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Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK

Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK Connecting people to conservation. AAZK is a nonprofit (U.S. 501c3) volunteer organization made up of professional zoo keepers and other interested persons dedicated to professional animal care and conservation.

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We had a great Chapter meeting last week and are excited to share this sneak peek 👀for cool items we'll be selling at ou...
03/21/2022

We had a great Chapter meeting last week and are excited to share this sneak peek 👀for cool items we'll be selling at our events this year. Thanks to all the members who joined us in person and virtually 👩‍🔧👨‍🔧

A huge thank you to Hoppin' Frog Brewery for collecting so many cans for our Cans for Corridors program!! The cans will ...
03/13/2022

A huge thank you to Hoppin' Frog Brewery for collecting so many cans for our Cans for Corridors program!! The cans will be cashed in at a recycling center. That cash will plant trees in the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil, providing critical habitat for tamarins, jaguars, sloths, tapirs and many many more species!!
🥫 > 💵 > 🌳 = 🐒 🐆🦥

We are still selling Essential Worker t shirts, hoodies, and stickers! 🌟 Get your gear or gear for your Essential Worker...
03/04/2022

We are still selling Essential Worker t shirts, hoodies, and stickers! 🌟 Get your gear or gear for your Essential Worker friends here: https://www.rubbercityclothing.com/aazk/shop/products/all

The design was created by our friends at Peppermint Narwhal Creative
* Pictured: Superhero Nurse Stacey in her tie dye Essential Workers T Shirt *

WE ARE SO EXCITED to host a Spring flower sale!! The sale is ACTIVE NOW and runs through MAY 15th. Funds raised will go ...
02/28/2022
Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK

WE ARE SO EXCITED to host a Spring flower sale!! The sale is ACTIVE NOW and runs through MAY 15th.
Funds raised will go towards hosting the National AAZK Conference in Akron, next year. Help us bring zookeepers from across the country to our community to enhance their knowledge and skills! We are ready to show off our Zoo, City, and Akron community!

Flower Power Fundraising helps support groups, causes and communities using an earth-friendly alternative to traditional fundraising through the sale of flowers, bulbs and perennials that can be enjoyed for years to come!

Akron AAZK Member Christina's Zoo Valentine is...Garth, the Rodrigues flying fox! Our perfect date: Renovating his home ...
02/14/2022

Akron AAZK Member Christina's Zoo Valentine is...
Garth, the Rodrigues flying fox!
Our perfect date: Renovating his home together by altering some rope perching 👩‍🔧and then sampling grapes from around the world 🍇🍇
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! ❤️ #ZooValentine

Akron AAZK Member Kristen’s Zoo Valentine is…Jackson, the grizzly bear! Our perfect date: I would take him to the farmer...
02/14/2022

Akron AAZK Member Kristen’s Zoo Valentine is…
Jackson, the grizzly bear!
Our perfect date: I would take him to the farmer’s market so he could get all the fresh berries 🍓 🍓
Awkward moment: He’d probably just smash everything and cause a scene 🤷‍♀️🙃
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! ❤️ #ZooValentine

Akron AAZK Member Rose’s Zoo Valentine is…Well, she was beside herself choosing just one.. So, her perfect Valentine’s d...
02/14/2022

Akron AAZK Member Rose’s Zoo Valentine is…
Well, she was beside herself choosing just one..
So, her perfect Valentine’s date consists of throwing a mad hatter-style tea party ☕️🎂🍰🍽 for:
Atlantis, the capybara! Male black-throated green warbler! Male hooded merganser! Male mandarin duck! Male Temminck’s tragopan! Milan, the jaguar! Molly, the North American river otter! Padar, the Komodo dragon! Waya, the red wolf!
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! ❤️ #ZooValentine

Akron AAZK Member Angela’s Zoo Valentine is…Pagos, the Galapagos tortoise! Our perfect date: I would bring her flowers 🌸...
02/14/2022

