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Akron Zoo to host Breakfast with the Bunny

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AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo will hold their annual Breakfast with the Bunny event on Sunday, April 6, Sunday, April 13 and Saturday, April 19, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 11 a.m. The event includes breakfast, a visit from the Bunny and an outdoor egg hunt. Reservations are required and space is limited.

Breakfast with the Bunny is held in the zoo’s Komodo Kingdom Education Center. Upon arriving at the zoo, guests will enjoy a full breakfast buffet. Visitors can also visit with a costumed bunny, “Peter Cottontail,” and take pictures. At 10:30 a.m. kids are invited to participate in an outdoor egg hunt. Every child that participates in the hunt will receive a goodie bag. The price of the event also includes free admission to the zoo following the event.

Reservations can be made by calling (330) 375-2550 ext. 7231 or online at http://www.akronzoo.org. Prices for this special program are $16 for Akron Zoo member adults, $18 for Akron Zoo member children, $22 for non-member adults and $24 for non-member children.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours, through April, are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is $7 per person. The parking fee is $2. Starting May 1, the Akron Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $8 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2. For more information visit http://www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

akronzoo175PRESS RELEASE SUBMITTED BY:
David Barnhardt
Director of Marketing & Guest Services
Akron Zoo
500 Edgewood Ave.
Akron, Ohio 44307
P: (330) 375-2550 ext. 7238

Coyotes now on exhibit in Grizzly Ridge

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AKRON, Ohio – The long awaited last piece to the zoo’s popular Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit is now in place. Two coyotes are on exhibit and the zoo is holding a naming contest for their newest residents.

The coyotes, one male and one female, are siblings. They were born on April 13 at USDA facility in Logan, Utah. When they arrived at the zoo this summer they were in quarantine in the zoo’s Center for Animal Care. More recently they were moved to their exhibit to get used to their surroundings before they went on exhibit to the public. Being right next to the red wolf exhibit gives the zoo the opportunity to educate people about the differences and similarities in coyotes and wolves.

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The zoo will be holding a naming contest on their website at www.akronzoo.org from Thursday, November 21 to Monday, December 2, 2013. Zoo staff have chosen four options, two male and two female, and people can vote for their favorites. The male and female name with the most votes will be the winners. The names chosen all have Native American origins. Possible names for the male coyote include Dasan (duh-sahn), which means “chief” and Shilah (shy-luh), which means “brother.” The two choices for the female are Adany (uh-dah-knee), which means “timber” or “woods” and Kaliska (kuh-lis-kuh), which means “coyote chasing deer.”

Coyotes are a species of canid that can be found anywhere in North and Central America. They are grayish brown to yellowish in color. Their belly and throat are mostly white. They are very adaptable to many different habitats as they live in deserts, prairies, savannas, tropical forests, tundra, grasslands and urban areas. Their diet consists primarily of rabbits, rodents, insects and other small prey. The average weight of a coyote is 25-40 lbs. Coyotes are one of the few animals that have increased their range in spite of human encroachment.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and winter admission is $6 per person. Children under two are free and parking is $2.00. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

Submitted by:
David Barnhardt
Director of Marketing & Guest Services
Ph – (330) 375-2550 ext. 7238
dmbarnhardt@akronzoo.org

 

Boo at the Akron Zoo kicks off Saturday with new treat stations and adventures!

AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo kicks off on Saturday, October 12 and will run October 12-13, 18-20, and 25-27. Hours are 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Fridays and 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The event includes 12 themed treat stations kids can trick-or-treat at, including a new treat station. This safe and non-scary event allows visitors to enjoy festive decorations and light displays throughout the zoo, while visiting the animals. Tickets will be limited this year for each night so people are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance.

DSCF5475Favorite themed trick-or-treating stations returning include the witches, construction, enchanted forest, trains, super hero and more. New this year is a First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby themed station that will feature cars from the Soap Box Derby in Akron. Visitors can also explore the zoo’s new Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit, which is making its Boo at the Zoo debut.

