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It's (Foster) Father's Day 

June 16, 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019 9:00:00 AM Categories: Animal News

Fathers Day

Whether your father is a workaholic or laid back; tall or short; funny or grumpy; biological, step- or adoptive, today is a day to celebrate him! Dads are some of the most amazing people (and animals) in the world. To celebrate Father's Day, we would like to share the story of one of our proud pops at the Akron Zoo!

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Wingin' It Episode 5 

June 13, 2019
Thursday, June 13, 2019 9:43:00 AM Categories: Wingin' It with Frances F. Feathers

Frances F. Feathers meets our Director of Education, Autumn, to learn more about our education programs. Plus she gets to see our animal show and see some birds!

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Show Your Stripes: Make Mail Conservation Conscious 

June 12, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:33:00 PM Categories: Conservation Corner

Tiger Stamp

In 2011, a stamp was unveiled by the United States Postal Service (USPS) making tigers the new face of snail mail. Since then, 49 million have been sold, contributing $5.4 million to international conservation efforts in 35 countries! Unfortunately, by the end of 2018 the USPS elected to discontinue selling the stamps. Learn what we are doing about it and how you can help!

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Make a Splash: How you can celebrate World Oceans Day 

June 8, 2019
Saturday, June 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

World Oceans Day 2019

On June 8 each year, we celebrate World Oceans Day! This observance reminds us that one great body of water connects everyone around the world. This season, as you enjoy the beach, bear in mind that the ocean is also an ecosystem, and you play a key role in it’s protection!

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The Zoo’s Summer “Diet” - Eat like an Animal! 

June 5, 2019
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 4:15:00 PM Categories: Animal News

It’s summer, and for some of us that means closely monitoring what we eat to support our “beach bodies.” However, diets should be more focused on balance, rather than elimination. Check out some diet lessons from our animal residents!

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Hello from the Otter Slide 

May 29, 2019
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 1:17:00 PM Categories: Animal News Conservation Corner

It’s World Otter Day! Designated by the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF), this holiday is meant to raise awareness for the protection and conservation of otters, both in their native habitat and in human care.

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A BEARy Important Story 

May 25, 2019
Saturday, May 25, 2019 1:29:00 PM Categories: Animal News Conservation Corner

Sometimes we BEARly notice what is happening in our hometown habitats, but this week it’s time to be a bear - I mean - aWARE of bears! Bear Awareness Week, which is celebrated the third week of May each year, is a time to think about the important roles bears play in local and global ecosystems, and how we play a role in their protection!

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A Blast from the Past: Evolving Through 20 years at the Akron Zoo  

May 22, 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:23:00 PM Categories: Zoo Tales

Boo at the Zoo

The Akron Zoo is full of history as well as people, animals, and change. Although the zoo has undergone many changes since 1953, we decided to reflect on the past 20 years and how they have significantly affected the zoo we know and love today. Through all these changes, there has been one constant: we provide up-close, nose-to-nose experiences with wildlife. The opportunity for these intimate encounters inspires us all. Let’s take a look back through time to see what’s changed. 

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Endangered Species Need You! 

May 17, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019 11:02:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner Zoo Tales

Today is endangered species day, and it is important to keep in mind the important role healthy animal populations play in our environment, and the role we play in protecting and restoring them. There are more than 16,000 endangered species in the world today, and more than 1,000 of them call North America home. Loss of habitat, loss of genetic variation and poaching and trafficking are just a few of the many factors that are endangering species and bringing us closer to the sixth mass extinction event.

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The Life of Brian at Your Akron Zoo 

May 15, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 9:38:00 AM Categories: Zoo Tales

Your Akron Zoo is visited by an average of 400,000 guests every year. During their visit, a majority of our guests see a facility focused on caring for wildlife and teaching people about the importance of conservation. However, many guests miss just how much work goes into making these experiences not only possible, but pleasurable and worry free! Our guest services department is proud to take up that mantle! 

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Wingin' It Episode 4 

May 2, 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019 2:55:00 PM Categories: Wingin' It with Frances F. Feathers

On the next episode of Wingin' It with Frances F. Feathers, Frances is introduced to a newer resident at the Akron Zoo: Big Hanna. Big Hanna likes to eat trash and helps out the birds.

