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Z Volume 16, Issue 3, Winter 2013 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, Your Zoo is a vibrant destination, thanks to generous community support, 2,500 amazing animals and 1.2 million visitors. We Care for People and are proud to note that students gain inspiration and knowledge through hands-on, inquiry-based science at the Zoo. These experiences prepare them for rewarding careers in Northeast Ohio. The Zoo Education & Workforce Development initiative is helping us reach almost 100,000 students while deepening our partnership with area schools. We Care for Animals is a call to action and a great way to CONNECT PEOPLE WITH WILDLIFE. Recent animal care improvements include raised feeders for the elephants. These simple hoist hay nets are having a positive impact on cooperative feeding behaviors, herd dynamics and body condition for the Zoo’s five elephants. We Care for the Planet and all its biodiversity. By using fewer resources (energy, water), recycling and reaching out to conservation partners worldwide, we are trying to walk more lightly on the earth and to protect fragile ecosystems. Thank you for joining us in these efforts! Check out the Circle of Wildlife Carousel & Nature Discovery Zone site. We look forward to welcoming you to this newest visitor amenity when it opens next summer. With your support, we’ll make sure the Zoo stays accessible, welcoming and exciting, while strengthening our commitment to sustainable operations and the very best for “our” animals. We invite you to visit often and in all seasons!


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Connecting People with Wildlife Cover photo courtesy of Geoff Byrne

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  What’s Zoo?  The latest in Zoo news

  under the sea

 Jellies and coral and octopus, oh my!


   Zoo calendar

 November through April 2014


   A larger-thanlife summer  A summer wrap up



Jelly photo courtesy of Dale McDonald, Dinosaur and Group of People courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

  Zoos & Aquariums Committing to Conservation



But her condition was beyond treatment and we made the humane choice after assessing her quality of life.”

This fall, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo was saddened to report the death of its female polar bear, “Aurora.” The 30 -year-old bear had been showing signs of steadily deteriorating health for the last several months. Last spring, Zoo veterinarians gave the bear a thorough exam and found evidence of liver cancer. 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.

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.

Goodbye, Aurora

By mid-August it was determined that her condition had significantly worsened and the 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.

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.

New swinger

The Zoo’s primate population grew a little bigger this summer with the birth of a Reed’s titi monkey. These little South American monkeys have a tail almost as long as their body (up to 24 inches) and weigh only a few pounds. Titis are arboreal forest dwellers that have small, well-def ined home ranges. Groups of titis consist of two to seven

individuals, including a strongly bonded pair of adults and their offspring. There may be territorial confrontations involving displays, vocalizations, and vigorous chasing between groups when ranges overlap but physical fighting is rare, and never severe. Adult males search for food, lead group movements, and usually carry infants when the young are not being nursed by the female. The intertwining of tails occurs frequently when two or more animals of the same group sit side by side. You can meet the Zoo’s group of titi monkeys in the Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building.

Otter-ly adorable

Perennial RainForest favorites, the Zoo’s Asian small clawed otter group welcomed three new pups this summer. Mom “Dep” came to the Zoo in 2010 and Dad “Brownie” arrived just last winter. Small clawed otters will only occupy areas with a permanent body of water and some tree cover. Family groups of about 12 individuals live in large, underground burrows with a ventilation shaft leading to the surface and an exit tunnel opening about three feet under water. Otters use their sensitive fingers to find clams in shallow water. They bring the clams to shore and pile them up, where, after a few hours in the sun, the clams open and the otters eat them. Z4

Titi Monkey by IAksoy, Otters by S.Cooper Digital, Fruit Bat by S.Gruene, other photos courtesy of Roger Mastroianni


Get healthy at the Zoo!

Like raccoons, they sometimes “wash” their food before eating it. For now, Zoo keepers are keeping the new family separated from the other two males and one female but eventually the full group will be integrated. Come visit the new pups and their extended family on the upper level of The RainForest.


