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Honey, Bee Yourself 

We wouldn’t change a thing about our favorite pollinators!
Posted by Erica Rymer Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Honey Month

What’s the buzz? Well, since September is National Honey Month, we have been thinking a lot about our pollinators. They are the bee’s knees! Of course, not every pollinator brings us honey, but they do all have an important role to play in our environment! Read on to meet a few of the pollinators at the Akron Zoo!

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Celebrate National Peanut Day with Peanut! 

Meet the Akron Zoo’s scarlet macaw
Posted by Erica Rymer Sunday, September 13, 2020 9:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News


Hi, my name is Peanut, and I am the Akron Zoo’s one and only scarlet macaw! Since today is National Peanut Day, let me tell you a little about myself. First things first, I am an animal ambassador at the Akron Zoo. I love living here because I get so much love and attention, both from our staff and guests. Read on to learn more about me and my life at the zoo!

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Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A Match! 

This National Matchmaker Day, learn how SSPs help us pair animals in the AZA
Posted by Erica Rymer Monday, August 31, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Matchmaker Day

When you hear the word “matchmaker,” you may think of Fiddler on the Roof, the opening of Mulan or even one of the hundreds of dating sites that guarantees to “find you your soulmate, or your money back!” However, this National Matchmaker Day, we wanted to highlight some of the unsung relationship gurus who work with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) - our Species Survival Plans (SSP) coordinators!

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“Caws” For Celebration 

Learn about the Crow Tribe and meet Jinx
Posted by Erica Rymer Tuesday, August 18, 2020 10:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Jinx the Crow

Our beautiful country is made up of diverse people from across the globe, whose various cultures and traditions can be celebrated and shared throughout the year. One such cultural celebration is the Crow Fair, which takes place each year during the third week of August. Read on to learn more about the Crow people, and to meet the Akron Zoo's crow resident, Jinx!

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It’s World Lizard Day! 

Meet some of our animal ambassadors who really tip the “scales”
Posted by Erica Rymer Friday, August 14, 2020 10:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

World Lizard Day

August 14th is World Lizard Day.  Why do we need a day to celebrate a group of reptiles?  Lizards are an incredibly unique and diverse family.  The tiny leaf chameleon from Madagascar is less than 1-inch long from the tip of its snout to the base of its tail, whereas the Komodo dragon can reach lengths of nearly 10 feet! While a few species of lizards can be seen during a visit to Akron Zoo, several more lizards reside as education, or ambassador, animals at the zoo.  Read on to meet Louis and Styx!

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Iguana Hear Some Jokes! 

Celebrate International Joke Day with some fun animal jokes
Posted by Erica Rymer Wednesday, July 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Jokes Tai

Today, the Akron Zoo is celebrating International Joke Day with a few animal-centered jokes that are sure to make you laugh! Share them with friends and family, and help us to spread some smiles!

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We’ve Missed You 

Guidelines for the Akron Zoo’s reopening
Posted by Erica Rymer Monday, June 15, 2020 6:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Roar with Tamarr!

Your Akron Zoo is open! After a short separation for the safety of our animals, staff and guests, we are happy to say that our doors open today and tomorrow for Akron Zoo members and Wednesday for the public. Our animals have missed you and we all look forward to seeing you again.

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Oh Snap! 

Check out the winners of our Photography Contest
Posted by Erica Rymer Sunday, May 31, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Photo Contest

May is National Photography Month and we asked you to celebrate with us by submitting your very best nature photos in our photography contest! Thank you for sending us such lovely pictures. Check out our winners here!

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Since You’ve Been Gone 

Find out what our animals have been up to while you were away!
Posted by Erica Rymer Monday, May 4, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Penguin Enrichment

Greetings Akron Zoo family! My name is Greg, and I’m one of the animal care staff here at the Akron Zoo. Since the zoo has been closed, we've been receiving a lot of questions from the community about the staff and the animals: How are the animals doing? Are animal care staff still there? What changes at the zoo on days when guests are not around? Today I wanted to answer all of those questions and give you a look into the workings of the zoo, both when we're open to the public and when we are closed.

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Why I’m Batty about Bats! 

Learn about bats for International Bat Appreciation Day
Posted by Erica Rymer Friday, April 17, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News


Around the world, bats are cultural symbols for darkness and death, and in the western hemisphere they are even associated with characters like vampires. Many people have a fear of bats because they can carry certain diseases. However, bats play an important role in the environment, both as pollinators and as pest control, and most importantly: they are so stinking cute!

