We made an afternoon visit to the Akron Zoo today and found it to be quite wonderful. It is, as municipal zoos go, perhaps a bit small but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in quality. The premises for both visitors and residents (the animals) were clean and the grounds nicely laid out and landscaped. In addition to the excellent animal exhibits, an impressive formal garden graces the grounds. Most animals are viewed through large expanses of glass with no moats separating visitors from them. When the zoo says, “You’ve Never Been This Close!” they mean it! Of the photographs I shot today including a vocal Bald Eagle, a tiger on patrol, and playful wolves, my favorites were of a young Snow Leopard cub, and a Red Ruffled Lemur. The Snow Leopard, one of a pair born at the zoo April 14, was lounging close to the glass while its mother watched from far back and high above within the terraced enclosure. The lemur looked out and about from its indoor residence with curious and soulful eyes. It was a fine visit and we will be sure to visit again soon!