bai (a former elephant poaching area) has been free of poaching for nearly 15 years.
Circle of Wildlife Carousel FAQs Size and Figures • 54’ diameter carousel • 2 ADA/wheelchair -accessible chariots • 64 hand-carved figures, organized in 4 rows • First carousel in the world to feature these brand new custom figures: lynx, ocelot, ring-tailed lemur, slow loris, Anatolian shepherd dog, emperor penguin, fossa, coral reef and tetra.
Theme & Conservation Linkages • “Healthy Habitats” theme – highlighting animal “homes” around the world
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• Species are representative of temperate and tropical forests, grasslands, ocean, fresh water and tundra
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• Emphasis on species visible on Zoo grounds or supported by Zoo and Zoo Society field conservation programs
Conservation dogs: The Anatolian shepherd dog is not a figure you might expect on a wildlife carousel but it does represent one of the Zoo’s newest conservation efforts. The Anatolian shepherd is a Turkish livestock guarding dog known for its dedication, intelligence and independence. Raised with the livestock that it will protect as an adult, the Anatolian’s size and extreme loyalty and dedication to its flock allow it to fend off even large predators. As part of wild carnivore conservation efforts, these impressive dogs and similar breeds (Kangal, Maluti) are being used by local herders and farmers in Africa. Farmers with conservation dogs guarding their flocks have notably less conflict with predators like cheetahs, lions, leopards, hyenas and African wild dogs. The imposing dogs work to keep predators away, protecting the farmers’ livestock and decreasing human- carnivore conflict. With their livestock safe, farmers can learn to coexist with predators in the area. In addition to Anatolian shepherds and Kangal dogs used for livestock guarding, other breeds are used for other jobs. Conservation dogs can not only deter predators, but their powerful noses and tracking abilities can be used in the field to detect
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target species and other objects in the environment, such as animal scat. These sniffer dogs are used to help address illegal activity and poaching by locating snares in the bush, and sniffing out illegal wildlife products such as ivory and rhino horn at ports and check points. Ironically, many conservation sniffer dogs come from shelters, having ended up there because of the very qualities that make them good working dogs – high energy and play needs combined with intense focus and drive. The Zoo and Zoo Society strongly support the deployment of conservation dogs and these talented canines are at work with a number of our field partners across the globe. Through our support conservation dogs are locating endangered turtles in the forests of Vietnam, sniffing for illegal ivory and rhino horn at ports in Kenya, and guarding livestock in Tanzania. There are 64 unique figures and two ADA-accessible chariots on the Circle of Wildlife Carousel while the Nature Discovery Ridge offers children six habitats where they can climb, splash, explore, daydream—and connect with Ohio’s own backyard. The Zoo is our region’s most popular year-round cultural destination, and invites 1.2 million visitors to appreciate the beauty of wildlife and the stories these amazing animals convey about our world. To learn more about all the Zoo and Zoo Society’s conservation projects, please visit our website at ClevelandZooSociety.org
