AKRON, Ohio — Can you hear the roar? You will…
The Akron Zoo is unleashing an all-new experience later this month: Welcome to the Pride of Africa.
The new exhibit, which opens Saturday, June 29, features an up-close look at the zoo’s expanded family of lions.
“We will actually have five lions, a whole pride,” said Elena Bell of the Akron Zoo.
But that’s not all.
The Pride of Africa will also showcase multiple other animals, including a new species at the zoo – Speke’s gazelles.
“Guests will also enjoy an expanded train ride through the plains of Africa, catching glimpses of lions, gazelles and more,” according to the zoo’s site. “The new spray pad will give visitors an opportunity to cool down in the heat, while learning more about the clean water crisis in Africa.”
The new lion habitat will allow the Akron Zoo the opportunity to host a breeding pair -- specifically selected to preserve and strengthen the gene pool of surviving African lions as part as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan.
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