Akron Zoo

Akron Zoo When you visit the Akron Zoo, you'll come nose-to-nose with more than 1,000 animals, including endangered Humboldt penguins, snow leopards, Sumatran tigers, jaguars, red pandas, Komodo dragons and many more.
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The Halloween fun will continue this fall here at your Akron Zoo! Our new event, Howl-O-Ween Celebration, is Oct. 10-11,...
09/21/2020

The Halloween fun will continue this fall here at your Akron Zoo! Our new event, Howl-O-Ween Celebration, is Oct. 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 & 31 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. There will also be special member-only dates on Oct. 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 4 - 7 p.m. for Akron Zoo members. Get your tickets now: https://www.akronzoo.org/howl-o-ween-celebration

Howl-O-Ween Celebration includes all the fun of Boo at the Zoo with all the safety precautions against COVID-19. Guests can dress up in their favorite Halloween costume and enjoy themed selfie stations throughout the zoo. Children will receive a pre-stuffed goodie bag at the end of their visit to take home!

All guests must have a ticket to enter each day of the event, including free member adults. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and must have a reserved time slot to enter.

Howl-O-Ween Celebration is presented by Acme Fresh Market.

We are once again scheduling our Virtual Animal Experiences! Spice up your virtual meeting or school classroom by having...
09/20/2020

We are once again scheduling our Virtual Animal Experiences! Spice up your virtual meeting or school classroom by having one of our animals as a guest, or enjoy a fun painting session with one of our animal ambassadors!

Check our all our different Virtual Animal Experiences and book your at https://www.akronzoo.org/virtual-animal-experiences.

Happy International Red Panda Day! We're excited as the return of red pandas to your Akron Zoo gets closer - Lehner Fami...
09/19/2020

Happy International Red Panda Day! We're excited as the return of red pandas to your Akron Zoo gets closer - Lehner Family Foundation Wild Asia will open in spring 2021!

Today, our very own red panda keeper, Lisa, will be joining our conservation partners, Red Panda Network, to celebrate #IRPD2020. Head over to Red Panda Network page at 2 p.m. to hear from Lisa about the new red pandas coming to your Akron Zoo and get a sneak peek at their new home in Wild Asia!

09/19/2020
Color Me Excited

Peanut the scarlet macaw approves of the painting for Color Me Excited! The virtual paint night - perfect for children and adults alike - is on Friday, Sept. 25 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Get your tickets now: https://www.akronzoo.org/color-me-excited.

During the virtual event, our instructor will take you through the painting step-by-step. Some special guests will join throughout the class, including animal encounters and an animal painting demonstration!

Have you made your bids on our virtual Summer Safari auction yet? Bid now, and keep an eye on it to be sure that you don...
09/18/2020

Have you made your bids on our virtual Summer Safari auction yet? Bid now, and keep an eye on it to be sure that you don't get outbid on your favorite item. Bids close tonight, Sept. 18, at 8:30 p.m.: https://e.givesmart.com/events/gnr/i/

Auction items available include an opportunity to feed the red pandas, a personal lion or grizzly bear experience, a Don Drumm sculpture and so much more!

Bid now!

To say thank you to the residents of Summit County for their support of the Akron Zoo, we're once again offering Communi...
09/18/2020

To say thank you to the residents of Summit County for their support of the Akron Zoo, we're once again offering Community Appreciation Days! Each Summit County community has a time period where they can reserve up to four FREE tickets to the Akron Zoo! For Sept. 26 - Oct. 9, communities Barberton, Bath, Clinton, Copley, Coventry, Fairlawn, Green, Lakemore, Mogadore, New Franklin, Norton, Springfield and Tallmadge can visit.

Due to current safety precautions, the Community Day procedure looks a little different this year. Tickets are available from noon - 3 p.m. daily and will be available online only two weeks prior to your community's first visit date. Tickets must be reserved in advance. The deadline for residents to reserve tickets is Sept. 25. Tickets are not available at the door.

For more details and to reserve tickets, visit https://www.akronzoo.org/community-days.

Jackson supports your Akron Zoo! Since 2012, the Akron Zoo has increased the number of animals and species in its care, ...
09/17/2020

Jackson supports your Akron Zoo!