The Zoo’s Animal Care division had a busy summer not only managing the animals but also hiring new staff. The promotions of Chris Kuhar, to Zoo Executive Director, and Andi Kornak, to General Curator, led to a domino effect of opportunities. For Travis Vineyard, the phrase “grin and bear it” is less a cliche and more a way of life and he was certainly grinning recently as he was promoted to Curator of Animals. Also moving up to Curator of Animals is Tad Schoffner. As described by Kornak, “Schoffner is responsible for all animals under a roof (The RainForest and the Primate Cat & Aquatics Building) while Vineyard is responsible for all animals without a roof (Northern Trek, the African Savanna and African Elephant Crossing).” As for the positions of Associate Curator that Vineyard and Schoffner held, the Zoo has appointed Mike Murray from Denver Zoological Gardens and Elena Hoellein Less. Mike joins the team with a master’s in nonprofit management and 12 years zookeeping experience. Elena Hoellein Less, Ph.D., didn’t have to come as far as Mike as she was most recently a member of the Zoo’s Conservation & Science team.

What do the rhinoceros, fruit bats and gorillas have in common? They are all herbivores at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo with a diet and exercise regimen specially designed to keep them healthy. In fact, the gorillas have a special diet that they follow to manage their heart health. Zoo animals are not the only ones who need to maintain good hea lth and nutrition – kids do, too. Universit y Hospita ls R a inbow Babies & Children’s Hospital hosted a day of fun and learning at Heart Healthy YOU at the Zoo this summer. The event provided fun, hands-on activities for kids to learn about their heart and how to keep it healthy and also learned how the Zoo keeps the gorillas healthy with carefully planned diet and exercise programs. Families watched a cool video to get the inside scoop on t he Gor i l la Hea lt h Project and met Bebac and Mokolo, the Zoo’s resident male silverback gorillas.


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Reviving the endangered species “playfulness outdooricus” (outdoor play)

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and its fundraising partner, the Cleveland Zoological Society, are taking a step to address this lack of outdoor time and developing a “nature play” area for our youngest visitors. The Nature Discovery Zone, opening in 2014 in conjunction with the Circle of Wildlife Carousel, will provide 10,000 -square-feet of safe, green space where adults can let their children enjoy unstructured, open-ended play. The Zoo has retained a nationally recognized leader in nature play, Michelle Mathis of Learning Landscapes, for the conceptual design. “Nature Deficit Disorder,” a theory coined by journalist Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods, postulates that recent increases in attention disorders, obesity and depression in children may be attributed to a lack of time spent in nature. In addition to the apparent health benefits, playing in nature can have significant positive effects on social development, encourage appropriate risktaking and spur conservation action later in life. Louv’s theory is just one spark in a national effort to get kids outside and play. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Environmental Education Foundation and a consortium of health care professionals have developed a partnership encouraging doctors across the country to write


“prescriptions for nature” and steering families to local wildlife areas. Other non-profit organizations, like KaBOOM! and Green Hearts, are dedicating their time to building playgrounds and nature centers in urban communities. The Zoo’s Nature Discovery Zone will feature six distinct play areas representative of natural habitats found in Northeast Ohio’s “backyard,” with an overlooking observation deck where parents or other caregivers may relax. Each play area will offer children various activities incorporating at least one of the three essential elements – food, shelter and water – needed for all animals and humans to stay healthy. From exploring plants in the wetland to navigating a willow tunnel to climbing boulders in an outcropping to even building forts near the “squirrel cafe,” children will enjoy an all-sensory experience designed to reconnect them with nature. In addition, the Nature Discovery Zone will serve as a site-specific workshop location for early childhood teachers to explore the use of inquiry in their classrooms and the cognitive, social and physical benefits of nature play for their students. “The Nature Discovery Zone adds a new way for our youngest visitors to enjoy the Zoo,” said Vicki Searles, the Zoo’s Curator of Education. “It will be a wonderful addition to the Zoo’s Conservation Education programming.” If you would like to join the effort to help bring back outdoor play and support this important project, please visit our website at or call (216) 635.3323 today! Your gift can make a difference! Karen Tigue Major Donor Officer Cleveland Zoological Society

Photos courtesy of Roger Mastroianni All photos courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


emember childhood evenings and summers playing outside…climbing on trees, splashing in streams or even hide-and-seek in the woods? For today’s youth, time spent in the great outdoors is becoming an endangered species. More and more Americans are living in urbanized areas where technology is abundant and access to “green space” is limited. In fact, according to a recent study by the Nature Conservancy, 88% of children today report using a computer every day, yet only 11% visit a park or natural area daily.

