The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Why don’t we go to the zoo more often?  We’ve been a total of three times (including yesterday) in the seven years I have lived in Cleveland.  It’s a very nice zoo with lots and lots of creatures in a beautiful wooded setting.  Although it was Memorial Day, it still was easy to navigate and not too crowded.  The weather was ideal–a mix of sun and clouds with temps in the 80’s.  It was just warm enough to make you realize it was summer, but not hot enough to make you sweat.  We spent a couple of hours there in the afternoon with our friends M and D.

We saw so many different animals that I can’t even remember them all.  Some of the highlights included…

A napping Koala
Sleepin’ in a tree


A flock of flamingoes
Why do I feel like I’m in Parma?


Persian Leopard
This Persian Leopard was pacing endlessly.


There were ostriches, zebras, giraffes, emus, ducks, geese, cockatoos, rhinoceros, donkeys, miniature horses, wallabies, kangaroos, monkeys and many, many others.  We spent some time in Flutter, the zoo’s Butterfly House.  Although it didn’t to have too many butterflies, the tropical environment was home to scads of tropical plants and flowers.  It was like a mini-trip back to Central America and our cruise!

A tropical bloom


Another tropical bloom

Tropical Flower

Tropical Flower

Tropical Blooms


Succulent in the Butterfly House

Koi Pond

A Koi pond in the Butterfly House

Being the end of May, there were lots of flowering bushes and trees in bloom on the grounds themselves.  Can anyone identify what these might be?  I love them but don’t know what they are called…

Cleveland in Bloom

The plantings at the Zoo are spectacular!

Flower Power

A flowering bush at the Zoo.

We did have a great time.  Hopefully it won’t be years before we visit again.  It’s not too far from home and it’s a great local resource.  You should check it out, too!

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