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Z Volume 16, Issue 1, Spring 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: Dr. Chris Kuhar 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, Why are giraffes so tall? Do turtles sleep at night? What do birds and dinosaurs have in common? You are invited to explore, discover and enjoy the Zoo with family and friends! Your visit is a wonderful way to connect with wildlife and find out how YOU can make a difference. The season kicks off with Party for the Planet — a celebration of Earth Day and conservation. Then Dinosaurs! roars into the Zoo in May with 20 animatronic dinosaurs, a fossil dig and lots of fun for the whole family. Mix up your perennial favorites such as African Elephant Crossing, Australian Adventure and Professor Wylde’s Animal Show for a new experience each time you visit. The best zoos are committing resources to education, wildlife conservation and animal well-being. Here are three things you can do to help the Zoo —and animals everywhere: • Advocate for your child or grandchild’s school to come on a Zoo field trip • Learn about what’s going on with the world’s endangered wildlife— and how you can get more involved through a Zoo program or tour • Be sure to visit YOUR favorite animals! 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. We pledge to keep the Zoo accessible and exciting, while strengthening our commitment to sustainable operations, the very best for “our” animals, and amazing experiences for each of you to treasure.

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Connecting People with Wildlife Cover photo courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, above photo by Thom Sheridan

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What’s Zoo? The latest in Zoo news




Roaring into the Zoo this summer

Greetings from Rwanda! Conservation feature


zoo calendar April through July 2013


Slow Lorises Don’t let them vanish...

Photos courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, baby gorilla by Eric Gevaert


what’szoo? Zoo Welcomes New Executive Director


Circle of Wildlife Carousel & Healthy Habitats Nature Play Zone

Have you ever wanted to ride a tiger? How about a zebra? Your Zoo will be giving its guests that chance — on a new wildlife carousel. The Zoo’s carousel will be 54 feet in diameter with 64 hand-carved, wooden animal figures and two hand-carved, wooden “chariots.” The animals will be grouped together by habitat including African grassland, tropical forest and tundra. The carousel will be built in the Savanna Ridge area, where there is currently a playground and a small event tent. The carousel project will include other updates for the site including a pavilion to house the carousel and a nature play zone area. The Cleveland Zoological Society will lead the fundraising for the carousel project and has committed to raising $2 million in private funds. If you would like to learn more about Z4

On January 1, 2013, the Zoo’s new Executive Director, Christopher Kuhar, Ph.D., took over responsibility for running the Zoo from retiring director Steve Ta y l o r. “A f t e r a n e x tensiv e n at ion a l search, we vetted a deep pool of qualified zoological professionals and found the best candidate in our own backyard,” said Cleveland Metroparks Chief Executive Officer Brian Zimmerman. “Chris possesses a wealth of knowledge, exceptional talents and leadership that will continue to strengthen the Zoo’s important mission to connect people with wildlife.” Kuhar becomes the tenth director in the Zoo’s 130-year history, taking over from Steve Taylor, who served in that role for 24 years. “Steve Taylor has been a great mentor to me and I hope to be able to build upon his many accomplishments,” Kuhar said. Kuhar received his Bachelor of Science degree

in biology from the University of Akron in 1997, his Master of Science in zoology from Oklahoma State University in 2000 and his doctorate in experimental psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004. Kuhar expressed his appreciation by saying, “I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead such a wonderful organization and work with so many talented people. I hope to further the outstanding reputation of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in this community and throughout the world.”

Puerto Rican Crested Toads Tadpole Release

Last December, thousands of tiny tadpole travelers left Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for a 1,800-mile journey to Puerto Rico, part of the Zoo’s contribution to the Puerto Rican crested toad Species Survival Plan, managed by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). This amphibian species is critically endangered, and the Zoo, along with the AZA and partner institutions both in Puerto Rico and here in the U.S., have been working together to breed the toads for release into the wild. The Zoo sent tadpoles to Puerto Rico in 2010, but the current clutch of approximately 4,500 specimens is a much larger group. “The Puerto Rican crested toad Species Survival Plan has been very successful,” said Associate Curator of Animals Lynn Koscielny. “Field researchers in Puerto Rico have observed toads with transponders that were released into the wild returning to the protected ponds to reproduce.” In order to successfully breed crested toads in a zoo environment, animal keepers mimic the conditions under which the toads would naturally breed in the wild. This involves cooling the toads down to 66 degrees and then placing them in a rain chamber tank that simulates the rainy season in the toads’ native Puerto Rico. A sound recording of the male crested toad’s mating call adds to the simulated environment. The Puerto Rican crested toad is the only toad native to the island. Its numbers are threatened by habitat loss and competition from non-native introduced species such as the cane toad. Currently, the Zoo has 10 adult Puerto Rican crested toads on exhibit in The RainForest.