T T AR S d o o t o a G f f O Jason Orlando Manager of Member & Donor Services

At Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, visitors have the opportunity to see more than 2,500 animals and to experience numerous activities and educational programs. Little do they know that these experiences only scratch the surface of the work that happens at the Zoo. Beyond the public view, the Zoo participates in countless endeavors related to sustainabilit y, wildlife rese a rch , e d u c atio n , and conservation. As part of the Zoo’s conservation efforts, captive breeding is one of the more complicated tasks that Zoo staff undertakes. The breeding of zoo animals, especially those that are threatened or endangered, is strictly controlled and monitored by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plans (SSP). These programs were created as a way to ensure the health and genetic diversity of their target species.

Your Zoo participates in more than 50 SSPs. This summer, the Zoo’s red panda residents, Angus and Spark, made a new contribution to the AZA’s Red Panda SSP – a female cub. Sadly for the cub, however, complications sometimes arise. She was rejected by her mother, and so veterinary staff opted to hand-raise the cub to ensure her health and well-being. Named Xue-Li (pronounced ShueLi), she weighed just 134 grams at birth – slightly more than a quarter pound – and was completely dependent on the Zoo’s staff for her daily care. During the day, three animal care technicians were

responsible for preparing formula, feeding her every three hours, and taking care of grooming, veterinary and sanitary needs. After the Zoo closed each day, two animal keepers alternated taking Xue-Li home and continued the same feeding schedule all night. After a month of round-the-clock care, Xue-Li passed a critical time for newborn red pandas, which can be difficult to hand rear from such a young age. She was gaining weight and was healthy, but something was missing from her life – other red pandas. It is important that young animals begin interacting with other of their species as early as possible to ensure proper socialization. Since Xue-Li had been rejected by her mother, animal curators looked to other zoos for assistance. Luckily, Knoxville Zoo, which is well-known for its success with breeding and raising red pandas, had two cubs around Xue-Li’s age.

In October 2013, at almost four-monthsold, Xue-Li made the journey to her new home in Tennessee to be raised with two foster littermates. The Zoo’s primary responsibility is to the cub’s health and well-being and to red panda conservation efforts worldwide. Xue-Li’s birth and successful rearing are a testament to the Zoo staff ’s tireless efforts to contribute to the genetic health of our SSP species. More information about the Cleveland Zoological Society and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s conservation efforts may be found at


Under t Many of the animals in the Zoo’s aquatics collection are fish – cold-blooded, aquatic animals that have scales, gills and fins. There are more species of fish than all the species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals combined and the Zoo has more than 1,000 fish representing 134 species. The Zoo is also home to a wide range of marine invertebrates (animals without backbones) such as jellies, coral, anemones, octopus and sea stars. Since invertebrates represent more than 95% of the known species on Earth, you’re missing out on a lot if you don’t stop to take a closer look at these wonderful creatures.


One of the most challenging aspects of caring for jellies is that they are pelagic, meaning that, in the wild, they live in the open ocean away from obstacles and (most problematically for exhibit purposes) away from corners or sharp edges. Jellies are beautiful but delicate and can be shredded by an encounter with any structure with which they cross paths. Aquarists have solved the close encounter problems by employing a tank’s water to their advantage. By directing water circulation to create a circular current, the animals are kept away from dangerous areas. As you watch the moon jellies circulating through their tank, see if you can see the pulsing fringe on the rim of their bell. Since jellies don’t have a central nervous system, the pulsing is an entirely autonomous action (like breathing) and the fringe is sweeping food into the jelly.

Photo courtesy of Dale McDonald

When it is cold and snowy outside, give your family a tropical treat by coming to the Zoo. With nearly three dozen aquatics displays of salt and freshwater life, the Zoo’s Primate, Cat & Aquatics (PC&A) building can make any day into a visit under the sea. Three of the Zoo’s keepers — Mark Rehling, Nick Zarlinga and George Buehner — are the aquarists in charge of the wide range of varied aquatic species in PC&A. From sharks to brine shrimp, they take care of nearly a quarter of all the species displayed at the Zoo.

Take a look at the tank of moon jellies the next time you are at PC&A. Jellies are free-swimming marine animals consisting of a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles. The bell pulsates for locomotion, while stinging tentacles are used to capture prey. A group of jellies is sometimes called a bloom or a swarm. Jellies are carnivorous, feeding on plankton, crustaceans, fish eggs, small fish and other jellies, ingesting and voiding through the same hole in the middle of the bell. Jellies are found in every ocean, from the surface to the deep sea, and large, colorful jellies are common in coastal zones worldwide. Jellies have roamed the seas for at least 500 million years, and possibly 700 million years or more, making them the oldest multi-organ animal.

