The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is sectioned into several bio-thematic areas that each represent different habitats and ecosystems and the animals that live in them.
Housed in a large, glass and granite two-story building spanning two acres of floor space, the RainForest boasts waterfalls, replicas of ancient Mayan ruins, over 10,000 plants, and more than 600 animals from the tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Fauna and flora in this exotic display include giant anteaters, two-toed sloths, Bornean orangutans, and Egyptian fruit bats, as well as tropical almonds, lipstick trees, and balsam apples. Divided into an outer ring that houses an array of tropical plants and small mammal exhibits, as well as a café and a gift shop, and an inner ring that features the main animal exhibits, the RainForest is the largest indoor tropical environments in the world.
The African Savanna area consists of several spacious areas, which are home to Africa’s great beasts, including elephants, Masai giraffes, black rhinos, African lions, Grant’s zebras, bontebok, ostriches, and flamingoes. The popular African Elephant Crossing features two large ranges, namely the Mopani and the Savanna spread out over several acres and a gated crossing where visitors can watch as the elephants pass from area to area. The exhibit also has a ‘nose-to-trunk’ window, an elevated feeding station, and excellent open-air viewing of the herd. In addition to African elephants, the African Elephant Crossing exhibit is also home to naked mole rats, meerkats, and a giant African python.
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