Carousel by Paul Matthew Photography, Tadpoles by bluecrayola, Dinosaur skeleton by B. Speckart, Earth by hkeita, other photos courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

how you can help suport this wonderful intiative, please contact t he Development Office at (216) 661.6500 x4426.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Zoo

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is having a Party for the Planet to celebrate Earth Day, and you’re invited! In 1970, 20 million people participated in the first Earth Day. Today, Earth Day has grown into a global tradition celebrated every year by more than a billion people in 180 nations around the world. Earth Day came about through the work of U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, who campaigned for the environment through much of the 1960s. Nelson hit on the idea of an environmental protest modeled after anti-Vietnam War demonstrations called teach-ins and Earth Day was born. By the end of 1970, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had been founded and efforts to improve air and water quality were gaining political traction. The Party for the Planet will feature environmental education and family fun while highlighting the Zoo’s sustainability initiatives, bio-diversity and how conservation efforts affect wildlife and wild places. Guests can

enjoy animal enrichment demonstrations, get close animal encounters, entertainment from Radio Disney and local music groups, crafts and more. The Zoo also will be collecting aluminum cans and cell phones for recycling during the event. An Educator’s Open House will be held during the event to offer local teachers the chance to learn about the variety of programs offered by the Zoo’s Conservation Education Division. Registration is required for the open house. Please visit c lemetz or ca l l (216) 635.3391 for more information. The party happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21 and all guests will receive $2 off the regular admission rate. —Joe Yachanin, Marketing & PR Specialist, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

DID YOU KNOW? Coelophysis means “hollow form” and hollow limb bones gave this dinosaur its name. Coelophysis, at about nine feet long and 75 pounds, was a relatively small and slim dinosaur that was probably a fast runner. Given the number of Coelophysis fossils found, some scientists have hypothesized that these small, lithe, early theropods roamed the western North American plains in herd. As a group, dinosaurs are defined by a host of (mostly obscure) anatomical features. One of the main things used to distinguish one group from another is posture— either bipedal (therapods) or quadrupedal (saurupods). Coelophysis demonstrates the qualities of a therapod with its bipedal locomotion, large jaws and short forelimbs.


id you know that some dinosaurs travelled in large herds or packs much like elephants and wolves? Or that Tyrannosaurus rex and other dinosaurs once roamed what is now Ohio and the entire United States? As you take a journey back in time to view 20 lifelike animatronic dinosaurs and uncover mysteries of the past, what will you discover? Dinosaurs first appeared during the Triassic period, approximately 230 million years ago. About 66 million years ago, the Cretaceous– Paleogene extinction event, possible a major meteor strike to the planet, led to the extinction of most dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are represented on every continent by both extant species and fossil remains. Some are herbivorous, others carnivorous. Some dinosaurs were bipedal (walking on two legs), some were quadrupedal (walking on four legs), and some were able to shift between body postures. Many species possessed elaborate display structures such as horns or crests, and some developed skeletal modifications such as bony armor and spines. Many prehistoric dinosaurs were large animals—the largest sauropods may have grown to more than 190 feet in length and been more than 30 feet tall. However, many dinosaurs were quite small; Xixianykuz, a small, fast bipedal dinosaur found in China, was only about 20 inches long.


Although the word dinosaur means “terrible lizard”, that is somewhat misleading, as dinosaurs are not lizards but a group of reptiles with a distinct upright posture. Actually, the closest living dinosaur relatives are birds! Fossil record indicates that birds evolved from one type of dinosaur during the Jurassic Period and that birds and dinosaurs shared features such as hollow bones, gizzard stones, nest-building and brooding behaviors. Analysis of fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex soft tissue allowed a molecular comparison of cellular anatomy which demonstrated that T. rex and birds are more closely related to

each other than either is to the alligator. Birds have been the planet’s dominant flying vertebrate since the extinction of the pterosaurs, and evidence suggests that egg laying and nest building are traits shared by all dinosaurs.

Sea eagles and condors are birds of prey which means they hunt for food primarily via flight, using their keen senses, especially vision. Their talons and beaks tend to be relatively large, powerful and adapted for tearing flesh. In most cases, the females are considerably larger than the males. The term “raptor” is derived from the Latin word rapere (meaning to seize or take by force) and may refer informally to all birds of prey, or specifically to those that only hunt during the day. The Steller’s sea eagle is one of the largest raptors. This beautiful bird has a dark body and dramatic white tail, shoulders, rump, thighs, and forehead. They use their excellent vision to help find prey. Despite the eagles’ large size and attractive appearance, the habits of the Steller’s sea eagle are not well known. Steller’s sea eagles spend much of their day perched up high on the lookout for food. They are known to hunt while flying and will take small animals and seabirds by swooping down and catching them with their talons. The Andean condor is the world’s largest bird of prey, with an overall body length of more than 50 inch; wingspan up to 10 feet; and weighing 20-25 lbs. The condors’ head and neck are bare but the rest of the body plumage is black with

a large patch of silvery gray on the wings. Males have welldeveloped, fleshy combs on their heads and wrinkled, fleshy wattles on their necks. Females are physically smaller and lack the comb and wattles. Condors soar without effort, rarely flapping their wings. Their sense of smell is highly developed. They can be found in pairs and groups when prey is located. Andean condors do not carry their food away but feed on the ground. They live in flocks, except during breeding season. Both the male and female incubate the eggs. These birds do not build nests but lay their eggs on the ground in tree cavities or between rocks. As you travel through Dinosaurs! this summer, see if you can pick out some of the traits they share with our modern feathered friends – nests, eggs, scaly legs or beaks. You can also explore an archeological dig, listen to audio tracks, or even have your photo taken with T-rex. Just try to avoid getting soaked by the spitter! Whatever you discover at Dinosaurs!, we know you will have a roaring good time! Dollar Bank presents Dinosaurs! with support from Discount Drug Mart. —Mary McMillan, Director of Finance & Operations