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sting and shelter themselves from predators among its tentacles. Most anemones do not present a serious risk to humans, but a few highly toxic species have caused severe injuries and are potentially lethal.

Photos courtesy of Roger Mastroianni and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, illustrations by Hein Nouwens.

Around the corner from the jellies is the Zoo’s reef tank, home to coral, anemone and sea stars (and some fish, too). Sea stars are among the most familiar of marine invertebrates. About 1,500 living species of sea stars occur on the seabed in all the world’s oceans, from the tropics to subzero polar waters. They are found from the intertidal zone down to abyssal depths (more than 20,000 ft) below the surface. They typically have a central disc and five arms, though some species have dozens of arms. Most can regenerate damaged parts or lost arms and they can shed arms as a means of defense. Corals are marine invertebrates that live in colonies. Hard corals are important reef builders that inhabit tropical oceans and secrete calcium carbonate to form a hard skeleton. Soft corals do not produce calcium carbonate skeletons and instead rely on minute, spiny skeletal elements called sclerites. Coral colonies contain millions of identical polyps, each a spineless animal typically only a few millimeters in diameter and a few centimeters in length with a set of tentacles surrounding a central mouth opening. Sea anemones (named after the flower which they resemble) are a group of water-dwelling, predatory animals that attach themselves to the sea floor with an adhesive foot, called a basal disc. The mouth in the middle of the oral disc is surrounded by tentacles that function as a defense and as a means to capture prey. The sea anemone eats small fish and shrimp. Anemonefish (clownfish), small banded fish in various colors, are not affected by their host anemone’s

Also near the moon jelly tank lives one of the largest marine invertebrates – the giant Pacific octopus. Like all invertebrates, octopus have no bones, so, despite their size, they can squeeze into tiny places, sometimes only a few centimeters wide. Behind the octopus’ head, directly opposite the arms, is its mantle which contains all the octopus’ organs; a giant Pacific octopus’ mantle may be nearly two feet across. Normally reddish-brown, an octopus can change color and alter the texture of its skin. Experts at camouflage, they can smooth out and be a uniform color when on rock, and become bumpy and blotchy in seaweed. Between the octopus’ arms are webs of skin. Octopus are solitary animals, and interact with their own kind only to mate. You can find aquatic exhibits in Primate, Cat & Aquatics, The RainForest and Wolf Wilderness. Since about 70% of our planet is covered by water, conserving, understanding and protecting this vast resource and all the life that lives within it is important to us all.

Mary McMillan Director of Finance & Operations


Love is in the air at The RainForest! Animal Attractions celebrates another year of offering extraordinary get-close animal opportunities and entertaining adult-only conservation education presentations. Guests delight in sampling some of Cleveland’s most tantalizing dishes while enjoying an open bar and wine tasting with Jacob’s Creek. Tickets go on sale December 2. Adults 21 & over only.

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

February 6, 2014

Animal Attractions

January 1

Zoo Closed for New Year’s Day

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December 25

Zoo Closed for the Holidays

Whether you prefer the warmth of the tropics or an invigorating chill, you’re sure to enjoy December Days at the Zoo. Seasonal activities for the whole family to enjoy include animal programs, music, eco-friendly crafts and more. Santa Claus will greet visitors daily through December 24. Members: Free!

Activities 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

December 16-24, 26-30

December Days

Celebrate the New Year Zoo-style at Noon Year’s Eve with animal-themed crafts, ZooYear’s resolutions and a traditional ball drop at Noon sharp. Make plans to ring in the “Noon Year” at your Zoo. Members: Free!

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The day focuses on frogs, but with a twist! Learn about the importance of frogs and celebrate the special role they have played in fairytales and legends throughout history. Kids 11 and younger will receive free admission to the Zoo and The RainForest, with a paid adult admission, and everyone is encouraged to dress like a princess, prince or frog. Members: Free!

Presented by Dollar Bank Activities 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

February 17, 2014

Fairy Tales & Frogs

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

December 31

Noon Year’s Eve

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The table is set – pumpkin pie, family . . . bears. Special animal feeding times and Meetthe-Keeper opportunities will be posted in the Zoo’s Welcome Plaza. Members: Free!

