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Give a boa for a birthday, or say “I love you” with a lemur. You can take a panda to a party or give a tortoise to your teacher. Whatever the occasion, give a truly unique gift that lasts all year – care for one of the Akron Zoo’s animals. Don’t worry about making room for a Komodo dragon in your house, because your “wild child” stays right here at the zoo where our professional staff provides special care for each critter.

Purchase Care for Critter

Care for a Critter at the Akron Zoo

Red Panda

When you ”Care for a Critter”, you help the Akron Zoo provide food, medical care, habitat maintenance and conservation programs for one year.

Purchase Care for a Critter

To purchase a Care for Critter package via mail, please send in the order form to:

Akron Zoo
500 Edgewood Ave.
Akron, OH 44307

Every sponsorship package includes:*

  • A personalized certificate of sponsorship
  • An animal fact sheet
  • A color photo

*Please allow 3-4 weeks for package delivery.

Sponsorship levels and benefits

Pick Your Critter

*Plush toys available for featured animals only.

Featured animals include:

  • NEW! African lion
  • Chilean flamingo
  • Galapagos tortoise
  • Humboldt penguin
  • Red panda
  • Ring-tailed lemur
  • River otter
  • Snow leopard
  • Special Care for a Critter promotions

**All behind-the-scenes tours must be scheduled at least three weeks prior to your visit with the Development Department by calling 330-375-2550 ext. 7246. Each tour can accommodate a total of four guests. Tours are not available for all sponsored animals. All tour participants must be eight years or older. 

For more information, contact Allyson Boyd at 330-375-2550 ext. 7277 or a.boyd@akronzoo.org.