Heart Healthy YOU at the Zoo

Aug 24, 2013 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where:

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, OH 44109

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Description:

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Gorilla Health Project

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Gorilla Health Project

What do the rhinoceros, fruit bats and gorillas have in common? They are all herbivores at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo with a diet and exercise regimen specially designed to keep them healthy. In fact, the gorillas have a special diet that they follow to manage their heart health. And, zoo animals are not the only ones who need to maintain good health and nutrition – kids do, too.

Join University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital for a day of family fun and learning at Heart Healthy YOU at the Zoo.

The event will provide fun, hands-on activities for kids to learn about their hearts and how to keep them healthy. The event will feature pediatric heart experts from UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and representatives from The American Heart Association and The Children’s Museum of Cleveland. In addition, Radio Disney AM 1260 will be onsite hosting Healthy Heart Rockin’ Roundup with music, fun, games and surprises!

The first 1,500 kids will receive a cinch bag, jump rope and passport that will lead them through six stations with a heart health challenge. Kids who complete all the challenges will be eligible to participate in a drawing for a free prize.

Throughout the day, kids will also learn how Cleveland Metroparks Zoo keeps the gorillas healthy through carefully planned diet and exercise programs. They will watch several cool videos to get the inside scoop on the Gorilla Health Project and meet Mokolo and Bebac, the Zoo’s resident male silverback gorillas.

While on the route, families can also participate in the Zoo’s special summer attractions like watching a seal and sea lion training demonstration, feeding the giraffes, watching a live animal show or seeing the African elephants cross from one side of their exhibit to the other.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Zoo admission is $12.25 per person, $8.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members.

Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 77, 90 and 480.

Free with paid zoo admission.

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