AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Inspired by the savannas of Kenya and Tanzania the Akron Zoo is converting three acres into new enclosures.
During a press conference at the foot of the undeveloped exhibit CEO and president of the Akron Zoo Doug Piekarz outlined the conservation and educational objectives of the expansion.
“This is one of the key ways to create that connection in an up close and personal experience,” Piekarz said.
The $17 million project is being funded with an $11 million levy and a $6 million “Roar” campaign. The fundraising effort has already raised $3 million towards the improvements.
Akron mayor Dan Horrigan called the Zoo a great economic development partner.
“The Pride of Africa will deliver a state of the art complex that will address... our ability to manage a pride of lions, right here in Akron,” Piekarz said. This is something that has never been done. .