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Perfect PAWtraits! 

Check Out Our World Art Day Contest Winners
Posted by Erica Rymer Wednesday, April 15, 2020 7:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Art Contest

Happy World Art Day! To celebrate, we asked you to submit your best animal art and you delivered!

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Akron Zoo Top Animal 2020 

The votes are in from our March Madness bracket!
Posted by Erica Rymer Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10:50:00 AM Categories: Animal News

March Madness Bracket

Back by popular demand, during the month of March the Akron Zoo asked you to vote in our March Madness bracket for your favorite zoo animals! Read more to learn about this year's winner!

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Meat Me at the Akron Zoo 

Learn about the nutrition and diets of our animal residents
Posted by Erica Rymer Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

National Nutrition Month

No matter what you like to eat, we can all agree that balanced nutrition is a key part of the human diet, and animals are no different! Since every species processes nutrients differently, it is important to provide animal-specific diets to keep all of our Akron Zoo residents healthy. That's why keepers work hard to provide both nutritional and desirable food items to every animal every day, and since March is National Nutrition Month, we wanted to give you an inside look!

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Everyone has a place at the Akron Zoo, no matter their abilities
Posted by Erica Rymer Monday, March 2, 2020 7:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Inclusion Day

This Monday we celebrate something that many of us take for granted: Inclusion. March is National Disabilities Month! To celebrate, the Akron Zoo is partnering with the Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Summit DD) to provide free admission for guests wearing orange on March 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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It Behooves Us to Care for Our Hoofstock 

Learn how the Akron Zoo cares for goats, tahrs, gazelles and more!
Posted by Erica Rymer Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Hoof Care

Are there horses at the Akron Zoo? Neigh! However, we do have several other hooved animals, or hoofstock, in our care, and since February is International Hoof Care Month, I thought I might tell you a bit more about them! 

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Out of the Way Lovebirds, It’s Singles Awareness Day! 

Meet a few of our animals who enjoy the bachelor/bachelorette life
Posted by Erica Rymer Saturday, February 15, 2020 9:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Singles Awareness Day

After all the mushy sentiment of the lovebirds on Valentine’s Day, it is nice to know we still have Singles Awareness Day to celebrate flying solo! Each year on February 15th, we declare to the world that there is nothing wrong with being single.

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Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month 

Meet Aslan, a rescue rabbit at the Akron Zoo
Posted by Erica Rymer Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Aslan Reading

You may be asking yourself, “who is this handsome rabbit with a mane and super cool side bangs?”  Meet Aslan! Voted the handsomest rabbit in Akron by… himself.  He is a five-year-old lionhead mix breed and just one of the Animal Ambassadors here at the Akron Zoo. 

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New Settlers in our Colony 

Meet the Akron Zoo’s five new Humboldt penguins!
Monday, January 20, 2020 9:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

5 Penguin Title

This Penguin Awareness Day, we wanted to make sure you are aware of the five new arrivals to your Akron Zoo! These fine feathered friends just flew in (on a plane) from SeaWorld San Diego and have been getting settled in Akron since mid-November! Learn more about each one of our new Humboldt penguins here!

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Red, Might and Blue! 

Get to know our mighty bald eagles and how they came to live at the Akron Zoo
Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Eagle title

In 1782, the bald eagle was chosen as the U.S.A.’s national emblem because of the species’ strength, longevity and majesty. To this day, bald eagles can be found across the continent, both throughout their native range and in the wallets of many Americans (on the backs of large coins). Read more to learn about the protection of bald eagles across the continent and at your Akron Zoo!

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Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs Arrive at the Akron Zoo 

Meet Murphy and McKinnon, the sweetest new siblings at the Akron Zoo
Friday, January 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM Categories: Animal News

Blue-eyed Black Lemur Title

Since 1953, the Akron Zoo has connected your life with wildlife by introducing you to animal species from around the world. Because of this, we are always overjoyed when a new species joins the Akron Zoo family, especially when that species is of high priority to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). At the end of 2019, the Akron Zoo became home to two blue-eyed black lemurs, Murphy and McKinnon. Learn more about these two siblings and why they are a priority species!

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Happy National Trivia Day! 

Learn wild and wacky facts about animals in our zoo and around the world
Posted by Erica Rymer Saturday, January 4, 2020 4:00:00 PM Categories: Animal News

National Trivia Day

Ah, National Trivia Day! The holiday that celebrates those trivial facts that get stuck in your memory. In honor of this holiday, we wanted to share a few bits of animal trivia you can use to impress your friends (and expand your knowledge)!

