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Z Volume 15, Issue 3, Winter 2012 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 Director: Steve H. Taylor 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 $72 and $95 annually.

Dear Friends, Beloved by children and adults for 130 years, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has evolved from a local entertainment venue to a nationally recognized conservation park. The Zoo’s transformation and continued success are the result of a thriving public/private partnership with the Cleveland Zoological Society and Cleveland Metroparks. The Zoo is at a turning point this year, saying a fond farewell to long-time Zoo Director Steve Taylor. As we reflect on the vital improvements made during his 24-year tenure, let’s be proud of how far the Zoo has come, grateful for Steve’s dedication and focus, and ready to meet the challenges ahead. The Zoo Society is pleased to announce the Steve H. Taylor African Conservation Award, in honor of Steve’s two great professional passions: African animals and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). This annual award will make it possible for a conservation partner working in Africa to attend a professional development conference. Leading AZA zoos are committing new resources to visitor education, field conservation and animal well-being. Here in Cleveland, students gain inspiration and knowledge through hands-on, inquiry-based science – experiences that prepare them for rewarding careers in Northeast Ohio. Our goal is to serve 100,000 students through the Zoo Education & Workforce Development initiative. You know how important the Zoo is to your family – please consider making a gift to the scholarship fund and make it possible for local students to see the world through a wide and inspiring lens. Visit us at to learn more. 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.

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What’s Zoo?

The latest in Zoo news

The rainforest

Warming up Cleveland for twenty years


bridging the gap To help orangutans

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zoo calendar November through April 2013

People of the Forest Meet the Zoo’s orangutans


First impressions And a fond farewell!

Orangutan by Dale McDonald, The RainForest and rhino courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


what’szoo? HELLOS & GOODBYES

Goodbye Old Friends…


Welcome, Juba! Juba, which means “brave” in Swahili, was born on July 1, 2012 and his birth is truly a rare event as he is the first eastern black rhinoceros calf born in North America since January 2011. Juba is the first for mother Kibibbi, who was born at the Zoo in 2003. Jimma, Juba’s father, is now on loan to the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. Juba’s birth marks the first time that three generations of rhinos have been represented at the Zoo - Kibibbi’s mother Inge, Kibibbi and Juba. “We couldn’t be happier with how well Kibibbi is taking care of her calf,” said Kornak. “But it’s not surprising considering what a good example Inge has set as a successful rhino mom.” The Zoo has been very successful in breeding eastern black rhinos as part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survival Program (SSP) — this is the fifth successful rhino birth at the Zoo since 2000. The eastern black rhinoceros is c lassif ied as critica l ly endangered in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the

primary organization for quantifying conservation assessment efforts. The IUCN estimates there are less than 1,000 of this rhino subspecies left in the wild, concentrated primarily in Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania.

Lovely Lionesses. The Zoo welcomed two new adult female African lions in July. The lionesses arrived from a private exotic animal rescue organization in southern Ohio. Little is known about Nala, 8, and Serena, 7, except that they spent most of their lives at the private facility. Shortly after their 30-day quarantine they were introduced to Moufasa, 14, the Zoo’s resident male lion. The introductions were done incrementally, so as to ease the lionesses’ transition to their new home in the Zoo’s African Savanna, and ensure the three animals compatibility. “We were heartbroken earlier this year when we lost our female lion Chloe,” said Kornak. “The opportunity to provide these two female lions with an excellent home came at just the right time and we’re very happy to have them.”

Lemur by Roger Mastroianni, other photos courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo was saddened by the loss of two of its oldest and largest residents this past summer — African elephant “Jo” and Masai giraffe “Lindi.” Jo, a 45-yearold female elephant, was euthanized by the Zoo’s veterinary care staff in July, with her keepers by her side, after being under medical observation for several months. “This was a heart-wrenching situation,” said Zoo Director Steve Taylor. “After carefully reviewing Jo’s status, the Zoo’s veterinary and animal care team made the very difficult but humane decision to euthanize her. We provided Jo with a great quality of life and we’re very proud of that.” Lindi was 27 when she passed away in August. Animal Care staff believes the cause of her death was simply old age, as she lived longer than 92 percent of all female Masai giraffes in North America. Lindi was being treated for age-related medical issues for some time, including joint stiffness and dental problems. “Giraffes generally live about 15 or 20 years in the wild and a few years older in captivity,” said the Zoo’s Curator of Animals Andi Kornak. “Lindi had a good long life and was the second oldest female giraffe in North America.”