thankyou! The Cleveland Zoological Society is proud to recognize our individual donors. Their generous contributions help to make Cleveland Metroparks Zoo one of the best in the country. We Care for the Mission – Individual Support $50,000+ Karen and Alan Wilber $20,000+ Anonymous (2) Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Leiden $10,000+ Mr. and Mrs. Richard Baumgartner Mr. and Mrs. Mike Belkin Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Miller Creighton B. Murch and Janice Smith Murch Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Rosebrough Mr. and Mrs. Steve Spilman $5,000+ Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Anton Mrs. Susan J. Cannon and Mr. David Cannon Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Connors Ms. Laura A. Davis Michael and Gretchen Farrell Ms. Margaret Fulton-Mueller Mr. Larry A. Gogolick Mr. and Mrs. Chris Kamm Ms. Marci D. Leonian Mr. Chris McDaniel and Mrs. Rande McDaniel Mr. and Mrs. Allen J. Mistysyn Ms. Michelle M. Orenick Mr. and Mrs. Allyn J. Pytel Ms. Sarah M. Rayburn Dr. Joseph A. Sopko and Dr. Elizabeth MacIntyre Mrs. Nancy Stegens Mr. and Mrs. Seth White Zoo Friends - Anonymous $2,500+ Dr. Rachel W. Abernethy Mr. and Mrs. Mark Angiocchi Mr. and Mrs. Gordon A. Anhold Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Bartell Ms. Ginny Bertram Mr. and Mrs. James C. Boland Mrs. Jack L. Brown Mrs. Marilyn Callaly Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Deckard Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Emrick, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James P. Even, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert U. Fein Jim & Linda Francis Mr. and Mrs. John R. Fraylick Ms. Danielle Frega Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Gascoigne Mr. Albert A. Hanes and Mr. Robert E. Hanes Nicole and Stephen Hilbert Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy S. Hilton Mr. and Mrs. James W. Jaroszewski Mr. and Mrs. James Kassouf Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kilmer Ms. Susan Konkel Mr. Bob Merckle Don and Sally Messinger Mr. Steele Nowlin and Ms. Chris Jayjack Mr. and Mrs. Brian M. O’Neill Z16
Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Osicka Ms. Shelly M. Peet and Mr. Robert R. Martinko Mr. and Mrs. Anthony R. Petruzzi Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Popko Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Rogers Mr. and Mrs. Jacob I. Rosenbaum Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Smrekar Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Suerth Mr. and Mrs. John J. Tanis Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Teel, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Tyrrell Mr. and Mrs. Thomas V. Vail Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Vaughn Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. Werman Ms. Kirsten West and Mr. Brian Barthelman Richard and Mary Lynn Wills Mrs. Martha Zlotnik and Mr. Oscar Berman Frann R. Zverina $1,000+ Sheri Andrasko Anonymous Mr. David R. Antes and Mr. Lawrence E. Smith Mr. James A. Attwood, Jr. and Ms. Leslie K. Williams Ms. Vanessa Behrend and Mr. Robert Ellis Ms. Virginia D. Benjamin and Mr. Philip L. Woodcock Mr. Charles E. Bergstresser and Mr. Brandon Bergstresser Mr. Kevin Bibbo Joseph Bliss Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Blumer Mr. and Mrs. William H. Bostelman, Jr. Ms. Amy Brady and Mr. Stan Brady Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Brenner Dr. John F. Burke, Jr. and The Honorable Nancy A. Fuerst Mr. Ross Bushman and Mrs. Meggan Sherlock Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Butler Mr. Gerald F. Cannon and Mr. Fred Bamberger Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Carfagna Mr. and Mrs. Richard Chodera Ms. Nan Cohen and Mr. Daniel Abrams Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. Conrad Mr. Jeffrey L. Contini Mr. and Mrs. Douglas O. Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Covell Ms. Ellen June Cowher Mrs. Margaret D. Davies Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Demetriou Dr. and Mrs. Walter H. Dimling Mr. Eric W. Dunn and Mrs. Jennifer Myers Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Durham Mr. Michael V. Dzurilla Mr. Gregg Eisenberg Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Ellis Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Farmer Mr. and Mrs. Umberto Fedeli Ms. Thelma Feith and Mr. Jim Taylor Ms. Louise A. Fletcher Ms. Janice E. Focke and Mr. Clayton Rung Mildred S. Foster Mr. and Mrs. Allan Fox Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Fox Ms. Joy M. Freda