Stellar’s Sea Eagle by Bill Perry, Andean Condor by Iakov Filimonov

This summer, Dinosaurs! (opening May 9) will wind its way around Waterfowl Lake and end up at the Zoo’s Free Flight Aviaries that feature some of the largest raptors in the world. Our male Steller’s sea eagle, acquired in 2011 from the Prague Zoo in the Czech Republic, will be paired up with our female once he reaches sexual maturity. The pair of Andean condors are sometimes seen stretching their wings to “sunbathe” and absorb vitamin D.

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onservation is about people connecting with wildlife and with each other to make change that is consistent and impactful. All Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institutions — including your Zoo —have a responsibility to gain a greater understanding of the well-being of the animals in their care by advancing animal science and thereby promoting conservation. Providing for animals in zoos brings both ethical and scientific responsibilities. The AZA evaluates zoos based upon the institution’s serious commitment to animal welfare on grounds and leadership in research and conservation of species in the wild. These two factors have a direct relationship to whether a zoo receives permission to house and breed endangered species.


There are more than 50 active research projects at the Zoo involving animal behavior, endocrinology, genetics, epidemiology, veterinary medicine and Z8

social science. These programs are tied to Africa, Asia, Latin America and Northeast Ohio. They seek to answer the main challenges and questions facing wildlife today, including habitat loss, conflict with humans, illegal hunting and trade and disease. Dr. Kristen Lukas, the Zoo’s Curator of Conservation and Science, is responsible for advancing scientific research at the Zoo and overseeing the Zoo’s local, national, and international field conservation programs. She also designs and conducts behavioral research at the Zoo. Lukas recently traveled to Rwanda where she was able to study mountain gorillas in the wild for the first time. While she was there, she participated in the 2 nd Annual Gorillas Across Africa workshop, a gathering of gorilla conservation professionals in Africa. The following letter conveys some of the personal impact this first-time travel to Africa had on Dr. Lukas:

other schools nearby could still use much more support. While I loved seeing the kids and the school, the best news is that I saw mountain gorillas for the first time that morning! What a life changing experience.

Hello from Rwanda! I just wanted to check in and give a quick update on how my trip is going. I made it to Kigali and spent the night there before heading up to Musanze. I was stunned to see that the hills of Rwanda are covered from top to bottom with farmland - it was strange to reflect on the fact that this land was once all rain forest but was slashed-and-burned to create farms to support the extremely high density of people living here.

Photos courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, baby gorilla by Eric Gevaert

Nevertheless, the landscape is beautiful. I was amazed to see throngs of people walking up and down the road, balancing huge bags of bulging potato sacks on their heads or pushing them uphill on bicycles - women with babies on their backs, children with stacks of firewood on their heads, and elders slowly making their way up and down the pristine road. Their strength was inspiring. I especially loved how the children would smile and yell, “Hello!” and “Good morning!” to me in the car. They seemed to enjoy practicing their English. Once in Musanze, I stopped in at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) offices to meet the staff. After settling in at the hotel, Joseph Karama (conservation education manager for DFGFI) picked me up and we drove 40 minutes over the roughest road I’ve ever been on toward the Volcanoes National Park. Here we visited the Bisate School, which is where the children of the gorilla trackers, researchers, and rangers attend school. I met the headmaster and many of the teachers. More than 2000 children attend the school - the classrooms are very nice by local standards. There are so many kids that they attend school in shifts - there’s a morning shift and an afternoon shift. Imagine seeing 45+ kids in relatively small rooms with one teacher. The kids were just leaving when I got there; they had just finished district testing and apparently this school went from one of the lowest-performing schools to one of the top five in the Musanze district this past year. This school gets help from DFGFI and Columbus Zoo’s Partners in Conservation program but they and the

There are no words to describe how amazing it was to hike into the park and then spend an hour visiting a mountain gorilla group. I saw one group called the Sabyinyo group, which had two silverbacks (mature male) and a blackback (immature male) that were doing a lot of displaying at other nearby males who were hoping to steal a female or two. Several times the dominant silverback charged right toward or past me and I had no fear whatsoever --- I just knelt and felt the energy of this massive male flow through and right by me. It was positively surreal! I also saw four females and several little ones; I loved watching the kids play and the females eating and grooming themselves. We ‘ve held the first event of the Gorillas Across Africa workshop. It is quite something to be in a room with gorilla researchers and conservationists from Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, DRC, and Uganda as well as Rwanda. It is humbling to hear what so many of these people are doing, facing, and sacrificing for the sake of gorilla conservation - I am more committed now than ever to identifying new ways to continue growing our gorilla conservation support.

