Every season is a good one to visit the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. For our fall/winter fashion photoshoot, we at Jstyle – along with the local boutiques and models we partner with – put on our warm jackets and comfy shoes for a visit with the many animals who call our city’s zoo home.
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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
By Amanda Koehn
Attracting more than a million visitors annually, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo should not be overlooked this season. In fact, many animals prefer to be out in cold weather, and you may be able to avoid some of the crowds.
“I’ve been here eight years, and I feel the animals are out more in the winter,” says Cynthia L. Roebuck, sales manager at the zoo. “They like to play in the snow. Obviously our Wilderness Trek over by Asian Highlands, there’s a lot of animals that live in the mountains and such – so your snow leopards, red pandas, they’re out a lot in the winter. But the elephants are out just as much, too.”
She advises bundling up and wearing comfortable shoes for your visit, and notes the zoo’s upcoming Wild Winter Lights. On select evenings from Nov. 15 to Dec. 30, 1.5 million lights shine throughout the park, creating a winter wonderland as you walk or drive through.
During your zoo visit, Roebuck notes the François’ langur monkey in The Rainforest and the reindeer in the Wilderness Trek are two species that can’t be missed. And be sure to visit the baby rhino, Dalia, at the Daniel Maltz Rhino Reserve and baby gorilla, Kayembe, at the Primate, Cat & Aquatics building.
“For the rhinos, most people don’t see the lookout viewing deck,” Roebuck says. “But if you look to the left, there’s a little tiny deck where you can get really close.”
A good and wild ride
Choose your favorite animal for the Circle of Wildlife Carousel ride at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. It features 64 animals carved by Mansfield’s now-closed Carousel Works. Grouped together based on their natural environment, the animal figures include species from the African grassland, tropical forest and tundra, according to the zoo’s website. Hold on tight!