Dingo Daze. Ready to explore their

new home from their first days on exhibit in Australian Adventure, dingoes (Australian wild dogs) Brumby (male) and Elsey (female) were part of a litter of seven puppies born in January at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in Indiana. Their parents are purebred dingoes that were brought to Fort Wayne from Australia. The number of purebred dingoes in the wild is in decline due to human/animal conf lict and the widespread hybridization of dingoes with feral domestic dogs. Dingoes are thought to be descended from wolves and are the largest land-based predator in Australia. They are opportunistic hunters and will eat just about anything they can catch or scavenge, including kangaroos, cattle, sheep, wallabies, rodents and birds. You may visit Brumby and Elsey almost any time you like as Australian Adventure now remains open year-round, weather permitting.

African Elephant Crossing honored at zoo conference

The Zoo is proud to announce that its newest exhibit, African Elephant Crossing, received two prestigious awards during the annual Association of Zoos & Aquariums conference in Phoenix, Arizona - Top Honor in the Education Award category and a Significant Achievement Award in the Exhibit Design category.

The Education Award recognizes outstanding achievement in educational program design, judging programs on their

ability to promote conservation, knowledge, attitudes and behavior, show innovation and measure success. The Exhibit Award honors excellence in live animal display, dedication to conservation issues and vivid simulation of natural habitat in construction. “Congratulations to the entire staff for all of the hard work they have put into making African Elephant Crossing a truly worldclass exhibit,” said Zoo Director Steve Taylor. “The awards are a testament to our commitment to the best in animal care and public education.”

African Elephant Crossing wasn’t the Zoo’s only award winner during the conference. Curator of Conservation & Science, Dr. Kristen Lukas, Ph.D., was honored with an Outstanding Service Award for her work on the AZA’s annual conservation and science report. —Joe Yachanin, Marketing & PR Specialist, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

DID YOU KNOW? Lemurs, such as the mongoose lemur pictured here, are only found on the island nation of Madagascar. When a lemur eats, it holds juicy food in its hands and bites off pieces not with incisors, but with molars, so that the juice runs directly into the mouth and does not wet the fur. Lemurs also spend lots of time grooming their fur with special digits on the hind feet and comb-like front teeth. Lemurs live in troops of 5 to 20 animals. Females stay with the same troop all their lives, while males will switch from one troop to another. Both males and females use trees as territorial markers. Lemurs seek the warmth of the sun and often sunbathe with their legs and arms spread wide. During sleep, they curl up, burying heads and arms between their legs and wrapping their long tails around themselves.


A trip to The RainForest at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a sure cure for cabin fever any winter. This year is an especially fitting time to visit as the Zoo marks The RainForest’s 20th anniversary. he 1992 opening was a significant milestone for both the Zoo and the Zoo Society as The RainForest helped position our Zoo as one of the best in the country. During its first year, recordbreaking revenue, attendance and membership growth set precedents for both organizations. Built on the foundation of the old Fanner Co. building, the $30-million RainForest broke ground in 1987. It changed the face of the Zoo forever when it opened to the public, and remains a one-of-a-kind exhibit using technology and dramatic staging techniques. The Zoo has enjoyed attendance of more than 1.2 million visitors every year since the two-acre exhibit opened. “The RainForest transformed the Zoo,” said Zoo Director Steve Taylor. “It was the Zoo’s first themed immersion exhibit encompassing all aspects of modern zoo design and it turned the Zoo into a true year-round experience.” For the Zoo’s advancement partner, the Cleveland Zoological Society, The RainForest provided the opportunity to make many new friends and donors. Excitement about The RainForest also allowed Z6

