Akron Zoological Park

Akron, OH   |  WWW.AKRONZOO.ORG

Mission

WE CONNECT YOUR LIFE TO WILDLIFE WHILE INSPIRING LIFELONG LEARNING AND CONSERVATION ACTION.

Ruling year info

1952

Principal Officer

DOUG PIEKARZ

Main address

500 Edgewood Ave

Akron, OH 44307 United States

EIN

34-6003866

NTEE code info

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Program 1

HORTICULTURE & PRESERVATIONTHE MISSION OF THE HORTICULTURE AND PRESERVATION PROGRAM IS TO FOSTER A CONNECTION WITH WILDLIFE AND A DESIRE TO PROTECT WILD PLACES BY CREATING A POSITIVE GUEST EXPERIENCE. THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH IMMERSIVE THEMING THROUGH LANDSCAPE PLANTS, HIGHLIGHTING THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN PLANTS AND ANIMALS, AND THE DEMONSTRATION OF SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING PRACTICES. THE AKRON ZOO IS AN ACCREDITED PUBLIC GARDEN THROUGH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC GARDENS ASSOCIATION (APGA) AND MAINTAINS A WIDE COLLECTION OF UNIQUE PLANTS FOR DISPLAY AND EDUCATION PURPOSES. ALL LANDSCAPING AT THE ZOO IS DESIGNED TO INCLUDE NATIVE PLANT SPECIES, DROUGHT-TOLERANT SPECIES, HOST OR FOOD PLANTS FOR NATIVE WILDLIFE, AND OTHER ECOLOGICALLY-BENEFICIAL PLANTS. THE AKRON ZOO GARDENS INCLUDE A MONARCH WAYSTATION. AS CONSERVATORS OF WILDLIFE, THE AKRON ZOO DOES NOT INSTALL INVASIVE OR POTENTIALLY INVASIVE PLANTS.PROVIDED 365 DAYS OF FACILITY MAINTENANCE.

Expenses
$4,987,981
Revenue
$0

ANIMAL CAREFROM AFRICAN LIONS TO MICROSCOPIC CORAL, THE AKRON ZOO PROVIDES CARE TO OVER 3,000 ANIMALS REPRESENTING APPROXIMATELY 254 SPECIES. PARTICIPATION IN CONSERVATION PROGRAMS, (I.E. CORAL REEF RESTORATION, WHITE WING WOOD DUCK RESEARCH) AND SPECIES SURVIVAL PLANS IS AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION OF THE ANIMAL CARE PROGRAM. THROUGH THESE PROGRAMS, THE ZOO IS ACTIVELY SAVING WILDLIFE AND THEIR HABITATS, AS WELL AS, TAKING A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF ENDANGERED SPECIES (I.E. RED WOLF, FRESH WATER STINGRAYS, CAPYBARA).IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SPECIES SURVIVAL EFFORTS, THE ANIMAL CARE PROGRAM PROVIDES INDIVIDUALIZED HUSBANDRY, VETERINARY CARE, NUTRITION, ENRICHMENT, WELFARE AND TRAINING TO EACH ANIMAL. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES WERE MOBILIZED TO ENHANCE AND INCREASE ANIMAL TRAINING IN ORDER TO FACILITATE VETERINARY CARE, PROMOTE NATURAL BEHAVIOR IN ANIMALS AND ENHANCE THE GUEST EXPERIENCE.PROVIDED 365 DAYS OF ANIMAL CARE.

Expenses
$2,901,264
Revenue
$0

EDUCATIONTHE EDUCATION PROGRAM SUPPORTS THE MISSION OF THE ZOO. THROUGH EDUCATION WE WORK TO CONNECT PEOPLE TO WILDLIFE AND FOSTER APPRECIATION FOR OUR NATURAL WORLD. COMBINED WITH OTHER METHODS, EDUCATION CAN HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT IN SAVING WILDLIFE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. ALTHOUGH 2020 SAW SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON PROGRAMMING DUE TO COVID, THE ZOO PRESENTED MORE THAN 340 SCIENCE-BASED PROGRAMS TO MORE THAN 6,500 PEOPLE. PROGRAMS WERE CONDUCTED ON AND OFF SITE THROUGH VIRTUAL PLATFORMS TO ADULTS AND CHILDREN BOTH LOCALLY AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MANY OF THESE FORMAL PROGRAMS ARE FEE BASED TO GENERATE REVENUE TO SUPPORT THE ZOO.THE EDUCATION PROGRAM FOCUSES ON HOW TO CONNECT WITH THE AVERAGE ZOO VISITOR. EXHIBIT SIGNAGE, ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS AND PRESENTATIONS, DISCOVERY CARTS, AND INTERACTIVE AREAS ARE WAYS TO EDUCATE OUR GUESTS WHILE AT THE ZOO AND HELPS ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION.7,085 PARTICIPANTS SERVED.

Expenses
$944,982
Revenue
$95,983

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