Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has a long history dating back to 1882 and was known as the Wade park in its original incarnation. In that year 14 American Deer and 73 acres of land were donated by Jeptha H.Wade to the city of Cleveland. Plans to build the Cleveland Museum Art blossomed in 1907 and this resulted in the zoo being moved to its present location.

During its early existence, the zoo inmates comprised mostly those of local origin but the period between 1910 and 1940 steady growth with regular addition of various facilities as well as new inmates at zoo. 1955 saw the addition of three elephants, two rhinos, two hippos, three giraffes and other smaller animals all of them obtained from an African Safari.

Visitor information for the zoo

Concessions and facility rental at the Zoo

The Cleveland zoological society was invested with the control of the zoo in 1957 and two years the zoo suffered intense damages from heavy rains and melting snow leading to floods. The reptile collections at the zoo were completely washed away and the buildings also suffered significant damages. 5 years later the zoo recovered from these damages and added moated lion and tiger exhibits.

In 1968 the ownership of the zoo once again changed hands to the Cleveland Metropolitan Park District and in yet another transfer of ownership the management of the zoo came into the hands of the Cleveland Metroparks in 1975. Accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums was granted to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in 1982. In 1985, the Cleveland Aquarium announced its intentions to close down for good. The collection of invertebrates and fishes were consequently moved to the zoo.

The Cleveland Metroparks zoo has been on a steady growth path ever since and has since new additions all through the first decade of the 21st century. A Cleveland Ohio travel guide can help you understand the zoo in depth as also appreciate the exhibits before you work out your itinerary to travel Cleveland Ohio.

Events at the zoo

Frequently asked questions

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Address
3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, OH 44109

Tel: (216) 661-6500
Email: N/A

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Hours:
Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ticket Information for the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo:
April 1 - October 31:
Adults: $10.00
Children: $7.00

November 1 - March 31:
Adults: $7.00
Children: $5.00
Children under 2: FREE


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