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Unique Experiences

 

Rise and Shine Safari

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Offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only
90-minute experience
8:30 – 10 a.m. (April - October)
9:30 - 11 a.m. (November - March)

Prices

$75 per person

Minimum of 2 guests, maximum of 6 guests – ages 5+ (general admission not included in experience fee)

Travel the zoo with our knowledgeable staff as we prepare to open the zoo for the day. You will enjoy exclusive before hour’s access, learn how we care for our animals and have the opportunity to participate in unique and interactive experiences*.

This experience requires advanced reservations, space is limited.

Rise and Shine Safari includes:

  • Penguin Habitat – learn more about our penguin colony with an opportunity to feed the birds from the public side of the habitat
  • Lemur Building – learn more about our lemur troops and watch the keepers place enrichment or engage with the lemurs through a training session
  • Grizzly Habitat – observe a keeper led training session as the grizzly bears prepare to go on habitat for the day.  Watch the grizzly bears explore their habitat and interact with enrichment.
  • Lion Habitat – opportunity to view the lions in the off habitat night yard used by our pride
  • Red Panda Habitat – opportunity to create enrichment for our red panda sisters and watch them go out to explore and enjoy the special enrichment you created for them

*all of the above experiences are included in this program

 To make reservations for a Rise and Shine Safari, please contact Ally at a.tatlow@akronzoo.org or by calling 330-375-2550 ext. 7246.  All Unique Experiences must be scheduled 2 weeks or more in advance. 


Get Closer Experiences

Offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only

Prices

  • $45 per person
  • $20/person discount offered on Get Closer Experiences if added as an upgrade to a Rise And Shine Safari experience 

Minimum of 2 guests – ages 5+ (general admission not included in experience fee)

“Get Closer” than ever before!  This unique experience offers an up-close-and-personal interactive opportunity and a chance to talk one on one with a zoo keeper. 

Galapagos Tortoise

Get Closer Experience - Galapagos tortoise

Max. 4 guests

During this experience, you’ll have special access to our Galapagos tortoise habitat, learning about our gentle giants Pagos and Boxie. This unique experience includes opportunity interact with them by providing enrichment or giving them a shower.

Goats

Get Closer Experience - Goats

Max. 6 guests

Learn from our keepers as you interact with the goats, discover what they like to eat and do and get to know them personally.  Don’t miss the chance to pose for a photo with your favorite goat!

Animal Ambassadors

Get Closer Experience - Animal Ambassadors (kinkajou)

Max. 6 guests

Interact and have fun with 3 of our education animal ambassadors like “Dasy” the armadillo, “Forest” the porcupine, “Chloe” the kinkajou and many more animals!

 

 To make reservations for a Get Closer Experience, please contact Ally at a.tatlow@akronzoo.org or by calling 330-375-2550 ext. 7246.  All Unique Experiences must be scheduled 2 weeks or more in advance.