Release Date: May 7,2020

Akron Zoo to Delay Opening of Wild Asia

AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo is delaying the opening of its new area, Lehner Family Foundation Wild Asia, due to the COVID-19 crisis and other factors. Wild Asia was set to open during the summer of 2020. The area will now open in 2021.

While construction has been continuing, the pandemic has created challenges with labor and supply chain. The transport of animals from other accredited zoos has also been delayed for the safety and protection of the animals and transporters.

A specific 2021 opening date will be set at a later time.

The Akron Zoo remains closed until further notice in accordance with direction from the State of Ohio. The zoo will make updates on its website and social media. For more information, visit or call 330-375-2550.     

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation zoo with over 1,000 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the zoo strives to connect your life to wildlife while inspiring lifelong learning and conservation action. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.