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Posts in Category: Conservation Corner

Better Latte Than Never! 

Learn how to make your coffee habit better for the planet
Posted by Erica Rymer Tuesday, September 29, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner


For roughly 83% of Americans and many others around the world, the morning is incomplete without a warm cup of coffee in our hands. No wonder we celebrate International Coffee Day each year on September 29. Coffee provides a much needed energy boost, and has also shown to offer many health advantages such as a longer life and lowered risk of Type 2 diabetes! However, despite the fact that the average American spends $1,110 a year to fuel this caffeine habit, many of us take very little notice of where our coffee comes from and where the waste is going. Join us in exploring how you can have your coffee and save the world too!

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Little Zoo, Big Impact 

Meet the white winged wood duck
Posted by Erica Rymer Friday, August 7, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

White Winged Wood Duck

Let’s face it, big conservation usually costs big money. We don’t all have the funds to lead the charge to save elephants, giant pandas or rhinos, but there are smaller species who need big help as well! Some of the most successful conservation programs in zoos are those that focus on small animal species who can live in large groups, and the white-winged wood duck is no exception. 

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Merrily We Go ‘Round! 

Celebrate the 10 year anniversary of our Conservation Carousel
Posted by Erica Rymer Friday, July 31, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner


Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the Akron Zoo’s Conservation Carousel! For an entire decade, guests have enjoyed visiting our park to take a spin on this all-ages ride. Though the view from your steed may have changed with zoo renovations and expansions, the carousel has consistently offered entertainment and educational value for our visitors.

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We’re Wild About Wildlife 

Learn about local and global conservation, and how you can help!
Posted by Erica Rymer Thursday, July 16, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

Jackson and Cheyenne

Each year in July we celebrate Wild about Wildlife Month, an observance that highlights the conservation and protection of wildlife in their native habitat. The Akron Zoo is committed to protecting endangered species, both at home and around the world, by participating in 21 conservation and recovery projects, in addition to providing science-based education programs to more than 91,000 individuals each year. 

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On June 23, We Wear Pink 

Pink Flamingo Day can be about more than plastic lawn decorations
Posted by Erica Rymer Tuesday, June 23, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner


When someone mentions “pink flamingos” what’s the first thing you think of? Is it the cheesy plastic lawn decoration or the majestically awkward bird? Here at the Akron Zoo, we obviously think of our Chilean flamingo flock. In fact, it’s hard not to when their Legends of the Wild habitat is near the entrance and our 23 birds can be heard honking quite loudly throughout the day. But, seeing as Pink Flamingo Day was started in 2007 to celebrate Don Featherstone’s iconic creation, we would be remiss not to think of a plastic flock as well.
In fact, it got us thinking: How exactly does a fake flamingo compare or, more appropriately, contrast to a real flamingo?

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In Otter News 

Learn about otters for World Otter Day
Posted by Erica Rymer Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

World Otter Day

I know a species that’s otter this world, and that species is the otter! Unfortunately, this statement is truer than many of us realize. Otters are incredibly playful animals who we love to learn about and visit at our local zoos, but many are threatened or even endangered and, without action, we may someday (sadly) live in a world without them. That is why on May 27 we celebrate World Otter Day, a holiday created to raise awareness to the plight of our furry friends.

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Shell Yeah, I’m Turtley Relaxed 

Life lessons from the turtle
Posted by Erica Rymer Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner


Slowly and steadily, turtles have woven their way into our hearts and into our culture through stories, parables, and even a memorable television show about pizza and karate! These lovable reptiles represent independence, endurance, longevity and patience around the world, which may be encouraging to us in the current climate of uncertainty and solitude. Since today is World Turtle Day, we wanted to share some stories and advice from the turtle, as well as introduce you to some of the Akron Zoo’s turtle species.

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Have a Wheelie Happy National Bike Month! 

Learn how the Akron Zoo is encouraging sustainable transportation
Posted by Erica Rymer Friday, May 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

Bike Shelter

Since 1956, the League of American Bicyclists has designated May as National Bike Month! Now I’m no ‘cyc’ologist, but even I can tell you that there are plenty of benefits to biking, whether you are looking to be more active, save the environment, or even just save a bit of money on gas. As many as 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles long, making biking not only fun, but a practical way to get to school, work and even the zoo!

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We Have No Egrets About Conservation! 

Learn how you can protect local bird species this World Migratory Bird Day
Posted by Erica Rymer Saturday, May 9, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

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What is migration? Why do animals migrate? Why should you care? Since today is World Migratory Bird Day, I thought I would share with you why bird species are so important and how you can get involved in helping them!

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We’ve Got the POOwer! 

Learn about composting at your Akron Zoo
Posted by Erica Rymer Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner


“Everybody poops!” may be a common phrase uttered by parents all over the globe while they potty train their toddlers, but it also applies to animals! The difference is, animals don’t have toilets to flush their poop, so what do we do with it? 

