Zoos Through The Eyes Of Photographers
Name of Zoo:Cleveland Metropark Zoo
Date of visit:8/19/2010
Location:Cleveland, Ohio USA
The Cleveland Metropark Zoo in Cleveland, Ohio is a world class facility that has worked very hard to keep it's exhibits up to date. The zoo features a large variety of animals, reptiles, birds and fish. The zoo is divided into area's that group animals from the same part of the world together including an African Savannah area, Australian Outback, Northern Trek, and a Primate, Cat and Aquatic building. A new elephant exhibit will be opening in 2011. There is also a Rain Forest exhibit in a climate controlled building that features many animals from Rain Forest area's around the world.
The zoo is photographer friendly having eliminated bars and fences in most exhibits. Many locations are marked as being good locations for photographs. The zoo sponsors a photo contest each year. (One of my photo's took a first place in 2009 in the insect and flower category).
Memberships are available through the Cleveland Zoological Society that provide admission for family members to the zoo at no additional cost throughout the year as well as full admission or discounted admissions to zoos and aquariums all over the United States.
The Cleveland Zoo is open year round with hours from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm most days. They also feature extended hours until 7:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
For more information check out their website.
Types of cages at the zoo
Most offer glass or barriers trying to avoid fences or bars where ever possible.
Most exhibits offer natural environments.
Health and Activity of the Animals
This zoo has excellent support. The animals are all well cared for and look very healthy. They have an exhibit that features information and access to their care facility.