Since 2012, the Akron Zoo has increased the number of animals and species in its care, including endangered red wolves, Speke’s gazelles, octopus, naked mole rats, tree monitors, snowy owls, red breasted geese, musk deer and grizzly bears.

Learn more at https://www.akronzoo.org/support-your-akron-zoo.

The Akron Zoo will be closing at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 18 to prepare for our fundraiser, Summer Safari. General admissi...
09/17/2020

The Akron Zoo will be closing at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 18 to prepare for our fundraiser, Summer Safari. General admission tickets will be available online from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. All tickets must be reserved online ahead of time. Your half hour time slot is your arrival window. To reserve your tickets and for more visiting details, visit https://www.akronzoo.org/2020-visitor-guidelines.

Summer Safari is Sept. 18 from 7 - 10 p.m. The event is the Akron Zoo's largest annual fundraiser and funds raised support animal care, wildlife conservation projects and education at the zoo. Get your tickets at https://www.akronzoo.org/summer-safari.

We're offering a special time during Howl-O-Ween Celebration for guests with special needs! Zoothing Howl-O-Ween Celebra...
09/16/2020

We're offering a special time during Howl-O-Ween Celebration for guests with special needs! Zoothing Howl-O-Ween Celebration is Saturday, Oct. 24 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Tickets are separate from Howl-O-Ween Celebration general admission and only a limited number of tickets are available: https://www.akronzoo.org/zoothing-howl-o-ween-celebration

During Howl-O-Ween Celebration, dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and take photos at the selfie stations throughout the zoo. All guests with children tickets will receive a stuffed goodie bag!

Check out our new virtual ZooCamp that will celebrate all things Howl-O-Ween! Howl-O-Week runs Oct. 19-23 for kids ages ...
09/16/2020

Check out our new virtual ZooCamp that will celebrate all things Howl-O-Ween! Howl-O-Week runs Oct. 19-23 for kids ages 3-5 and Oct. 26-30 for ages 6-10. Register by Oct. 1: https://www.akronzoo.org/virtual-zoocamp.

Each camper will receive a kit with a special plush, supplies for activities and crafts, links to Zoom animal encounters and exclusive access to our private Facebook group. Plus, you'll receive one free ticket to our Howl-O-Ween Celebration this fall!

09/15/2020
Inside the Akron Zoo - Red Wolves

Red wolves are the most endangered canid in the world. There are only about 20 wolves estimated to be living in their native habitat. Your Akron Zoo is home to two red wolves, Waya and Juno.

Check out the video to learn more about what the zoo is doing to protect this critically endangered species from going extinct!

We're hiring! We have a limited number of seasonal positions available in our guest services department. To be considere...
09/15/2020

We're hiring! We have a limited number of seasonal positions available in our guest services department. To be considered for a position, please complete a pre-screening survey at https://www.akronzoo.org/employment.

Our season runs through Dec. 31, 2020. The Akron Zoo is an EOE and drug-free workplace.

Hang out with some of our animals at our virtual event, Honey Harvest, this Saturday, Sept. 19 from 3 - 5 p.m. We'll be ...
09/14/2020

Hang out with some of our animals at our virtual event, Honey Harvest, this Saturday, Sept. 19 from 3 - 5 p.m. We'll be learning more about different animals that are pollinators, enjoying animal encounters and hearing from our keepers. Purchase your ticket now: https://www.akronzoo.org/honey-harvest-festival

Want to win some cool items and support your Akron Zoo? Bids are now open for our Summer Safari Auction now! You can bid...
09/14/2020

Want to win some cool items and support your Akron Zoo? Bids are now open for our Summer Safari Auction now! You can bid on items like a Don Drumm sculpture, Beats headphones, a personal lion experience and so much more!

Bids for the auction are open through Friday, Sept. 18 at 8:30 p.m. Bid now at https://e.givesmart.com/events/gnr/i/.

Plus, tickets are still available for Summer Safari this Friday, Sept. 18, from 7 - 10 p.m. Summer Safari is the Akron Zoo's largest annual fundraiser and funds raised support animal care, wildlife conservation projects and education at the zoo. Get your tickets at https://www.akronzoo.org/summer-safari.

