Your Akron Zoo is dedicated to protecting species across the globe, and that's why we are a partner in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) SAFE program. SAFE stands for Saving Animals From Extinction and the program focuses the collective expertise within AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and leverages their massive audiences to save species.
During the week of Feb. 15, 2021, a polar vortex hit the state of Texas, causing thousands of sea turtles to be cold stunned. This is believed to be the largest mass cold-stunned sea turtle event in history.
AZA, the Sea Turtle SAFE program and their partners are working together on a heroic rescue mission to save these sea turtles. Local zoos and aquariums are creating warm safe havens for the turtles that would not otherwise survive.
Through Saturday, Feb. 20, all donations made to the SAFE program will go directly to the sea turtle rescue.