Journey to the Reef opened May 26, 2012 at the Akron Zoo

AKRON,Ohio– The Akron Zoo unveiled its newest addition, Journey to the Reef, on Saturday, May 26, 2012. The exhibit features 18 aquariums and over 40 aquatic species that live on or near the reef, live coral and a stingray touch pool. The area will also include several interactive areas for kids to learn about ocean life and conservation.

Journey to the Reef will include many animals that have never been seen before at the Akron Zoo. Octopus, eels, seahorses, venomous lionfish and clownfish are just a few of the animals that will make their debut on Saturday. The exhibit will also include a couple of species of jellyfish, starfish, schooling fish, crabs and more. The exhibit space will feature a touch tank that will allow visitors to be able to touch stingrays and a bamboo shark. The zoo will also be growing several different types of branching coral that visitors will be able to see in the coral lab.

The new exhibit occupies the space that was previously the well-liked jellyfish exhibit that was at the zoo from 2008 – 2011. Because of its popularity the zoo decided to stay with an aquatic theme and keep two species of jellies. Japanese sea nettles, up-side down jellies and moon jellies will remain as part of Journey to the Reef.

The interactive space in the exhibit will feature three different kiosks and an interactive media wall that will teach kids about kelp forests, harbors and reefs while they climb and play.

The entire exhibit space features a mural by local artist, Amy Mothersbaugh-Roos. Mothersbaugh-Roos, who owns Studio 2091 inCuyahoga Falls, along with several volunteers, has spent over 1,000 hours on the mural that is over 10,000-square feet.  

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 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



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2 Responses to Journey to the Reef opened May 26, 2012 at the Akron Zoo

  1. Jeanette says:

    Great to know, thanks for posting this! I was there on Mother’s Day, and will be members this summer.

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