Akron Zoo

Photo of an Amur tiger

Our local zoos are changing.  The Akron Zoo is in the midst of a $17 million expansion, making new homes for lions and tigers.  The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo recently opened exhibits featuring Asian wildlife and rare Siberian tigers.

In this week’s Exploradio, we examine the research that goes into making captive animals a little more comfortable.

Alexandra Nicholis Coons is the president of the Ohio Museums Association and the executive director of the Massillon Museum.
Mark Arehart / WKSU

The Ohio Museums Association held its annual conference in Akron this week centered on ways to make museums more welcoming for all communities.

a photo of a zoo animal

The Akron Zoo is partnering with Canton City School District preschools through a first-of-its-kind program focused on developing social emotional intelligence and literacy. Zoo staff members visit preschool classrooms with animals and read books to the students. Zoo spokesperson Elena Bell says bringing animals into classrooms helps students reflect on how they relate to other people.

View of Lake Erie
Jeff St. Clair / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, March 28:

pic of Pride of Africa

The Akron Zoo has received the largest gift in its history –$1.5 million from an unnamed donor.

The donation was made to the zoo’s ROAR campaign, which is a fundraiser for two new exhibits. One of them is the new Pride of Africa, a habitat for a larger group of lions. The other is Wild Asia, featuring white-cheeked gibbons. Spokeswoman Elena Bell said the primates have been highly requested.