We Care for Animals

We Care for Animals

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Top Ten Accomplishments


Successfully completed, and exceeded by 3%, the $12.5M capital campaign for African Elephant Crossing (opened May, 2011), helping create one of the best elephant exhibits in the United States and building capacity for both the nonprofit Cleveland Zoological Society and its partner, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


Building the largest membership base in Northeast Ohio – 46,500 households (or approximately 186,000 individuals), ensuring the Zoo continues to offer affordable family fun and meaningful opportunities to learn about wildlife


In 2011, the Zoo Society celebrated 13 years of our historic operating agreement with Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, providing in that time more than $20 million to the Zoo in operating support, educational outreach and funding for conservation projects here and around the world


Provides $350,000 annually for international conservation programs that work to preserve wildlife in wild places in Northeast Ohio and around the globe


Distributes 600 complimentary Zoo memberships to foster families in our community annually


Surpasses $1.75 million in online donations annually


Boasts the largest fundraiser in Cleveland. Twilight at the Zoo presented by Scene Magazine hosts more than 7,000 guests enjoying live music from 18 of Cleveland's finest local bands, and in one evening raises over $500,000 in support of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


Using excess proceeds from the capital campaign for African Elephant Crossing, along with support from other generous donors, the Zoo Society was able to secure funding for new state-of-the-art veterinary diagnostic equipment for the Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine, including digital radiology, thermography, and ultrasound units


Established first-ever endowed chair at the Zoo — the David Steffee Chair of Veterinary Medicine


Helped build Cleveland's profile as a tourist destination — the Zoo attracts 1.3 million visitors and, together with the Zoo Society, delivers an economic impact of $100 million to the region each year, meaning that for every dollar invested, the Zoo and Zoo Society deliver a five-fold return