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Akron Zoo brings back live animal show

By jim Published: May 28, 2009

By popular demand, the Akron Zoo’s live animal show, “It’s a Wild World Animal Show,” will be back for the summer season this year starting June 2, 2009. The show will take place Tuesdays through Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The cost of the show is $1.00 and tickets can be purchased at the zoo the day of the show.

The show is held in the zoo’s indoor theatre in the Lehner Family Zoo Gardens. It features about 12 of the zoo’s animal ambassadors, including a new animal this year, a scarlet macaw. The show takes visitors on a trip around the world and showcases 12 animals.

“Willard” is a new hire at the zoo and his boss “Myra” is evaluating his performance as he does animal training. “Willard” must pass his evaluation to continue his work. With the help of the audience, Willard walks a fine line of whether he can still work at the zoo or not. The show lasts about twenty minutes and features animals such as a kinkajou, tarantula, birds of prey, ground hog, snakes and many more.

For an extra wild experience the zoo is offering an opportunity for people 12 years of age and older to become part of the show. Trainer–for-a-Day allows guests to meet some of the animals that appear in the show up-close, take a behind-the-scenes tour and help the education staff get ready for the show and appear in the show.

The cost for this program, which is one full day from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., is $175 for Akron Zoo members and $200 for non-members. The fee also includes admission to the zoo, a Trainer-for-a-Day t-shirt and lunch. For more information you can call the zoo at (330) 375-2550 or visit them at

The Akron Zoo is home to over 700 animals from around the world and is open 361 days a year. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens, $6 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2.00.

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