Akron AAZK Member Angela’s Zoo Valentine is…
Pagos, the Galapagos tortoise!
Our perfect date: I would bring her flowers 🌸🌸🌸 and take her for a walk in the park 🌳🐿🐦
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! ❤ #ZooValentine

Akron AAZK Member Beth’s Zoo Valentine is… Petry, the bald eagle! Our perfect date: Would be in a hot air balloon so he ...
02/14/2022

Akron AAZK Member Beth’s Zoo Valentine is…
Petry, the bald eagle!
Our perfect date: Would be in a hot air balloon so he can see high, high above the lands ☁️☀️🌈 Then I’d feed him a meat only charcuterie board for dinner 🥓🍖🥩
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! ❤️ #ZooValentine

HAPPY GALENTINE'S DAY! The 4 female red ruffed lemurs at the Akron Zoo received flowers from Keepers Liz and Kristen 🌟 C...
02/13/2022

HAPPY GALENTINE'S DAY! The 4 female red ruffed lemurs at the Akron Zoo received flowers from Keepers Liz and Kristen
🌟 Celebrate your female friendships today 🌟

Not all of us are happy with this winter storm, but some of our pets and Zoo animals are enjoying the snow! Please share...
02/04/2022

Not all of us are happy with this winter storm, but some of our pets and Zoo animals are enjoying the snow! Please share photos of your animals enjoying the winter storm below! ☃️

Merry Christmas Eve from the 5 species of rhinos 🎄
12/24/2021

Merry Christmas Eve from the 5 species of rhinos 🎄

Christmas Rhinos!

All we want for Christmas is to keep rhinos safe! Will you step up and help? It’s almost the end of our the year and every donation can make a difference.

Don’t forget, we are a 501c3 non profit so all of your donations are tax deductible! Be sure to check with your employer matching programs as well, lots of companies will match your year end donation, immediately doubling the impact!

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Shanti, thank you for being an amazing ambassador to your species. You will be missed! ❤️💔
12/15/2021

Shanti, thank you for being an amazing ambassador to your species. You will be missed! ❤️💔

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Shanti. Our female snow leopard's health began to decline in the last few days and her care team made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize Shanti yesterday, Dec. 14.

In July 2021, a veterinary exam confirmed the progression of advanced chronic kidney and heart diseases. Since then, her care was shifted to palliative care with the focus on providing her with the best quality of life and comfort as possible as she neared the end of her life.

Shanti was a fan favorite among zoo guests. She was a very playful snow leopard throughout her life and she enjoyed interacting with zoo visitors. Shanti won the title of “Top Animal” in the past, and the public has dubbed her “the mother of the Akron Zoo.” Over her years, she has welcomed eight snow leopard cubs – Raj and Sabu in 2012, Malaya and Makalu in 2014, Altai, Layan and Asha in 2016 and Baya in 2019.

Shanti was born on June 16, 2008 at the Binder Park Zoo in Michigan. She moved to the Akron Zoo on June 25, 2009. The median life expectancy for snow leopards is 15.1 years old.

“Shanti was an amazing cat to work with,” said lead carnivore keeper, Mark Schneider. “She was the best mother and she really loved interacting with us keepers. It was an honor to be part of her journey.”

“Shanti was the embodiment of the Akron Zoo,” said Doug Piekarz, president & CEO. “Our guests were able to connect with her through her story, and her legacy will live on through her grown cubs. Thank you to our animal care and veterinary teams, who have provided Shanti with exceptional care throughout the years, especially at the end of her life. Shanti will be missed by the entire Akron Zoo family, including our visitors.”

Our male snow leopard, Tai Lung, remains in the snow leopard habitat daily. We are working with the Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan (SSP) on a recommendation for a female snow leopard to pair with Tai Lung.