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Shades of Green 

Invasions in your backyard
Posted by Erica Rymer Friday, February 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

Invasive Plants

Some invasions are hard to ignore, like invasion of privacy, invasion of personal space, or invasions from outer space! However, invasion by non-native plants and animals can often be overlooked, and these “alien” species can have dire consequences for our environment.

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Endangered Species Act Anniversary 

Learn how this little act makes a big impact on our environment
Saturday, December 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner


The presents have all been opened, the carols have all been sung and the Christmas season has come to a close, but we still have a reason to celebrate this week! Today marks the 46th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), signed into law in 1973 by President Richard Nixon.

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The Christmas Bird Count 

A citizen scientist project we can all flock behind
Friday, December 13, 2019 2:06:00 PM Categories: Conservation Corner

Christmas Bird Count

In the late 1800’s the Christmas “Side Hunt” was a pretty common tradition. Unfortunately, as the years passed, the piles of game collected during each hunt grew smaller and conservationists grew concerned with shrinking bird populations. In 1900, ornithologist Frank M. Chapman suggested a new tradition: a bird census rather than a hunt. This began our annual tradition, the Christmas Bird Count!

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Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of our animals!
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 8:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

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Today we hope you would consider giving to your Akron Zoo. Through your gift, you support exceptional animal care and quality habitat construction and maintenance for every animal who calls the Akron Zoo home, especially our newborns! Baya, your Akron Zoo’s sensational snow leopard cub, is especially grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and guests.

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Respecting Critically Endangered Species 

Why Orangutan Caring Week does more than help great apes
Posted by Erica Rymer Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

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Every November the world celebrates Orangutan Caring Week, calling people to take action against the destruction of the rainforest. Though the event was started by Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) as Orangutan Awareness Week, awareness is simply not enough to make the desired change and many organizations, including your Akron Zoo, have joined in taking action and encouraging others to do the same.

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Stay Frosty, Akron 

Its Polar Bear Week!
Posted by Erica Rymer Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

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Polar Bear Week, which this year is celebrated November 3-9, is an awareness event which coincides with the fall polar bear migration.  During the summer, as rising temperatures melt the northern sea ice, these bears bide their time on land, relying on fat reserves for survival. In the fall they migrate back to the Hudson Bay and wait for the sea ice to reform so they can return to hunting seals. One of the greatest threats to polar bear populations is the rapid loss of sea ice due to climate change. This week’s events focus on the importance of sea ice, both to polar bears and the planet, and how we can take action on climate change to protect this majestic species.

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Amazon In Danger! 

Learn about the problems facing the Amazon Rainforest and what you can do to help
Thursday, August 29, 2019 4:30:00 PM Categories: Conservation Corner


The Amazon Rainforest is the most diverse ecosystem on Earth. Its 1.4 billion acres of forest produces 20% of the planet’s oxygen and is home to 10% of all known plant and animal species. Sadly, the forest’s genetic diversity and natural beauty are in jeopardy because of a great number of unsustainable practices.

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We're Quite Fawn-d of Siberian Musk Deer 

Learn more about the elusive musk deer in their natural habitat
Posted by Erica Rymer Sunday, August 25, 2019 12:00:00 PM Categories: Animal News Conservation Corner

Musk Deer Blog

The taiga biome is the largest terrestrial biome in the world. This environment is often swampy and cold since it is located in high latitudes like the Himalayan mountains. Most of us would imagine this chilly habitat to be filled with large mammals with thick fur, such as reindeer, lynxes, wolves, moose and bears. While this assumption is not incorrect, there are also a few surprisingly small residents of the taiga. One example is the Siberian musk deer.

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Saving Wildlife 

Celebrate World Ranger Day 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 9:19:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

Boo at the Zoo

Today is the thirteenth annual celebration of World Ranger Day! July 31 is the anniversary of the International Ranger Federation (IRF), established in 1992, so it is only fitting to celebrate rangers on this date. The IRF raises ranger awareness and partners with organizations to ensure that the world’s wildlife parks are free from destruction, poaching and theft. The job does not come without costs and it is estimated that roughly 1,000 rangers have lost their lives in the line of duty in the past 10 years. Today is a day to thank rangers throughout the world and remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty. 

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Celebrating World Snake Day 

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019 9:16:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

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You either love them or hate them, but the fact of the matter is that we should be grateful that snakes are a part of our lives. There are about 3,000 species of snakes around the world and they are quite often misjudged. Here in Ohio, there are 25 species native to the state, and only three are venomous. Join us to learn more about snakes around the world!

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Don't Worry, Be Capy! 

Learn about our Capybara Species Survival Plan
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 11:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

Boo at the Zoo

 It may be unclear to you why occasionally zoos send their beloved animals to other accredited facilities, or stranger yet, why they suddenly house new animal residents of a species they already have. Many of these changes are made based on Species Survival Plan recommendations from the Association of Zoo and Aquariums (AZA) Taxon Advisory Groups (TAG). There are almost 250 AZA accredited zoos and aquariums who monitor nearly 500 Species Survival Plans (SSPs) for species currently in human care. Learn about one SSP your Akron Zoo is involved in: the Capybara SSP!