November 28

Thanksgiving at the Zoo


Photo courtesy of Roger Mastroianni

Hang me up! Pull out this calendar and display it as a reminder.

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• The Circle of Wildlife Carousel & Nature Discovery Zone were announced! Coming to the Zoo in 2014, the carousel will feature 64 beautiful hand-carved wildlife figures and two ADA-accessible chariots representing animals and biomes from around the world. Restoring children’s relationship with nature through unstructured, open-ended play, the nearby Nature Discovery Zone will inspire the Zoo’s youngest visitors to climb, splash, explore, daydream — and have fun! • The prehistoric age came to life when DINOSAURS! invaded the shores of Waterfowl Lake for another earth-shaking season. Six animatronic dinos never before seen at your Zoo appeared with Z12

returning favorites such as the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex and the towering brachiosaurus. Many thanks to Dollar Bank, the presenting sponsor of DINOSAURS!

• The 40th anniversary of ZippityZoo was held on June 7. Guests were treated to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet dinner, animal encounters, a Circle of Wildlife Carousel carving demonstration and more. A live auction helped raise more than $50,000 for Zoo scholarships. Thanks to those generous contributions, the Zoo Society provided scholarships and transportation for thousands of underserved children. • Twilight at the Zoo celebrated its 20th anniversary this year! It may have been a bit soggy, but that didn’t stop 7,500 guests from partying the night away. Twilight at the Zoo 2013 raised $590,000 in support of the Zoo and Zoo Society’s joint mission — connecting people with wildlife. Twilight at the Zoo and ZippityZooDoo together raised more $1 million in support of the Zoo and Zoo Society’s mission: connecting people with wildlife.

All photos courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


he Zoo provided a roaring good time for families from all over Northeast Ohio and across the country as DINOSAURS!, presented by Dollar Bank, returned for a sixth earthshaking season. There was lots of other exciting zoo news this summer, including:

• The first annual Steve H. Taylor African Conservation Award, created last year by the Cleveland Zoological Society in honor of retiring Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Director Steve Taylor, was awarded to George Owoyesigire, a senior wildlife officer for the Ugandan Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities. • African Elephant Crossing received a gold-level certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program. The LEED program is the nationally accepted construction industry standard for green buildings, administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.

• Taking care of the thousands of animals at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a big job! From tiny newborn tadpoles to giant, 100-year-old Aldabra tortoises, the Zoo’s animal keepers are constantly working on new ways to keep the animals healthy, both mentally and physically. Guests saw some of the unique enrichment techniques used by the Zoo during the annual Creature Comforts event. Demonstrations included papier-mache prey for predators to pounce on, treat-stuffed barrels on bungee cords for the grizzly bears and puzzle feeders for primates.

• Hundreds of Clevelanders navigated through the Zoo on their bicycles during the second year of Wild Ride at the Zoo. The Zoo opened twice this summer for an evening bike ride where riders could follow beginning, intermediate and experienced routes all while enjoying the animals and speaking to the keepers.


thankyou! The Cleveland Zoological Society is proud to recognize our corporate and foundation donors whose generous contributions help to make Cleveland Metroparks Zoo one of the best in the country. $250,000+ Anonymous $100,000+ The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation $50,000+ The DBJ Foundation Dollar Bank Eaton Corporation KeyBank Foundation Lubrizol Corporation Swagelok Co. $20,000+ The Boston Beer Company Cleveland Scene Dominion Fifth Third Bank, Northeastern Ohio Giant Eagle, Inc. Leiden Conservation Foundation Lincoln Electric Company Medical Mutual of Ohio The David Steffee Chair of Veterinary Medicine Gift Fund $15,000+ Almera Biddulph Reitz Foundation $10,000+ ABB Corporation Aleris International, Inc. Anonymous Cleveland Airport Marriott The Conway Family Foundation Malone University The Miller Family Foundation The Sherwin-Williams Company St. Louis Zoological Park The George Garretson Wade Charitable Trust $5,000+ Anonymous ARAMARK The Ruth and Elmer Babin Foundation Nan Cohen and Daniel D. Abrams Philanthropic Fund Cohen & Company, CPAs William E. and Mary F. Conway Fund Deloitte & Touche LLP Ernst & Young LLP Fairmount Minerals Ltd. Findley Davies, Inc. FirstMerit Bank, N.A. Forest City Enterprises Charitable Foundation Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assoc. The Carol & Graham Hall Family Foundation Z14

