Release Date: May 26,2017

New exhibit set to open June 3 at the Akron Zoo

The Akron Zoo will be unveiling its newest exhibit, Curious Creatures, June 3, 2017. The exhibit will be located in Komodo Kingdom and will include animals that are uniquely different or have odd adaptations allowing guests to learn about some of the world’s most “Curious Creatures.”

Some of the unique species that guests will be able to learn about in the new exhibit include naked mole rats, leaf-cutter ants, electric eel, red-eyed tree frogs, walking batfish, chain dogfish, flashlight fish, mata mata turtle and more. In addition the zoo will also be showcasing some carnivorous plants such as Venus flytrap, pitcher plant, bladderwort and more. In total, Curious Creatures will include over 20 different species and several interactive areas like the learning lab, where guests can see marine and terrestrial invertebrates, a mood wall that simulates the helpful adaptation some animals have to blend in and change color and a strength tester where guests can compare their strength to that of the powerful mantis shrimp.

The new exhibit will be themed as if visitors are entering a submarine, highlighting many of the underwater residents such as jellyfish and octopus. Curious Creatures will be located in the exhibit hall in Komodo Kingdom Education Center. The exhibit hall is a space that changes exhibits every 3-4 years. Curious Creatures will be the fourth exhibit to occupy this space since Komodo Kingdom opened in 2005.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $9 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $3. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.