the Zoo Society’s membership program to blossom, welcoming 8,000 new members in 1992 alone. Home to more than 10,000 plants and 600 animals, The RainForest provides a dose of lush greenery that makes visitors forget any wintry day. Over the last 20 years, The RainForest has developed into a popular winter destination in Northeast Ohio and a great place to book special events, hosting numerous weddings, proms and birthday parties every year. From the moment the 25-foot tall waterfall greets you at the entrance, guests feel the warm air and begin to leave Cleveland weather (of any kind) behind. That warmth a visitor feels is for good reason—in order to care properly for the tropical plants and animals in The RainForest, the temperature has to stay at a constant 80 degrees. This multi-faceted exhibit also features a simulated rain storm every 12 minutes, a video theater, indoor aviary and some of the most extraordinary and endangered animals on the planet.

Monkey by Roger Mastroianni, macaw by Autumn H. Todd, spoonbill by David Watkins, gharial by Nazzu, orangutan by Dale McDonald, capybara by TOMO, ocelot by mlorenz

The animals that call The RainForest “home” come from tropical jungles in all three of the world’s rain forest regions: Africa, Asia and South America. Often called “the lungs of the world,” rain forests generate 20 percent of the planet’s oxygen and are home to more than half of the plant and animal species, yet they cover just 6 percent of the earth’s surface. No trip to The RainForest would be complete without a stop on the second floor to see the Bornean orangutans. The Zoo has five orangutans living in the 39-foot tall glass dome, including Daniel, a youngster whose boundless energy and feats of strength make him a favorite with visitors. The RainForest is also home to the Zoo’s ocelot, a medium-sized wild cat native to southern Texas, Mexico and Central and South America. Ocelots hunt mostly at night and have eyesight six times more powerful than a human’s. They are also strong swimmers and will cross rivers or streams while patrolling their territory. Several of the Zoo’s smaller primates, including the golden lion tamarin, Francois’ langur and white-fronted marmoset, also live in TheRainForest, along with the majority of the Zoo’s reptile and amphibian collections.

The RainForest’s animal inhabitants have varied greatly over the last two decades. However, five animals have been in residence since it opened: Riva, a female scarlet macaw estimated to be about 28 years old; Thaddeus, the prehensile-tailed skink; and three roseate spoonbill siblings. Those five animals aren’t the only ones who have become fixtures in the building. Two dedicated animal keepers, Deb Copeland and Steve Kinczel, have been taking care of the animals in the exhibit since it opened. Conservation of the earth’s tropical rain forests is one of the most significant environmental issues facing our world today. It is an issue that zoos, through exhibition, education and conservation efforts, have a unique opportunity to present to millions of visitors every year. So make a plan to visit The RainForest this winter — this community treasure will not only warm you up, it will inspire you, and educate you about the importance of rain forests to our planet, and this aweinspiring exhibit to our community. — Joe Yachanin, Marketing & PR Specialist, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Other must-see residents include: a gharial, a crocodilian native to India and Nepal; Asian small-clawed otters; Egyptian fruit bats; a fishing cat; giant anteater; two-toed sloth; and the world’s largest rodents, capybaras. Z7

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n the island of Borneo, man-made bridges, like one made possible by the Zoo Society’s conservation fund, serve as critical corridors that connect patches of orangutans’ rain forest habitat. Making the connection between wild orangutans and the people who can help ensure their survival is just as critical and can be even more challenging. For Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Cleveland Zoological Society, conservation is about connecting people with wildlife and when it comes to orangutans, we have it covered. The third largest island in the world, Borneo is located in Southeast Asia and is comprised of three countries: Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. Since 1999, the Zoo and Zoo Society have partnered with the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Programme (KOCP), through the French non-governmental organization HUTAN, on orangutan conservation efforts in Sabah, Malaysia. KOCP’s vision is to foster harmonious relationships between people and the orangutan, and support local socio-economic development that is compatible with both habitat and wildlife conservation. KOCP studies orangutans and other wildlife and protects important secondary