Tickets are on sale for our final Brew at the Zoo of 2020! Our Halloween Bash is Saturday, Oct. 3 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. ...
09/13/2020

Tickets are on sale for our final Brew at the Zoo of 2020! Our Halloween Bash is Saturday, Oct. 3 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are expected to go fast, so don't wait to get yours: https://www.akronzoo.org/brew-at-the-zoo

Come sample beer and wine from local breweries and enjoy the zoo after hours. We'll have our many safety precautions in place, and tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Brew at the Zoo is 21 and older only, including designated drivers. Infants and children will not be admitted.

If you're a fan of our painting events, then check out our next virtual paint night, Color Me Excited, on Friday, Sept. ...
09/12/2020

If you're a fan of our painting events, then check out our next virtual paint night, Color Me Excited, on Friday, Sept. 25 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Get your zoom link now: https://www.akronzoo.org/color-me-excited.

During the event, created with both children and adults in mind, you'll paint a colorful animal painting with an instructor, meet some of our animal ambassadors and more!

We're hosting a meal drive, presented by Feed Your Neighbors, this Monday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. - noon. Pick-up a free ...
09/12/2020

We're hosting a meal drive, presented by Feed Your Neighbors, this Monday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. - noon. Pick-up a free meal in our main parking lot, whether it's after your visit in the zoo or if you just stop by for your food! Entrees will include lasagna rolls with house-made marinara sauce and a salad.

Meals are available first come, first serve.

09/11/2020
Honey Harvest

When most people think of pollinators, they think of bees. But did you know there are many other animals that act as pollinators?

At our next virtual event, Honey Harvest on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 3 - 5 p.m., enjoy animal encounters with different animals like our lemurs, live keeper talks and more! Get your tickets now: https://www.akronzoo.org/honey-harvest-festival

📷: Keeper Lauren

09/11/2020

We’re live in our Lehner Family Foundatiom Wild Asia! Take a tour with us through the construction site to get a sneak peek of the new area!

Wild Asia opens in spring 2021 and will feature new homes for Sumatran tigers and red pandas, plus will introduce new species, white-cheeked gibbons. https://www.akronzoo.org/wild-asia

Do you want a sneak peek of Lehner Family Foundation Wild Asia? Join us tomorrow at noon on Facebook Live as we take you...
09/10/2020

Do you want a sneak peek of Lehner Family Foundation Wild Asia? Join us tomorrow at noon on Facebook Live as we take you through the construction site of Wild Asia!

Construction has advanced significantly since the last virtual tour in May and the habitats are coming along nicely! This will be your last chance to see the area before it opens in spring 2021!

A new addition has been born here at your Akron Zoo! A spotted turtle hatched on Sunday, Sept. 6 and is doing well!Since...
09/10/2020

A new addition has been born here at your Akron Zoo! A spotted turtle hatched on Sunday, Sept. 6 and is doing well!

Since our spotted turtles moved into their home in Curious Creatures in 2018, we have had four turtles hatch here at your Akron Zoo! Spotted turtles are endangered, especially locally here in Ohio. While habitat loss has played a role, the spotted turtle population decline is mainly due to poaching for the pet trade.

Your Akron Zoo works daily to help save species from extinction, like the spotted turtles. Akron Zoo staff worked with other zoos to help designate spotted turtles as an AZA SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) species, a program whose mission is to combine the power of zoo and aquarium visitors with the resources and collective expertise of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) members and partners to save animals from extinction.

Your Akron Zoo supports field conservation efforts, locally and globally, to help protect our species and planet, through our Conservation Fund. Our Conservation Fund is established through 1% of our earned revenue at the gate and philanthropic donations. You can also help support our conservation efforts by simply visiting your zoo!

Do you have your tickets for Summer Safari on Friday, Sept. 18 from 7 - 10 p.m.? Tickets are going quickly and are expec...
09/09/2020

Do you have your tickets for Summer Safari on Friday, Sept. 18 from 7 - 10 p.m.? Tickets are going quickly and are expected to sell out! Don't wait and get yours now: https://www.akronzoo.org/summer-safari

Funds raised at the event help support the care of the animals at the zoo, conservation and more. This year, your Akron Zoo needs your support more than ever as the impact of COVID-19 on the Akron Zoo's day-to-day operations has been significant. With your continued support, we can make event bigger strides towards saving endangered species during these uncertain times.

