Top Ten Accomplishments


The Zoo Society 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.


The Zoo Society has built the largest membership base in Northeast Ohio – 42,500 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.


The Zoo Society provides $350,000 annually for international conservation programs that work to preserve wildlife in wild places in Northeast Ohio and around the globe.


The Zoo Society distributes 600 complimentary Zoo memberships to foster families in our community annually.


The Zoo Society surpasses $1.75 million in online donations annually.


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


Using 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.


The Zoo Society established the first-ever endowed chair at the Zoo — The David Steffee Chair of Veterinary Medicine.


The Zoo Society helped build Cleveland's profile as a tourist destination — the Zoo attracts 1.2 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.