forest habitat by investigating the effects of habitat degradation and fragmentation on wildlife. The project sheds light on how orangutans cope with changes in their natural habitat and how best to approach conservation efforts in the area. KOCP projects include public awareness and conservation education, research and human-wildlife conflict mitigation. One of the most important elements of KOCP is that all activities, from research to the ongoing protection of the forests, actively involve local communities. KOCP conservation strategies contribute directly to local social and economic development. KOCP employs more than forty local Malaysians who have been trained to collect data, monitor reserves for illegal logging and hunting activities, teach environmental education, conduct eco-tours and homestays (through the community-owned and managed eco tourism company, Red Ape Encounters) and participate in reforestation activities. The rain forests of Southeast Asia are believed to be the oldest and among the most biologically diverse in the world. Rain forest habitat in Indonesia and Malaysia is being destroyed at an alarming rate and replaced with oil palm plantations, devastating orangutan populations and other wildlife. Palm oil (or palmitate) comes from the fruit of the oil palm tree and is a common ingredient in everyday products, including baked goods, convenience and snack foods, candy, non-dairy products, cosmetics and soaps. Palm oil and its derivatives are present in nearly half of all packaged foods on grocery store shelves. You probably eat and use palm oil every day.

Malaysia and Indonesia account for roughly 85% of the global production of palm oil and the establishment of palm oil plantations is the major driver of deforestation there. Indonesia faces the highest rate of rain forest loss in the world, with a deforestation rate of about 5 million acres of rain forest each year. This is equal to an area about the size of the state of New Jersey. The creation and expansion of unsustainable palm oil plantations means indiscriminate forest clearing and habitat destruction, and the burning of cleared forests and peatlands, causes further damage by releasing large volumes of greenhouse gases into the environment. Large-scale conversion of tropical forests to oil palm plantations has a devastating impact on biodiversity, and is pushing endangered animals like the orangutan, Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhinoceros and the critically endangered Bornean elephant even closer to extinction. KOCP is actively engaged in the palm oil issue in Malaysia by bringing together diverse stakeholders (including governmental and non-governmental agencies, the palm oil industry and conservationists) to look at the complex issues related to palm oil development in the region and its effects on local people, habitat and wildlife.

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Read labels when you shop. If you buy products that contain palm oil, support companies that are committed to sustainable palm oil, which is a better choice for orangutans and rain forest habitat.


Right now there is no clear way to identify whether the palm oil in products was harvested sustainably or not, so we need regulations and product labeling—demand this as a consumer.


Support organizations trying to address the palm oil issue and promote conservation. You can do this through support of the Zoo Society’s Conservation Fund.


Educate yourself about the palm oil issue and spread the word to others.

Many scientists believe that at the current rate of deforestation and oil palm expansion, orangutans could be extinct in the wild in as little as 25 years if no action is taken. There is hope, but we all must work together to be part of the solution. For more information about the palm oil crisis and what you can do, visit oil —Kym Gopp, Associate Conservation Curator, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


January 1

Zoo Closed for New Year’s Day

Celebrate the New Year Zoo-style at Noon Year’s Eve including kid-friendly crafts, ZooYear’s resolutions and a traditional ball drop at Noon sharp. Make plans to ring in the “Noon Year” at your Zoo. With support from UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Members: Free.

Enjoy half-price admission to the Zoo in January when the predicted high temperature for the day is 32 degrees or below. To confirm a Polar Bear Day, visit

Polar Bear Days

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.

The RainForest

Activities: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

February 18, 2013

Fairy Tales & Frogs

Warm up this winter in The RainForest and learn about the birds and the bees – Zoo style. Tickets go on sale December 1. For more information, visit Adults 21 & over only.

The RainForest

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

February 7, 2013

For up-to-date information, check out our interactive calendar at

Don’t forget all those animal lovers on your list this holiday by checking out the Zoo’s gift shop, including the new Zoo history book and 2013 calendar!

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 include animal programs, music, eco-friendly crafts and more. And, Santa Claus will greet visitors daily through December 24. Members: Free.