Help support the Akron Zoo while having a blast at our event, where all safety precautions will be in place.

09/08/2020
Inside the Akron Zoo - Partula snails

Did you know that your Akron Zoo is home to two species that are extinct in their native habitat? We have had great success over the years with breeding partula snails, and have even been able to send two batches of snails to reintroduce in their native habitat of Tahiti.

Learn more about the conservation effort to save this species from going extinct in the next episode of our new mini-series, Inside the Akron Zoo!

Dress up in costume and explore your Akron Zoo decorated for a non-scary Howl-O-Ween Celebration. Enjoy themed selfie st...
09/08/2020

Dress up in costume and explore your Akron Zoo decorated for a non-scary Howl-O-Ween Celebration. Enjoy themed selfie stations throughout the park, meet some of your favorite mascots and receive a goodie bag at the end of your fang-tastic adventure!

Saturdays & Sundays, Oct. 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 & 31 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Akron Zoo Member-only dates: Fridays, Oct. 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 4 - 7 p.m.

All guests must have a ticket to enter, including free member adults. Tickets must be purchased in advance and must have a reserved time slot to enter.

Get tickets at https://www.akronzoo.org/howl-o-ween-celebration.

09/08/2020
Jade eating

They say the early bird gets the worm, unless Jade is faster. Then our Asian box turtle gets the worm!

📷: Education Sepcialist Debra

Happy Labor Day! We are open today from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and we hope to see you! All tickets must be reserved online ahe...
09/07/2020

Happy Labor Day! We are open today from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and we hope to see you!

All tickets must be reserved online ahead of time. Tickets will not be available at the zoo. 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.

We're are offering one last Members’ Evening for 2020! On Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 4-7 p.m., Akron Zoo members can enjoy...
09/06/2020

We're are offering one last Members’ Evening for 2020! On Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 4-7 p.m., Akron Zoo members can enjoy special, member-only hours.

All tickets must be reserved online ahead of time. Tickets will not be available at the zoo. Members must choose a specific half-hour time slot to visit during the Members' Evening. Your half hour time slot is your arrival window. Member tickets will be free, but all members must have a ticket. Non-member guest tickets are not available for this time period.

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

09/06/2020
Milan birthday

Happy 4th Birthday Milan!

Our jaguar celebrated her first birthday here at the Akron Zoo with some of her favorite treats - fish and boxes!

Brew at the Zoo is one week away and there are just a few tickets left! Get yours now before they sell out: https://www....
09/05/2020

Brew at the Zoo is one week away and there are just a few tickets left! Get yours now before they sell out: https://www.akronzoo.org/brew-at-the-zoo

Brew at the Zoo is Saturday, Sept. 12 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Come sample beer and wine from local breweries and enjoy the zoo after hours. We'll have our many safety precautions in place, and tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Brew at the Zoo is 21 and older only, including designated drivers. Infants and children will not be admitted.

If the Akron Zoo animals were characters on The Office! 😂Jackson - the silly, goofy, fun-loving onePetry - the one judgi...
09/05/2020

If the Akron Zoo animals were characters on The Office! 😂

Jackson - the silly, goofy, fun-loving one
Petry - the one judging us all
Donovan - the adorable one who just wants a girl to love him back
Molly - the sweet, popular one always available to greet people
Atlantis - the one with particular views and attitude
Milan - the one who loves a good time
Rico - the one who will eat all the food
Naked mole rat - no explanation needed, right?

To say thank you to the residents of Summit County for their support of the Akron Zoo, we're once again offering Communi...
09/04/2020

To say thank you to the residents of Summit County for their support of the Akron Zoo, we're once again offering Community Appreciation Days! Each Summit County community has a time period where they can reserve up to four FREE tickets to the Akron Zoo! For Sept. 12 - 25, communities Boston Heights Village, Boston Township, Hudson, Macedonia, Munroe Falls, Northfield Center, Northfield Village, Peninsula and Sagamore Hills can visit.

