The Akron Zoo keeps adding new faces.

This time it is a couple of New Yorkers who hail originally from Russia and northern Asia.

The pair now on display are Siberian musk deer who arrived from the Bronx Zoo in New York.

The male, Vlad, and female, Anastasia, are both 3 years old.

Zoo officials say the pair will call Akron home as part of a breeding program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The deer are native to the forests and mountains of Northeast Asia and their name comes from the musk they secrete during mating season.

They are relatively small and can weigh anywhere from 15 to 35 pounds.

Known for their kangaroo-like faces, the males have tusks.

They are considered a “vulnerable” species because of poachers wanting to harvest their musk glands that can be used in perfume and more commonly for medicinal purposes.

The zoo has also added red-breasted geese to share an enclosure with the deer. The geese are native to Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan and are also considered a “vulnerable” species as their numbers are declining in the wild.

The new additions will call the former sika deer habitat home.

The zoo’s one sika deer, Bucky, has retired to an off-exhibit area.

The zoo dates back to 1953 and is just west of downtown Akron.

It is open seven days a week. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $9 for children.

Craig Webb can be reached at or 330-996-3547.