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory D. Friedman Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Friedt Ms. Georgia A. Froelich and Mr. Russell O’Rourke Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gallagher Mr. Bruce E. Gaynor and Ms. Patricia J. O’Donnell Mr. and Mrs. David L. Geyer Mr. and Ms. Doug Grossman Mr. and Mrs. David Grubb Mr. Robert M. Hahn and Ms. Joan O’Malley Mr. and Mrs. Eric S. Hall Ms. Nancy Hancock Griffith Mrs. Nancy J. Hansen Mr. William W. Harkins & Mrs. Linda T. Harkins Mrs. William E. Harris Mr. and Mrs. William R. Harvey Mr. Joseph Hatina and Jen Blaga Dr. Paul A. Hechko and Dr. Jennifer Hechko Eve Higgins Dr. and Ms. Edward W. Hill Mr. and Mrs. Justin R. Horton Mr. and Mrs. James Howard Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hunt Mr. and Mrs. George Inglis Ken and Patti Jacko Dr. Ronald A. Javitch and Mr. David Fogel Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Jones Ms. J J Jursik Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kachmarik Mr. Ray Kaliszewski and Mrs. Carol Leahey Ms. Janet A. Kappus Ms. Kerry L. Kipfstuhl Dan and Carol Klimas Ms. Josephine J. Kobus and Mr. Jason Oglio Dr. and Mrs. Dave C. Koncal Mr. Dean Kontul Mr. and Mrs. Scott E. Kreidler Mr. and Mrs. Ron Krisher Mr. and Mrs. Allan Krulak Mr. and Mrs. John Lane Mr. and Mrs. E. Gary Laughlin Kim and Tom Littman Mr. and Mrs. Matthew C. Litzler Mr. and Mrs. James E. Love Jackie and Chuck Lurie Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Mahovlic Mrs. Carlos A. Maldonado Mrs. Cathryn Mallchok and Mr. Matthew Mallchok Mr. Robert J. Marok and Ms. Bridget Assing Marok The Maver Family Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence McHale Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Messina Mr. David Miceli and Mrs. Kimberly Stec Mr. Scott Michaels and Ms. Anne Welki Mr. and Mrs. George D. Miller Ms. Victoria R. Moorehead Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Moreno Mr. and Mrs. Warren L. Morris Mr. and Mrs. Greg P. Mulach Ms. Sharon Mulligan Mr. and Mrs. Patrick S. Mullin Mr. and Mrs. Gregg G. Muresan Ms. Susan B. Murphy Randy and Christine Myeroff
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Nagel Dr. and Mrs. Michael Novak Mr. Gary M. Novotny Mrs. Barbara B. O’Connor and Mr. Kevin O’Connor Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Ollinger Mr. Richard D. Orr Ms. Shirley M. Pasholk Jenny and Tony Pelcic Jeff and Debra Perry Mr. and Mrs. Harlan R. Peterjohn Ms. Barbara D. Peterson David and Margo* Petlowany Mr. James A. Petz Ms. Charlene Phelps and Ms. Nancy A. Gorenshek Mr. and Mrs. John Piety Ms. Darleen M. Price and Mr. Joe Drago Mr. and Mrs. Victor R. Prosak Ms. Marie A. Quintana and Mr. Robert B. Sikora Mr. and Mrs. Bill Riccio Dr. and Mrs. Brad J. Richmond Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Rossborough Mr. William S. Sanders and Mrs. Sheila Sanders Mr. Larry J. Santon Mr. and Mrs. Scott Scherler Ms. Mary Kay Schneider Mr. and Mrs. Kim S. Schrock Mr. and Mrs. John D. Schubert Mrs. Carolyn P. Seelbach Ms. Rosemary Selepena Ms. Jodi Shankweiler Dr. Mona Shay Jackie and Chuck Simon Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Skernivitz Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Smith Ms. Ann Snyder Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Soroka Mr. and Mrs. Ethan E. Spencer Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Sullivan, Sr. Mrs. Barb M. Sutton and Ms. Sarah Young David and Mary Ellen Szamborski Mrs. Jean H. Taber Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Taylor Steve and Sarah Taylor