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Unique Experiences

unique experiences at the Akron ZooLooking for a great way to support your Akron Zoo all while having an unforgettable experience? Check out these once in a lifetime opportunities.

All of the experiences listed below need to be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.


Behind-the-Scenes Tour

For guests age 8 years and older

You and up to 3 guests can enjoy a private behind-the-scenes tour of select exhibit areas at the Akron Zoo. This private tour will take you and your guests on a wild journey and offer a peek at where our wild animal keepers perform their daily duties of cleaning, preparing diets and enrichment for the animals. Come prepared to ask the keepers and your tour guide questions during this amazing journey.

Select from the following animal areas

  • Penguin Point building
  • Jaguar and snow leopard exhibits
  • Lion and tiger building in Tiger Valley
  • Otter building
  • Grizzly bear building

You can tour five facilities for a gift of $500, choose three facilities for $350 or one facility for $200.


Keeper for a Day

For guests age 14 years and older

Follow an Akron Zoo keeper during their daily routine. Watch and learn all the aspects of being a wild animal keeper. You may help make diets for the animals, clean their exhibits or just follow the keeper and ask all of the questions you’ve always wondered about. This is a once in a lifetime experience you’ll remember forever!

Half day experience: $300


Zoo Veterinarian for a Day

For guests age 14 years and older

Spend some time with the Akron Zoo’s veterinarian as they give animals the check-ups and medical care they need. The unique experience gives you the opportunity to learn all about medical care for exotic zoo animals of all kinds.

Half day experience: $500


Trainer for a Day

This program is designed for participants 13 years and older. For children 8 - 12 years, take advantage of the Child and Guardian package!

Have you ever wondered what it takes to work with animals? Now is your chance to find out!

Exclusively at the Akron Zoo, join the education staff as they work side-by-side with the animals. Your adventure includes animal meet-n-greets, a private behind-the-scenes tour and the opportunity to prepare for and appear in the daily "It's a Wild World" Animal Show. 

Available Tuesday - Friday, June - August.

Call the Education Office at 330-375-2550 ext. 8973 to schedule Trainer for a Day.


 For more information or to schedule your unique experience,
please call (330) 375-2550 ext. 7246 or email ACTatlow@akronzoo.org