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Some Like It Cold 

Akron Zoo animals who love winter weather
Saturday, December 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Some Like It Cold

Since the animals at your Akron Zoo come to us from all around the world, some of our residents (like many Ohioans) choose to spend the winter indoors where it is warm. Some species, however, are perfectly suited for the snow and they love to spending this season outside! We wanted to take this opportunity to spotlight our animal residents who like it cold!

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Are You Ready For This Jelly? 

Unique and interesting facts about jellyfish
Sunday, November 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News


Since 2008, the Akron Zoo’s temporary exhibit space has been home to several deep sea dwellers, fascinating fish and curious creatures. Every 4-5 years we remodel to bring you a new and exciting animal experience. However, despite these changes, there has always been one constant presence: our jellyfish. 

It is no secret that people find jellyfish intriguing. On November 3, we celebrate World Jellyfish Day, an observance that honors these unique animals and gives us the opportunity to learn more about them! As part of the festivities, we thought we would bring you some fun and mysterious facts about our squishy friends!

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Know Your Snows 

An update on where Shanti's cubs are today
Posted by Erica Rymer Wednesday, October 23, 2019 2:15:00 PM Categories: Animal News

Snow Cubs Title

International Snow Leopard Day raises awareness for these beautiful, endangered animals each year on October 23. This International Snow Leopard Day we wanted to give you an update on where each of Shanti’s cubs are now! Snow leopards in AZA accredited zoos are moved based on breeding recommendations from the Species Survival Plan (SSP). This is done to maintain genetic diversity among these endangered big cats. Today, Baya's siblings can be found in accredited zoos all across the country!

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Guineafowl: The Underdogs of Pride of Africa 

Learn about eastern crested guineafowl in Africa and at the zoo
Posted by Erica Rymer Sunday, October 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM Categories: Animal News


If you have stopped by your Akron Zoo lately, you have probably seen the Landon and Cynthia Knight Pride of Africa, filled with recognizable animals from the African savanna such as storks, gazelles, and African lions. However, there is one animal in Pride of Africa that may be new to many of us: the eastern crested guineafowl.

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Say "CHEESE!" 

October 4 is World Smile Day AND World Animal Day
Friday, October 4, 2019 3:00:00 PM Categories: Animal News

World Smile Day

It isn’t news that the world is full of wacky and unusual holidays. This year on October 4, people around the world are celebrating both World Smile Day and World Animal Day! World Smile Day encourages individuals to do an act of kindness to make someone else smile, and World Animal Day encourages us to improve the future for animals! We thought we would celebrate both holidays at once by sharing smiling photos of a few of our charismatic Akron Zoo residents. We hope they put a smile on your face too!

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Let’s Talk Iguanas 

Celebrate Iguana Awareness Day by learning something new!
Sunday, September 8, 2019 10:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News


Each year on September 8 we celebrate Iguana Awareness Day. These magnificent reptiles are native to Central and South America but are also common in the Florida Keys, thanks to U.S. cargo vessels carrying them across the gulf. There are 35 species of iguana, many of whom have unique characteristics that make them stand out from most other reptiles. Learn some unique iguana facts and meet the Akron Zoo's iguana, Taino!

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Learn about the Akron Zoo's oldest jaguar and how our care team is supporting her
Posted by Elena Bell Thursday, September 5, 2019 11:25:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Jaguar Naom

Naom, one of our female jaguars, is a smart and sassy 18 ½ year old cat. The average median life expectancy for a jaguar is 18 years, so you may say Naom is a “wise elder” of her species. Sadly for many animals, including humans, age often brings with it health complications and Naom is no exception. Our animal care team recently diagnosed Naom with malignant breast cancer. We are doing everything medically possible for her. 

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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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Clue: Breaking News 

Lion Tamarr suspected in recent zoo theft
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News


Tamarr claims he is innocent, but all evidence is pointing his way. Did he steal all of the Akron Zoo's kitty litter containers? Get the scoop here with breaking news from Akron Zoo representative, Potter the Otter! Plus, read an exclusive interview of Frances F. Feathers!

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Meet the Pride! 

