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Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge

Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge opened in 2013 and was the largest expansion at the Akron Zoo to date. In Grizzly Ridge you can watch our grizzly bears run, play and splash in their pool. Plus, you'll have fun sliding down the otter slide.  This fully enclosed acrylic tube takes you right through the river otter exhibit. You will also marvel at coyotes, red wolves, bald eagles and more!

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About Grizzly Ridge

A Green Exhibit

Grizzly RidgeGrizzly Ridge achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Campus destination for all of the green aspects built into the exhibit. One of the best examples of the exhibit's green practices include a pool water reclamation system that allows 100% of exhibit water to be reused.

Otter Slide

In the heart of Grizzly Ridge, at the otter exhibit visitors can have the experience of a lifetime on the otter slide. The otter slide is a fully enclosed acrylic tube that goes underwater right through the otter exhibit.

History Behind Grizzly Ridge

This exhibit sits right on the historic Portage Path. The trail connected the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Rivers 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 in Grizzly Ridge identifies the path.

Animals at Grizzly Ridge