Akron Zoo

Attractions and areas to explore 

The Akron Zoo is home to over 700 animals representing over 90 different species and it has almost 400,000 visitors annually. TThe zoo has eight themed areas of the park that are molded after specific regions on the globe. 

Legends of the Wild 

Legends of the Wild is the Akron Zoo's largest exhibit. It includes a 25-foot waterfall and over 15 animal exhibits. The displays in the Legends of the Wild exhibit include: penguins, lemurs, snakes, llamas, Andean condors, jaguars, capybara, snow leopards, and flamingos. 

Rainforest species 

Komodo Kingdom is an indoor exhibit featuring a Komodo dragon, Galápagos tortoises and other rainforest species. 

Rare surviving plants 

Curious Creatures is an indoor exhibit in the Komodo building that features animals and plants that exhibit unique adaptations for survival. More than tigers Tiger Valley houses Africa Lions, Sumatran tigers, sloth, bear and red pandas. 

The whole farm

Farmland has sheep, African pygmy goats and other domesticated animals are displayed in an interactive feeding exhibit, as well as the zoo's train ride, the A & K Wilber Express. 

Visit the prarie 

Wild Prairie contains the barn and Frontier Town. Lehner Family Zoo Gardens contains the Nature's View and Nature's Theater. 

Nature's View is a charming rental space in the gardens - perfect for small gatherings such as weddings, baby showers or company retreats, in a unique setting. 

Grizzly bears and more Grizzly 

Ridge opened in 2013 as the biggest expansion in Akron Zoo's history.The expansive aviary is home to grizzly bears, bald eagles, otters, red wolves, and coyotes. Zoo garden The popular zoo gardens opened in 2003 with over 7,000 native plants on display. Preservation, protection, and restoration of the natural environment, ecosystems, vegetation and wildlife is a major activity at the zoo. It is part of the zoo's mission and goals to focus on conservation - at all levels of restoration, preservation and reintroduction programs - including participation in 44 species survival plans. 


The Akron Zoo is a great place to learn , about the animals we share the planet with, via a wide variety of programs for individuals and groups who want to explore wildlife on a deeper level.

Interactive play and petting 

Get closer to feed the African pygmy goat, Nubian goat, Oberhasli goat, Boer goat, Polypay sheep and Karakul sheep or take a trip down the Otter Slide and glide through the water with a river otter without ever getting wet. Climb 33 steps up, as you'll find a breathtaking view of downtown Akron before entering the clear acrylic tub. From there you will be thrust 24-feet through a thrilling slide covering the river otter exhibit. 

Nature Play 

In the Nature Play area, children of all ages are encouraged to play with natural objects and test their skills against other primates. 

Frontier Town 

In this area, children can pretend to be a shop keeper or a pioneer in a prairie cabin. This area is for children and a great place for adults to rest while the kids flex their imagination. 

Exhibit Features 

The Gardener's Shed is home to barn owls and the Nature's Theater provides a wonderful place to experience animals up-close. 

Picnic Areas at the Zoo 

Enjoy your meal or snack in one of our picnic areas, Picnic Place or Wild Prairie Pavilion. 

Field Trips

Schools, organizations or groups can arrange convenient field trips upon request.

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