Activities 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

December 17 - 24, 26-30

December Days

The table is set – pumpkin pie, family . . . bears. Free Zoo admission for all visitors. Special animal feeding times and Meet-the-Keeper opportunities are posted in the Zoo’s Welcome Plaza. Members: Free.

Activities: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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November 22

Thanksgiving at the Zoo

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Help us celebrate 20 years of The RainForest. Join Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for three days of celebration with music, animal enrichment demonstrations, crafts and more. Activities 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

December 31

Noon Year’s Eve

December 25

Animal Attractions

NOV-APR 2013

Zoo Closed for the Holidays

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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November 17-19

20th Anniversary of The RainForest


Photo by Roger Mastroianni

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

Give a cool gift! Give the gift of Zoo membership this holiday season! Family Memberships for as low as $62*! Visit and use the discount code “H12M” to receive 15% off today!

MEMBERS ENJOY THESE GREAT BENEFITS: • Unlimited free admission to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest for one year • Discounted admission at more

*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 12/31/2012.

than 130 zoos nationwide

• Free subscription to awardwinning membership publication — Z Magazine • Invitations to members-only

previews and events

• Discounts on Zoo education classes, camps, gift shop and more!


Photo by Juriah Mosin

Go Ape

this Holiday.

Adopt an Orangutan!

Animal adoptions are a great gift for any holiday, anniversary, birthday or for that special someone that has everything...but an orangutan. Your adoption kit includes something for all seasons—the custom gift package NOW, a year-round subscription to Z magazine, plus a chance for the ZooParent to visit their animal on ZooFriends’ Night in July 2013.

Help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of The RainForest this holiday season by adopting one of its most iconic residents — the orangutans! The RainForest is the “hottest” attraction in Cleveland and the orangutans are a “must-see” on every visit! Your Zoo support will ensure the best possible care for not only our orangutans, but also all of the 3,000 animals that call our Zoo “home.” Adopt an orangutan for only $75, and your gift package will include: • An official “ZooParent” collectible key chain • A collectible plush • Personalized adoption certificate • A color photo and fun fact sheet about orangutans • A full year of award-winning membership publications • An invitation to ZooFriends’ Night 2013, a VIP family summer event (mailed separately) • Name recognition on 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.

Don’t be left hanging —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 a unique behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo. For pricing on an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go behind-the-scenes with our “congress” of orangutans, please call Kim Conrad at (216) 661-6500 x4440.

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If you wish to purchase more than one adoption, please include the necessary information on an extra sheet of paper. Mail to: ADOPT AN ANIMAL, Cleveland Zoological Society, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, Ohio 44109 call (216) 661.6500 x4440 or visit

People Fo (orang)


he name orangutan is derived from the Malay and Indonesian words orang meaning “person” and hutan meaning “forest,” thus “person of the forest.” Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are only found in the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra and are the world’s largest tree-dwelling mammal. The two species of orangutans, Bornean and Sumatran, are the largest exclusively Asian species of apes. There are 88 Bornean orangutans in North America and your Zoo is home to a group of five: Tiram (26) and Kayla (26) are the parents of daughter Kitra (11) and son Daniel (6). Kera-wak (14), an unrelated female, rounds out the g roup. Tiram and Kayla’s oldest son, Kyle (16), lives at The National Zoo in Washington DC. “We are lucky to have a significant group of orangutan” said Curator of Anima ls, Dr. Chris Kuhar. “Our orangutans get along well together, have had good success mating and are important animals in the Bornean Orangutan Species Survival Plan (SSP)”. The Zoo’s orangutans’ large, stable group and regular routine also provide interesting and informative oberservational research opportunities. Orangutans have short, heavyset bodies, long arms, short legs and a shaggy, reddish coat. They are solitary animals with adult males spending the majority of their time alone. Mothers look after their young for up to eight years (only human children are dependent longer) and the interval between births is generally three or four years. Orangutans display significant sexual dimorphism, or distinct differences in appearance Z14