Words cannot express my appreciation to the Leiden Conservation Fund, the Zoo Society and the Zoo for supporting this workshop and my travel here to Rwanda. This is one of those life-changing experiences you never forget and I can’t wait to share all the stories and photos when I get back! Sincerely, Kristen —Dr. Kristen Lukas, Curator of Conservation and Science


Mom gets half-price admission to the Zoo as you create a memorable day for your entire family. Members: Free!

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, 2013. Members: Free!

Strut your stuff at an extraordinary evening celebrating 40 years of fabulous fun and community support for the Zoo! 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; Tables of 10 may be reserved for $3,500, $5,000 or $10,000. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society. Call (216) 635.3323 for more information and reservations.

6:00 p.m. to Midnight

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An event for the young at heart, visitors age 55 years or better receive free Zoo admission. Activities include entertainment, fitness and relaxation demonstrations, wellness exhibitors, and health screenings courtesy of Discount Drug Mart. Members: Free!

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Activities 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

May 31

Senior Safari

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!

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May 25

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 for more information.

July 10

ZooFriends’ Night

Let Dad know you love him with a trip to the Zoo. Dad receives half-price admission on Father’s Day. Members: Free!

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June 16

Father’s Day

Celebrate responsible pet ownership and adopt a cat, dog, kitten or puppy from area shelters. The Zoo is teaming up with 20 area humane organizations to find loving homes for over 100 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!

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10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

June 8

Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo

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

It’s a summer of monstrous proportions with the return of Dinosaurs! The larger-than-life exhibit features over 20 robotic dinosaurs and examines the relationship between dinosaurs and birds. With support from Discount Drug Mart. Members: $2 per person.

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May 9

Dinosaurs! Grand opening

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. Tickets and helmets are required. For more information, please visit With support from Jakprints. Members: receive $2 off per ticket.

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

May 4

Wild Ride at the Zoo

Come to the Zoo and celebrate the world! Join us to learn more about our planet and what we can do to help the environment. Crafts, activities and animal encounters, along with visits from Zoo mascot, Stripes and Vern, will entertain your brain at this party. With support from Jakprints. Members: Free!

Activities 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

April 21

Party for the Planet

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MacDonald Women’s Hospital

May 12

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Mother’s Day

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April 1–October 31

Photo Safari


Photo courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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

Vegging Out This year and every year Cleveland Metroparks Zoo curators, vets and keepers innovate, adjust and reinvent to keep up with the latest in rare and endangered species care. Thanks to generous We Care for Animals donors, the Zoo Society helps to support a broad range of important animal care needs, including veterinary care, healthy diet and exercise and innovative enrichment programs. During 2012, our featured project was feeders and enrichment structures for African Elephant Crossing. Willy, the Zoo’s 13,000 pound bull has been helping us beta-test new indoor hanging feeders and we hope to add more feeders soon. Again this year, the Zoo Society’s annual fund will focus on animal care, in particular supporting a local foods initiative for the Zoo’s animals. You know what it takes to feed your family, now imagine feeding more than 3,000 mouths! Did you know that the animals at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo eat more than 34 tons of produce a year? And, that the Zoo spends more than $500,000 a year to purchase all the produce, hay and eucalyptus necessary to feed its hungry residents? The Zoo animals’ food must be fresh, pesticide-free and available in large quantities. While some of the food is very specific, such as eucalyptus for the koala, most of it would be familiar to any restaurant, home or farm: high-quality fruits and vegetables and plenty of hay. And, like many of us, Zoo animals are shifting to healthier diets, with more fresh greens, lower starch and fewer processed foods. The parallels between animal and human health are fascinating—as are some key differences. Many Zoo animals consume trees and shrubs— ornamental plants that humans might enjoy in a garden, but not on a plate. Munching on roses and willows helps keep rhinos healthy; stripping bark from trees keeps elephants active and engaged; picking through a pile of dandelions is a delicacy for gorillas. These plant materials, known as browse, are nutritious and provide behavioral benefits, stimulating more natural foraging and feeding behaviors. The Zoo is working to increase procurement of local food and browse which will reduce costs, increase self-sufficiency, benefit Northeast Ohio economically and maintain confidence in the quality of food given to the animals. It takes a lot to keep all of the Zoo’s residents happy and healthy, but it’s one of the Zoo’s top priorities and we hope you’ll make it one of yours too. Your gift to We Care for Animals helps ensure our exotic and endangered dinner guests receive fresh, healthy and nutritious food designed to meet their needs— naturally! To learn more or to make a donation, please visit —Kim Conrad, Annual Fund Manager PS —If you would like to watch the animals munching their greens behind-the-scenes, consider joining the ZooKeepers’ Circle. This circle of friends loves wildlife and understands the importance a first-class Zoo plays in our region. Our 2013 tours offer some amazing options—from family-friendly Breakfast with the Animals to getting up close and personal with our crash of rhinos, ZooKeepers’ Circle members enjoy special VIP opportunities! Treat yourself to something remarkable this year and help the Zoo while you’re at it!



