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Families celebrate 2020 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's 'Noon Year's Eve' event

It was a great way for families to ring in the New Year a little early.

CLEVELAND — The snow and the wind didn't keep folks from heading to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to celebrate the arrival of 2020 a little bit early. 

It was a great time had by all at the "Noon Year's Eve" event.

Black Panther and Captain America joined Hector the Amur Tiger and some very tired reindeer to welcome in 2020 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Families had a chance to celebrate in the daylight between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

At high noon, it was time for a virtual countdown to get us ready for the new year. 

But it's also important to take a look back at what was a busy 2019 for everyone at the zoo. 

"We set a new North American record with attendance with the Asian Lantern Festival," says Dr. Chris Kuhar, executive director of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. "We were able to contribute over a million dollars to conservation projects around the world. "We also had a new baby giraffe, a baby sloth bear, and much more."

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As far as 2020 goes, Dr. Kuhar says his New Year's resolution is for the zoo 'to contribute even more to education and conversation in Northeast Ohio and around the world.'

And just a reminder, you still have time to experience Wild Winter Lights at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The limited-time event concludes on January 5.

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