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Show Your Stripes: Make Mail Conservation Conscious 

June 12, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:33:00 PM Categories: Conservation Corner

Tiger Stamp

In 2011, a stamp was unveiled by the United States Postal Service (USPS) making tigers the new face of snail mail. Since then, 49 million have been sold, contributing $5.4 million to international conservation efforts in 35 countries! Unfortunately, by the end of 2018 the USPS elected to discontinue selling the stamps. Learn what we are doing about it and how you can help!

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Make a Splash: How you can celebrate World Oceans Day 

June 8, 2019
Saturday, June 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

World Oceans Day 2019

On June 8 each year, we celebrate World Oceans Day! This observance reminds us that one great body of water connects everyone around the world. This season, as you enjoy the beach, bear in mind that the ocean is also an ecosystem, and you play a key role in it’s protection!

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Hello from the Otter Slide 

May 29, 2019
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 1:17:00 PM Categories: Animal News Conservation Corner

It’s World Otter Day! Designated by the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF), this holiday is meant to raise awareness for the protection and conservation of otters, both in their native habitat and in human care.

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A BEARy Important Story 

May 25, 2019
Saturday, May 25, 2019 1:29:00 PM Categories: Animal News Conservation Corner

Sometimes we BEARly notice what is happening in our hometown habitats, but this week it’s time to be a bear - I mean - aWARE of bears! Bear Awareness Week, which is celebrated the third week of May each year, is a time to think about the important roles bears play in local and global ecosystems, and how we play a role in their protection!

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Endangered Species Need You! 

May 17, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019 11:02:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner Zoo Tales

Today is endangered species day, and it is important to keep in mind the important role healthy animal populations play in our environment, and the role we play in protecting and restoring them. There are more than 16,000 endangered species in the world today, and more than 1,000 of them call North America home. Loss of habitat, loss of genetic variation and poaching and trafficking are just a few of the many factors that are endangering species and bringing us closer to the sixth mass extinction event.

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A Conservation Conversation 

April 30, 2019
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 4:29:00 PM Categories: Conservation Corner

Your Akron Zoo is excited to collaborate with Wildlife SOS for our annual event Hope for the Wild. Established in 1995, Wildlife SOS was founded by a small group of individuals that all shared the same goal: to protect and preserve India’s wildlife and forests.

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FrogWatch is Ribbiting! 

April 1, 2019
Monday, April 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

“Hoppy” National Frog Month! Frogs and toads are an essential part of many wetland ecosystems, serving as both predator and prey for a variety of species. These unique creatures can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Unfortunately, many frog and toad populations have experienced dramatic population declines in the United States and around the world in the last several years. 

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National Wildlife Week: Conservation starts at home 

March 15, 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019 3:42:00 PM Categories: Conservation Corner

National Wildlife Week has a rich history of conservation and education dating back to 1938, making it the longest-running National Wildlife Federation (NWF) education program in history. This year the event is being celebrated from March 12-16.  All across the country, people are encouraged to spend this week learning more about incredible animals native to North America, their habitats, and how we can help them thrive. 

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“Owl” Eyes on Our Animal Ambassadors! 

March 2, 2019
Saturday, March 2, 2019 1:57:00 PM Categories: Conservation Corner

The International Festival of Owls is an annual event that began in 2003 with the hatching day of Alice, a great horned owl from Antigo, Wisconsin. The first event was meant to encourage people to get out of the house at the end of winter, and learn a little something about owls. Now each year on the anniversary of her hatching, people travel from all over the world to join in celebrations and learn about our nocturnal feathered friends. 

Your Akron Zoo has its own parliament of education owls who are more than happy to meet people from across Northeast Ohio and teach them about owls. In fact, we have three owl ambassadors: Albus, Lorain and Hoot. Each of our owls has a unique story and a lot to share!

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Save a Songbird: It’s National Bird Feeding Month 

Feb. 27, 2019
Posted by Elena Bell Wednesday, February 27, 2019 4:34:00 PM Categories: Conservation Corner

When you think about February, many things come to mind: Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day and Black History Month, just to name a few. But did you know it is also National Bird Feeding Month?

As it turns out, February is one of the most brutal months of the year when it comes to our feathered friends. In 1994, Congressman John Porter noted that February was one of the toughest months for birds to survive. His goal in creating this observance was to encourage people to provide food, water and shelter to birds, especially in areas that experience harsh winters and where natural resources are scarce.

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Maintaining the Monarchs 

Feb. 5, 2019
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 5:00:00 PM Categories: Conservation Corner

Monarch butterflies are truly the “kings” of the butterfly kingdom. With a wingspan of almost 5 inches, and wings of brilliant orange, red, yellow and black, monarchs are some of the largest and most visually striking butterflies in North America. 

Unfortunately, their beauty does not make them immune to our changing world, and both the eastern and western populations of this magnificent creature are in decline due to habitat destruction and pesticide use, mainly due to crop production. 

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