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Wild Asia

Lehner Family Foundation Wild Asia will recreate the southeast Asia jungles and Himalayan forests. Lush tree canopies add to the ambiance while offering shade as guests roam throughout this exotic adventure.

The low, baritone bellow of tiger growls are punctuated by the "whooping" duet of our vocal gibbons. And if you listen closely, you may even hear the swift twittering of our red pandas.

Opens Summer 2020!

 

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About Wild Asia

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. 

Tiger Conservation

All tigers are endangered, including the Sumatran tigers that call the Akron Zoo home. Of the nine known tiger subspecies, three have become extinct in the last 60 years. Some experts predict that the entire species will become extinct in the wild in the next decade.    

In fact, it's estimated that only 300 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild. The Sumatran tiger habitat is limited to small ranges in Indonesia's largest island, Sumatra, where their lives are threatened by hunting and where the environment is threatened by commercial palm oil cultivation. 

Our plans for a spacious tiger habitat with grassy slopes and a pool will allow the Akron Zoo to contribute to the Tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP) by enabling more of these powerful, solitary cats to call the Akron Zoo home.  

Through our continued participation in the SSP, our guests can also look forward to tiger cubs - a joy we've not celebrated in almost two decades. It is our hope to help keep the Sumatran tigers alive and well to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Red Panda Protection

Wild Asia promises an expanded, natural habitat for our red pandas as well. To no surprise, the red panda is one of our guests' all-time favorite animals. Native to eastern Himalayas - primarily India, Nepal and Bhutan - the red panda is about the size of a raccoon, lives in forests and subsists primarily on bamboo leaves.

Sadly, red pandas face serious endangerment and are severely threatened by pelt hunting and by shrinking habitat from agricultural encroachment and climate change. As part of the Red Panda Species Survival Plan (SSP), the Akron Zoo's new red panda habitat will be home to a duo of red pandas to help sustain this critically endangered species.

Introducing Gibbons

The gibbons' call, which can carry great distances, are most often male-female duets that mark territory and express family bonds. Fun fact: while we call these energetic 10- to 20-pound primates "monkeys," they are actually small apes who form highly social families.

Gibbons are endangered, due largely to deforestation for palm oil cultivation in their native Vietnam, Laos and China. Akron Zoo's participation in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) will help save this species from extinction with the birth of every new gibbon that will call the Akron Zoo home.  

Animals

  • Sumatran tigers
  • Red pandas
  • White-cheeked gibbons