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Pride of Africa

The Landon & Cynthia Knight Pride of Africa experience will reflect the beauty and mystery of the savannas of Kenya. Guests will learn about the delicate balance of life on Africa's Southern Rift - the land of regal African lions, grass-eaters like Speke's gazelles, large birds like storks and the native Maasai of Kenya.

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About Pride of Africa

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Pride of Africa includes a new, expanded African lion habitat, with room for a pride of lions, a habitat for white storks and Speke's gazelles - a new addition to your Akron Zoo. The boma will feature goats, and continue to offer a feeding experience for guests.

Guests will also enjoy an expanded train ride through the plains of Africa, catching glimpses of lions, gazelles and more! The new spray pad will give visitors an opportunity to cool down in the heat, while learning more about the clean water crisis in Africa.

Rebuilding the Pride

Your Akron Zoo is partnering with Rebuilding the Pride, an African coalition addressing socioeconomic and ecological threats to the Southern Rift communities. Priorities include understanding and fostering traditional Maasai herding practices, while sustaining an ecologically-healthy predator/prey relationship in the region.

Lions in the Serengeti region of Africa are especially endangered. In fact, the population has dwindled to only half of what it was in 1950. Today, in parts of southern Kenya that include Shompole and Olkirimation Conservancy area, only 65 lions survive alongside the Maasai living here

Species Survival Plan (SSP)

As one of 237 facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), your Akron Zoo participates in many Species Survival Plans (SSP). An SSP is a scientifically-managed breeding program that works to ensure a genetically-diverse population of endangered species in zoos and aquariums.  

The Akron Zoo has a breeding recommendation for Speke's gazelles and white storks. The new lion habitat will allow the Akron Zoo to one day host a breeding pair of lions. 

Animals

  • African lions
  • Speke's gazelle
  • White storks
  • Crested guineafowl
  • Boer goats