Ms. Kelly Thomas Mr. Charles W. Thomasson Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Thompson August L. and Shirley Tischer Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Tletski Mr. Kevin D. Tolejko Mrs. Jeanne D. Tyler Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vagi Ms. MaryLou VerMerris Mr. John A. Veverka and Ms. Lisa Lieben Mr. Paul Vidal and Mrs. Cindy Bodendorfer Ms. Kim Vogrig Mr. Paul Voinovich Robert and Diane Walcott Mr. and Mrs. Daniel R. Warren Mr. Thomas J. Webster Mr. Morton J. Weisberg Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wesorick Steve Wheeler and Joanne Montz Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wohlfeiler, D.V.M. Mrs. Barbara E. Zelley Betty and Don Zgonc
We Care for People, Animals and the Planet $250,000+ Anonymous $100,000+ Mrs. Margaret Scott $50,000+ Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Miller $5,000+ Anonymous Nan Cohen and Daniel D. Abrams Philanthropic Fund $1,000+ The Helen F. & Louis Stolier Family Trust Steve and Sarah Taylor Roger J. and Madeline L. Traynor Family Foundation Memorial Gifts In Honor Of: Larry Gogolick Mattis and Ruth Goldman Matt and Fiona Green Eve Higgins Pat and Claudette Kenney Tom Leiden In Memory Of: George Ashmun Andrew Baumgartner Sharyn Bolger Rita Boncela Jack L. Brown, Jr. Fran (Ward) Clarke Jim Cowher Larry DeCamp Joseph Di Bartolo Rose Marie Henson Jane G. Hunter Mary LaSota Steve Powers Walter Robb, Jr. Rita Rudd Paula T. Schneider “Verdie” Helen Wires ZooFutures Ms. Mollie E. Alstott Anonymous (5) Frederick C. Badt Testamentary Trust Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Bartell Mr. and Mrs. Noel Becker Ms. Ginny Bertram Beth Brandt Sersig Mr. Gary D. Brengartner Estate of Helen E. Brown Ms. Gretchen L. Burmeister Mrs. Herschel Cohen Estate of Phyllis and Paul Colarusso Mr. and Mrs. Douglas O. Cooper Ms. Ellen June Cowher Mrs. Frederick C. Crawford Mr. John D. Daly Mrs. Margaret D. Davies Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Emrick, Jr. Estate of Rita Anna Entrup Mr. and Mrs. Ronald V. Estes Stanley and Florence (Klier) Fassett Memorial Fund Ms. Ruth Fish
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Fowler Ms. Mary A. Fruth Ms. Agnes R. Gaso Estate of Rudolph Gob Ms. Luella A. Goldenbogen Mr. and Mrs. Mark D. Grenig Ms. Carol Hall Ms. Patricia Heinke Mrs. Ralph Hollander Hazel P. Hostetler Trust Ms. Elvira Hovan Mrs. Burton Jenne Mrs. La Veda Kovar* Ms. Julia Kunes Mr. Edward J. Lautner* Bud Lezius* Mr. Robert Loftus, Jr. and Mrs. Kathy J. Loftus Mrs. Charles N. Mandt Dr. Randall E. Marcus Mr. Bob Merckle Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Miller Mr. Steele Nowlin and Ms. Chris Jayjack Estate of Marion L. Parmelee Mr. Alfred M. Rankin* Almera Biddulph Reitz Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Bill Riccio Estate of Eleanor M. Rieck Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Rispoli Mr. and Mrs. Daryl J. Rothenfeld Estate of Charlotte Ruth Mr. Larry J. Santon Ms. Emily A. Sapacianu Charles W. Saunders Charitable Trust Vivian H. Schulze Trust Ms. Brenda F. Schuster Mr. and Mrs. Gail Skinner Estate of Robert and Virginia Snead Miss Patricia A. Stealey, J.D. Estate of Theodore R. Steck Ms. Billie Howland Steffee Steve & Sarah Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Thiel* Mr. Arthur L. Thomas Mr. Gerald A. Turoczy Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Tyrrell Robert and Darci Usher Mrs. Leonard VonBenken Mr.* and Mrs. Robert York White Mr. and Mrs. Donald F. Woodcock Mr. and Mrs. Donald Zgonc *Deceased This list represents individual annual cumulative giving of $1,000+ between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. The contributions supported a variety of Cleveland Zoological Society fundraising programs and special events. To provide updated information or to make a gift, please call (216) 661.6500 or email Info@ ClevelandZooSociety.org.