Tickets for Boo at the Akron Zoo are $10 for trick-or-treaters and $6.00 for observers. Akron Zoo member observers are free, but will still need a ticket. Pre-sale tickets are now on sale at the Akron Zoo and all Acme Fresh Market locations in Northeast Ohio for a discounted rate. People can save $1 per ticket when they buy tickets before the day they are attending. Boo at the Akron Zoo is presented by Acme Fresh Markets. The carousel and train will also be open for people to ride during the event and a pizza buffet is available for purchase in the Komodo Kingdom Café. In addition to freshly made pizzas, the buffet will include dessert pizza, too. The buffet is $4.99 for kids and $8.99 for adults.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $7 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2.00. For more information visit http://www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

akronzoo175Submitted by:
David Barnhardt Director of Marketing & Guest Services Ph – (330) 375-2550 ext. 7238
dmbarnhardt@akronzoo.org

Akron Zoo sees record crowds in first month since the opening of the Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit

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AKRON, Ohio – The bears have been all the buzz at the Akron Zoo. Since the Mike and Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit opened on July 20, 2013, over 109,000 people have visited the new exhibit in the first month. That is 69,000 people, a 59% increase, more than last year during the same time frame.

On July 24, 6,304 people visited making it the largest single attended day in the zoo’s history. In addition to Grizzly Ridge being opened, on the record setting day, the zoo partnered with Akron Public Schools for Backpack Adventure and kids were able to get school supplies at the zoo that day. Eight of the zoo’s top ten attended days in their 60-year history have taken place since the new exhibit has opened. The zoo has had 19 days in the first month with over 3,000 people visiting. In comparison the zoo had 12 days with 3,000 or more visitors in all of 2012.

“We are just thrilled that our community is enjoying the new expansion at the zoo,” commented L. Patricia Simmons, President & CEO of the Akron Zoo. “This exhibit is one they have asked for, and with their support, we were able to build. It is just great to see them reap the benefits of their support for the zoo.”

 

The new exhibit features grizzly bears, river otters, red wolves, bald eagles and a walk-in aviary. Coyotes are expected to be on exhibit this fall as part of the new expansion. One of the most popular spots in Grizzly Ridge has been the otter slide, which is a fully enclosed acrylic tube that goes through the otter exhibit.

“Grizzly Ridge is a fun and interactive space for visitors, a recreated natural habitat for animals like grizzly bears and bald eagles and a place where kids of all ages come learn about endangered species like red wolves,” added Simmons. “It has been wonderful to see kids get nose-to-nose with the otters in the slide. We hope it provides families memories for years to come.”

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $7 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2.00. For more information visit http://www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

Submitted by:
David Barnhardt
Director of Marketing & Guest Services
Ph – (330) 375-2550 ext. 7238
dmbarnhardt@akronzoo.org

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The largest exhibit in the Akron Zoo history, Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge, will debut July 20, 2013

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AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo is ready to unveil their largest opening in their 60 year history on July 20, 2013. Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge will include grizzly bears, river otters, red wolves, bald eagles, coyotes and a walk-in aviary.

The first exhibit people will see in Grizzly Ridge is the bald eagle exhibit. This exhibit, which is over double the size of the former exhibit, will house five bald eagles. Two of the bald eagles are juveniles and have not gotten the signature white feathers on their heads, which are currently covered in brown feathers. Five bald eagles are the most ever exhibited at one time by the zoo.

Next visitors will get a fully immersive experience inside the zoo’s walk-in aviary. Sixty-five Ohio birds will surround visitors as they are suspended 16 feet in the air onto a rope bridge and tree house.

The grizzly bear exhibit, at 17,000 square-feet, will become one of the largest exhibits at the Akron Zoo. The two grizzly bears were orphaned in the wild after being born in 2011 in Wyoming and brought to the zoo from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo last month. The exhibit will feature a pool and heated rocks for the bears.

River otters will make their return to the Akron Zoo as part of the expansion. The river otter pool holds 30,000 gallons of water and gives visitors several vantage points to view the otters. For a really close experience with the otters, kids will be able to slide through the exhibit in a fully enclosed acrylic tube with the otters swimming around them.

Two new canine species will make their debut at the zoo with the addition of red wolves and coyotes. Because they were just born recently, the coyotes will not be on exhibit when it opens, but visitors will get to see and learn about coyotes with a video monitor installed at their exhibit. The coyotes are expected to be on exhibit sometime in late August.

