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Akron Zoo Animals No Longer at Akron Zoo

Discussion in 'United States' started by cloudedleopard, 23 Sep 2014.

  1. cloudedleopard

    cloudedleopard Well-Known Member

    13 Jul 2014
    Land of Liberty
    My "home" zoo is technically Cleveland, but a load of zoos are much better. Like Erie. Who knows (team tapir and any other NE Ohio zoochatters) knows what animals used to be at Akron Zoo?
    I know-
    Chinese alligator
    White-handed gibbon
    Rhesus monkey
    Bighorn sheep
    Silvered-leaf langurs
    Various waterfowl (near the coatis)
    Asian elephant
    Mediterranean donkey
    I am working on a history project for Cleveland Zoo, but when that is done I am going to do one for my other "home" zoo, Akron.
  2. GraysonDP

    GraysonDP Well-Known Member

    24 May 2015
    Washington DC
    When did they have elephants?
  3. jibster

    jibster Well-Known Member

    28 Apr 2015
    Columbus, Ohio, USA
    I can probably help you with this a bit. I volunteered at the zoo 25 years ago for a summer and remember a lot of the earlier exhibits (I also visited regularly for over 10 years prior to that) - that summer was part of the period that the zoo focused almost exclusively on New World species. I may have a map from that period somewhere in my files of old ephemera, but even if I don't, I could probably piece together much of the collection. Some of the species that were present are still a part of the collection but in new exhibits - the zoo has changed so much.

    Off the top of my head, some of the more notable species that were part of the collection but no longer are include: Golden eagle, White-tailed deer, Patagonian Cavy, Greater Rhea, Geoffroy's Tamarin, Trumpeter Swan, North American Beaver, Bobcat, Spider Monkey (not sure what species), Striped Skunk, Virginia Opossum, Black Bear, and numerous North American birds species in the aviary (I can't recall all of the species, but I know there were Roadrunner and Blue Jay, among others) and American waterfowl species (including canvasback, redhead, chiloe wigeon, and more). In addition, I remember prior to the American period a time when they had Barbary Sheep (although I can't remember much else from that earlier period that wasn't still in the collection later). Later species included Sun Bears and non-American waterfowl included white-winged duck and Meller's duck. Let me know any specific questions you may have and I'll be happy to let you know everything I remember.
  4. TigerValley98

    TigerValley98 Well-Known Member

    23 Sep 2011
    NE Ohio
    Thick-billed parrots, prairie dogs, black-footed ferrets, burrowing owls, and Ossabow Island hog. I will continue to think of more examples.