This November, the Akron Zoo will be on the ballot to support the operations and continued growth of our accredited Zoo.

This November, Summit County voters will be asked to cast their vote in support of our Zoo. The Levy helps the Akron Zoo continue to provide educational programs, conservation efforts and excellent animal care.

Supporting the Akron Zoo levy is an investment in education, wildlife and conservation. Your Akron Zoo is so much more than just one of our community’s largest tourist attraction - and passing the Levy is critical to the impact the Zoo has on Summit County!

Education

  • The Akron Zoo is a place where kids love to learn!  Each year, our Zoo connects over 91,000 individuals to wildlife and nature through science-based education programs.
  • The Zoo provides over 880 education programs each year to 81 school districts, including Summit County schools.
  • As an informal science learning center and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, our Akron Zoo provides unique learning opportunities for children and families that focus on endangered species and conservation programs.
  • Supporting the levy increases STEM and science-based education and outreach programs for kids, seniors and families. 

Animals & Habitats

  • Since 2012, the Zoo has increased the number of animals and species in its care, including endangered red wolves, Speke’s gazelles, octopus, naked mole rats, tree monitors, snowy owls, red breasted geese, musk deer and grizzly bears.
  • In 2019, the Zoo launched Pride of Africa, featuring amazing animals, including Africa lions, Speke's gazelles and white storks.  Pride of Africa is now home to two prides of lions, a first for the Akron Zoo.
  • Wild Asia - the newest planned habitat at the Zoo - will feature endangered tigers, red pandas and gibbons.
  • Passage of the Levy allows your Akron Zoo to continue to provide excellent animal care and realistic habitats for more than 250 species and 1,000 animals.

Conservation

  • The Akron Zoo is helping to save endangered species from extinction by participating in 46 species survival plans and 21 conservation and recovery projects.
  • The Akron Zoo is one of only 238 zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).  AZA is the accrediting body for zoos and aquariums.  It sets the highest standards for animal care, welfare and professional operations of a zoo or aquarium.
  • The Akron Zoo provides conservation education opportunities to over 400,000 visitors each year.
  • The Zoo’s Komodo Kingdom Cafe is the first 4-star green-certified restaurant in a North American zoo.
  • The Akron Zoo has reduced water consumption by 82% since 2009.
  • In 2011, the Zoo became an official Green Energy producer and is working towards becoming a net-zero energy consumer of electricity.
  • Zoo-sponsored events and rentals strive to be ‘zero-waste’ events.

Economic Impact

  • The Akron Zoo is one of the most visited attractions in Summit County. Over 400,000 people visit the Akron Zoo annually, making it a top attraction.
  • The Zoo generates nearly $8 in economic impact in Summit County for every $1 of public support received.
  • Since 2011, the Zoo has had an overall economic impact of over $506 million (half a billion dollars) across Summit County.
  • Since 2011, our Akron Zoo has experienced a 44.73% increase in overall economic activity across Summit County.
  • The number of jobs supported throughout Summit County since 2011 has grown nearly 40% to over 850 full time equivalents.

Zoo Levy

  • This November, the Zoo will be on the ballot asking Summit County voters to support a 0.8 mil renewal with a 0.4 mil increase for 10 years to support our programs, operations, animal habitats and services to the community.  The levy will cost the owner of $100,000 home $2.92 per month.

  • With your help to pass the Zoo Levy this November, your Zoo will continue to provide outstanding animal care, engaging educational programs and exciting habitats for 400,000+ visitors each year.
  • The Zoo Levy is the smallest of any tax-supported organization in Summit County, despite the Akron Zoo being one of the County’s largest attractions.
  • Every household in Summit County receives back their financial investment during Community Appreciation Days and other free admission days throughout the year.