Akron Zoo’s live animal show returns this summer

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AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo’s live Animal Show, “It’s a Wild World Animal Show,” will return for its seventh season. The show starts June 3, 2014 and runs Tuesdays through Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. through August 30, 2014. The cost of the show is $2 and tickets can be purchased at the zoo the day of the show.

The show stars “Willard” who is a late night television talk show host, who is quite disappointed when expected guest Jack Hanna sends “Myra,” a star-struck animal handler, to fill in for him. “Myra’” tries her best, but “Willard” is quite unimpressed with her and her animals and wanted only cute, furry animals on the show. Over 10 animals will also star in the show, which includes audience participation. The 20-minute show is held in the zoo’s indoor theater in the Lehner Family Zoo Gardens.

For an extra wild experience the zoo is offering an opportunity for people 8 years of age and older to appear in the show as part of the Trainer-for-a-Day program June 1 – August 31 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 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. Children 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult and the fee is $250 for Akron Zoo members and $275 for non-Akron Zoo members. Children 13 and older can participate by themselves and the fee is $175 for Akron Zoo members and $200 for non-Akron Zoo members. The fee also includes admission to the zoo, admission to the 2 p.m. show for the participant’s immediate family, and a t-shirt. For more information people can call the zoo at (330) 375-2550 ext. 8973 or visit www.akronzoo.org

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $8 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $3. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

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