The Heart of Stark: Wild Asia exhibit glows for the first time

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One million lights illuminate the Akron Zoo this holiday season as part of the zoo’s popular Wild Lights event, where guests can visit after dark, see the animals and view dozens of festive light displays. For the first time ever, the Lehner Family Foundation Wild Asia exhibit is glowing, too.

The Lehner Family Foundation Wild Asia exhibit opened to the public in May, thanks to a $50,000 grant from Stark Community Foundation. It's the zoo's newest exhibit and provides up-close encounters with some of our planet's most endangered species: Sumatran tigers, white-cheeked gibbons and red pandas. This year, a section of the festive light display is set among the zoo's re-creation of southeast Asia jungles and Himalayan forests, adding a new sight to the holiday tradition.

In addition to seeing the Wild Asia exhibit lit up as part of the Wild Lights event, individuals and families from Stark, Summit and surrounding counties can enjoy fun photo opportunities, character meet-and-greets, treats and decorations throughout the zoo.

The holiday event kicked off Thanksgiving weekend and continues from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3-5, 10-12, 17-23 and 26-30. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.akronzoo.org/wild-lights.

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