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    From the Akron Zoo's Facebook page:

    Thank you for supporting us in 2015! We not only had our third largest annual attendance in 2015, but also set a new record for single day attendance! In 2015, 363,903 people visited, which is the third largest annual attendance in our 62-year history. The most attended year at the zoo was in 2013, when 389,508 people visited.

    We broke our all-time single day attendance record with 6,831 visitors on Sunday, October 25, 2015 during Boo at the Zoo. We also set a new record for Boo at the Zoo in 2015 with 26,220 visitors during the six-day event.

    “We are extremely grateful for the support we received from our visitors in 2015 and we hope everyone enjoyed visiting with the amazing animals we care so deeply about,” commented Doug Piekarz, president & CEO. “Our efforts in education and conservation can only be achieved through wonderful community support and the dedicated work of our caring and compassionate staff and volunteers.”
     
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    AKRON ZOO EXPERIENCES 3RD LARGEST ATTENDANCE IN HISTORY

    The Akron Zoo not only had their third largest annual attendance in 2015, but also set a new record for single day attendance. In 2015, 363,903 people visited the Akron Zoo, which is the third largest annual attendance in the zoo’s 62-year history. The most attended year at the zoo was in 2013, when 389,508 people visited.

    The zoo broke its all-time single day attendance record with 6,831 visitors on Sunday, October 25, 2015 during Boo at the Zoo. The zoo also set a new record for its Boo at the Zoo event in 2015 with 26,220 visitors during the six-day event.

    The zoo saw their largest crowds in July, August and May, when 67,126, 60,669 and 59,045 people visited respectively. The zoo experienced several additions last year including the opening of Nature’s Play, which is comprised of five activities that encourage visitors to test their abilities to that of primates. Also new at the zoo in 2015 were two penguin chicks, which were born at the zoo, and the zoo acquired a new male red wolf. The zoo was also accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in September.

    “We are extremely grateful for the support we received from our visitors in 2015 and we hope everyone enjoyed visiting with the amazing animals we care so deeply about,” commented Doug Piekarz, president & CEO. “Our efforts in education and conservation can only be achieved through wonderful community support and the dedicated work of our caring and compassionate staff and volunteers.”

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    It's a Wild World Animal Show will have a different theme this year. The cave-dwelling snakes are now big enough to actually live in the exhibit.
     
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    There will probably be no real details until a design team is on board in a few months.
     
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    From the zoo's website:

    FLAMINGO CHICK NOW ON EXHIBIT

    The first ever Chilean flamingo chick that successfully hatched at the Akron Zoo is now on exhibit. The chick will be on exhibit daily 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The chick joins the other 23 Chilean flamingoes on exhibit at the zoo in the Legends of the Wild exhibit.

    The female flamingo chick was given the name Josephina, by her keepers, which is Spanish for “she will add,” since she was the first chick born at the zoo. Since Josephina was born last August she has been raised in the zoo’s Center for Animal Care. Over the winter the zoo has been slowly acclimating her to the flock.

    The flamingo egg was laid on exhibit July 25, 2015, and relocated to an artificial incubator in the zoo’s animal hospital in order to increase the chances of its survival. While in the incubator staff monitored the temperatures, humidity and the weight of the egg multiple times a day. The egg continued to develop for the next 26 days until the chick began to hatch on August 20, 2015. The chick took about 36 hours to fully emerge from the egg.

    Currently Josephina is about 3-4 foot tall and weighs over 4 pounds, which is close to adult size. At birth she weighed 96 grams. Josephina can be spotted easily on exhibit as she does not have her bright coral colored adult plumage yet; she has pale white, coral and black feathers.

    The Chilean flamingo is closely related to the American flamingo and greater flamingo. It is indigenous to South America, primarily Ecuador and Peru to Chile and Argentina and east to Brazil. The Akron Zoo houses a flock of 23 Chilean flamingos in their Legends of the Wild area. Chilean flamingos have been at the Akron Zoo since May 2004.
     
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    Snow leopard triplets will be on exhibit daily starting Friday, June 3 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m And they will be announcing their names on Thursday.
     
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    AKRON ZOO BRINGS BACK HOLIDAY LIGHTING EVENT

    The Akron Zoo will once again be lighting up the zoo with holiday lights and displays after a 16-year hiatus. Wild Lights, the zoo’s new fun-filled family event, will take place November 25-27, December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 22-23 and 27-30, 2016. The event will run from 6-9 p.m.

    Nearly the entire zoo will be decorated with a mix of lighted wildlife and traditional holiday displays. The event will include a unique nightly light show focused on animals near the zoo’s carousel, Santa Land, where people can visit with Santa and have their pictures taken if they wish, a S’mores station, up-close animal encounters, dinner at the zoo’s 4-star green certified restaurant and much more. Many of the zoo animals will also be on exhibit.

    “We are excited to bring this event back to our community and foster memorable experiences for families, as well as educate and inspire people to take an active role in conservation,” commented Doug Piekarz, president & CEO. “We are fulfilling the request from our community to bring this event back, some of whom came as kids and now wish to bring their kids to Wild Lights.”

    The zoo had hosted Holidays Lights from 1987-2000 and decorated the zoo with a half a million lights. Over 300,000 people visited the zoo for Holiday Lights during the 14 years the zoo held the event.

    The zoo plans to have lights starting at its entrance and continuing throughout the park, a traditional holiday theme in the historical portion of the zoo’s Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge and a Candy Land theme in the zoo’s Frontier Town, which will include an area where visitors can roast their own marshmallows for S’mores.

    General (Non-member) admission for Wild Lights will be $15 for adults and $10 for children. Akron Zoo members will be $12 for adults and children are $9. Discounted admission and early entrance at 5:00pm is available for those who purchase their tickets in advance: Pre-sale general (non-member) admission will be $12 for adults and $9 for children. Akron Zoo member advance purchased tickets will be $9 for adults and $8 for children.

    On the nights that the zoo is open for Wild Lights it will be closed during the day. Our regular winter hours running from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. apply to all non-event November and December days.

    The zoo is also offering companies the opportunity to host their holiday party during Wild Lights. Companies can rent out the entire zoo on an evening when Wild Lights is not open to the public, or people can choose to have a smaller party at the zoo during the event. For more information about hosting a party at the zoo call 330-375-2550 ext. 7251.

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    The burrowing owl exhibit has been removed. The Dumeril's ground boa exhibit is currently empty, but two new species will soon move in: Madagascar rain frog and Henkel's leaf-tailed gecko.
     
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    The new sheep in Farmland are mixed breed of Shetland, Finn and Jacobs. There are 2 Sambava tomoto frogs in with the leaf-tailed geckos. In the former mantella exhibit there are 8 Madagascar rain frogs.
     
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