Share your animal themed decorations on the post below! You can also vote on your favorites by liking the photos in the ...
12/09/2021

Share your animal themed decorations on the post below! You can also vote on your favorites by liking the photos in the comments.

Facebook Photo Contest Alert!

We want to see your animal-themed holiday décor! Post a photo in the comments of this post of your favorite animal-themed décor. The person who posts the photo with the most likes by 9:00PM EST on Tuesday 12/14 will win some awesome AAZK swag! Don't forget to like your favorite photos throughout the week! #AAZK #happyholidays #photocontest

12/09/2021

HOLIDAY: Stink. Stank. Stunk.

Skunks, like the Hooded Skunk (Mephitis macroura), get a bad wrap. True, they have the ability to spray a liquid with a strong, unpleasant smell, but this is only used as a final defense against a threat. Most times, skunks move through the area completely unnoticed by us. By being nocturnal, it is unlikely that you would commonly encounter a skunk. And during the night, they do a number of valuable services to us including keeping pest populations in control through predation and removing dead and decaying materials from the environment through scavenging. So while we may not convince you to appreciate their smell, please rethink the value of skunks and remember how beneficial it is to have them around.

2022 ANIMAL HOLIDAY CALENDAR
Start the New Year right with the 2022 Animal Holiday Calendar!
Keep up to date on over 250 Animal, Nature and Conservation events that take place throughout the year with our 2022 Animal Holiday Calendar: https://etsy.me/3iIWd9z

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THANK YOU KEEPERS!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all animal, plant, and overall nature lovers! 👏🏼❤️🦃
11/25/2021

THANK YOU KEEPERS!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all animal, plant, and overall nature lovers! 👏🏼❤️🦃

11/04/2021
Baby Gorilla Introduction

Our friends in Cleveland have an amazing announcement! The first gorilla ever born there! We are so happy for this success in conservation and ambassador for the species.
Can’t wait to see him grow 🥺❤️🦍

Have to share this adorable pollen covered bat! What a good pollinator!Anyone feel like this during allergy season? 😆
11/02/2021

Have to share this adorable pollen covered bat! What a good pollinator!

Anyone feel like this during allergy season? 😆

Everyone knows to protect the bees because they pollinate flowers--but bats do it, too! Just look at this little guy COVERED in pollen! He is best böi. In fact, bats carry significantly more pollen in their fur compared to other pollinators. At least 500 species of flowers in 67 plant families rely on bats to survive. Bats are essential to our ecosystem! #BatWeek

Free day at the Zoo! Nov 2!
10/27/2021

Free day at the Zoo! Nov 2!

Your Akron Zoo is offering free admission for all guests on Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy a day at the zoo on us!

We strongly recommend reserving tickets online in advance at https://www.akronzoo.org/election-day. Parking rates apply.

Vote for your favorite pumpkins! Done by Akron Zoo staff. You can vote my using emojis on the photos ❤️👍🏼
10/22/2021

Vote for your favorite pumpkins! Done by Akron Zoo staff. You can vote my using emojis on the photos ❤️👍🏼

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Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK is a nonprofit (U.S. 501c3) volunteer organization made up of professional zoo keepers and other interested persons dedicated to professional animal care and conservation. Our motto is to “Be the Change” and take an active part in saving species of all kinds, and in any location.