The Hankins Foundation The Jochum-Moll Foundation Jones Day The Walter E. and Jean C. Kalberer Foundation C.A. Litzler Co., Inc. The Edward A. & Catherine L. Lozick Foundation Nordson Corporation Parker Hannifin Corporation Prince & Izant Co. Jonathan and Meg Ratner Philanthropic Fund Sazerac Company Tucker Ellis LLP Zoological Society of San Diego $2,500+ AAA East Central AMCLO American Greetings Corporation AssuraMed AT&T b.a. Sweetie Candy Company Inc. Baker & Hostetler LLP Brookfield Zoo & Chicago Zoological Society Charter One Cleveland Airport System CLRdesign, Inc. The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation COIT Cleaning & Restoration Services Dallas Zoo Foundation for the Carolinas The Harry K. and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation Marc Glassman Inc. Mattis Y. & Ruth Goldman Family Philanthropic Fund The Harrington Family Foundation Horseshoe Casino Cleveland KPMG LLP The Laub Foundation Northern Trust Bank Omnia, a Telos Company PPG Industries Foundation PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Regional Marketing Alliance of Northeast Ohio RFC Contracting, Inc. Kenneth W. Scott Foundation The Sherwick Fund ShurTech Brands, LLC Squire Sanders (US LLP) Edward R. & Jean Geis Stell Foundation

The Helen F. & Louis Stolier Family Trust Stroud Family Exempt Trust II Vitamix Julius Zorn, Inc. $1,000+ Anonymous Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. AT&T Matching Gift The Bonne Bell Family Foundation Ciuni & Panichi Cleveland Thermal Cleveland Wire Cloth & Manufacturing Company Disney Worldwide Services Dodd Camera Good Nature Organic Lawn Care Gould Inc. Foundation Helen G. Holden Trust George M. and Pamela S. Humphrey Fund IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. Jewish Federation of Cleveland Mr. and Mrs. Tom H. Lang Fund Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust Jack N. and Lilyan Mandel Foundation Metro Toyota Franklin H. & Nancy S. Moore Foundation NACCO Industries, Inc. NDC General, LLC Northfield Vet Clinic The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation Lotte Schreiber Pinkus Memorial Philanthropic Fund Runzheimer Foundation, Inc. San Antonio Zoological Society Schultz & Williams The Billie Howland Steffee Family Fund Nelson Talbott Foundation Roger J. and Madeline L. Traynor Family Foundation Triple T Foundation The S. K. Wellman Foundation This list represents all gifts of $1,000+ cumulative giving between September 1, 2012 and August 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

The Cleveland Zoological Society is proud to recognize our donors to the Circle of Wildlife and Nature Discovery Zone campaign. $100,000+ Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust $50,000+ The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundations, Inc. Alan & Karen Wilber $20,000+ Mr. and Mrs. James C. Boland Karen & Doug Cooper The Jim & Linda Francis Family Margaret Fulton-Mueller Leiden Conservation Foundation The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation Don and Sally Messinger Murch Family Nordson Corporation The Sherwick Fund $15,000+ Dr. Rachel Abernethy Mrs. Jack L. Brown Ms. Nan Cohen and Mr. Daniel Abrams Conway Family Foundation Ms. Laura A. Davis Ted, Jodie, Abbey, Sphia, Theodore III, and Leila Evans The Mary A. and Thomas F. Grasselli Endowment Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Peter Guren Shelley Habermann, in memory of Liz Habermann

Carol and Graham Hall Cecil and Renee Miller The Mistysyn Family Pat & Amy Mullin, in memory of Peg “Puma” Bowen Margo* Petlowany Jacob & Marjorie Rosenbaum Jack and Nancy Tanis Katie & Donald Woodcock Frann R. Zverina $5,000+ GiGi Benjamin and Phil Woodcock Leigh & Eric Hall Mr. Albert A. Hanes and Mr. Robert E. Hanes Ms. Colleen Kipfstuhl Ms. Kerry L. Kipfstuhl Thomas N. & Diane M. Tyrrell $2,500+ Robert & Karen Fein and Family Kristen & Tom Fistek Glenmede Trust Company The Henning Family Eve Higgins Mr. Joseph V. Hocevar Richard and Michelle Jeschelnig Daniel & Carol Klimas Dr. & Mrs. Randall E. Marcus Robin Martindale Mr. and Mrs. Greg Mulach Randy & Christine Myeroff and Family The Rebholz Family

