Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK

Akron Zoo Chapter of AAZK Connecting people to conservation.
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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.

Thanks to everyone that has shown up to our event at Kustom culture so far today!!  The shop is open until 9pm, no appoi...
05/25/2024

Thanks to everyone that has shown up to our event at Kustom culture so far today!! The shop is open until 9pm, no appointment needed! Head on down to get some awesome flash tattoos and piercings (CASH ONLY) to benefit Bat Conservation International! We can't wait to see what you get! 😍

Come support Bat Conservation International at our  Tats for Bats! Tattoo and Piercing Fundraiser with us TODAY!
05/25/2024

Come support Bat Conservation International at our Tats for Bats! Tattoo and Piercing Fundraiser with us TODAY!

50% of proceeds from the tattoos on Saturday will go to world bat conservation through Akron's chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers.

This is so cool!! Tomorrow is the day 😍😍
05/24/2024

This is so cool!! Tomorrow is the day 😍😍

Tats for Bats tomorrow! We have tshirts!

3 days away!!  We can't wait to see you there!!
05/22/2024

3 days away!! We can't wait to see you there!!

05/20/2024

Flora, a red wolf who was born at the Akron Zoo in 2021, has now had pups of her own! 🥹
There are less than 20 red wolves in the wild, and less than 300 in human care.
Involvement in the Saving Animals From Extinction program for red wolves, and educating about them at the zoo, is a way that we are, in real time, saving a species ❤️💪🏻

05/18/2024

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So thankful for spring weather, outside chapter meetings, and mingling with new friends! 🐐🍷
05/13/2024

So thankful for spring weather, outside chapter meetings, and mingling with new friends! 🐐🍷

As we are approaching our Tats for Bats event with Kustom culture, here are some updates/reminders for those who are pla...
05/11/2024

As we are approaching our Tats for Bats event with Kustom culture, here are some updates/reminders for those who are planning on attending!
*The event is Saturday May 25th
* Due to interest in the event, the shop hours will be extended, with the event running from 10am to 9pm.
* The event is CASH ONLY. Please plan accordingly. There is a Chase Bank nearby with atms.
* Flash sheet tattoos are black and white only. Color is extra, though keeping the designs black and white is preferred.
* Tattoo prices are $50, $75, or $100. The cost per design is up to the artists.
* Piercings offered for the event are basic piercings for $40, and dermal anchors for $60. Both include basic jewelry.
* 50% of tattoo proceeds and 30% of piercing proceeds will go to Bat Conservation International
Thank you for the shares, and the enthusiasm for this upcoming event! If you can’t make this one…stayed tuned… 👀🦇

We’re obsessed with this little lady 💕🐧Congrats to the avian team for all of their hard work 💪🏻
05/04/2024

We’re obsessed with this little lady 💕🐧
Congrats to the avian team for all of their hard work 💪🏻

04/28/2024

Pool day! Pool day! It’s the best time of the year to be a bear 🐻🤎

Alright friends…. The moment you’ve all been waiting for…. Flash Sheets!! Tattoo prices are $50, $75, or $100, with 50% ...
04/20/2024

Alright friends…. The moment you’ve all been waiting for…. Flash Sheets!!
Tattoo prices are $50, $75, or $100, with 50% going to Bat Conservation International.
Piercings are $40 for basic, $60 for dermal anchors, both with basic jewelry included, with 30% going towards conservation.
Thank you Kustom culture!! We can’t wait for May 25th!

Happy International Bat Appreciation Day!  Today we'd like to highlight Bat Conservation International, who will be the ...
04/18/2024

Happy International Bat Appreciation Day! Today we'd like to highlight Bat Conservation International, who will be the recipient of our upcoming Tats for Bat's fundraiser! Their mission is "to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet". We appreciate their work, and can't wait to contribute to the cause! 🦇

Happy Bat Appreciation Day! 🦇

We've had over one hundred new followers in the last few days, so - allow us to reintroduce ourselves!  We are the Akron...
04/13/2024

We've had over one hundred new followers in the last few days, so - allow us to reintroduce ourselves! We are the Akron Chapter of AAZK, which is the American Association of Zookeepers. We are an organization dedicated to enhancing the animal care field, supporting conservation initiatives, and protecting our natural world. A lot of our members are zookeepers, as well as other zoo staff and community volunteers.

Last year we hosted a National Conference, welcoming and educating colleagues from ALL over for a whole week on a variety of topics including advanced waterfowl husbandry and mental health within the animal care field.

At our core, we are people who love animals and nature, and want to do all that we can to protect it. Welcome, we're glad you're here 🥰

We are SO excited to announce our first event of 2024, Tats for Bats!  We will have a custom flash sheet of tattoos avai...
04/11/2024

We are SO excited to announce our first event of 2024, Tats for Bats! We will have a custom flash sheet of tattoos available, as well as piercings, at Kustom culture, with half of the proceeds going towards bat conservation!
More info and the flash sheet will be coming soon, but you (bat)ter get this date on your calendar!🦇

Come join us! 🌸🌼
04/11/2024

Come join us! 🌸🌼

Throwback to Conference and getting to show off our stomping grounds in the heart of it all, to colleagues from all over...
04/08/2024

Throwback to Conference and getting to show off our stomping grounds in the heart of it all, to colleagues from all over! Happy Zoo Lovers Day!

Happy Zoo Lovers Day!
Who is ready for ’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium Day on Wednesday, September 25
at the 2024 AAZK National Conference hosted by the Omaha Chapter?
We love reminiscing on what a great time we had at last year’s Zoo Day at the 2023 AAZK National Conference in Akron!