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The Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK (American Association of Zookeepers) is hosting a spring flower sale, now through May 15. Brighten your day with some beautiful flowers: https://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com/index.php/marketplace/seller/profile/shop/akronaazk Funds raised will go towards hosting the National AAZK Conference here in Akron next year. You can help bring zookeepers from across the country to our Akron community to enhance their knowledge and skills!
🍕🍕🍕Pepperoni Rolls will be available for pick up tomorrow, June 3rd, from 5-7pm in the Akron Zoo's C parking lot. If you ordered rolls, we look forward to seeing you there. Thank you! 🍕🍕🍕
Celebrate Earth Day with us at our Party for the Planet event on April 22-24. Enjoy a 'build your own adventure' game, crafts and more! Also, bring in your aluminum cans for our Cans for Corridors program and be entered to win a prize from Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK. Learn more at https://www.akronzoo.org/party-for-the-planet. Party for the Planet is included with regular admission. Tickets must be purchased online, including Akron Zoo members. No tickets will be available at the door. To avoid overcrowding, tickets are available via time ticketing. The time selected for your tickets is the time you must enter the park. Even Akron Zoo members must have tickets to enter the park. Member tickets are available online. Tickets are available at https://www.akronzoo.org/visitor-guidelines. Having trouble getting your tickets? Check out our troubleshooting FAQs: https://www.akronzoo.org/ticket-troubleshoot-faqs
We are so excited to share the future AAZK National Conference host videos with you and spark your excitement! Due to technical difficulties last night, the Virtual AAZK Awards Ceremony will be at 8pm EST tonight and the future conference videos will be featured at 7pm & 9:30pm EST with your 2023 & 2024 hosts: Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK & AAZK Omaha Chapter Tomorrow’s videos will be at 7:30 & 8:30pm EST and feature your 2021 & 2022 hosts: Los Angeles American Association of Zoo Keepers Chapter & Toronto Zookeepers AAZK
Did I miss it or do you still need to send the gift cards for the Handel’s ice cream fundraiser?
When the Zoo re opens, will you still collect aluminum cans?
Learn more about Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK - what the organization is, what AAZK stands for and how you can get involved - in today's Lunch and Learn! If you're intersted in more information about Cans for Corridors, visit https://www.akronzoo.org/cans-for-corridors.
Did you drop off your aluminum cans as part of our Cans for Corridors program in 2019? If so, you helped plant 1,686 trees in the Brazilian rainforest! In 2019, we recycled 3,000 pounds of aluminum cans! Drop your aluminum cans off here at the Akron Zoo, and we'll recycle them for you. Funds raised from the recycled cans are used to plant trees in the Brazilian rainforest, helping to create corridors for animals, such as jaguars, tamarins and more, to move from area to area in the rainforest. Cans for Corridors is organized by Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK. Learn more: https://www.akronzoo.org/cans-for-corridors
If you're interested in a Naom shirt, check out Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK on details on how to order a shirt!
Get your tickets for A Toast for Turtles, hosted by the Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK (American Association of Zookeepers). The event, which runs Sept 19 and 20 at The Winery at Wolf Creek, helps raise money for turtle conservation efforts. Help save the turtles: bit.ly/toasttoturtles
Conservation superstars! Thirteen-year-old, Jaden, and two-year-old, Hawkins, were challenged by their parents to do a "Save the Earth" project over the summer. After learning about our Cans for Corridors project, the boys began a campaign to collect aluminum cans. With a goal of 5,000 cans, the boys made posters and even created a page. In just 6 weeks, they hit their goal, but that's not stopping them. Jaden and Hawkins have currently collected over 6,000 cans and are aiming for 10,000! We are sending a special shout out to Jaden and Hawkins for their awesome work this summer! Our Cans for Corridors project, in partnership with Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK, collects and recycles aluminum cans. The funds from the recycled cans are used to plant trees in the Brazilian rainforest. You too can drop off your cans at the zoo: https://www.akronzoo.org/cans-for-corridors
If you haven't heard, the Amazon rainforest has had a record number of wildfires so far this year (74,000 fires and counting). Learn more about what is going on and how it is impacting the animals and the ecosystem: https://www.akronzoo.org/blog-amazon-in-danger Want to know how you can help? Simply drop off your aluminum cans here at the Akron Zoo. Money raised through the Cans for Corridors program (in partnership with Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK) goes towards replanting native trees in Brazilian rainforest. One tree equals 45-50 aluminum cans. Cans can be dropped off at our drop-off location in our Lot C parking lot. https://www.akronzoo.org/cans-for-corridors