Just in time for Mother's Day, many Zoo moms have babies in tow, or pouch, as the case may be. From koala and kangaroo joeys, to juvenile robotic dinosaurs, offspring of many kinds abound at the Zoo.
The Zoo's two female koalas, Colliet and Midgee, and their Gumleaf Hideout exhibit mate, a Goodfellow's tree kangaroo named Scarlet, all have joeys. Red kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos also have joeys newly emerged from the pouch. These recent births constitute the most joeys born at the Zoo since Australian Adventure opened in 2000.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo currently has the most varied collection of macropods (jumping marsupials) in Ohio.
In addition to the young marsupials, the Zoo welcomes three dromedary camels that will provide rides to visitors in Australian Adventure through Labor Day.
The parade of new creatures continues, albeit a little differently, when DINOSAURS! opens for the season today. Back by popular demand for the fifth time since 2003, this colossal exhibit features 18 life-sized, robotic dinosaurs, half never before seen at the Zoo. Among the toothy titans are several juveniles, including the spike-backed Kentrosaurus and the water-spitting Dilophosaurus.
DINOSAURS! is open through September 12 and is only $1 in addition to regular Zoo admission and free for Zoo members, children under 2 and school groups.
On Mother's Day, all moms receive free admission to the Zoo, and special activities for the whole family will be offered, including health displays, crafts and more.