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Mr. & Mrs. Rob Rogers Mary Kay Schneider Al & Caryn Werman $1,000+ Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Burkhardt Mr. and Mrs. Peter Calfee George and Colleen Coakley Mr. and Mrs. John R. Fraylick Joy M. Freda Nicole and Stephen Hilbert Steffany Matticola Larkins Dominic C. Libertine Roll Giving Ann Snyder Rob & Joyce Soroka Ethan E. Spencer Paul & Joyce Webster Thomas Webster This list represents all gifts of $1,000 + cumulative giving since the inception of the campaign through September 30, 2013. To provide updated information or to make a gift, please call (216) 661.6500 or email * deceased

Give the gift of Zoo membership this holiday season and get Family Membership for as low as $64*! Visit and use the discount code “H13M” to receive 15% off today! *This 15% discount special offer is only available for NEW memberships and NEW gift memberships. Not valid for Senior Plus or Zookeepers’ Circle Memberships. Offer expires 12/31/2013.

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ZOOS & AQUARIUMS Committing to Conservation Kym Gopp | Associate Conservation Curator

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Cleveland Zoological Society work to ensure the health and well-being of the animals in our care as well as to support the conservation of these animals in the wild. People, wildlife, and habitats are fundamentally connected and fostering positive relationships between them is the key to successful conservation. In order to be successful, wildlife conservation efforts must address the many and complex issues related to the long-term survival of wildlife and habitats.

Each year the Zoo and Zoo Society support more than 60 conservation projects around the world, confronting conservation challenges through direct action and targeting the main challenges facing wildlife today, including habitat loss, conflict with humans, illegal hunting and trade, and disease. The Zoo focuses efforts at the human-wildlife interface and works in collaboration with numerous international conservation partners. Working together we can protect the earth’s precious biodiversity. Fortunately, the Zoo and Zoo Society are part of a network of concerned conservation organizations. One of the best ways to affect change is by coming together with wildlife professionals from around the world to share ideas and concentrate impact. Z16

The ZACC Conference is a biennial meeting that aims to promote increased involvement of zoos and aquariums in support of field conservation – locally, nationally and internationally. Zoo and aquarium personnel and field researchers meet at ZACC to develop partnerships that will benefit wildlife and wild places around the globe. This is an informal conference that creates a positive atmosphere for networking and inspires collaborative action. The conference was conceptualized, and first created and hosted, by members of the Columbus Zoo staff. The 2013 ZACC conference marked the 20 year anniversary for the ZACC group. The ZACC conference is a starting point for discussion, exchange of information and ideas and also a chance to connect to and be inspired by

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This summer, the 9th Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Conservation Conference (ZACC), hosted by the Blank Park Zoo, brought together field researchers and zoo colleagues enabling them to network, forge relationships and work together to mutually benefit and protect wildlife species and wild places. Zoo staff joined more than 200 conservationists representing more than 40 zoos as well as wildlife programs in 36 countries calling on governments around the world to immediately increase the resources needed to combat the alarming rise in the illegal wildlife trade.

conservation colleagues from the field. The goal is for delegates to work together to share best practices and form effective partnerships. Ultimately, the hope is that all zoos and aquariums will support in situ (in country) conservation efforts in a significant way and will increase the level of support, individually and collectively, dedicated to field conservation on the ground around the world. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has always been a key member of the ZACC group and that was true again this year as we presented talks, hosted roundtable discussions, and, with funding from the Cleveland Zoological Society, provided support for the conference and sponsored the attendance of six of our international field conservation partners: • A  nna Nekaris – Professor, Oxford Brookes University and Director of the Little Fireface Project (Indonesia) • J  ohanna Rhode – Ph.D. Student, Oxford Brookes University and Field Manager for the Little Fireface Project (Indonesia) • A  my Dickman – Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford – WildCRU and Director of the Ruaha Carnivore Project (Tanzania) • Quyen Vu – Director of Education for Nature–Vietnam (Vietnam) • Isaac Goldstein – Coordinator of the Wildlife Conservation Society Andean Bear Program and Andean Bear Conservation Alliance (Colombia) • G  eorge Owoyesigire – Senior Wildlife Officer – Wildlife Conservation Department, Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (Uganda)

