Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's New Baby Wallaby Is Sticking His Neck Out To Explore The World

By Tom O’Konowitz 

Cleveland, OH - Wallaby joey is first major birth of the season; EarthFest is Sunday at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

A bouncing baby wallaby. Beautiful blooming flowers from around the world. And the return of Ohio’s largest eco-fest. They’re all signs that spring has officially arrived at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

With beautiful weather predicted this weekend, the Zoo has lots to see and do – including plenty that’s new. Here are a few highlights:

A Bennett’s wallaby joey has been spotted peeking out of its mother’s pouch in the Zoo’s Australian Adventure this week. One keeper even saw the pint-sized marsupial hop out on its own for a bit. Visitors to the Zoo’s Wallaby Walkabout this weekend should be on the lookout for the Bennett’s wallaby with a bulging pouch. “Then, if you’re quiet and patient, you should be able to see the joey,” said Alan Sironen, the Zoo’s curator of carnivores and large mammals.

With winter-weather behind us, the Zoo’s warm-climate animals are back outside to enjoy the arrival of spring. In the African Savanna, Masai giraffes, black rhinos and zebras all are expected to be in their outdoor habitats; and in Northern Trek, sun bears and sloth bears are back outside. The Australian Adventure animals will be on outdoor exhibit this weekend, including kangaroos, wallaroos and New Guinea singing dogs.

EarthFest returns to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Sunday for the 20th year. This popular “Party for the Planet,” presented by Cleveland’s Earth Day Coalition, is Ohio’s largest and longest-running eco-fest. Highlights include hybrid car displays, live music, an organic food market, a green home-improvement area and more than 160 eco-exhibits. Admission is FREE for participants in Sunday’s Walk or Bike for the Earth and those who ride the free RTA Clean-Air Shuttle Buses from Public Square to the Zoo.

Also Sunday, the Zoo introduces its new “Rain Garden,” which captures storm water runoff from its operations building and uses it to water two new blooming gardens. This water-conservation project, which will help prevent flooding and erosion, is a collaboration with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and the Earth Day Coalition. A 550-gallon tank from the Zoo’s former stingray exhibit is being reused to store the runoff.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $10 per person, $7 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for Zoo members and children under 2. To learn more, visit or call (216) 661-6500.

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