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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. For international shipping, additional charges may apply. 

Sponsorship levels and benefits


Care for Critter Special

Rodrigues fruit bat
Limited quantities

Care for Critter Bat Special

Get a little batty this Halloween season by sponsoring our Rodrigues fruit bats, and helping provide all our bats with food, medical care and habitat maintenance! With a Bat Care for Critter, you'll get:

  • A photo of Garth, one of our Rodrigues fruit bats
  • A fruit bat fact sheet
  • A bat plush
  • An official certificate of adoption

Price: $50

Purchase Care for Critter


Pick Your Critter

*Plush toys available for featured animals only.

Featured animals include:

  • African lion
  • Chilean flamingo
  • Galapagos tortoise
  • Humboldt penguin
  • Red panda 
  • Ring-tailed lemur (out of stock)
  • River otter
  • Snow leopard
  • Special Care for a Critter promotions

**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. 7246. Each tour can accommodate a total of two guests. Tours are not available for all sponsored animals. All tour participants must be six years or older.

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