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A Conservation Conversation 

April 30, 2019
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 4:29:00 PM Categories: Conservation Corner

Your Akron Zoo is excited to collaborate with Wildlife SOS for our annual event Hope for the Wild. Established in 1995, Wildlife SOS was founded by a small group of individuals that all shared the same goal: to protect and preserve India’s wildlife and forests.

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Dr. Brittany Rizzo - Zoo Vet Extraordinaire 

April 27, 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019 2:32:00 PM Categories: Zoo Tales

Whether you love to visit the zoo, have an animal companion at home or simply value the welfare of animals in human care, we can all agree that veterinarians are essential to the survival and well-being of our furry, scaly, and feathered friends. That is why today we are excited to celebrate World Veterinary Day by recognizing Brittany Rizzo, DVM, the director of animal health at your Akron Zoo!

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Waddle Your Way to World Penguin Day!  

April 25, 2019
Thursday, April 25, 2019 2:56:00 PM Categories: Animal News

In 1998, the Akron Zoo started our Humboldt penguin colony with just five penguins. Since then we have celebrated 16 births, mourned several deaths, and anticipated the arrival of new penguins. Despite these changes, the one thing that has remained consistent is our love for each one of these unique birds! 

Our current penguin colony consists of 13 members, each with a unique personality. To celebrate this World Penguin Day, we want you to have the same insider look into the lives of our flightless friends as our staff get!

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Kristen Scaglione Appointed to AAZK Board of Directors 

April 24, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 1:22:00 PM Categories: Zoo Tales

Boo at the Zoo

Akron Zoo Wild Animal Keeper Kristen Scaglione has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK)!

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A Tiny Addition to your Akron Zoo 

April 13, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019 1:03:00 PM Categories: Animal News

We’re expecting a tiny bundle of fur! Our pygmy slow loris, Sovanni, is pregnant and expecting a baby in May. This is her second pregnancy, but her first here. We are excited to welcome the new baby to your Akron Zoo.

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Happy National Siblings Day 

April 10, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 3:06:00 PM Categories: Animal News Zoo Tales

Happy National Siblings Day! I bet you didn’t know that there are several sets of siblings right here at your Akron Zoo.

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You Might be Zoo Lover If... 

April 8, 2019
Monday, April 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM Categories: Zoo Tales

It is National Zoo Lovers Day and we are certainly feeling the love! Not sure how much you love the zoo? Have no fear! We have come up with a few guidelines to determine whether or not you are in fact a zoo lover!

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Thank You to our Volunteers! 

April 7, 2019
Posted by Elena Bell Sunday, April 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM Categories: Zoo Tales

In honor of National Volunteer Month, the Akron Zoo would like to send a huge THANK YOU to our dedicated, who donate over 13,300 hours each year. That is a value of $285,000! More than 62 million people in the U.S. volunteer every year, and the Akron Zoo is lucky to have 143 adult volunteers and 20 teens in training. The zoo would not be able to run smoothly without these individuals. They play an important role in helping the Akron Zoo continue to achieve its mission. 

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FrogWatch is Ribbiting! 

April 1, 2019
Monday, April 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM Categories: Conservation Corner

“Hoppy” National Frog Month! Frogs and toads are an essential part of many wetland ecosystems, serving as both predator and prey for a variety of species. These unique creatures can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Unfortunately, many frog and toad populations have experienced dramatic population declines in the United States and around the world in the last several years. 

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Wingin' It Episode 3 

March 30, 2019
Saturday, March 30, 2019 11:20:00 AM Categories: Wingin' It with Frances F. Feathers

On this episode of Wingin' It with Frances F. Feathers, Frances tries her hand at goat yoga! 

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Akron Zoo Top Animal 2019 

March 26, 2019
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 3:44:00 PM Categories: Animal News

The polls are in! We asked you to vote on your favorite Akron Zoo animals in our “March Madness” bracket, and you had a lot to say! Unfortunately, though we had many wonderful contestants, there could be only one winner, and you chose Shanti!

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Folktales and Fables Finalists 

March 22, 2019
Friday, March 22, 2019 10:51:00 AM Categories: Zoo Tales

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our fable contest! We had many wonderful entries, but unfortunately we had to narrow it down to just a few winners. Note that the number of winners is relative to the number of entries in each category. 

So sit, back, relax, and celebrate World Folktales and Fables Week with us by enjoying these creative and thoughtful tales!