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between males and females. Male orangutans are considerably larger than females and mature, dominant males develop cheek flaps of fatty tissue and a baglike swelling on the neck. Younger mature males often will not develop cheek flaps in the presence of a dominant male. Females usually come in at just over 4’ tall and weigh around 100 lbs., while adult males can reach 5’ 9” in height and weigh more than 260 lbs. A male orangutan can have an arm span of more than 8’. While mature orangutans are pretty sizable animals, sometimes they can be a bit too large. “Just as with people, weight can sneak up on an animal” said Kuhar. Tiram and Kayla have both been on a diet plan for the last few months with good results—Tiram has lost 60 lbs. and Kayla 30 lbs. “Tiram is climbing in the tree again” said Kuhar. “Losing 60 lbs. has helped him to spend more time off the ground and to nest in a more natural setting.” The weight loss has improved his overall health and, just as with humans, his weight is also important factor related to his heart health. The orangutans’ weight loss results have been added to the database of the Great Ape Heart Project, a collaborative research project organized by partner institutions Zoo Atlanta, the Emerging Diseases Research Group of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, the UC Davis College of Veterinary Medicine, and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The project, which is designed to investigate and understand cardiovascular disease in apes, involves more than 30 institutions, including veterinarians, cardiologists, geneticists, epidemiologists, nutritionists, animal managers, ape specialists and research pathologists. As part of the

data collection, several members of your Zoo’s Conservation & Science department are working to gather information about the orangutans (and gorillas) diets, exercise and weight. Together with statistics from the data collection sites, this data should help the Great Ape Heart Project improve the quality of life for apes across the country and around the world. The Zoo’s orangutans are also helping researchers understand the importance of nesting and nesting materials. When you v isit the Z oo’s orang utans in The


Photos by Dale McDonald


RainForest, take a look and see what they are using to make their nests – burlap and wood shavings are favorites. In the wild, orangutans spend most of their time in trees. Most of the day is spent feeding, resting during midday and then traveling later in the late afternoon. When evening arrives, orangutans construct elaborate sleeping nests each night from branches and foliage. Orangutans use leafy branches held over their heads or large leaves draped over their head and shoulders as protection from both rain and sun. While the Zoo’s orangutans don’t need to worry about rain, they do make nests each

day. Understanding which animal prefers which material and which spot can help the animal care staff provide the best care possible to these intelligent primates. Both orangutan species are considered to be endangered, with the Sumatran orangutan listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered. Human activities have decimated the populations and ranges of both species. Threats to wild orangutan populations include poaching, habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade.

Orangutans have been a fixture in The RainForest since it opened in 1992 and are perennial guest favorites. Whether watching Kera-wak nest with a burlap sack or Daniel playing in the swing, guests and researchers alike gain knowledge and understanding from these amazing and intelligent animals. —Mary McMillan, Director of Finance & Operations, Cleveland Zoological Society





Coming from Sacramento, California and flying into Cleveland, Ohio on October 10, 1988 I knew Cleveland was in Ohio, but didn’t realize it was on a Lake! This was to be my second interview for the job of Zoo Director, the first interview having taken place at the AAZPA (American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums – now AZA) conference, a few weeks earlier in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


aving studied information on the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo I knew there was a new Executive Director at Cleveland Metroparks (Vern Hartenburg). The Zoo was a large one, but with an undistinguished reputation in the zoo profession. I saw the Director’s job as a chance to greatly improve the Zoo and as an opportunity to hire new key staff members. I loved being the Director of the Sacramento Zoo, but it was only 12 acres with no opportunity to expand. It was interesting to note that at that time the 12-acre Sacramento Zoo had about the same number of SSP animals (endangered animals managed collectively by AZA institutions) as the 165+ acre Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. In my journal I wrote the following about my first impressions of The RainForest, then under construction: “The new tropical building is beyond description. It is an 80,000 square-foot building with lots of glass and concrete. Animal-wise I am not sure what goes in this building, although I know it will display orangutans.” I would not know then that it would take Z16

almost four years of hard work by many people before it would open in November 1992 and be a tremendous success.

