Friday, July 6, 2018 8:05:00 AM
A Humboldt penguin chick hatched at the Akron Zoo on June 1. The male chick is currently inside his burrow with parents, Pez and Gabriella, and is expected to be on exhibit later this summer.
Before venturing out into the penguin habitat, the chick needs to eat on his own and to pass a swim test. The zoo plans to share updates on the chick regularly on social media as the chick grows and prepares to make his public debut. Currently, the chick weighs 3 ¾ pounds. At birth, the chick weighed around a quarter of a pound.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 11:46:00 AM
The Akron Zoo recently welcomed a new species, Siberian musk deer, now on exhibit. The two musk deer arrived from the Bronx Zoo in New York. The male deer, named Vlad, is three years old and was born on June 10, 2015. The female, Anastasia, is also three years old and was born on June 26, 2015.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:01:00 AM
The Akron Zoo is adding new animals to its popular exhibit, Curious Creatures. Throughout the month of June, guests will begin to see new animals on exhibit, such as tree monitors, flamboyant flower beetles, spotted turtles, pinkfall trigger fish, spotted jellyfish and more.
Friday, May 4, 2018 9:37:00 AM
The Akron Zoo has welcomed a male snow leopard, who is now on exhibit. Tai Lung arrived from the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa in March. He is eight years old and was born on May 26, 2009.
Monday, April 23, 2018 12:03:00 PM
The Akron Zoo debuted the first aerobic composter, Big Hanna, to be used at any zoo or aquarium in the world on Monday, April 23. The unit, built in Sweden, is a collaboration with ReWorks, the Ohio EPA and the Akron Zoo. The purpose is to advance the zoo’s aspiration to be a zero waste facility.
Thursday, February 22, 2018 9:01:00 AM
The Akron Zoo is sad to announce the death of Rue, their female red wolf. Rue was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in 2014, and her health has been monitored closely by animal care staff. In December 2017, Rue began to show symptoms of IBD. The zoo’s veterinary team began an aggressive therapeutic plan to address her symptoms, but Rue did not respond positively. Rue’s health significantly declined over the past two months, and the decision was made to humanely euthanize her on Feb. 17.
Thursday, January 4, 2018 9:57:00 AM
The Akron Zoo set a new annual attendance record in 2017, with 416,942 guests visiting throughout the year. The previous record, set in 2016, was 398,878 visitors.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 11:13:00 AM
The Akron Zoo set a new single-day attendance record during Boo at the Zoo – twice. On Saturday, Oct. 21, attendance numbers were 8,196 and on Sunday, Oct. 22, the zoo saw 7,728 guests. The previous record, also set during Boo at the Zoo on Oct. 23, 2016, was 7,550 guests.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:39:00 AM
The Akron Zoo’s new tiger is now on exhibit. Bandar, a male Sumatran tiger, arrived from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in early October and has been acclimating to his new home. Bandar is now on exhibit daily.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:51:00 PM
The Akron Zoo will donate a portion of admissions to the Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA) Hurricane Relief Fund. Between Sunday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 7, two dollars of every admission ticket will be donated and guests will have the option to donate additional funds.