Akron Zoo

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The Akron Zoo’s Pride of Africa exhibit opened over the weekend, allowing visitors to see what life with the lions is like.

The $7 million exhibit will include five lions as well as a species new to the Akron Zoo, Speke’s gazelles. The zoo partnered on the exhibit’s design with the Kenya-based South Rift Association of Landowners, which aims to avoid human-animal conflict. The group’s co-founder, John Kamanga, says the goal is to immerse visitors in the Maasai culture.

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CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO

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

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ELENA BELL / AKRON ZOO

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.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, March 28:

Akron Zoo Receives Historic $1.5 Million Donation for Upcoming Exhibits

Feb 27, 2019
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AKRON ZOO

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.

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As temperatures plummet below zero throughout the region, many will try and keep warm inside at home or work. But what about the animals at the Akron Zoo?

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, Jan. 16:

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, October 26:

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AKRON ZOO

The Akron Zoo is undergoing a $17 million expansion over the next two years, with the aim of increasing conservation and education efforts.

Next summer, the zoo will open its new Pride of Africa area, with an expanded habitat for a pride of lions, plus a new feeding area for goats.

Akron Zoo President Doug Piekarz said the goal is to immerse guests in the culture of the Maasai, and then show visitors how that relates to Northeast Ohio’s own environmental challenges.

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WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, October 17:

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ELENA BELL / AKRON ZOO

The Akron Zoo welcomed a unique deer species to the park last month.

The birth of a Siberian Musk deer, which is still unnamed, is a first for the zoo.  

Spokeswoman Elena Bell said the species is special to this area.

“They’re not a species that is really represented in a lot of zoos," she said. "It’s not an animal that you would think of when you visit the zoo, like the Cleveland Zoo doesn’t have them, the Columbus Zoo, so it’s really cool to be able to experience these unique animals.”

STAN HYWET HALL & GARDENS

Five museums in Summit County will open their doors at discounted prices this summer for families and individuals who are on food stamps.

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STATE OF OHIO

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, May 24:

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KIM COOK / AKRON ZOO

The Akron Zoo is using 3-D printing to keep better track of some of its animals. The zoo is using its new 3-D printer to create custom bands holding microchips for birds in the aviary.

Dr. Kim Cook, the zoo’s director of Animal Health and Conservation, says they’re using receivers in the aviary to help with research and conservation.

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DISCOVERY TOURS

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, May 8:

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo wants the public to know the role it plays in worldwide animal conservation. So next month it will roll-out a new branding campaign.

The campaign includes a new logo and the catch phrase, “Securing a future for wildlife.”

Dr. Chris Kuhar is the zoo’s executive director. He says there is a lot for the public to know about the zoo’s world-wide conservation efforts.

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Visitors to the Cleveland Metropark Zoo are getting their first look at the new exhibit for its pair of Siberian tigers. The Rosebrough Tiger Passage opened today, nearly a week after a child got into the Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla exhibit. Cleveland zoo officials say its new exhibit gives visitors a chance to safely see the tigers up close.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The Akron Zoo and Habitat for Humanity have a partnership that’s giving new life to remnants of old homes near the zoo.

The zoo and Habitat are deconstructing four homes in the neighborhood near the zoo: two last week and two more starting today. Any reusable pieces -- such as windows and cabinets – will be offered for sale at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Akron.