The Northern Trek area features cold climate habitats and the animals that live in them, such as grizzly and black bears, Siberian tigers, reindeer, endangered Persian onagers, and Bactrian camels. The area has a range of exhibits, including polar bear and sea lion exhibits, and the Wolf Wilderness, an education and viewing center with a 65,000-gallon pond for beavers, bald eagles, and six Mexican gray wolves. Visitors can also explore the Wolf Lodge, a 3,000-square-foot building that is modeled after a 19th-century fur trading post and offers information on the indigenous animals of North America's deciduous forests and wetlands.
Originally opened in 1975 as the Primate & Cat Building, the Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building houses one of the biggest collections of primate species in North America, including aye-ayes, New World monkeys, western lowland gorillas, and several species of lemur. The Cat section of the exhibit is home to snow leopards, cheetah, fossas, and red pandas, while the Aquatics section has a variety of sharks, electric eels, piranhas, a giant Pacific octopus, and hundreds of living coral.
The shallow marshlands of Waterfowl Lake are home Andean condors, Chilean flamingoes, Steller’s sea eagles, and trumpeter swans, as well as lemurs and gibbons on the lake’s islands. Wade Hall, one of the oldest zoo buildings in the United States can also be found here and serves as a Victorian ice cream parlor. Photo: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
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