Statue of three otters at Akron Zoo

Give a boa for a birthday, say “I love you” with a lemur, 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, a Care for a Critter package!

Care for a Critter logo with red pandaWhen you Care for a Critter, you help the Akron Zoo provide food, medical care, habitat maintenance and conservation programs for one year.


Step 1: Pick Your Critter

You can choose to sponsor any animal species at your Akron Zoo, but plush is only available for featured animals, while supplies are available.

Featured Animals:

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

*Plush are SOLD OUT for the following animals: red panda and Galapagos tortoise

Step 2: Pick Your Level

Decide what benefits work best for you! Every sponsorship level includes a personalized certificate of sponsorship, an animal fact sheet and a color photo.

  $55 $80 $155 $255
Photo X X X X

Fact Sheet


Official Certificate


Plush Toy



  X X X

2 guest tickets to the zoo

    X X

Rise and Shine Safari*


*All Rise and Shine Safari tours must be scheduled at least two weeks or more prior to your visit by calling 330-375-2550 ext. 8973. Each tour can accommodate a total of two guests and includes general admission and parking for the day following your tour. Tours are not available for all sponsored animals. All tour participants must be six years or older.

Step 3: Purchase Your Care for a Critter

You can purchase your Care for a Critter package online or through the mail. Are you purchasing yours as a gift? Make sure to have the gift recipient’s info ready.


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Send in the order form to:

Akron Zoo
500 Edgewood Ave.
Akron, OH 44307

Please allow 3-4 weeks for package delivery. For international shipping, additional charges may apply.

For more information, contact Allyson Boyd at 330-676-5693 or