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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 Below are some frequently asked questions about visiting the Akron Zoo.

1. How long does it take to tour the zoo?
The entire park (including exhibits and undeveloped land) is over 50 acres with more than 700 animals from around the world, plus a train, carousel and Farmland. Most visitors stay for 2.5 to 4 hours, but it really depends on how long you want to stay at the zoo.

2. Is there food available at the zoo? Can we bring food into the zoo?
Komodo Kingdom Cafe offers a sit down cafe with an extensive menu and Grasslands Cafe (open seasonally) offers hot dogs, hot pretzels, Ohio popcorn Velvet ice cream and hot and cold beverages.
 
You also are permitted to bring food into the zoo. There are several picnic areas available on a first come, first serve basis.

3. Do you rent strollers and wheelchairs?
The Akron Zoo offers stroller rental at $6 for a single stroller and $10 for a double stroller. Electric scooters are available for $25. A limited number of complimentary wheelchairs are available on a first come, first serve basis. To use any of these items we do ask for a form of collateral (i.e. - driver's license, car keys).

4. What should I do with the sick or injured animal I found?
Due to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation guidelines, the Akron Zoo is unable to accept wildlife. Please refer your calls to the following:

  • Division of Wildlife – (330) 644-2293
  • Fran Kitchen (state license rehabilitator) Operation Orphan – (330) 745-2947
  • Animal Control Warden – (330) 375-2320
  • Expert Snake Removal Service – (800) 339-9470
  • Arrowhead Snake Removal – (330) 624-3904
  • Medina Raptor Center (birds of prey/waterfowl) – (330) 667-2386

5. I cannot keep my pet anymore. Does the Zoo want it?
The Akron Zoo does not accept pets.

6. Does the Zoo have information available to help me with my school report?
Yes. Click here for a list of the Akron Zoo animals and their information. Or refer to the following web sites:
 
http://www.aza.org/
http://www.zooweb.com/

7. How can I prepare for a zoo career?
With more than 110 million people visiting AZA institutions annually, all zoo and aquarium employees have the opportunity to educate the public about the critical need for the conservation of wildlife and wild lands. This responsibility assures an interesting and rewarding career, but the profession requires more than a commitment to conservation – it requires hard work. Click here for a list of zoo-related positions and descriptions.