The 183 acres of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo was the playground of continuing education for 30 Cuyahoga County MGVs. Leigh Anne Lomas, the new Zoo horticulturalist and Facilities Manager, hosted a tour for the Master Gardeners this summer.
MGVs learned how plant selections are made with both utility and animal safety in mind. Lomas explained the care taken in designing the new Tiger Passage exhibit. During the visit one of the magnificent tigers crossed the passage while MGVs took the opportunity to take memorable photographs. The tour included an extensive behind the scenes' tour of the Zoo’s composting area. Lomas explained the many steps and regulations they follow to produce their very popular rich Zoo Doo compost.
The Zoo Doo compost is an income generator for the zoo. The zoo uses the compost in their gardens as well as selling some of the approximate 4,000 cubic yards processed annually.
Submitted by: Lynn Sniderman Photo by: Lois Rose