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Winter warms up at Akron Zoo

1/9/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Dale Dong
WEST AKRON — While the Akron Zoo was among the many places closed Jan. 6-7 due to extreme cold, the park remains open most days for winter fun. The Cabin Fever Reliever program will help families warm up on cold winter Saturdays throughout January.

During the first program Jan. 4, children enjoyed crafts and special activities in Komodo Kingdom, as well as hot chocolate. Among the participants was Sam Freeman, 5, of Copley, who is shown at right top with the paper owl he created.

Zoo volunteer Dean Thayer is shown above as he talks about how animals cope with cold weather with Kerrie Gee and her children Jack Gee, 8, and Willow Gee, 6, of Stow.

While the event takes place indoors, zoo visitors can also trek outside to see how some of the zoo’s animals fare in the cold. Pictured at right bottom is zookeeper Lisa Melnik as she feeds the zoo’s red panda, Zheng. A zookeeper or naturalist will be on hand to talk about a specific animal at 1 p.m. during the Cabin Fever Reliever, according to zoo officials.

Cabin Fever Reliever takes place on Saturdays in January from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave. The event is included with zoo admission, which is $7 per person and free to those younger than 2. The zoo’s winter hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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