The new tropical building is beyond description. I had an opportunity to walk around the Zoo on a drizzly October day. I remember being impressed with the landscaping. I remember being confused by mixed species that had no relationship to one another. One exhibit in what is now Northern Trek had South American rheas, Galapagos tortoises, African duiker and a few other species. I noted that the “offices were not well kept and had awful furnishings.” I learned that there was only one computer at the Zoo and it was a very outdated Wang computer. The Zoo was not part of ISIS (International Species Inventory System), the standard in the industry. After that interview in Cleveland, David Lauderback, of Korn/Ferry International, told me that I was the preferred


of Cleveland & Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

candidate and the members of the search committee wanted to come to Sacramento to see the Zoo and talk to various people that worked with me. That was scary as it would “blow my cover” and there was no guarantee that they would hire me or even that I would take the job, if offered. On October 24, 1988, Vern Hartenburg, Executive Director, Dan Corcoran, Park Commissioner, David Lauderback, Korn/Ferry International and Jack Rupert, Zoo Society President toured the Sacramento Zoo and talked to various people associated with the Zoo and the City, including Mayor Anne Rudin. During dinner that night the search committee convinced me that they were collectively “committed to creating a world-class zoo” in Cleveland.

Photo by Dale McDonald

On November 1, 1988, having traveled to Cleveland again and this time talking with everyone from a representative of the Humane Society to Harvey Webster at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, I was offered and accepted the job as Director of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. I have certainly never been sorry. Two more stories are important. First, on my first flight home from Cleveland, by way of Chicago on United flight #943, I sat in a seat next to a young lady who worked with Ernst and Young and was traveling to a conference in Chicago. I talked to her continually throughout the one-hour flight about what it was like living in Cleveland—the east side/west side thing, what the restaurants were like, what one does in the winter, how cold does it really get, etc. To make a long story short, Sarah and I were married four years later. Second, coming from California, it took me awhile to adjust to so many changes. I remember one snowy

day in December of 1988 when I was in Cleveland looking for housing and making other arrangements and I passed a Christmas tree lot. For a quick couple of seconds I thought to myself, “that’s different - in Cleveland they flocked every tree in the lot!”

To make a long story short, Sarah and I were married four years later. In the last few months since I announced my retirement in July, I have been given way too much credit for many wonderful things that have happened in the Zoo over the last 24 years. While I had my hand in most of the progress, it was truly a team effort. The leadership of the Board of Park Commissioners, the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Zoological Society and two very dedicated Cleveland Metroparks Executive Directors has been paramount in the Zoo’s success. The wonderful staffs of the Cleveland Metroparks, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Cleveland Zoological Society never ceased to amaze me by their collective commitment to the Park System and the Zoo. I look forward to watching the future progress of the Park District and the Zoo. Cleveland is now my home and Sarah and I plan to stay here. We will still lead ecotourism programs throughout the world and I will stay involved with zoos and conservation work. And I will still come to the Zoo, only now it will be as a guest! —Steve H. Taylor, Zoo Director


thankyou! The Cleveland Zoological Society is proud to recognize the following corporations and foundations for their generous support. $100,000+ The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation $75,000+ PNC Swagelok Co. $50,000+ Eaton Corporation Fifth Third Bank, Northeastern Ohio $35,000+ The Boston Beer Company Cleveland Scene WDOK 102.1/WRMR $20,000+ Huntington National Bank Hyland Software Medical Mutual of Ohio $15,000+ Arhaus Furniture Parker Hannifin Foundation Third Federal Savings & Loan $10,000+ Aleris International, Inc. Anonymous Association of Zoos & Aquariums FirstMerit Bank, N.A. Kaiser Permanente Health Plan of Ohio Kansas State University Northshore Mining Almera Biddulph Reitz Foundation The Sherwin-Williams Company $5,000+ ARAMARK The Ruth and Elmer Babin Foundation Baker & Hostetler LLP Charter One City of Cleveland Cleveland Airport Marriott Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. Cohen & Company Nan Cohen and Daniel D. Abrams Philanthropic Fund William E. and Mary F. Conway Fund Dollar Bank Dominion Findley Davies, Inc. Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assoc. The Jochum-Moll Foundation Jones Day Key Foundation Z18