The impact of illegal wildlife trade is felt everyday by many of the Zoo’s partners. Dr. Anna Nekaris, a Zoo conservation partner and director of the Little Fireface Project in Indonesia, stated,

“The number of animals for sale in markets out scales the animals’ ability to reproduce. The illegal trade is a tragic waste of animal life and meets no human needs, and in fact undermines the future well-being of humankind.” Quyen Vu, another Zoo conservation partner and director of Education for Nature-Vietnam, added, “The illegal wildlife trade has become a critical threat to global biodiversity. The demand for wildlife in the form of exotic pets, traditional medicine, and bushmeat is supported by a vast criminal network stretching around the globe linking poachers and consumers. It is time to unite globally to take urgent action before the magnificent diversity of the planet is lost along with its roots that are embedded within human cultures.” The 2013 ZACC conference consisted of key note speakers, daily presentations in moderated sessions, panel discussions and evening roundtable discussions. The ZACC conference program also includes a conservation marketplace, a photography contest, a silent auction benefitting the ZACC Conservation Fund and a ZACC film night that showcased short films submitted by attendees highlighting conservation efforts around the world. Grants are awarded each year based on applications submitted by field conservation partners attending the conference. This year, Dr. Nekaris and George Owoyesigire both received awards. The Zoo also sponsored two talks and hosted two roundtable discussions about how ZACC delegates could work together to help address illegal wildlife trade. To learn more about the Zoo and Zoo Society’s conservation efforts visit

Cleveland sponsored ZACC attendees included (from left to right): Isaac Goldstein, Anna Nekaris, Johanna Rhode, Amy Dickman, Grace Fuller, Kym Gopp, Kristen Lukas, Quyen Vu, Tom Leiden, and George Owoyesigire Z17

Membership Jason Orlando Manager of Member & Donor Services Give the Gift of Membership! The holidays will quickly be upon us – as you make your list and check it twice, why not consider giving the gift of Zoo membership? As a current member, you already know all of the great benefits that come along with being a member. Give the gift this year that will keep on giving all year long! Go to to get your gift membership for a favorite family this year!


Have a Wild Sleep-over. Night Tracks is the Zoo’s overnight program held in Wolf Wilderness. Become scientists for a night! Program participants use compasses, maps, radio telemetry equipment and night vision binoculars. All participants must be at least 6 years old; to register call (216) 635.3391 or visit Plan your visit by making sure you have your membership cards and a photo ID for quick and easy entry. If you’ve misplaced your cards, please call the Membership Office at 216.661.6500 ext. 4421 to order your replacements today! Generous support for the Zoo Society’s Membership Program is provided by: Z18

Eagle courtesy of Roger Mastroianni, Wolf courtesy of Holly Kuchera

Field Trips. If you have a child in school, here’s a great way you can help your child, your school and your Zoo – all for FREE! Ask your child’s teacher to plan a Zoo field trip. Cuyahoga County schools are offered free admission to the Zoo and may choose from an array of free educational programs to enhance the learning opportunities. For schools with tight budgets, we offer schools reimbursing transportation vouchers or free roundtrip transportation on the ZooBus! Contact the Zoo’s Conservation Education department at (216) 635.3308 or visit for more information.


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Beautiful and elusive, snow leopards have long, thick coats and paws that function as snow shoes. In the wild, snow leopards take advantage of both adaptations as they run and jump on the steep mountains of Central Asia. The Zoo’s two snow leopards, Olga and Ghurka, may be seen all year long, in any type of weather, at the Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building. When you adopt a snow leopard, you’ll be providing the best possible care for all the animals that call Cleveland Metroparks Zoo “home.” Adopt a snow leopard for only $75, and your gift package will include: • An official “ZooParent” collectible key chain • A collectible plush snow leopard • Personalized adoption certificate • A color photo and fun fact sheet about snow leopards • 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 Get spotted at the $100 adoption level and enjoy all of the above AND a terrific T-shirt or tote bag and recognition on Zoo grounds.

Chill out at the $250 adoption level and enjoy all the benefits above, an awesome snow leopard backpack AND 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 snow leopard. Adoption kits include something for all seasons – the custom gift package NOW, plus a subscription to Z magazine and tickets for ZooFriends’ Night 2014. There’s “snow way” you should miss out on this opportunity – adopt a snow leopard today! Order by December 6 to ensure holiday delivery.

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