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Summer Safari

To date, Summer Safari has raised nearly 1.6 million dollars to support animal care, wildlife conservation projects and education at the Akron Zoo. With your continued support, we can make even bigger strides towards saving endangered animals. 

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Friday, Sept. 18
7 - 10 p.m.

As you may know, your Akron Zoo was closed to the public on March 17 and reopened to the public on June 17.  During our three-month closure, our work continued by providing exceptional care, welfare and enrichment opportunities to over 1,000 animals that call your Akron Zoo home.

The impact of COVID-19 on the Akron Zoo's day-to-day operations has been significant, and funds raised at Summer Safari are important to the financial health of the zoo now more than ever. To date, Summer Safari has raised nearly $1.6 million to support animal care, wildlife conservation projects and education at the Zoo. With your continued support, we can make event bigger strides towards saving endangered species during these uncertain times.

Summer Safari may feel a bit different this year, but we are planning a fun-filled evening for our guests in support of the zoo's mission of making a better world for wildlife.  The zoo is taking every precaution to make sure our guest's experience is safe and enjoyable. 

All guests, vendors, staff and volunteers are required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.  Hand washing stations will be set up throughout the zoo, and food and drinks will be spread throughout the park during this year's Summer Safari.  

We hope you will join us for an evening of community and celebration in support of wildlife conservation and education.


General admission: $100
Includes food and open bar. Guests must be ages 21 or over.

VIP: $250
VIP guests have early access at 6 p.m. to all Summer Safari has to offer. Be the first in line at the bars, enjoy signature cocktails, delicious food and take home a special gift. Akron Zoo animal ambassadors will be on site painting art that three lucky VIP winners will have the chance to take home! (VIP guests will automatically be entered to win.)

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Summer Safari Raffle

One lucky winner will receive a private party for up to 100 guests in the Lehner Family Foundation Wild Asia (opening 2021)! Prize includes a $500 Akron Zoo catering credit, up-close animal encounters with three of the zoo’s animal ambassadors, and access to a keeper-led training session with the zoo’s Sumatran tigers. This select experience cannot be purchased and is a one of a kind experience! 

Wild Asia will include a new, expanded home for Sumatran tigers and red pandas. By popular demand, your Akron Zoo will be introducing primates to Wild Asia! A pair of white-cheeked gibbons will have a new indoor/outdoor habitat.  

Winner must schedule the private event four weeks in advance and is available June – September from 6 - 9 p.m. Dates are subject to availability and all aspects of the Akron Zoo Group Rental Policy must be followed.

Price: $50 each or 3 for $100  

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If you would like to participate in Summer Safari, as a donor, sponsor, volunteer or participant, please contact: Kathy Mariani at 330-375-2550 ext. 7231 or k.mariani@akronzoo.org.