Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine

(African Savanna)

The Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine provides world-class care for the Zoo's 3,000 animals. Since its opening on September 30, 2004, the Center supports groundbreaking research and engages Zoo visitors in veterinary care issues.

The Zoo's previous veterinary hospital was well equipped to serve the needs of 1000 resident animals when it opened in 1972. Since then, much has changed at the Zoo, providing clear directives for the Center for Zoological Medicine:

Address increased demands for veterinary care and quarantine areas for a much larger Zoo animal collection (3000+ specimens)

Support technological advances in veterinary care with state-of-the-art equipment

Acknowledge the growing role of scientific animal management and promoteresearch and collaboration among zoo professionals

Engage Zoo visitors in animal life cycles and care with memorable exhibitry supported by on-site educators - Reinberger Learning Lab

The design objectives are diverse, but the Center for Zoological Medicine delivers. The 24,000 square foot structure solves one of the biggest challenges – adequate space. The building is divided into four areas: hospital, quarantine, conservation and science, and an education pavilion.

The Center for Zoological Medicine sustains Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's commitment to conservation and reinforces the Zoo's role as a leading institution in scientific animal management.