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Friday, March 24, 2017

"The Rainforest" at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland, Ohio

"The RainForest" at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


About the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo occupies 183 acres of land in Cleveland, Ohio.  It is owned and operated by the Cleveland Metroparks Organization.  The Zoo is home to 2,000 individual animals from 600 different species.  According to the Cleveland Zoological Society, more than one million people visit the Zoo every year, and has the distinction of being the most visited year-round attraction in the state of Ohio.

About "The RainForest"

The RainForest building was completed and opened to the public in 1992.  The building is two stories tall and has a total area of 2 acres.  It houses more than 10,000 plants and 600 animals, and displays the first permanent reptile collection at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo since a flood destroyed the previous collection in 1959.  

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Links

The RainForest page on the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo website

Animal Enrichment and Training at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Zoological Society

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

*I am not affiliated with the Cleveland Metroparks, nor was I reimbursed for my time there. All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the Metroparks or its staff.*

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

"Adventure in the Valley of the Unknown" at COSI in Columbus, Ohio

"Adventure in the Valley of the Unknown" at COSI

About COSI

Originally founded in 1964, COSI now resides on a beautiful campus along the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio.  The current building, designed by architect Arata Isozaki, has a 320,000-square-foot blueprint.  In the last 53 years, COSI has entertained and educated 33 million visitors.

About "Adventure in the Valley of the Unknown"

This 9000-square foot exhibit opened in 1999 with the current COSI building.  The exhibit was based around the story of a fictional island that had been rediscovered by an international team of scientists.  Guests were challenged to find the fabled Lost Treasure of Knowledge by completing tasks and puzzles given to them by four ancient spirits and aided by the scientific team.  Once the visitor had succeeded, they were presented with a medallion and a letter left behind by the island's missing king.  The popular exhibit closed in January 2017 in order to make room for a new dinosaur exhibition and additional gallery space, in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History.

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Adventure Page on COSI website (Archive.org)

Roto Entertainment

Explorers Society Fan Page

COSI Fan Review

Theme Park Tourist Review

Walkthrough courtesy of Skyhawk_Illusions of Reddit.com


*I am not affiliated with COSI, nor was I reimbursed for my time there.  All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of COSI or its staff.*

"Legends of the Wild" at Akron Zoo in Akron, Ohio

"Legends of the Wild" at the Akron Zoo



About the Akron Zoo:

The Akron Zoo currently sits on 77 acres, not far from Downtown Akron, Ohio.  It houses more than 700 animals and in 2016 set a new annual attendance record with nearly 399,000 visitors.


About "Legends of the Wild"

"Legends of the Wild" covers 2 acres and houses animals found in South America, Mexico, Madagascar, and the Himalayan Mountains.  It was completed in 2005 and is part of the Zoo's new capital improvement project.  The exhibit area focuses on cultural connections with the natural world.  Currently, 16 of the species residing in "Legends of the Wild" are participating in their "Species Survival Plan" overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


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Jaguar photos coming soon!


Links

Legends of the Wild page on Akron Zoo website

Animal Enrichment at the Akron Zoo

T.C. Architects, Inc.

Welty Building Company


*I am not affiliated with the Akron Zoo, nor was I reimbursed for my time there.  All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the Zoo or its staff.*