Membership Matters Jason Orlando Manager of Member & Donor Services Bring your benefits on the road! Heading off on vacation this summer? Consider a visit to one of the many great zoos and aquariums that share reciprocity with Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. In 2014, Cleveland Zoological Society members will enjoy half-priced admission to more than 130 zoos and aquariums across the country, plus two zoos in Canada and Mexico! Just be sure to call your destination zoo or aquarium before your visit to confirm details and restrictions. From Pittsburgh to El Paso, your Cleveland Zoological Society membership is your passport to new and exciting zoo adventures! Want to visit another zoo but don’t have your Cleveland Zoo Society Membership Card? First, check our website to make sure the zoo you want to visit participates in our reciprocal program. A current listing of all institutions participating in the AZA Reciprocal Admissions program can be found at ClevelandZooSociety.org. Then, call the Membership Office at least 24 hours in advance of your visit so we can let them know you’re coming!
Cleveland Metroparks is more than just the Zoo! Don’t forget that Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is just one jewel in Cleveland Metroparks’ “Emerald Necklace.” Last summer, Cleveland Metroparks assumed management of some of the Lakefront State properties that line Lake Erie’s shores – Edgewater Park, E. 55th St. Marina, Gordon Park, Euclid Beach Park, Villa Angela and Wildwood Park. The new properties have tons to offer area residents: beaches, playgrounds, fishing piers, boat ramps, and the 17-mile Cleveland Lakefront Bike Trail that traces the Lake Erie shoreline. Be sure to visit the new parks and spend some time in nature with your family!
Photos courtesy of Dale Mcdonald
Staying closer to home? The weather is getting warmer, and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is the place to enjoy the sunshine with your whole family. Plan your visit by making sure you have your membership cards and a photo ID for .ClevelandZooSociety.org and print out temporary cards that are good for three weeks. Avoid lines at the Membership Booth and get you and your family closer to the fun!
What does the Fennec fox say…come visit us at Professor Wylde’s Animal Show this summer to find out! The Zoo’s pair of Fennec foxes, Niles and Leone, can be seen Memorial Day thru Labor Day at the Savanna Theater in Professor Wylde’s Animal Show. Avid excavators with unusually large ears, these foxes are the smallest canids (the dog family) in the world. Listen up – when you adopt a Fennec fox you’ll be providing the best possible care for them and all the other animals that call Cleveland Metroparks Zoo “home.” Adopt a Fennec fox for only $75, and your gift package will include: • An official “ZooParent” collectible key chain • A collectible plush Fennec fox • Personalized adoption certificate • A color photo and fun fact sheet about Fennec foxes • A full year of award-winning membership publications •A n invitation to ZooFriends’ Night 2014, a VIP family summer event (mailed separately) • Name recognition on ClevelandZooSociety.org
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Upgrade your single adoption to $100, and the ZooParent will receive all of the above AND a terrific T-shirt or tote bag and recognition on Zoo grounds.
Dig deep and join at the $250 adoption level and enjoy all the benefits above, as well as an invitation for the ZooParent and a guest (16 years or older) to go on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo. Animal adoptions make great gifts for holidays, birthdays, or for that special someone that has everything...but a Fennec fox. Adoption kits include something for all seasons – the custom gift package NOW, plus a subscription to Z magazine and tickets for ZooFriends’ Night 2014, happening in July.
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VIP Party: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. General Admission: 7:00 p.m. to Midnight 21 and over only. Proper ID required for admittance to event.
of Cleveland’s vibrant music scene! Wind your way through the Zoo enjoying the rhythms of 17 bands, playing Motown, rock, salsa, swing, country and blues. An assortment of complimentary food, Samuel Adams beer, Twisted Tea, Jacob’s Creek wine, and soft drinks will also be available. Visit ClevelandZooSociety.org for more information.
Tickets on sale May 1st at ClevelandZooSociety.org VIP Tickets: $150 | General Admission Tickets: $70 – May, $75 – June, $80 – July & August Block of 10 VIP Tickets: $1,200 | Block of 10 General Admission Tickets: $700
Zoo Members receive $5 off general admission in May only.
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Friday, August 1
Join us for the city’s largest fundraiser and a celebration