Cleveland Metroparks Zoo continues its month-long celebration of “Dingo Days” with the introduction of dingoes Brumby and Elsey who are ready to explore their new home in the Zoo’s Australian Adventure.
This will be the first time the Zoo has ever exhibited the Australian wild dog known as the dingo. The male, Brumby, and his sister, Elsey, were part of a litter of seven puppies born on January 30 at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in Indiana. Their parents are purebred dingoes that were brought to Fort Wayne from Australia. The number of purebred dingoes in the wild is in decline due to human/animal conflict and the widespread hybridization of dingoes with feral domestic dogs.
Dingoes (Canis lupus dingo) are thought to be descended from wolves and are the largest land-based predator in Australia. They are opportunistic hunters and will eat just about anything they can catch or scavenge, including kangaroos, cattle, sheep, wallabies, rodents and birds.
Dingo Days continue Monday through Friday through August 31. Any weekday with a predicted high temperature of 90 degrees or greater will be declared a Dingo Day -- making adult admission just $6.25 and children’s admission (ages 2-11) just $4.25. How will you know if it’s a Dingo Day? Check the Zoo’s website, clemetzoo.com, or follow the Zoo on Facebook or Twitter!
Northeast Ohio’s most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with hours extended to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 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, 90 and 480.
To learn more, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.
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