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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This brown booby is a rarity! 😲Never before seen in Ohio but made it to our backyard in Akron! Conservation inspiration ...
08/29/2020

This brown booby is a rarity! 😲
Never before seen in Ohio but made it to our backyard in Akron! Conservation inspiration 🤎

For the first time on record, a brown booby was spotted recently near the Nimisila reservoir. As you can see from this range map, the brown booby is not known to regularly enter Ohio.
Read more about this species: http://ow.ly/y8GX50BaG0g
📷 Larry Imhoff

BIG NEWS 🥳
08/25/2020

BIG NEWS 🥳

Your 2023 AAZK National Conference hosts, The Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK want you to tune in to AAZK social media on Sept 2nd 8:30pm EST for an exciting preview for future events!

Going to be near the Cleveland area on Wednesday, Sept 9th?! Drop by for some Chipotle and help save the Andean bears.Th...
08/24/2020

Going to be near the Cleveland area on Wednesday, Sept 9th?!
Drop by for some Chipotle and help save the Andean bears.
This might be our favorite logo ever! 🌯🌮

Follow our neighbor AAZK Chapter: Greater Cleveland AAZK Chapter

Yoga for Rhinos registration ends at noon! Less than 2 hours away. Links to event will be sent to your email around then...
08/22/2020
Yoga for Rhinos

Yoga for Rhinos registration ends at noon! Less than 2 hours away. Links to event will be sent to your email around then. $25 for tank/tshirt and link!
Tshirts and tanks are available thru tonight! $15 tank/tshirt

Can't wait to NAMASTE with you all later! #savethechubbyunicorns #savetherhinos Yoga Squared

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-for-rhinos-tickets-116347349053

The Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK and Yoga Squared will be hosting a virtual yoga event benefiting rhino conservation!

This fundraiser doesn’t succ! 🌵Check out these adorable succulent holders to celebrate World Elephant Day! Buy anything ...
08/12/2020

This fundraiser doesn’t succ! 🌵
Check out these adorable succulent holders to celebrate World Elephant Day!
Buy anything from link below and enter “CRASH FUNDRAISER” at checkout. 20% of sales goes to a great organization!
CRASH - Conservationists Raising Awareness for Species & Habitats!
🐘🦏🐘🦏🐘🦏🐘🦏🐘🦏

It's World Elephant Day! What better way to celebrate than purchasing a succulent that helps elephants (and comes in an adorable elephant ceramic pot!)? We've teamed up with The Seaside Succulent for a very special fundraiser. The best part is she can ship these guys to you anywhere in the US!

Here's the link for the elephant succulents, but in addition to these special items created just for this fundraiser, if you order ANY other items on the website, write "CRASH fundraiser" in the note at checkout and they will donate 20% of the proceeds to CRASH!! Check them all out!

https://theseasidesucculent.com/shop/ols/products/4-cactus-star-fundraiser-star

HAPPY WORLD ELEPHANT Day!
08/12/2020

HAPPY WORLD ELEPHANT Day!

Happy #WorldElephantDay! 📸 A Gillet #elephants #africa #elephantlove #elephantsofinstagram #elephantlover #savetheelephants

08/10/2020
Fox 5 DC

PLAY WITH ME! Little Gus at Fort Worth Zoo wants to play with Dad, Elmo. Adorable to watch!

PLAY WITH ME 🦍💕 An energetic gorilla tried his very best to get his father to play with him at the Fort Worth Zoo. https://bit.ly/2pAA5WG

5 of our members volunteered their time sorting beverages at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank! They totaled a whopping...
08/05/2020

5 of our members volunteered their time sorting beverages at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank! They totaled a whopping 1,600lbs of drinks! 🧃🧃🧃
Our volunteers, volunteering! It’s so nice to help those in need ❤️❤️❤️

The Akron Zoo is on the ballot for November! If you live in Summit County and would like a support sign, follow the dire...
08/05/2020

The Akron Zoo is on the ballot for November! If you live in Summit County and would like a support sign, follow the directions below 😍❤️🦁

Would you like a sign for your yard this fall to show your support of your Akron Zoo? We collecting addresses of Summit County residents who are interested in one of our fun, animal-themed signs. If you are interested, text “zoo sign” to 31996 or fill out the form at https://www.voteakronzoo.org/contact.

Thanks for your support!

