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Hope for the Wild

Thursday, May 11, 2017
6 - 9 p.m.

Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from Conservationist Guy Western from Rebuilding the Pride, and learn about the zoo’s role in global conservation efforts. Akron Zoo President & CEO Doug Piekarz will  also give a brief overview of the importance of species conservation. Visit the zoo’s exhibits and enjoy good food and entertainment. 

Guy Western is a conservationist from the South Rift of Kenya and has been instrumental with a successful community based conservation program called Rebuilding the Pride. Rebuilding the Pride is primarily focused on lion conservation through the positive coexistence of farmers and predators, mainly lions, who may be a challenge to the farmer’s livelihood. Guy and his team work with the local people to not only educate them, but have engaged with them to help with conservation efforts.

The program also organized a Conflict Response Team to alleviate conflicts between people and lions. When a farmer must move through areas that may have lions, they call on Rebuilding the Pride to accompany them. The team also helps find and rescue lost livestock that would have otherwise fallen victim to predation.

Thanks to these efforts, lion populations are growing on the Olkirimatian and Shompole ranches. Once down to a low of about 10 known lions in the area, the population is now estimated to be nearly 70. The prides have been producing cubs and new lions are moving in from surrounding areas.

The Akron Zoo is proud to support this effort, as 1 of only 2 zoos in the United Stated to support Guy & Rebuilding the Pride. 


  • Patron: $50 per person (includes food, open bar for 21 and older and drinks)
  • Adult: $35 per per person (includes food. Cash bar available for those 21 & older.)

Adults 18 & older only

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Summer Safari     

Always the wildest party in town! 

Friday, July 28, 2017
7 - 10 p.m.

If you would like to participate in Summer Safari–the Wildest Party in Town, as a donor, sponsor, volunteer or participant, visit the Summer Safari page. Enjoy feature gourmet cuisine from Akron’s most distinguished food purveyors, live music and entertainment, a fantastic silent auction, and lots of unique animal experiences. Summer Safari- a purrfect evening of fun and adventure supports the zoo’s wildlife conservation efforts.


 For more information, contact Kathy Mariani at 330-375-2550 ext. 7231 or kmmariani@akronzoo.org.

Snow Bowl

Roll ‘Em and Bowl Em!

Thank you to all who participated in the 2017 Snow Bowl!

Check back in Fall 2017 for date of the 2018 Snow Bowl. 

Build camaraderie among your team and join us for our annual Snow Bowl!

Anyone can participate and you don’t have to be a good bowler to win! To play the game, each five-member team predicts their score prior to the event. The five-member team closest to their predicted score wins the tournament. The winning team will receive a trophy and each team member will receive a special prize from the Akron Zoo. The day is action packed with special emcees and visits from some of the zoo’s animals.

Choose from bowling times:

  • 10 a.m.
  • Noon
  • 2 p.m.
  • 4 p.m.

Funds raised at Snow Bowl are vital to the Akron Zoo. These proceeds provide the zoo with funds to continue to offer quality programming, while educating children and adults about conservation issues and endangered species. Your contribution will help support the children and families of our community and promote education at your Akron Zoo.

To register, mail form and payment to Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave., Akron, OH 44307. For questions, contact Kathy Mariani at kmmariani@akronzoo.org or 330-375-2550 ext. 7231.