A wood statue of a mother grizzly bear and her two cubs will greet visitors as they enter Grizzly Ridge. The statues were carved with a chainsaw by Michael Blaine of Dreamwood from an oak tree that was deemed unsafe and had to be removed in the Grizzly Ridge area.Blaine will also carve a raccoon and eagle. 

Grizzly Ridge encompasses approximately four of the zoo’s 52 acres. The $12.8 million dollar exhibit was primarily funded through levy proceeds along with generous donation of many individuals, corporations and foundations.

The new exhibit sits right on the historic Portage Path. The trail connected the Cuyahoga and TuscarawasRivers and was approximately eight miles in length. Native Americans used this path to transport their canoes overland from one river to the other. Using canoes, Native Americans could travel by water from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico except for this small section. A bronze arrowhead marker will be placed in Grizzly Ridge to identify the path. Grizzly Ridge will also include a dig site for children that will enable them to find artifacts that could have been found along the trail 10,000 years ago.

Several green elements have been incorporated into Grizzly Ridge including rain barrels, a green roof, pervious concrete, bio-retention filters and more. The project will be applying for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design and is projected to achieve silver status.

The exhibit will bear the names Mike and Mary Stark, after two of the zoo’s most ardent supporters and friends. Mike has been a zoo board member since 1994 and is the past Chairman of the Board.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $7 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2.00. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Contact:
David Barnhardt
Director of Marketing & Guest Services
Ph – (330) 375-2550 ext. 7238
dmbarnhardt@akronzoo.org

Grizzly bear pair from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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Jackson and Cheyenne are off on their next big adventure. The brother and sister grizzly bears have done a lot of traveling in their two short years, coming to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in 2011 from Wyoming and now moving on to their long-term home, the new Mike and Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit, at the Akron Zoo.

“We’ve known all along that two of our four grizzly cubs would be heading to Akron at some point,” said Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Executive Director Dr. Chris Kuhar. “The Akron Zoo is a great institution and we were happy to help care for the bears while their new exhibit was under construction.”

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Akron Zoo President & CEO, L. Patricia Simmons said the bears will be unavailable for photos or video as they spend the next several weeks getting acclimated to their new home, but will be ready to be on exhibit when Grizzly Ridge has its grand opening on July 20. “We are very excited to be welcoming Jackson and Cheyenne to the Akron Zoo and are extremely grateful to Cleveland for providing exceptional care for them over the past two years,” commented Simmons.

Jackson and Cheyenne joined Cleveland’s other two grizzly cubs, Cody and Cooper, in August 2011. All four cubs were about 7 months old at the time, and weighed less than 100 pounds. Now, at just over 2 years old, all four bears are in the 300 pound range and still growing.

“Grizzlies aren’t really considered full-grown until they are 4 or 5 years old,” said Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Curator of Animals Travis Vineyard. “And an adult male grizzly bear can weigh upwards of 900 pounds when fully grown.”

Cody and Cooper, the orphaned brother cubs from Montana, will remain on exhibit in Cleveland.

Grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis), a subspecies of brown bear, were once widespread throughout the U.S. and Canada. Their range has shrunk toward the northwest with most now occurring in Alaska and western Canada, although their numbers are on the rise in some areas of the contiguous U.S., especially in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Grizzlies in the wild have an average lifespan of 20-30 years, and typically live a few years longer in captivity. They are solitary animals in the wild, unless a mother is caring for cubs, in which case the cubs will stay with the mother for up to three years.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $7 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2.00. For more information visit http://www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

Northeast Ohio’s most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with hours extended to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $12.25 per person, $8.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.

For more information, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.
Press Release submitted by the Akron Zoo.

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Akron Zoo hosts World Ocean’s Day on June, 2013

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AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo is proud to join its fellow accredited zoos & aquariums, as well as thousands of other educational institutions and conservation organizations, in celebrating World Ocean’s Day Saturday, June 8, 2013. The zoo will have displays and activities throughout the park from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. focusing on water and animals.     