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Really BIG! Adopt a Tyrannosaurus rex and you’ll be helping to keep today’s Zoo animals from becoming tomorrow’s dinosaurs! When you adopt a dinosaur, or one of their modern day descendants, you’ll be providing the best possible care for all the animals that call Cleveland Metroparks Zoo “home.” Adopt a T-rex for only $75, and your gift package will include: • An official “ZooParent” collectible key chain • A collectible plush T-rex • Personalized adoption certificate • A color photo and fun fact sheet about dinosaurs • 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.

Evolve on up to 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 T-rex. Adoption kits include something for all seasons – the custom gift package NOW, plus a subscription to Z magazine and tickets for ZooFriends’ Night 2013 in July. Don’t let this offer go extinct —adopt a T-rex today!

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Slow Lorises Don’t let them vanish… Slow lorises, a type of prosimian, are fascinating animals with unique behaviors and natural history. Prosimians are generally small, mostly nocturnal primates that are not monkeys or apes. They have more primitive traits than other primates, such as moist noses, and rely more on their sense of smell than their vision. Prosimians live in Asia and Africa (including Madagascar) and include lemurs, galagos, pottos, tarsiers and lorises. ather than leaping like other primates, lorises use their long, strong limbs and powerful hands for climbing and hanging. They have specialized blood vessels that allow them to hang on for extended periods of time without cramping. The slow loris is also one of the world’s few mammals and the only primate to produce a toxin. Mothers lick their babies with the toxin to help protect them from predators. Found throughout Southeast Asia, there are 10 species of slender and slow loris, including the pygmy slow loris, which can be viewed in the Zoo’s Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building. All loris species are classified as vulnerable, threatened or endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and protected under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Javan slow lorises have been included three times on the list of The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, including the most recent list in 2012. The small, nocturnal and naturally shy lorises were once little known, but their popularity has exploded in recent years due, in part, to videos


on social media sites that depict lorises as cuddly pets. This online popularity has helped to fuel a cruel and unsustainable trade that harvests lorises from their wild habitats. Slow lorises are easily caught by poachers in the wild, making them commonly available to the illegal pet trade. Slow loris parents “park ” their infants on branches throughout the night while the parent hunts for food. The infants are practically defenseless and easy to capture. The pet trade is not only bad for the individual lorises that are captured, but also puts significant pressure on already tenuous slow loris populations. Lorises are threatened not only by the pet trade but also by habitat loss and hunting for use in traditional medicines. It is clear that lorises are in trouble. The good news is that they have a skilled and extremely dedicated champion looking out for them. Passionate about lorises and fiercely dedicated to their study and protection, Dr. Anna Nekaris has been working on slow loris research and conservation for more than 20 years and is the world’s foremost expert on lorises. A professor of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University, Dr. Nekaris and her students study the ecology of

the slow loris in the wild, as well as work to address the trade in slow lorises and promote their conservation through the Little Fireface Project. Dr. Nekaris is committed to drawing international attention to the plight of slow lorises as well as raising awareness and building capacity to promote loris conservation. The Little Fireface Project (named after the Sundanese word for loris) conducts active education, awareness and training programs that target both local people and international audiences. Efforts also focus directly on the illegal trade of lorises through law enforcement training, and even studying the trade itself to collect important information and promote effective law enforcement efforts. By generating compelling videos, educational and awareness materials and using social media, the Little Fireface Project informs target audiences that lorises are wild animals, not pets, and should be protected. The goal is to educate, build capacity and empower people both locally and internationally to help save this unique and threatened primate. Since the popularity of the “tickling loris” and similar videos on YouTube, the popularity of lorises as pets has dramatically increased… but so have the opportunities for Dr. Nekaris to raise awareness and support, and she has done this creatively and tirelessly. Last year, the BBC produced a film called “The Jungle Gremlins of Java” highlighting Dr. Nekaris’ work. She was also showcased on Animal Planet’s “Frontier Earth” and ABC’s Nightline. Dr. Nekaris earned a Lawrence Jacobsen Conservation Research Award in 2012 for her work with lorises. The award made it possible for her to provide an ex-loris hunter with an alternative livelihood in conservation.

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This year the Little Fireface Project is launching the “Don’t Let Me Vanish” campaign. This project will present a series of training workshops in Indonesia, India, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos to law enforcement officers, rescue center workers, airport officials and others. The goals are to educate people about the effects of illegal wildlife trade, and train them on taxonomy, identification and status of slow lorises, as well as post-confiscation handling and care. The campaign will also raise awareness about loris conservation through the use of films and other educational materials that will be utilized and made available to both local and international audiences. The Zoo and Zoo Society are proud supporters of Dr. Nekaris and the Little Fireface Project. Check the Zoo Society website to learn more and how you can join us in raising awareness and helping to protect these beautiful and fascinating primates. We must not let them vanish…

Unfortunately for lorises there are a lot of misconceptions out there. The truth is: • It is illegal to have a slow loris as a pet • Slow lorises sold as pets are caught in the wild, removing them from their natural habitat • Slow lorises are wild animals and are not adapted for living with humans. • Lorises seem docile to hold not because they are comfortable, but because it is a loris defense mechanism to be still and silent when they feel threatened. A loris clasping its hands above its head is in a defensive posture. • Lorises are incredibly sensitive to stress and changes in their environment. Up to 90% of captured slow lorises don’t survive being transported by poachers and made “people-friendly” before being sold as pets. —Kym Gopp, Associate Conservation Curator