Happy International Golden Lion Tamarin Day! 🧡🦁🐵These orange little “lions” are near and dear to our heart 🧡We continue ...
08/02/2020

Happy International Golden Lion Tamarin Day!
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These orange little “lions” are near and dear to our heart 🧡
We continue to help wild GLTs with our Cans for Corridors aluminum recycling program. We care for our resident GLTs at the Akron Zoo with the utmost love and care.

Consider donating cans at the Akron Zoo or donating below to help save these amazing animals!
Enjoy the infographics, and pictures of wild, past and present Akron Zoo Goldens.

YUMMY! Handel's pint card sale ends Saturday! Be sure to follow your local Handel's locations to see what amazing flavor...
07/30/2020

YUMMY! Handel's pint card sale ends Saturday!
Be sure to follow your local Handel's locations to see what amazing flavors they are coming out with. I would LOVE a double scoop of this one 😋

If you haven't placed your order for pints, check out our event Handel’s Ice Cream Fundraiser and buy yours today!

$4.75 per pint/ or round up to $5 for conservation!

Oreo Cheesecake... two sweet treats in one!
Get through your hump day with Handel’s.

Stop by or Order Online

https://direct.chownow.com/order/20764/locations

UPDATE: it’s a girl! Now known as Clawdia 😂💗
07/28/2020

UPDATE: it’s a girl! Now known as Clawdia 😂💗

Update on our famous blue lobster: it's a girl! Clawde is now Clawdia, and the proclaimed "man cave" is now a "she-shed!" Clawdia underwent a vet exam on Sunday, where our team was able to determine that she was indeed female. She does have a few bumps and bruises from her journey. The next few months are critical for Clawdia as she prepares for her annual molt, a time that is very vulnerable for lobsters of any color.

Missed the story of how your Akron Zoo adopted a rare blue lobster from Red Lobster? Read the story at https://www.akronzoo.org/akron-zoo-adopts-rare-blue-lobster-from-red-lobster-restaurant

1 in 2 million! Welcome home Clawde!
07/26/2020

1 in 2 million! Welcome home Clawde!

Your Akron Zoo has adopted a rare blue American lobster from a Red Lobster after restaurant employees recognized the rarity of the blue shell.

The connection between the Akron Zoo and Red Lobster came from a conservation partnership called Seafood Watch. The program, run by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, strives to help consumers and businesses choose seafood that is farmed sustainably and fished in ways to support a healthy ocean. Both the Akron Zoo and Red Lobster are conservation partners with Seafood Watch.

After Red Lobster employees discovered the blue lobster, named Clawde by the restaurant chain after their mascot, they contacted the Monterey Bay Aquarium, who then reached out to us. Our animal care staff was able to quickly spring into action and prepare a new home for him.

Blue lobsters are very rare, occurring one in every 2 million. The blue coloration of the shell is the result of a genetic anomaly.

Clawde is acclimating to his new home here at the Akron Zoo, in a special tank that has been dubbed “Clawde’s Man Cave” by his care team. Clawde now resides in the our Komodo Kingdom building, which is currently closed to guests due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ZOOKEEPER: responsibilities usually include feeding, maintaining, cleaning the animals, diet preparation, behavioral obs...
07/24/2020

ZOOKEEPER: responsibilities usually include feeding, maintaining, cleaning the animals, diet preparation, behavioral observation, record keeping, exhibit maintenance and providing environmental enrichment for the animals in their care.

Responsibilities also include being so passionate you think your heart might explode, constantly thinking of ways to be more sustainable and reduce carbon footprint, willing to give up normal weekend days off for the career and animals they love.

To say we love our keepers is an understatement. THANK A ZOOKEEPER TODAY!

#NationalZookeeperWeek

To our keepers out there: Who has BINGO?!For our non-keepers, now you can see what fun and interesting things keepers do...
07/23/2020

To our keepers out there: Who has BINGO?!
For our non-keepers, now you can see what fun and interesting things keepers do on the daily!

To continue our celebration of #NationalZooKeeperWeek, take a shot at our zoo keeper bingo card! Who has bingo? #NZKW

07/19/2020
Akron Zoo

Ice is a bear necessity in this heat!!! 🐻❤️🧊

Jackson has got the right idea! May you all have a pile of ice to lay around in today!