Visitors will be able to participate in a turtle migration game, activities surrounding the reef, aquatic themed crafts and more. Live island music will be provided by Tom Todd, the one man band. The zoo staff will be wearing Hawaiian shirts that day and guests are encouraged to do so as well.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $7 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2. For more information people can visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

akronzoo175David Barnhardt
Director of Marketing & Guest Services
Ph – (330) 375-2550 ext. 7238

New African lion now on exhibit at the Akron Zoo

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AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo’s new female African lion, Mandisa, is now on exhibit. Mandisa, acquired from the Naples Zoo in January, will be on exhibit with the zoo’s male lion Tamarr. The Akron Zoo’s female lion, Shani, was moved to the Naples Zoo when Mandisa arrived. The moves were a recommendation from the Lion Species Survival Plan (SSP).

Mandisa was born July 19, 2008 at the NEW Zoo in Greenbay, WI. Once Mandisa arrived she went through a 30-day quarantine period in the zoo’s Roger J. Sherman Center for Animal Care facility before being moved to the lion exhibit and introduced to Tamarr. Mandisa currently weighs 289 pounds and eats up to seven pounds of meat per day. According to the zoo’s Animal Care staff, Mandisa and Tamarr have gotten along great and both lions will be on exhibit daily together. At this time the Akron Zoo does not have a breeding recommendation for Mandisa and Tamarr.

LION_2x300African lions are indigenous to the grasslands and semi-arid plains of sub-Saharan Africa. African lion populations are classified as vulnerable, with numbers declining due to habitat loss throughout Africa. Lions are Africa’s largest carnivore.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and winter admission is $6 per person. Children under two are free and parking is $2.00. For more information visit http://www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in theiakronzoo175r native habitats.

Contact:
David Barnhardt
Director of Marketing & Guest Services
Ph – (330) 375-2550 ext. 7238
dmbarnhardt@akronzoo.org

Akron Zoo now home to new Komodo dragons

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AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo has acquired two new Komodo dragons, Draco and Charlie, which are now on exhibit in the zoo’s EducationCenter, KomodoKingdom. As Draco and Charlie get acclimated to their new surroundings they will be on exhibit daily from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The zoo’s resident Komodo dragon, TNT, will be on exhibit when Draco and Charlie are not on exhibit.

Draco and Charlie, who are sisters, were born October 8, 2010 and were brought to Akron from the Denver Zoo where they were born. Draco and Charlie are about 4 feet in length and weigh 9 pounds compared to TNT, who at age 13, weighs 141 pounds. Eventually as Draco and Charlie get more comfortable with their surroundings they will alternate days on exhibit with TNT. TNT has been at the zoo since 2005 when the zoo opened KomodoKingdom.

CharlieKomodo dragons, a type of monitor lizard, are the world’s largest living lizard. Komodo dragons are indigenous to a few IndonesianIslands, including the Island of Komodo. They are typically found in tropical savanna forests. Komodo dragons will scavenge carcasses or eat live prey ranging from large rodents to water buffalo. Juvenile Komodo dragons like Draco and Charlie, typically will eat small lizards or insects. Komodo dragons are an endangered species due primarily to habitat destruction.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. The Akron Zoo hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is $6 per person. Children under two are free and parking is $2. Starting May 1, the Akron Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $7 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

akronzoo175Submitted by:
David Barnhardt
Director of Marketing & Guest Services
Ph – (330) 375-2550 ext. 7238
dmbarnhardt@akronzoo.org

Akron Zoo to host a Party for the Planet to celebrate Earth Day

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AKRON, Ohio - The Akron Zoo will celebrate Earth Day with their annual event, Party for the Planet, on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Numerous environmentally friendly vendors will be on hand to educate visitors about steps they can take to help our planet and conserve our natural resources.  

Several exhibitors will be on-hand during the event with giveaways and talking about their green practices. Entertainment will be provided by Michael Ray’s Cirque de Papier and there will be crafts available. The Akron Zoo’s mascot, Conrad Conservation, will make an appearance at the zoo during the event. Conrad, a costumed frog, helps the zoo convey its mission of conservation. Party for the Planet is supported by City Scrap & Salvage, OhioConnectionsAcademy and The Lube Stop, Inc.

          The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours, through April, are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is $6 per person. The parking fee is $2. Starting May 1, the Akron Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $7 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

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