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. Individual Annual Support $25,000+ Karen and Alan Wilber $10,000+ Mr. and Mrs. Mike Belkin Ms. Laura A. Davis Ms. Margaret Fulton-Mueller Creighton B. Murch and Janice Smith Murch Mr. and Mrs. Steve Spilman Mr. Morton J. Weisberg Mr. and Mrs. Seth White $5,000+ The Ruth and Elmer Babin Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Connors Mr. and Mrs. William E. Conway Michael and Gretchen Farrell Mr. and Mrs. Ronald M. Harrington Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Kalberer Mr. and Mrs. Chris Kamm Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Leiden Mr. and Mrs. Allen J. Mistysyn Mr. and Mrs. Warren L. Morris Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Osicka Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Ratner Ms. Sarah M. Rayburn Dr. Joseph A. Sopko and Dr. Elizabeth MacIntyre $2,500+ Ms. Rachel W. Abernethy Mr. and Mrs. Gordon A. Anhold Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Bartell Ms. Virginia D. Benjamin and Mr. Philip L. Woodcock Mr. and Mrs. James C. Boland Mr. and Mrs. Sean E. Boyle Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Butler Mr. and Mrs. Edward T. Campbell Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Emrick, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Evans, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James P. Even, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gene A. Faubel Mr. and Mrs. James L. Francis Mr. and Mrs. John R. Fraylick Mr. Larry A. Gogolick Carol and Graham Hall Albert A. Hanes and Robert E. Hanes Nicole and Stephen Hilbert Dr. and Mrs. Edward W. Hill Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy S. Hilton Mr. and Mrs. James W. Jaroszewski Mr. and Mrs. R. Stephen Kestner Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kilmer Ms. Marci D. Leonian Kim and Tom Littman Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Lozick Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Mahovlic Ms. Steffany Matticola and Mr. Chris Larkins Mr. Bob Merckle Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Nagel Ms. Michelle M. Orenick Ms. Shelly M. Peet and Mr. Robert R. Martinko David and Margo* Petlowany Mr. and Mrs. Anthony R. Petruzzi Mr. and Mrs. Allyn J. Pytel Z16

Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Rogers Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Smrekar Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Suerth Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Teel, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Tyrrell Mr. and Mrs. Thomas V. Vail Ms. Margaret Walsh Ms. Kirsten West and Mr. Brian Barthelman Richard and Mary Lynn Wills $1,000+ Mr. Warren E. Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Mark Angiocchi Anonymous (2) Zoo Friends - Anonymous Mr. James A. Attwood, Jr. and Ms. Leslie K. Williams Ms. Patricia Barz, Esq. and Mr. Herbert P. Wiedemann, M.D. Ms. Vanessa Behrend and Mr. Robert Ellis Mr. Charles E. Bergstresser and Mr. Brandon Bergstresser Ms. Ginny Bertram Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey M. Biggar Mr. and Mrs. William H. Bostelman, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Brenner Mrs. Marilyn K. Brown Dr. John F. Burke, Jr. and The Honorable Nancy A. Fuerst Mr. Wayne W. Bushek Mr. Ross Bushman and Mrs. Meggan Sherlock Mr. and Mrs. Santos Cageao Mrs. Marilyn Callaly Mr. Gerald F. Cannon and Mr. Fred Bamberger Mrs. Susan J. Cannon and Mr. David Cannon Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Carfagna Dane and Dottie Carney Mr. and Mrs. Richard Chodera Ms. Doris Clinton-Gobec and Mr. Matthew R. Gobec Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Cogan Ms. Nan Cohen and Mr. Daniel Abrams Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. Conrad Mr. and Mrs. Randolph E. Corbin Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Covell Mr.* and Mrs. Jim Cowher Mrs. Margaret D. Davies Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Demetriou Dr. and Mrs. Walter H. Dimling Mrs. John D. Donahey Mr. Michael V. Dzurilla Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Ellis Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Farmer Mr. and Mrs. Robert U. Fein Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Fowler 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 Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Gascoigne Mr. Bruce E. Gaynor and Ms. Patricia J O’Donnell Mr. and Mrs. Paul Grazulis Ms. Nancy Hancock Griffith Mr. and Mrs. David Grubb