📷: Keeper Kristen

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07/19/2020

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Happy National Zookeeper Week.
We all find ourselves in very different world these days. Even when most of us were confined to home isolation, zoo and aquarium were essential workers caring for animals. Our hearts go out to all the staff adversely impacted by these hard times. We love to hear your story about how this impacted the work you do. Please share in the comments below. We also love to meet the animals you care for as well so photos are always welcomed. Happy National Zoo Keeper Week to all the animal care professionals out there.

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07/19/2020
Akron Zoo

WE LOVE OUR KEEPERS!
Happy Zookeeper Week ❤️🦁🐯🐻🐰🐭🐵🐸🦅

It's National Zookeeper Week! Things are ever-changing right now in our current situation, but one thing that has not changed here at the Akron Zoo during the pandemic is the care that our animals have received! Throughout the week, we'll be highlighting some stories of amazing animal care provided by our keepers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ectotherm keepers
At the very beginning of the zoo's closure, things got wild when our Galapagos tortoise keepers let our tortoises, Boxie and Pagos, explore our Komodo Kingdom building. Boxie and Pagos are very curious girls, and they loved discovering a new area and even meeting other animals!

Yayyy the rides are now open! Weeeee!Which carousel animal are you going for?
07/12/2020

Yayyy the rides are now open! Weeeee!
Which carousel animal are you going for?

Today is the day! Our rides are now open. Come ride the Conservation Carousel and the Pride of Africa trains now!

The Akron Zoo is open daily from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. All tickets must be reserved online ahead of time. Tickets will not be available at the zoo. Visitors must choose a specific day and specific time slot. Your half hour time slot is your arrival window. Member tickets will be free, but all members must have a ticket.

To reserve your tickets and for more visiting details, visit https://www.akronzoo.org/2020-visitor-guidelines.

06/28/2020
Akron Zoo

Everyone stay cool today! 😎

Ranger knows how to do summer right! No pool is too small for his enjoyment!

📷: Keeper Christina

Remember how we said we celebrate all flamingo holidays?!  Well today is officially National Flamingo Day!!!
06/23/2020

Remember how we said we celebrate all flamingo holidays?! Well today is officially National Flamingo Day!!!

National Flamingo Day 🦩

Did you know ....?

Don’t let the rain get you blue! Our hyacinth macaws are officially back on exhibit! 💙
06/22/2020

Don’t let the rain get you blue! Our hyacinth macaws are officially back on exhibit! 💙

Our hyacinth macaws are back in their outdoor habitat! The duo took last summer off as longtime Akron Zoo resident, male Tupe, got to know his new mate, female Lora, in a private indoor habitat.

Now, these two have a strong bond with each other and are ready to meet all of you! The chatterboxes will gladly tell you all about their time off if you stay to listen!

📷: Keeper Vicky

06/18/2020
Akron Zoo

Rico with his morning self-talk! 😂🐧

They say you are your own worst enemy. Rico took that literally...

📷: Keeper Vicky

TODAY IS THE DAY! The Akron Zoo is open to guests from 11A-4P!Be sure to book your tickets in advance thru the post belo...
06/17/2020

TODAY IS THE DAY! The Akron Zoo is open to guests from 11A-4P!
Be sure to book your tickets in advance thru the post below 🐻🦁🐧🐸🦅🦆🐺🐝🦋

Today is the day! Your Akron Zoo is now open! Our hours will be 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. Get your tickets now: https://www.akronzoo.org/2020-visitor-guidelines

All tickets must be reserved online ahead of time. Tickets will not be available at the zoo. Visitors must choose a specific day and specific time slot. Your half hour time slot is your arrival window. Member tickets will be free, but all members must have a ticket.

To reserve your tickets and for more visiting details, visit https://www.akronzoo.org/2020-visitor-guidelines.

Great news for Turtle Survival Alliance with the hatching of this endangered box turtle. It’s as happy as we are!!!
06/17/2020

Great news for Turtle Survival Alliance with the hatching of this endangered box turtle. It’s as happy as we are!!!

OMG.

This newly hatched Southern Vietnam Box Turtle at our Turtle Survival Center is picturata perfect! Not only is it healthy, but exhibits an exceptionally mandarin orange carapace.

The breeding program for this critically endangered species at the TSC has fast become one of our most successful. In 2018 we hatched 8 of these beauties. In 2019 we bested our success from the previous year with 9 hatchlings. Thus far in 2020, 4 have been produced.

