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Zoo Rules & FAQs


Park Rules

When visiting the Akron Zoo please obey the following rules:

  • Please obey “No feeding” signs.
  • Remain on the main paths at all times.
  • No pets are permitted on zoo grounds, including parking lots.
  • Please throw trash away in appropriate containers.
  • For the safety of the animals and public, balloons, grills, scooters, skateboards, roller skates and wheeled tennis shoes are not permitted on zoo grounds.
  • Please wear a shirt and shoes at all times.
  • Please do not destroy plants.
  • The zoo is not responsible for damage to your property while on zoo grounds.
  • Stay behind barriers. They are in place for your safety.
  • The Akron Zoo is non-smoking, non-vaping park.
  • Have fun!

Zoo FAQs

How long does it take to tour the zoo?  

The entire park (including exhibits and undeveloped land) is over 77 acres with more than 700 animals from around the world, plus a train, carousel, Farmland and many other interactive opportunities. Most visitors stay for 2.5 to 4 hours, but it really depends on how long you want to stay at the zoo.

Is there food available at the zoo? Can we bring food into the zoo?  

Komodo Kingdom Café offers a sit down cafe with an extensive menu and Grasslands Café (open seasonally) offers hot pretzels, Ohio popcorn, Velvet ice cream and hot and cold beverages. During our summer season we have other food carts throughout the zoo.

You also are permitted to bring food into the zoo. There are several picnic areas available on a first come, first serve basis, unless already reserved in advance.

Do you rent strollers and wheelchairs?  

The Akron Zoo offers stroller rentals at $6 for a single stroller and $10 for a double stroller. Electric scooters are available for $25. A limited number of complimentary wheelchairs are available on a first come, first serve basis. To use any of these items, we do ask for a form of collateral (i.e. - driver's license, car keys).

Can I visit the John Brown Monument?

Visits to the John Brown Monument are available at 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month from April - November. If interested in a tour, please meet in the reception office in the Barnhardt Family Welcome Center by 11 a.m.

Please note that these visits are not guided tours. If interested in a guided tour, please contact the Summit County Historical Society for dates of their guided tours. 

What should I do with the sick or injured animal I found?  

Due to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation guidelines, the Akron Zoo is unable to accept wildlife. Please refer your calls to the following:

  • Division of Wildlife – (330) 644-2293
  • Fran Kitchen (state license rehabilitator) Operation Orphan – (330) 745-2947
  • Animal Control Warden – (330) 375-2320
  • Expert Snake Removal Service – (800) 339-9470
  • Arrowhead Snake Removal – (330) 624-3904
  • Medina Raptor Center (birds of prey/waterfowl) – (330) 667-2386

I cannot keep my pet anymore. Does the zoo want it?  

The Akron Zoo does not accept pets.

Does the zoo have information available to help me with my school report?  

Yes. See our list of the Akron Zoo animals and their information. Or refer to the following website:


How can I prepare for a zoo career?  

With more than 110 million people visiting AZA institutions annually, all zoo and aquarium employees have the opportunity to educate the public about the critical need for the conservation of wildlife and wild lands. This responsibility assures an interesting and rewarding career, but the profession requires more than a commitment to conservation – it requires hard work. View our list of zoo-related positions and descriptions.