Ms. Barbara A. Haffner and Ms. Paula Haffner Mr. and Mrs. Eric S. Hall Mrs. Nancy J. Hansen Mr. and Mrs. William R. Harvey Dr. Paul A. Hechko and Dr. Jennifer Hechko Eve Higgins Mr. and Mrs. Justin R. Horton Mr. and Mrs. James Howard Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hunt Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Ina Ken and Patti Jacko Daniel and Kimberly Jezior Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Jones Ms. J J Jursik Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kachmarik Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kalt Mr. and Mrs. Mel Kamins Ms. Janet A. Kappus Mrs. Sandra Kiely and Mr. Martin Kolb Ms. Kerry Kipfstuhl Mr. Bill Kirchner and Mr. Michael Kirchner Dan and Carol Klimas Ms. Josephine J. Kobus and Mr. Jason Oglio Dr. and Mrs. Dave Koncal Mr. Eugene Kratus Mr. and Mrs. Scott E. Kreidler Mr. and Mrs. John Lane Mr. and Mrs. Tom H. Lang Mr. and Mrs. E. Gary Laughlin Ms. Shirley A. Lavalli and Ms. Ann Peters Mr. and Mrs. Matthew C. Litzler Mr. David C. Luberger and Ms. Rachelle Wagner Jackie and Chuck Lurie Mrs. Carlos A. Maldonado Dr. and Mrs. Randall E. Marcus Mr. Robert J. Marok and Ms. Bridget Assing Marok Bernadette and David Mast The Maver Family James H. and Kathe Mayer Ms. Nancy W. McCann Mr. Chris McDaniel and Mrs. Rande McDaniel Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Messina Don and Sally Messinger Mr. David Miceli and Mrs. Kimberly Stec Mr. and Mrs. George D. Miller Ms. Victoria R. Moorehead 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. Rodney L. Naro Mr. Ronald Nielsen and Ms. Adrienne Clements Dr. and Mrs. Michael Novak Mr. Steele Nowlin and Ms. Chris Jayjack Mrs. Barbara B. O’Connor and Mr. Kevin O’Connor Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Ollinger Mr. and Mrs. Brian M. O’Neill Mr. Richard D. Orr Dr. and Mrs. Charles O’Shaughnessy Mr. Eric R. Pelander and Ms. Evalyn Gates Jenny and Tony Pelcic

Jeff and Debra Perry Mr. and Mrs. Harlan R. Peterjohn Ms. Barbara D. Peterson Mr. James A. Petz Ms. Charlene Phelps and Ms. Nancy A. Gorenshek Ms. Darleen M. Price and Mr. Joe Drago Ms. Sandy J. Prince and Mr. Jim Stanforth Linda J. N. and Victor Prosak Pysht Fund Ms. Marie A. Quintana and Mr. Robert B. Sikora Mr. and Mrs. Pete Rebar Mrs. Mary A. Redmon Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Reitman Mr. Karl B. Ress and Ms. Mary Klein Mr. and Mrs. Bill Riccio Dr. and Mrs. Brad J. Richmond Mr. and Mrs. Jacob I. Rosenbaum Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Rossborough Mr. and Mrs. Daryl J. Rothenfeld Mr. John E. Rupert Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Ruhlman Mr. Larry J. Santon Mr. and Mrs. Kim S. Schrock Mr. and Mrs. John D. Schubert Mr. Mark Schwartz and Dr. Bettina Katz Mrs. Carolyn P. Seelbach Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Seitz Ms. Rosemary Selepena Jodi Shankweiler Dr. Mona Shay Mrs. Donna L. Shrake and Ms. Brittany Shrake Jackie and Chuck Simon Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Smith Ms. Ann Snyder Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Soroka Mr. and Mrs. Ethan E. Spencer Ms. Billie Howland Steffee Ms. Diana P. Strongosky Mrs. Barb M. Sutton and Ms. Sarah Young Bud Talbott Mr. and Mrs. John Tanis Steve and Sarah Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Thomasson Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Thompson August L. and Shirley Tischer Mrs. Jeanne D. Tyler Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Vaughn Mr. and Mrs. Jason B. Verderber Mr. John A. Veverka and Ms. Lisa Lieben Mr. Paul Vidal and Mrs. Cindy Bodendorfer The Vogrig Family Robert and Diane Walcott Mr. and Mrs. Daniel R. Warren Mr. Thomas J. Webster Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. Werman Fran and Don Willis Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wohlfeiler, D.V.M. Ms. Doreen Yashan and Ms. Deb Bryan Dr. Dawn Zacharias and Mr. Paul Zacharias Mrs. Barbara E. Zelley Betty and Don Zgonc Mrs. Martha Zlotnik and Mr. Oscar Berman Special Projects & Zoo Education and Workforce Development $100,000+ Mrs. Margaret Scott $10,000+ Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Horvitz $5,000+ Ms. Virginia D. Benjamin and Mr. Philip L. Woodcock

