Professionals Advocating for Wildlife

Professionals Advocating for Wildlife (P.A.W.) advances the mission of the Akron Zoo by fundraising, raising awareness and advocating for the zoo.

With over 387,000 annual visitors, the Akron Zoo serves the community of northeast Ohio by providing numerous education opportunities, on-site, as well as, in the classroom. The zoo also serves wildlife through conservation efforts to preserve habitats and wild spaces, both locally and globally. Education, wildlife conservation and service to our community are key roles the Akron Zoo plays in bringing people up-close to nature.

P.A.W. members are between the ages of 25 and 45. The group provides its members the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with the Akron Zoo, enjoy up-close zoo experiences, learn about wildlife animal care & conservation, connect with zoo professionals & zoo partners and network with peers. 

For more information on becoming a P.A.W. member, contact Allyson Boyd at 330-375-2550 ext. 7277 or

Upcoming Events:

Recruitment Mixer

May 25

5 - 7 p.m. Akron Zoo Komodo Kingdom Café

Join us for our first Recruitment Mixer at the Akron Zoo! This event is a great opportunity to learn more about P.A.W. and meet & mingle with current members and Akron Zoo Staff! Light refreshments will be served.



Beer & Wine Pulls

Save the date for Brew at the Zoo (June 10) and Wild for Wine (August 12)!

Akron Zoo P.A.W. representatives will be hosting beer and wine pulls onsite at these events. Help raise money for the Conservation Fund!