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Legends, Folktales and Fables from the Wild 

March 21, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019 12:23:00 PM Categories: Zoo Tales

Do you recall the stories and legends you heard in your childhood? Some were probably scary. Some were funny. Some may have been true (at least to some degree). But the best legends were the ones that let your imagination fly! This year, World Folk Tales and Fables Week is from March 17 to March 23. At your Akron Zoo, we bring these tales to life in our Legends of the Wild habitat. When you visit, you will notice that our animals are not all from the same geographic area. What ties them together are the legends associated with them, which are used to help ancient cultures understand the animals that we know and love today. 

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National Wildlife Week: Conservation starts at home 

March 15, 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019 3:42:00 PM Categories: Conservation Corner

National Wildlife Week has a rich history of conservation and education dating back to 1938, making it the longest-running National Wildlife Federation (NWF) education program in history. This year the event is being celebrated from March 12-16.  All across the country, people are encouraged to spend this week learning more about incredible animals native to North America, their habitats, and how we can help them thrive. 

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Create your own folktale 

Saturday, March 9, 2019 3:24:00 PM Categories: Zoo Tales

March 20-26 is National Folktales and Fables Week! We want to celebrate the week with a story competition! Write your own short story, or folktale, and share with us. Every story must include at least one animal to be considered. Your story can be about the Akron Zoo, but it is not required. 

Deadline for story submission is March 18 at 5 p.m. We will then review every story and pick our favorite in each age range. The winning stories will be featured on the Akron Zoo's new blog - Potter's Blog. 

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“Owl” Eyes on Our Animal Ambassadors! 

March 2, 2019
Saturday, March 2, 2019 1:57:00 PM Categories: Conservation Corner

The International Festival of Owls is an annual event that began in 2003 with the hatching day of Alice, a great horned owl from Antigo, Wisconsin. The first event was meant to encourage people to get out of the house at the end of winter, and learn a little something about owls. Now each year on the anniversary of her hatching, people travel from all over the world to join in celebrations and learn about our nocturnal feathered friends. 

Your Akron Zoo has its own parliament of education owls who are more than happy to meet people from across Northeast Ohio and teach them about owls. In fact, we have three owl ambassadors: Albus, Lorain and Hoot. Each of our owls has a unique story and a lot to share!

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Save a Songbird: It’s National Bird Feeding Month 

Feb. 27, 2019
Posted by Elena Bell Wednesday, February 27, 2019 4:34:00 PM Categories: Conservation Corner

When you think about February, many things come to mind: Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day and Black History Month, just to name a few. But did you know it is also National Bird Feeding Month?

As it turns out, February is one of the most brutal months of the year when it comes to our feathered friends. In 1994, Congressman John Porter noted that February was one of the toughest months for birds to survive. His goal in creating this observance was to encourage people to provide food, water and shelter to birds, especially in areas that experience harsh winters and where natural resources are scarce.

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Wingin' It Episode 2 

Feb. 21, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019 1:46:00 PM Categories: Wingin' It with Frances F. Feathers

Things are getting smelly around the Akron Zoo! In the next episode of Wingin' It, Frances meets Forest the porcupine and learns why he doesn't smell the best. 

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A Wild Valentine's Day 

Feb. 14, 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019 1:17:00 PM Categories: Animal News Zoo Tales

Animals have weird ways of showing each other how they feel about one another, from giving gifts to eating food. No matter what you do though, you have to admit, there are a few animals who do things… well, stranger than the rest. And several of them can be found at your Akron Zoo!

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Maintaining the Monarchs 

Feb. 5, 2019
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 5:00:00 PM Categories: Conservation Corner

Monarch butterflies are truly the “kings” of the butterfly kingdom. With a wingspan of almost 5 inches, and wings of brilliant orange, red, yellow and black, monarchs are some of the largest and most visually striking butterflies in North America. 

Unfortunately, their beauty does not make them immune to our changing world, and both the eastern and western populations of this magnificent creature are in decline due to habitat destruction and pesticide use, mainly due to crop production. 

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Wingin' It Episode One 

Jan. 29, 2019
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 1:31:00 PM Categories: Wingin' It with Frances F. Feathers

Meet Frances F. Feathers - a bird enthusiast who is launching her new show at the Akron Zoo. Join Frances as she explores the zoo and learns more about animals! 

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