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Akron Zoo helps save the world's most endangered porpoise 

Posted by David Barnhardt Tuesday, May 2, 2017 1:44:00 PM

The Akron Zoo has joined the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and over 100 accredited zoos and aquariums around the world who have collectively pledged over $1 million dollars to help save the vaquita porpoise. This small porpoise is native the Gulf of California and is the worlds most endangered marine mammal. Also joining the efforts to save this species from extinction are the Mexican government, who has pledged over $3 million towards the effort, The VaquitaCPR (Conservation, Protection and Recovery) emergency rescue plan, and the United States Navy.

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Akron Zoo supports March for Science 

Posted by David Barnhardt Thursday, April 20, 2017 7:38:00 AM

The Akron Zoo joins their accrediting organization, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), in support of the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.  During the event thousands of people will March for Science in cities around the country, including Public Square in Cleveland.  The national March for Science will take place in Washington, D.C. on the same day.

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Akron Zoo announces animal moves 

Posted by David Barnhardt Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:59:00 AM

The Akron Zoo has some new residents and other residents who have moved to other accredited zoos based on Species Survival Plan recommendations from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The zoo has received a new red panda, Komodo dragon, a sun bear and two Humboldt penguins. The zoo’s sloth bear, red panda and one of their Komodo dragons have now moved to their new homes.

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New exhibit Curious Creatures to open June 2017 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 1:51:00 PM

2017 will be a bizarre year at the Akron Zoo. The zoo is getting ready to introduce the community to some of the world’s strangest animals when their new exhibit, Curious Creatures, opens on June 3, 2017. The exhibit will be located in Komodo Kingdom and replace Journey to the Reef, which closed in November last year. The new exhibit will include animals that are uniquely different or have odd adaptations allowing guests to learn about some of the world’s most “Curious Creatures.” 

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New attendance record set in 2016! 

Friday, January 6, 2017 8:54:00 AM

The Akron Zoo surpassed its all-time annual attendance record, attracting 398,878 visitors in 2016. The new attendance record eclipsed the previous attendance record of 389,508 set in 2013.

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Dollar discounts available in January 

Posted by Elena Bell Saturday, December 31, 2016 4:09:00 PM

The Akron Zoo will be hosting a brand new event to start the new year; Dollar Days will take place every Saturday and Sunday in January, including January 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 & 28-29, 2017. Each weekend will feature a special at the zoo for only $1. 

The $1 specials may include food, experiences at the zoo or even admission. People can find out the discounts on the Wednesday before each weekend on the zoo’s website and social media accounts. 

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Akron Zoo sets new single day attendance record 

Posted by David Barnhardt Tuesday, October 25, 2016 3:43:00 PM

On Sunday, October 23, during Boo at the Zoo, 7,550 guest visited, making it the highest attended day n Akron Zoo history.

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Akron Zoo unveils new bike shelter 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 11:41:00 AM

The Akron Zoo has made biking to the zoo more user friendly today as it unveiled a brand new bike shelter.

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Journey To The Reef Exhibit Closing Soon 

Thursday, September 1, 2016 11:03:00 AM

The Akron Zoo’s popular exhibit, Journey to the Reef, will be closing November 19, 2016. The reef exhibit is located in an indoor exhibit hall in Komodo Kingdom which was designed to change exhibits every 3-4 years. Journey to the Reef first opened on May 26, 2012 and hosted over 1.4 million people. Its replacement exhibit has yet to be named, but will open in the spring of 2017.

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Snow Leopard Cubs Now Have Names & Are On Exhibit 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 1:02:00 PM

The snow leopard cubs that were born March 5, 2016, will make their first public appearance on Friday, June 3, 2016. The cubs were briefly on exhibit today with their mother Shanti and picked their own names. The two males are now named Layan, short for Himalayan Mountains, and Altai, named after the Altai Mountains. Snow leopards are indigenous to both mountain ranges. The female cub is named Asha, which means “Hope” in Sanskrit.

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