Due to current safety precautions, the Community Day procedure looks a little different this year. Tickets are available from noon - 3 p.m. daily and will be available online only two weeks prior to your community's first visit date. Tickets must be reserved in advance. The deadline for residents to reserve tickets is Sept. 11. Tickets are not available at the door.

For more details and to reserve tickets, visit https://www.akronzoo.org/community-days.

09/03/2020
Inside the Akron Zoo - snow leopards

We are launching a new mini-web series, Inside the Akron Zoo! Over the next few weeks, we'll give you a look inside the zoo on some of our animals and conservation work.

In the first video, we're talking about one of the more popular animals at your Akron Zoo - snow leopards. Learn more about our work with the Snow Leopard Trust and more!

09/02/2020
Honey Harvest

Our Honey Harvest Festival is going virtual! Join us for an un-bee-lieveable event on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 3 - 5 p.m. We'll be celebrating pollinators from around the world with keeper talks, animal encounters and presentations from local experts. Get your Zoom link at https://www.akronzoo.org/honey-harvest-festival.

Want a chance to throw a wild party here at your Akron Zoo? Purchase a Summer Safari raffle ticket now: https://www.akro...
09/01/2020

Want a chance to throw a wild party here at your Akron Zoo? Purchase a Summer Safari raffle ticket now: https://www.akronzoo.org/summer-safari

The grand prize is a private party for up to 100 people in our brand-new area, Lehner Family Foundation Wild Asia! Wild Asia is opening in 2021, and your prize also includes a $500 Akron Zoo catering credit, up-close animal encounters and a keeper-led tiger training session.

Summer Safari is on Friday, Sept. 18 from 7 - 10 p.m.

Want to show your support of your Akron Zoo? Add our new Facebook frame to your profile picture! The animals appreciate ...
09/01/2020

Want to show your support of your Akron Zoo? Add our new Facebook frame to your profile picture!

The animals appreciate you and your support!

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500 Edgewood Ave
Akron, OH
44307

Metro bus #14

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00
Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

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Thank you Akron Zoo for hosting the virtual "Main Event". My nine year old daughter and I really enjoyed the program. She is obsessed with the lions and absolutely loves the Pride of Africa. She really enjoyed the behind the scenes tour and learning how lions are placed at zoos. Keep up the amazing work!
What is number of people allowed in
July’s Habitat Heroes box came and right away my son had to copy these ideas for a snack!
The new procedure isn’t very safe since masks are not required. Because they let people in in large batches, once you get through check in, everyone is grouped up. Masks aren’t require and there is no social distancing being maintained.
Is the gift shop open?
So two weeks ago I came to your establishment looking for John Browns monument because I know for a fact it should be accessed from Perkins Park Street and not only is the street now blocked off to the public as well as the original Park that Simon Perkins wanted for the city but also the monument has NO public access and a 'sentry' took my name and number and told me some woman was going to call me and NO ONE has called me. I'm NOT happy. Actually, I'm pissed off Hopefully this won't lead to me standing outside the zoo with a sign.
My friend, Katie Sekelsky, did this drawing for my 12 year daughterwho loves flamingoes. Akron Zoo's #34 has a special place in her heart!
Please tell me I don't have to enter and exit the zoo in a half hour.... The 30 minute window is just for entering the zoo correct?
We had the chance today to visit for the member's day. I have to say all of your staff did a great job of making us feel very welcomed and thankful to have us back. It was very easy to navigate throughout the zoo making sure that everybody was going one way. We were a little sad that there was some animals we weren't able to see but we understand completely. We also look forward to the day that we'll be able to see the whole zoo again. Thank you for a good morning. We were excited to be able to come back.
Just got our first Habitat Heroes box and my son is so excited! He immediately fell in love with his new snow leopard ❤️
The Akron Zoo went above and beyond for my 2-year-old Sophie, who’s birthday party had to be cancelled! They sent the zoo van to our house today (and it’s 90 degrees out!!! That’s dedication!) Thank you Akron Zoo! We are proud zoo members 😊!
Please friends of Akron zoo vote for lock 15 ASAP!!! We need your help