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Unique Experiences


Akron Zoo Unique ExperiencesDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Unique Experiences are not able to be scheduled. 

Looking for a great way to support your Akron Zoo all while having an unforgettable experience? Check out these once in a lifetime opportunities.

All of the experiences listed below need to be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour

For guests age 8 years and older

You and up to 3 guests can enjoy a private behind-the-scenes tour of select exhibit areas at the Akron Zoo. This private tour will take you and your guests on a wild journey and offer a peek at where our wild animal keepers perform their daily duties of cleaning, preparing diets and enrichment for the animals. Come prepared to ask the keepers and your tour guide questions during this amazing journey.

Select from the following animal areas

  • Penguin Point building
  • Meso (jaguar and snow leopard) building
  • Lion building 
  • Otter building
  • Grizzly bear building 
  • Komodo building

You can tour five facilities for a gift of $500, choose three facilities for $350 or one facility for $200.

Keeper for a Day

For guests age 14 years and older

Follow an Akron Zoo keeper during their daily routine. Watch and learn all the aspects of being a wild animal keeper. You may help make diets for the animals, clean their exhibits or just follow the keeper and ask all of the questions you’ve always wondered about. This is a once in a lifetime experience you’ll remember forever!

Half day experience: $300

Zoo Veterinarian for a Day

For guests age 14 years and older

Spend some time with the Akron Zoo’s veterinarian as they give animals the check-ups and medical care they need. The unique experience gives you the opportunity to learn all about medical care for exotic zoo animals of all kinds.

Half day experience: $500

For more information or to schedule your unique experience, please call (330) 375-2550 ext. 7246 or email a.tatlow@akronzoo.org

Trainer for a Day

Have you ever wondered what it takes to work with animals? Now is your chance to find out!

Exclusively at the Akron Zoo, join our education staff as they work side-by-side with the animal ambassadors. Your adventure includes animal meet-n-greets, a private behind-the-scenes tour and the opportunity to prepare for and appear in our daily "Wild World" Animal Show. 

This program is designed for participants 13 years and older. For children 8 - 12 years, take advantage of the Child and Guardian package! Lunch is not included in this program, so please plan to pack one. 

Available Wednesday-Sunday, June 1st- August 31st.  The experience starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.

Solo package (13 years and up): $200

Child and Guardian package (8-12 years): $300

Call Cory Blackledge, Education Program Coordinator at 330-375-2550 ext. 8973 to schedule Trainer for a Day.