AKRON, Ohio — Want to watch grizzly bears roll in the grass in real-time during your work break, or see endangered red wolves hanging out around their den?
The Akron Zoo has joined Zoolife, an interactive virtual zoo, launching two live animal-cams that can be controlled to move around the animals’ habitats and zoom in, the zoo said in a release.
The subscription-based service enables animal lovers to check in on the Akron Zoo’s grizzlies, Jackson and Cheyenne, and red wolves Manny, Poco and Hawk as they go about their day in their habitats.
Akron’s grizzlies are siblings who were orphaned in their natural habitat, the zoo said, while red wolves are considered the most endangered canine species in the world.
The live-cams are subscription based, with 50% of every Akron Zoolife pass going toward the Akron Zoo’s Conservation Fund, which supports the zoo’s many conservation efforts.
In April 2021, eight critically endangered American Red Wolf pups were the first ever born in the Akron Zoo’s history, the zoo said. At the time, fewer than 20 red wolves were estimated to be left in their native habitat.
As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Akron Zoo participates in the AZA’s Species Survival Plan, actively participating in 49 survival plans.
Under the SPS, member zoos work cooperatively to manage threatened or endangered species, helping such animals as bald eagles, snow leopards and red wolves make a come back, the zoo said.
The Akron Zoo also partners with Conservación Internacional Perú to protect rainforest habitats and promote sustainable land use, and provides financial support to the world’s oldest international wildlife conservation organization, Fauna & Flora International, launched in 1903.
Subscriptions to Akron Zoolife offer a look into the world of Akron’s zoo animals and provide live-cam access to more than 30 habitats in zoos around the world, including the Toronto Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo, Santa Barbara Zoo and others.
Subscribers also can join daily chats with animal keepers and ask questions of experts.
You can check out the live cams with a trial for one of the cameras.