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Zoos of the Future: Conservation, Science, and Education in a Changing World

Environment & Sustainability

Zoos of the Future: Conservation, Science, and Education in a Changing World

Thursday, March 16, 2023
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Doors at 11:15am / Lunch at 11:30am / Forum begins 12:00pm

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"Conservation solutions are about people and they’re not separate from economics - they're tied directly to economics, development, and human capacity." – Chris Kuhar

Online registration has closed. If you would like to join us in-person for this forum, we welcome you to be a part of our walk-in guest list. No advanced registration is needed for the walk-in guest list. Alternatively, the livestream will be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. at For questions, please contact Stacy Holmes at, or at (216) 621-0082.

Many changes have happened at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo since Executive Director Christopher Kuhar’s previous visit to the City Club in March 2022. This summer, the zoo will open Bear Hollow, an expanded habitat for its tropical bears. The zoo also welcomed Dalia, a new baby Eastern black rhino, and celebrated the first birthday of Kayembe, the first gorilla born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in its 140 years. The zoo continues to design and plan Primate Forest, a long-term project that will expand the zoo's Rain Forest and create a new home for gorillas and orangutans.

Zoos have evolved from simple menageries to science-based education institutions, but zoos are uniquely positioned in our communities to be more important in the future. Omnipresent in cities throughout the country and around the world, zoos have the opportunity to connect communities with not just STEM learning, but also cultural and social aspects of a global community. During his visit, Kuhar will discuss new initiatives and programs at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, as well as the organization's continued focus on wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship.

Dr. Christopher Kuhar has served in a variety of leadership roles in the zoo and aquarium community. He has been the Executive Director of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo since 2013 and served as the Chair of the Board of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums during the COVID pandemic shutdown. Before coming to Cleveland, Kuhar spent five years at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida.

Join us at the City Club as we hear from Chris Kuhar on the Zoo's role in conservation, science and education in a changing world.


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