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Leiden Mr. and Mrs. Warren L. Morris Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Ratner $2,500+ Mr. and Mrs. James L. Francis $1,000+ Mr. and Mrs. John R. Fraylick Mr. Geoffrey S. Hall Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Morris Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Taylor Karen and Alan Wilber Adopt an Animal $10,000+ Karen & Alan Wilber $1,000+ Mrs. Marilyn Callaly Ms. Laura A. Davis Mr. & Mrs. Joseph F. Habermann Mr. William W. Harkins & Mrs. Linda T. Harkins Mr. & Mrs. Ron Krisher Ms. Marci D. Leonian Mr. & Mrs. James E. Love Mr. Chris McDaniel & Mrs. Rande McDaniel Mr. Myron D. Moorhead Mr. Gary M. Novotny Ms. Michelle M. Orenick Mr. & Mrs. Walter M. Rosebrough Mr. Kevin D. Tolejko Mrs. Jeanne D. Tyler Mr. & Mrs. Alfred E. Werman Ms. Kirsten West & Mr. Brian Barthelman Honor and Memorial In Honor Of Rachel Abernethy Catherine Bock Mattis and Ruth Goldman Matt and Fiona Green Carol Hall Rees Heigle Daniel W. and Joan R. Holmes Jim and Mary Lou Howard Grayson Kelly Pat and Claudette Kenney Dr. and Mrs. Randy Marcus Sylvia Reitman Ingrid Rinker Dan Rocker Rita Tloczynski Mort Weisberg In Memory Of Rita Boncela Jane Brooks James “Jim” E. Cowher Julia Kunes Margaret “Peg” Ostrach Alice E. Petras Rita A. Rudd Irene and Edward Sarian Thomas Shepard Nellie Stamp Sharon Sullivan Helen Wires Michael Wozniak 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 Mr. Gary D. Brengartner* Estate of Helen E. Brown Mrs. Herschel Cohen* Estate of Phyllis and Paul Colarusso Mr. and Mrs. Douglas O. Cooper Ms. Ellen J. 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. 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 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 Brenda F. Schuster Beth B. Sersig 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. Gerald A. Turoczy Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Tyrrell Robert and Darci Usher Mrs. Leonard VonBenken Mr.* and Mrs. Robert York White Mr. Donald F. Woodcock Mr. and Mrs. Donald Zgonc This list represents all gifts of $1,000+ cumulative giving between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. 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 *Deceased Z17

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Bring your benefits on the road! Planning a vacation this spring or summer? Consider a visit to one of the many great zoos and aquariums that share reciprocity with Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. In 2013, Cleveland Zoological Society members enjoy half-priced admission to more than 130 zoos and aquariums across the country! 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 out 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 Then, call the Membership Office at least 24 hours in advance of your visit so we can let them know you’re coming! 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 quick and easy entry. Lost your cards? No problem! Visit 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 happens at the Zoo after Dark? Find out for yourself at a Zoo Overnight as you unroll your sleeping bag at Rising Waters Safari Camp. Our tented camp, located in the heart of the Zoo’s African Savanna. Your evening includes an up close experience with small African animals, the chance to make an African themed craft and spending time around the campfire making smores. Visit for more information and to make reservations.


Neighbors and Friends Just down the road from your Zoo is the Akron Zoo, one of five great Ohio zoos. The Akron Zoo will soon be opening one of the largest expansion projects in their history in 2013, The Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge. This new space will include six different animal species, highlighted by grizzly bears.

The Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge will also have some animals never seen before at the Akron Zoo including red wolves and coyotes. River otters and bald eagles will remain at the zoo and new exhibits will be built for them as part of the new area. There are expected to be several interactive learning opportunities as well in this area. “We are so excited about the opportunity to bring these animals to Akron,” commented L. Patricia Simmons, president & CEO of the zoo. “We will continue to get people nose-tonose with some of the most fascinating creatures in the world. We are really excited to highlight some of the animals that may have roamed this very land hundreds of years ago and tell their stories. We cannot thank the people of this community enough for their continued support and the opportunity to build this new area.” The Akron Zoo features more than 700 animals from around the world, plus a train, carousel and Farmland. Most visitors stay for 2.5 to 4 hours, but it really depends on how long you want to stay. —Lee Weber, Manager of Member and Donor Services, Cleveland Zoological Society Generous support for the Zoo Society’s Membership Program is provided by:

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our Zoo supports the conservation of animals in the wild as well as ensures the health and well-being of the animals in our care. The Zoo’s international conservation programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America focus on wildlife protection, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, and building conservation capacity. In Africa, for example, the Zoo promotes conservation by supporting projects that conduct research on elephant ecology and habitat use; protect and create corridors, allowing elephants to move freely across the landscape; and work with communities to help address elephant-human conflicts and the competing needs of elephants, humans and livestock. The Zoo and Zoo Society also support gorilla research and conservation projects that lead to the protection of critical habitat. The Zoo Society helps build capacity for the Zoo and our conservation partners with funding provided by the ZooFutures Fund. Since 1988, the ZooFutures Fund has grown as generous donors remember the Zoo Society in their estate plans. The result is that,

in 2013, the Zoo Society is able to provide more than $100,000 for critical conservation efforts around the world. If you’re age 70½ or older, you may be able to take advantage of an important incentive for charitable giving. Congress has re-authorized the provision that allows donors to make tax-free gifts totaling up to $100,000 in 2013 from their IRA accounts to one or more charities until December 31, 2013. This means that you can direct that amount to your favorite charity with no federal income tax liability. Find out how your charitable giving just got easier! Contact your financial advisor or go to for more information. Please contact Karen Tigue, Donor Relations Officer, at (216) 635.3323 to discuss, in confidence, various ways to support the Cleveland Zoo Society. —Karen Tigue, Donor Relations Officer


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Presented by Scene Magazine 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.

Join us for the city’s largest fundraiser and a celebration of Cleveland’s vibrant music scene! Wind your way through the Zoo enjoying the rhythms of 18 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 for more information.

eTickets on sale May 1st at VIP eTickets: $150 | General Admission eTickets: $75 – May & June, $80 July Block of 10 VIP eTickets: $1,200 | Block of 10 General Admission eTickets: $750 Members receive $5 off general admission in May only.

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