Help us continue our breeding success with this species by becoming a TSA Donor today! http://bit.ly/DonateToTheTSA

Photo credit: Nathan Haislip

06/14/2020
Akron Zoo

The tortoises are coming out for the nice weather!

Our Galapagos tortoises, Boxie and Pagos, love when the weather is nice and they are able to go outside and chomp on some grass!

While our indoor buildings will be closed when the Akron Zoo reopens on June 17, you can still visit with Boxie and Pagos on nice weather days in their outdoor habitat! Get your tickets now: https://www.akronzoo.org/2020-visitor-guidelines

📷: Keeper Brenna

We love our new faces!!! 😍😍😍
06/13/2020

We love our new faces!!! 😍😍😍

When the Akron Zoo opens on June 17, there will be a few new faces. Come meet Milan the jaguar, Juno the red wolf and our Speke's gazelle calf, Aluna* in their habitats here at your Akron Zoo!

All tickets must be reserved online ahead of time. Tickets will not be available at the zoo. Visitors must choose a specific day and specific time slot. Your half hour time slot is your arrival window. Member tickets will be free, but all members must have a ticket.

To reserve your tickets and for more visiting details, visit https://www.akronzoo.org/2020-visitor-guidelines.

*Aluna will be outside every Sunday-Tuesday and every other Wednesday.

06/09/2020
CNN International

😳😳😳
Look at all of those turtles!
#savetheocean #skipthestraw

Drone footage shows the largest remaining breeding ground for green turtles in the world.

The video revealed up to 64,000 turtles swimming around Australia's Great Barrier Reef during nesting season https://cnn.it/3dRdNna

We love Zoos and Aquariums more than ever now that they are closed to their biggest revenue builder: YOU, GUESTS! We can...
06/01/2020

We love Zoos and Aquariums more than ever now that they are closed to their biggest revenue builder: YOU, GUESTS! We can’t wait until it’s safe to open our Akron Zoo and we appreciate our staff for keeping our animals well cared for!

June is Zoo & Aquarium Month.
We salute all the essential animal care professionals who have been working daily throughout the pandemic to care for their animals. We also send love to those team members adversely impacted by the temporary closings. We look forward to better times ahead and returning to visit new and favorite facilities when the time comes. Stay strong and keep up the good work. Happy Zoo & Aquarium Month!

Did You Know?: Accredited Zoos & Aquariums play a vital role in animal conservation and species survival. Through rescue, rehabilitation, reintroduction, research, conservation and education they make a difference each day. They directly impact millions of visitors annually and that number is further expanded by outreach programs, online messages and television programs. Saving species will take a large and committed effort, but together, we can offer hope for the animals of the world. If you are an animal care professional, post your pict and story in the comments below so we can all appreciate the good work you do.

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Yearly, we have the debate of if Pink Flamingo Day is today or in June...But we decided it’s best to celebrate flamingos...
05/29/2020

Yearly, we have the debate of if Pink Flamingo Day is today or in June...But we decided it’s best to celebrate flamingos all of the time!

Enjoy these photos taken today! The birds enjoy rain storms like the ones we are getting. These are from the calm before the storm 🦩💗🦩💗🦩💗🦩💗🦩

AMAZING NEWS!The Akron Zoo has been given the go ahead to prepare for an opening, and will now wait for further approval...
05/29/2020
Akron Zoo clears first hurdle to reopening

AMAZING NEWS!
The Akron Zoo has been given the go ahead to prepare for an opening, and will now wait for further approval from the State of Ohio.
They have been guest free due to Covid since mid-March. We can’t wait to see you all again soon!

The Akron Zoo’s Responsible Restart Plan has been approved as it prepares to once again open its gates to the public.The approval followed a review

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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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When the Zoo re opens, will you still collect aluminum cans?
Went to the Akron Zoo this morning and dropped off a huge can donation!
Coming to the Nightlight Cinema in downtown Akron. Friday, April 27th.
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Akron AAZK, your Columbus AAZK friends will be enjoying some fun and games at Kingmakers at 6:30pm on Wednesday the 28th. I've listed their website below. There is a $5 library fee to access their games and help fund their growing board game collection. Please feel free to bring any guests or anyone interested in joining/hanging out with Columbus AAZK Chapter peeps! Kingmakersfun.com Kingmakers 17 Buttles Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43215
Will there be a can collection tomorrow??