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Akron Zoo Map Fall/Winter 2022

Current Construction & Habitat Updates

  • In our Wild Prairie area, we are constructing a new building, called Garden View Place, which will allow for flexibility in the care of our animal residents. It will help us have a dedicated retirement area for our elderly animals, provide seasonal requirements for temperature-sensitive animals and allow new animals to acclimate before they move to their permanent habitat. It will not be open to the public, but will increase our abilities to provide exceptional care of our animals. Garden View Place will be complete later this year. Construction does not impact any of our current animal habitats.

  • Avian Influenza Update: Over the next week, our birds will be returning to their outdoor habitats! Our vet and animal care teams have deemed the risk of exposure to avian influenza low enough for all of our bird species to return outside. However, the birds will be acclimating to the colder weather, so their return will be staggered in order to give them time to adjust. As spring bird migration nears, we will continue to monitor data on this strain and are prepared to reinstate all safety precautions if cases begin to rise again. The health and welfare of our birds is our top priority, and we appreciate your patience during this time!

  • We are currently replacing the pool in our Grizzly Ridge Aviary. Construction is blocking the lower viewing window but is expected to be completed in late November.

  • We currently have someone polishing acrylic windows at our otter habitat. Some pathways and viewings may be closed. The otters will be temporarily off habitat until this project is complete in mid-December. This machine can be rather loud and may bother guests with sensory needs. Sensory bags containing noise-cancelling headphones are available in our Welcome Center for checkout.

  • The zoo has begun its annual park leaf removal. We will have a Trac Vac on grounds periodically to collect leaves. This machine can be rather loud and may bother guests with sensory needs. Sensory bags containing noise-cancelling headphones are available in our Welcome Center for checkout.

  • The zoo will be closing at 3 p.m. on Dec. 7 for a holiday staff appreciation event. The last guests will be admitted at 2:30 p.m.