Thank you to everyone who loves zoos and aquariums. It’s through love and passion that we are able to be successful in our education, animal care, and conservation.

The Akron AAZK Chapter is spear-heading an Earth Month Ecochallenge team this year!  This is a great opportunity to lear...
04/01/2024

The Akron AAZK Chapter is spear-heading an Earth Month Ecochallenge team this year! This is a great opportunity to learn ways to be be more sustainable and earth-friendly in your life, and pledge to take action! It is free to join, quick to check-in, and you earn points for your team by completing daily, weekly, or monthly challenges!

Anyone can join our team! Here is the link:

https://earthmonth.ecochallenge.org/participants/join?referral_code=5d3a3bb4-f753-4265-9336-ba2afa0468d8&team_id=akron-aazk-chapter

Join our team, then comment below what you're most excited to do to be more eco-friendly in the month of April! 🌱🌸♻️

This year's theme, “Conserving Every Ecosystem, Caring for Every Creature,” highlights the intersection of conservation and behavior change. By focusing on daily actions and continuous learning, we aim to create a sustainable and just world, not just for humans but for all species and ecosystems...

03/31/2024

Happy Easter! Hopefully the Easter Bunny (or the Easter Rat) visited you today!

Our AAZK Chapter routinely collects cans  from our members, zoo staff, and local community, and takes them to a recyclin...
03/17/2024

Our AAZK Chapter routinely collects cans from our members, zoo staff, and local community, and takes them to a recycling center. Not only does this keep them out of landfills, but the money that the Chapter receives from these cans, we donate through our Cans for Corridors program. We donate every year to the Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas, who use the money to plant trees in rainforests to create "corridors", and connect habitat fragments so wildlife can safely traverse between pockets of forests. This year, your Akron AAZK Chapter donated $2,000 through our Cans for Corridors program.

ADDITIONALLY, we heard of an awesome opportunity to honor the life of Dr. Jennifer Mickelburg, who worked tirelessly to educate about and conserve Golden Lion Tamarins. In her honor, we matched our own IPE donation, and donated an additional $2,000 to Save the Golden Lion Tamarin to contribute to "Jennifer's Forest Corridor".

We are so thankful to everyone who has brought in cans, as this is a simple, but direct way that we are working to save species🧡🌳

03/13/2024
Who do you think will win this year’s bracket?! There are some tough choices here…
03/12/2024

Who do you think will win this year’s bracket?! There are some tough choices here…

It's time for our popular March Madness competition! Help us determine who is the top animal at the Akron Zoo for 2024! Over the next several weeks, you'll vote which animal advances to the next level until there is only one animal left standing.

Want to play along? Fill out the bracket below and share with us by Saturday,March 16 at 5 p.m. Those who fill out the bracket correctly will be entered in a raffle to win a themed animal gift basket!

This year's competitors are: Persephone - our female ring-tailed lemur, Mouse - one of our female Humboldt penguins, Sumini - our female tiger, Eko - our male tiger, Manuel - our Baron's racer, Maddie - one of our female Dumeril's ground boas, Sabine - our female red wolf pup and Sakari - one of our female Trumpeter swans.

May the best animal win!

03/06/2024

We're so excited to immerse you in the natural world like never before! Plan to spend a few spring evenings with us at Wildlife Illuminated! 🌙✨💡

At your Akron Zoo, you'll come nose-to-nose with more than 2,000 animals from around the world!

03/05/2024

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t0EVFrnticSuch an inspiring watch about the hard work and dedication that has been put ...
02/29/2024

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t0EVFrntic

Such an inspiring watch about the hard work and dedication that has been put in over the last 150 years by the Ohio Division of Wildlife to restore and conserve Ohio’s wildlife and wild places. The work is far from over, but the future is bright! 🍃🍂🦌🦅

A look back at 150 years of fish and wildlife conservation in the state of Ohio.

Valentine’s Day has come and gone… and Summer is still waiting for someone to put a ring on it… any takers? 💍👀
02/20/2024

Valentine’s Day has come and gone… and Summer is still waiting for someone to put a ring on it… any takers? 💍👀

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️💕  Our Education Team recently put on a Kissing Booth, and look how cute it turned out! 😍🤩  Whi...
02/14/2024

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️💕 Our Education Team recently put on a Kissing Booth, and look how cute it turned out! 😍🤩 Which of these cuties would you like to share a kiss with?!

Training tips straight from the   💪🏻🙌🏻
02/13/2024

Training tips straight from the
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Happy   Sunday to all whooooo celebrate! 🦉😉
02/11/2024

Happy Sunday to all whooooo celebrate! 🦉😉

02/10/2024

I think we’d all love to sit and read a book to a tortoise! 💚📖🐢

Have a teen in your life interested in animals, nature, or conservation?  Being a Junior Interpreter might be just what ...
02/02/2024

Have a teen in your life interested in animals, nature, or conservation? Being a Junior Interpreter might be just what they need this summer! Check it out!

We are now accepting applications for our 2024 Teen Volunteer Program! Teens, ages 14-18 who are entering grades 9-12 during the 2024-2025 school year, who love animals, nature, people and conservation are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is March 15: https://www.akronzoo.org/teen-volunteers

A Jr. Interpreter is friendly, enthusiastic and dependable. It is necessary that teens are outgoing in order to engage our guests, sharing information regarding our animals, our conservation efforts and what they can do at home.

Jr. Interpreters are important to the Akron Zoo as they aid and support in the areas of education and conservation through active participation in on-grounds activities, programming and special events.

No formal training or education needed, so apply today!

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Akron, OH
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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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