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Photography Packages

 

Capture a special moment with wild photography packages from your Akron Zoo! From family photos to wedding photos, there is a perfect package for every occasion. You can also combine packages to meet all of your photography needs.

Photo packages at Akron Zoo

*Photographer not included. 

Scaled Back “Package” 

Regular Admission

Visit the zoo for a unique photo opportunity and wildlife adventure rolled into one! Enjoy visiting our animal residents and taking photos of memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Available during regular zoo hours 
         -10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April - September
         -11 a.m. to 4 p.m. October - March
  • Photographers are required to wear a photographer lanyard during their visit, which can be picked up in our reception office. 
  • All photographers and models must purchase tickets at regular price upon entry. To view regular ticket prices, please visit our Hours & Admission page
  • We ask that during your visit you are mindful of other guests. Please do not take photos of other guests who have not explicitly consented to having their photos taken.
  • School Together Discount available for partners of the Akron Zoo.
  • All photography guests must abide by the Photo/Video policy. See below for details. 

Betta Package 

$125 per hour 

Reserve our Lehner Family Zoo Gardens to add a beautifully landscaped backdrop to your pictures. You will have this scenic area all to yourselves for an hour.

  • Available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June - September
  • An Akron Zoo staff member will be with you during your hour to ensure your privacy and safety.
  • Photographers are required to wear a photographer lanyard during their visit, which can be picked up in our reception office. 
  • Package does not include admission to the zoo before or after photo shoot.
  • School Together Discount available for partners of the Akron Zoo.
  • Minimum 30 day advance notice booking required. 
  • All photography guests must abide by the Photo/Video policy. See below for details. 

Perfect OpporTUNAty Package

Reserve an area of the zoo before or after regular operating hours for photos. Get exclusive experiences with our animals and make lasting memories! 

  • Available:

             -9 a.m. to 10 a.m. April - October
             -5 p.m. to 6 p.m. April - October
             -10 a.m. to 11 a.m. November - March
             -4 p.m. to 5 p.m. November - March

  • Locations:

              -Penguin Point and Legends of the Wild - $400
              -Komodo Kingdom and Curious Creatures - $350
              -Grizzly Ridge - $400
              -Pride of Africa - $400
              -Lehner Family Gardens - $250 (available June - September)

  • An Akron Zoo staff member will be with you during your hour to ensure your privacy and safety.
  • Photographers are required to wear a photographer lanyard during their visit, which can be picked up in our reception office. 
  • Package does not include admission to the zoo before or after photo shoot
  • Please note that some dates may be unavailable due to zoo-wide events, scheduled rentals or zoo staff availability. 
  • Minimum 30 day advance notice booking required. 
  • All photography guests must abide by the Photo/Video policy. See below for details. 

SoFISHticated Package

$1,250 per hour

Reserve the entire zoo for your photo shoot! Includes all animals in their habitats, access to pavilions, and admission and parking for as many as 200 guests (including photographer).

  • Available 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May - September
  • Package does not include admission to the zoo before photo shoot.
  • Minimum 30 day advance notice booking required. 
  • All photography guests must abide by the Photo/Video policy. See below for details. 

Add Ons

  • Animal Encounter - $50 for 30 minutes
  • School Together Discount: If your organization is a long-time partner of the Akron Zoo, admission costs for your party may be waived. However, costs will still apply for blocking off locations and/or animal care team costs. Reach out to your sponsorship contact for more information.  

 To book your photography package, contact Erica Rymer at e.rymer@akronzoo.org or 330-375-2550 ext. 7203. Minimum 30 day advance notice booking required.


Photo/Video Policy

Please note that the Akron Zoo may photograph or film visitors for educational or promotional use. As a guest on grounds, you are granting the zoo permission for use of these videos and images.

All images and videos taken by guests, patrons and volunteers are allowed free of charge, so long as the images are used for personal and non-commercial purposes. The Akron Zoo maintains the right to approach photographers/videographers about their work. If appropriate permissions have not been granted, you may be asked to return your camera and equipment to your car before enjoying the rest of your visit. 

Photos may only be taken in public areas in the zoo. Packages above do not include behind-the-scenes access for any photographers or models. Behind-the-scenes photography is strictly prohibited without express written consent from our media relations representative prior to your zoo visit. 

If you wish to inquire about media for publication use, or if you have a commercial request whose needs are not met by any of the above policies (media, vlogger, location filming, etc.), please submit a written request to e.rymer@akronzoo.org detailing:

  • The use of the photos and videos you will be taking (television, social media, etc.)
  • Why you would like to feature the zoo
  • A summary of your publication/organization/business
  • A request for spaces you wish to have blocked off (including start and end times)
  • The number of people you anticipate having in your party
  • Preferred dates

Based on this information, we will be able to build you a specifically tailored package and confirm all costs associated with your request before approval. Please note that these requests may take several days to process, so please be sure to submit your request a minimum of 30 days prior to your anticipated photography date.