C.A. Litzler Co., Inc. Lubrizol Corporation Malone College McMaster-Carr Supply Company Metro Toyota The Miller Family Foundation Nordson Corporation Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Prince & Izant Co. The Jonathan and Meg Ratner Family Foundation RFC Contracting, Inc. Sazerac Company The David Steffee Chair of Veterinary Medicine Gift Fund Roger J. and Madeline L. Traynor Family Foundation The George Garretson Wade Charitable Trust $2,500+ AAA East Central AMCLO American Greetings Corporation AT&T Friends of the Bergen County Zoo Berlin Family Educational Foundation The Burning River Foundation CHASE CLRdesign, Inc. The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation COIT Cleaning & Restoration Services Ernst & Young LLP Ferro Corporation Robert E. Hanes Gift Fund The Harry K. and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation Marc Glassman Inc. The Harrington Family Foundation Marguerite G. Jereb Trust KPMG LLP The Laub Foundation Lincoln Electric Company The Edward A & Catherine L Lozick Foundation NDC General, LLC PolyOne Corp. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Kenneth W. Scott Foundation The Sherwick Fund Squire Sanders (US) LLP Edward R. & Jean Geis Stell Foundation Stroud Family Exempt Trust II TRUiST

The Village Network Vita-Mix Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP The S. K. Wellman Foundation Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund $1,000+ Anonymous Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. The Bonne Bell Family Foundation Cenergy Ciuni & Panichi The Cleveland Foundation Cleveland Wire Cloth & Manufacturing Company Doris Clinton-Gobec Fund Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund Gould Inc. Foundation The Mary A. and Thomas F. Grasselli Endowment Foundation William E. Harris Family Fund George M. and Pamela S. Humphrey Fund Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust The McGinness Foundation Franklin H. & Nancy S. Moore Foundation NACCO Industries, Inc. Newry Corporation Norristown Zoological Society North Carolina Zoological Park The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation Positively Cleveland San Antonio Zoological Society Spero-Smith Investment Advisors The Billie Howland Steffee Family Fund Nelson Talbott Foundation Teamsters Local Union No. 507 Triple T Foundation This list represents all corporate and foundation gifts of $1,000+ cumulative giving between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012. The contributions supported a variety of programs and events. To provide updated information or to make a gift, please call (216) 661.6500 or email

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M e m be rs h i p Matters

Fall Into the Zoo! The Zoo is a wonderful place to visit in the fall! Ablaze with the rich colors that only autumn can bring, and cooler temperatures many of our animals appreciate, fall is one of the best times of year to visit! Don’t miss the opportunity to see your Zoo as nature does its thing! And, also remember that Australian Adventure is now open, weather permitting, all year round! 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. So give the gift that will keep on giving all year long! Go to to get your gift membership to put under the tree of a favorite family of yours this year! 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 enjoy free admission and may choose from an array of free educational programs to enhance the learning opportunities. For schools with tight budgets, we offer free roundtrip transportation on the ZooBus! Contact the Zoo’s Conservation Education department at (216) 635.3308 or visit for more information. Have a Wild Sleep-over. Night Tracks is the Zoo’s overnight program held in Wolf Wilderness. Program participants use compasses, maps, radio telemetry and night vision binoculars. All participants must be at least 6 years old; to register call (216) 635.3391 or visit Get a Home Energy Audit and Help Our Herd! All Dominion East Ohio customers can get an assessment done of their home’s energy efficiency and $25 of the cost will come back to help the Zoo Society’s campaign to buy elevated hay and puzzle feeders for our elephant herd. Visit or call 1.877.287.3416 for more information and to sign up for your assessment. Make sure to use the code “Cleveland Zoo” to ensure a win-win for you and the Zoo! —Lee Weber, Manager of Member and Donor Services, Cleveland Zoological Society Z19

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Z Magazine Winter 2012  

Magazine for members of the Cleveland Zoological Society

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