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

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 PURPOSE OF THE HORTICULTURE AND PRESERVATION PROGRAM IS TO CREATE A POSITIVE GUEST-CENTERED EXPERIENCE AND TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND INTEGRITY OF ALL NATURAL AND MANMADE STRUCTURES, INCLUDING THE LAND. THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH AN EXTENSIVE HORTICULTURE COLLECTION THAT INCLUDES MANY LUSH PLANTINGS AND GARDENS THAT CREATE BEAUTIFUL HABITATS AND ACCENTUATE THE ANIMAL EXHIBITS AND PATHWAYS BY CREATING AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE FOR GUESTS AS THEY STROLL THROUGH THE ZOO. SEVERAL GARDENS AND LANDSCAPED AREAS WERE DESIGNED TO ATTRACT NATIVE WILDLIFE AND SUPPORT BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION EFFORTS. BESIDES CREATING BEAUTIFUL SPACES, THE HORTICULTURE AND PRESERVATION PROGRAM ALSO CREATES INTERACTIVE, EDUCATIONAL EXHIBITS THAT SHOWCASE SPECIFIC SPECIES.IN ADDITION, THE HORTICULTURE AND PRESERVATION DEPARTMENT CONDUCTS A COMPREHENSIVE PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM ANNUALLY TO ENHANCE AND MAINTAIN THE LIFE OF BUILDINGS AND THEIR ENVIRONS, LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND MECHANICAL/GEOTHERMAL/ELECTRICAL/PLUMBING/OTHER SYSTEMS.PROVIDED 365 DAYS OF FACILITY MAINTENANCE.

Expenses
$4,893,231
Revenue
$0

ANIMAL CAREFROM AFRICAN LIONS TO MICROSCOPIC CORAL, THE AKRON ZOO PROVIDES CARE TO OVER 2,200 ANIMALS REPRESENTING APPROXIMATELY 250 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
$2,904,547
Revenue
$0

EDUCATIONTHE EDUCATION PROGRAM IS VITAL TO THE MISSION OF THE ZOO. THROUGH EDUCATION WE ARE ABLE TO CONNECT PEOPLE TO WILDLIFE AND FOSTER APPRECIATION FOR OUR NATURAL WORLD. ALL OF THESE EFFORTS CAN HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT IN SAVING WILDLIFE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. THE ZOO PRESENTS OVER 880 SCIENCE-BASED PROGRAMS TO OVER 91,000 PEOPLE EACH YEAR. BOTH ON AND OFF SITE PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED TO ADULTS AND CHILDREN. MANY OF THESE FORMAL PROGRAMS ARE FEE BASED TO GENERATE REVENUE TO SUPPORT THE ZOO. ALONG WITH FORMAL PROGRAMS, THE EDUCATION PROGRAM ALSO FOCUSES ON HOW TO CONNECT WITH THE AVERAGE ZOO VISITOR. EXHIBIT SIGNAGE, ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS AND PRESENTATIONS, DISCOVER CARTS, TOUCH TANK AND INTERACTIVE AREAS ARE WAYS THE PROGRAM EDUCATES GUESTS WHILE THEY ARE AT THE ZOO AND HELPS ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION. 91,000 PARTICIPANTS SERVED.

Expenses
$1,037,859
Revenue
$196,838

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