Release Date: November 2,2018

Akron Zoo looking for stars of 2019 TV commercial

The Akron Zoo turned 65 years old this year, and to celebrate, the zoo is conducting a contest. Three individuals will be selected to appear in an Akron Zoo commercial that will air on television and on social media in spring 2019 for the “Why I Love the Akron Zoo” campaign.

The zoo is asking people to create a video explaining why they love the Akron Zoo in 65 seconds or less. Participants will need to upload their video online at YouTube or Vimeo, and then complete the online form on the zoo’s website. Full contest rules, two sample videos and the online form can be found at Deadline for video submission is Friday, Nov. 16 at noon.

Eight finalists will be selected by a panel of judges. The top eight videos will be voted on by the public. Selection will be based on creativity and message.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and admission is $7 per person. Children under two are free and parking is $3. For more information visit or call 330-375-2550.