Cleveland Metropark Zoo

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by tina Haflett on May 4, 2003

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is home to the largest collection of primate species in North America. Thousands of animals roam the zoo's 168 acres and two indoor acres of The RainForest. The zoo is open year-round from 10am - 5pm except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. During the summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day the zoo has extended hours on Saturday and Sunday until 7pm.

The zoo has picnic areas with picnic tables, so bring in a cooler. Grills are prohibited. Or ty the food court located in the Welcome Plaza, featuring Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and Safari Snacks. There is also Crocodile Cafe in The Rain Forest, Treetops Cafe near the Primate Cat and Aquatics Building, Matilda's Grill in Australian Adventure, Wilderness Grill, and Grin N Bear Eats in Northern Trek, Wade Hall near Waterfowl Lake, and Savanna Watering Hole near Giraffe Exhibit. Trams run daily though the zoo and are FREE.

The zoo is broke down into several different areas. Northern Trek where you see camels, bears, seals, and seal lions. Australian Adventure: Koala Junction to see the koalas of Gum Leaf Hideout, then the lorikeet aviary. Hop aboard the Boomerang Line (tickets are $1.50) to is see a mob of kangaroos, wallabies, and wallaroos, a nineteenth century ranch house containing animatronic animals and interactive displays, and the animal barn and contact yard. Then it's onto the wool barn where the sheep shearing equipment and wool bails are stored. Finally, you'll pass the dingo fence. Primate, Cats, and Aquatic features red pandas, snow leopards, and a variety of primates including lemurs, chimpanzees, and 45 other species of primates.

Three male gorillas roam the Outdoor Gorilla Exhibit during the warm weather months. Nearby, Aldabra tortoises spend the summer in a large, outdoor exhibit area. Sharks, Australian lungfish, and more can be seen in 35 displays of salt and fresh water sea life in the Aquatics Exhibit. Wolf Wildernes has exhibits with gray wolves, beavers, bald eagles, rattlesnakes, and a variety of wetland species and aquatic life. A 3,000 square foot Wolf Lodge, reminiscent of a 19th century trapper's cabin, serves as an orientation/education center and features fascinating graphics, video, and controllable remote cameras. There is also a large observation area that offers a variety of sight lines, including underwater viewing of beaver and various aquatic life. This area includes a 65,000 gallon pond with stream and waterfall, a wetlands display, and a gift shop. It's a jungle in there!

The rainforests have two indoor acres and is home to more than 600 animals representing 118 different species (not including thousands of insects and other invertebrates). It showcases 10,000 live flowers, trees, and shrubs of 360 different varieties all native to one of the three major tropical rain forests represented in the exhibit - Africa, Asia, and South America.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, Ohio, 44109
(216) 661-6500

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