The Zoo Society reported record-breaking support from area companies in 2006, including a $200,000 pledge from JPMorgan Chase for African Elephant Crossing. “[This project] has huge economic impact and educational opportunities that will last for generations,” says Jim Malz, a Zoo Society board member and Chase Regional President.
The Zoo Society Corporate Membership program benefits the company as well as employees and clients. Members in the program gain access to behind-the-scenes tours, discounted facility rentals and discounted memberships. Today, more than 75 Cleveland corporations take advantage of the program.
“At Henkel, we consider our partnership with the Cleveland Zoological Society an investment in our community,” says Cathy Wright, the Community Relations Manager for Henkel Corporation, which pledged $50,000 to African Elephant Crossing.
Cleveland’s corporate community has consistently taken the lead philanthropically, and the Zoo Society is proud to recognize these partnerships.
Zoo VIPs experience one-of-a-kind “get close” moments with exotic and endangered species when they join the Zoo Society’s ZooKeepers’ Circle program.
ZooKeepers’ Circle members are invited to a variety of behind-the-scenes tours and VIP-only opportunities. From feeding giraffes to meeting the new black bears, opportunities abound for adults to get closer than most guests, see keeper areas and learn about the Zoo’s off-exhibit operations.
In 2007, Pat Mullin, Chairman of the Zoo Society board and Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche, made a personal commitment to lead the drive to 1,000 ZooKeepers’ Circle member households. Recently, ZooKeepers’ Circle members who joined or renewed at the $1,000 level and higher were invited to meet zoo favorite and conservation advocate “Jungle” Jack Hanna. Stay tuned for information on next year’s big appearance. (You’ll get first notice by joining the ZooKeepers’ Circle.)
As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, the Zoo Society is kicking off a drive to enroll 50,000 member households. “The Membership Program is the lifeblood of the Zoo Society,” says Liz Fowler, Zoo Society Executive Director. “The support we receive from loyal Zoo members allows us to provide 12 to 15 percent of the Zoo’s daily operating budget, and sets the stage for all of the other work we do to take the Zoo from good to great.”
Members visiting the Zoo account for just over one-fourth of total visitors, and are the most loyal Zoo Society supporters. From special events to fundraising campaigns, members are always the first to step up to the plate. “We have the best members in Northeast Ohio,” says Fowler. “We could not be as successful as we are without their support.”
Becoming a member is the easiest way for individuals to support the Zoo and Zoo Society’s shared mission of improving the future for wildlife. And it’s just a click away, at ClevelandZooSociety.org.
The Zoo and Cleveland Kids
Although kids don’t want to hear it, the first day of school is just around the corner! The Zoo’s Conservation Education Department is gearing up for another fun-filled school year aimed at reaching every child in our region. For schools within Cuyahoga County, field trips to the Zoo are always free, and are accompanied by free quality educational programming, including supporting materials for teachers to use in the classroom.
The ZooBus provides free transportation for 17,000 individuals from schools and community groups every year, and is the only program of its kind at any zoo. Additionally, Dr. ZooLittle’s Traveling Wild Animal Show visits more than 40 schools and 10,000 students each year.
Cleveland Metroparks, the Zoo and Zoo Society are committed to keeping the Zoo accessible and affordable for all. Visit clemetzoo.com for more information about the Zoo’s education opportunities.