Learn more about our lions and their personalities.
Posted by Erica Rymer Saturday, August 10, 2019 9:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Lion Day

If you have visited your Akron Zoo recently, you have probably seen the new Landon and Cynthia Knight Pride of Africa area. But have you had the chance to get to know our new residents? Today is World Lion Day, so to celebrate, we are giving you an insider look into our five lion residents, their personalities, and their role in one of our two prides!

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The Name Game: Let's do Baya! 

Shanti helps her cub pick a name
Posted by Erica Rymer Monday, August 5, 2019 1:22:00 PM Categories: Animal News

Baya Name

You can agree with me or you can be wrong, but snow leopard cubs are some of the most adorable creatures on the planet! For the last three months, your Akron Zoo has been loving and caring for one of these sweet little balls of fluff (and claws) as we anticipated her official debut to our guests. She was given milk, meat, ice cubes, enrichment, medical care and even plenty of attention from her mom, but there was one thing she was missing: a name.

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Keeper Lauren Starkey Awarded for Excellence in Journalism 

Read her award winning article on Cans for Corridors
Friday, July 26, 2019 3:00:00 PM Categories: Animal News

Boo at the Zoo

The Akron Zoo is constantly being reminded of how talented the members of our staff are. Not only are they recognized by our guests, but many have also received local and national recognition for their research, work and even writing. Lauren Starkey, one or our senior keepers,  recently received an American Association of Zoo Keepers’ (AAZK) Excellence in Journalism Award for her article about Cans for Corridors, which was published in the Animal Keepers’ Forum (AKF) in September of 2018. 

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Meet and Bleat 

An inside look at animal introductions
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:00:00 PM Categories: Animal News


Have you ever been introduced to someone new? If you are not introduced well, it can be awkward, uncomfortable and even frightening to meet new people. However, if you are given a thorough introduction, it is much easier to find common ground and begin building a relationship. The same is true for the animals here at our zoo. Taking two animals who have never met and moving them to a shared space can be frightening, and sometimes dangerous depending on the species. This is why many of our animals meet each other slowly through a process called animal introductions.

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It's (Foster) Father's Day 

Featuring Proud Pop, Pez!
Sunday, June 16, 2019 9:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Fathers Day

Whether your father is a workaholic or laid back; tall or short; funny or grumpy; biological, step- or adoptive, today is a day to celebrate him! Dads are some of the most amazing people (and animals) in the world. To celebrate Father's Day, we would like to share the story of one of our proud pops at the Akron Zoo!

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The Zoo’s Summer “Diet” 

Eat Like An Animal!
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 12:00:00 PM Categories: Animal News

It’s summer, and for some of us that means closely monitoring what we eat to support our “beach bodies.” However, diets should be more focused on balance, rather than elimination. Check out some diet lessons from our animal residents!

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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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Waddle Your Way to World Penguin Day!  

April 25, 2019
Thursday, April 25, 2019 2:56:00 PM Categories: Animal News

In 1998, the Akron Zoo started our Humboldt penguin colony with just five penguins. Since then we have celebrated 16 births, mourned several deaths, and anticipated the arrival of new penguins. Despite these changes, the one thing that has remained consistent is our love for each one of these unique birds! 

Our current penguin colony consists of 13 members, each with a unique personality. To celebrate this World Penguin Day, we want you to have the same insider look into the lives of our flightless friends as our staff get!

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A Tiny Addition to your Akron Zoo 

April 13, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019 1:03:00 PM Categories: Animal News

We’re expecting a tiny bundle of fur! Our pygmy slow loris, Sovanni, is pregnant and expecting a baby in May. This is her second pregnancy, but her first here. We are excited to welcome the new baby to your Akron Zoo.

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Happy National Siblings Day 

April 10, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 3:06:00 PM Categories: Animal News


Happy National Siblings Day! I bet you didn’t know that there are several sets of siblings right here at your Akron Zoo.

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Akron Zoo Top Animal 2019 

March 26, 2019
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 3:44:00 PM Categories: Animal News


The polls are in! We asked you to vote on your favorite Akron Zoo animals in our “March Madness” bracket, and you had a lot to say! Unfortunately, though we had many wonderful contestants, there could be only one winner, and you chose Shanti!

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A Wild Valentine's Day 

Feb. 14, 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019 1:17:00 PM Categories: Animal News Zoo Tales

Animals have weird ways of showing each other how they feel about one another, from giving gifts to eating food. No matter what you do though, you have to admit, there are a few animals who do things… well, stranger than the rest. And several of them can be found at your Akron Zoo!

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