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Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Avenue
Buffalo
NY
14214
Tel: 716-837-3900

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What is the third OLDEST zoo in the US? Give up? Buffalo Zoo of course! This historic zoo was first opened all the way back in 1875, so that's a lot of family fun to be had!

The 23.5 acres that make up the zoo are home to some of the world's most beautiful, weird, wonderful and endangered animals that we have on the planet.

What's great about Buffalo Zoo, os that the animals move freely in their natural enclosures, with pools, streams, and other natural-like features so they can feel like they are back in their original habitats.

Creatures from all across the globe now see Buffalo Zoo as home - want to hear some of them! Course you do!

There are beautiful mammals - from the endangered Siberian tigers and Asian elephants, to the sweet pygmy zebus. (Strange name aren't they!)

Reptiles are of course covered too with lizards, tortoises and alligators (if you're lucky you might spot the white alligator!)

If you love those slimy amphibians, then you're in luck because there is a HOST of beautiful frogs and toads - from those poison arrow frogs to the Puerto Rican crested toads. Some of the colors are amazing! And of course, there is a host of birds for those winged creature lovers in the family. 

In addition to the beautiful animals which kids can learn all about, there are family workshops which are perfect for adding something exciting to your visit, and even sleep overs where you can stay the night with the animals! 

Buffalo Zoo also have cool events, like Ferocious Fridays over summer, and Zooper Saturdays where it's all about the endangered animals.

Animal fun all round in Buffalo - don't forget your camera! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10.50 (Over 13 years)
  • Children$7.50 (Ages 2 to 12)
  • Free Under: 23 months
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

From 10am daily, and closings vary depending on the season

All year round but closed Thanksgiving and Christmas

Teachers corner

Teachers, in partnership with ERIE 1 BOCES, The Buffalo Zoo has a brand new program to cover the new common core learning standards. You have to book at least 8 weeks before the tour date but what a great way to spend time out of the classroom!.

I'm Hungry!

There is food available from inside the zoo to fill those tummies! .

Any Top Tips?

Why not have your birthday party at the zoo! A super fun way to spend the day and celebrate! .

Doing our bit

They are all about preserving the wellbeing of the animals, so if they have regulations and rules posted around, please respect them because it's all in the interest of the creatures!.

Need a little extra help?

They offer groups with disabilities tours and have accessible restrooms. The park is handicap accessible. .

Baby Facilities

They have stroller rental if you need, .

Can I get one of those?

There is indeed a gift shop which is perfect to pick up all of those animal related gifts and educational items! .

More information

Come join the Cub Club Preschool program presented by Fisher-Price! This is a wonderful program for youngsters (ages 2 to 4) to begin learning the ABC’s of the amazing animal kingdom. Activities include stories, crafts, and exploratory investigations designed to uncover the mysteries of our animal friends. An extra cost for this but worth it!.

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    We took our two granddaughters age 7 and 5 to the zoo this past Thursday and they really enjoyed it. We grownups also enjoyed it. We loved the baby polar bears. I think it is a great zoo for being in downtown Buffalo. Everything was clean. We got pizza from one of the vendors that was delicious. The animals were awesome. I got a ton of pictures. I was disappointed that the elephants were not out but my 5-year old granddaughter was excited because the elephant was peeking out the door. I also enjoyed seeing the peacock walking around the park. I...Read More

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    Yesterday on Saturday, July 6th, 2013 we took our two children to the Buffalo zoo. What a huge disappointment. I was almost embarrassed for your facility and having to make excuses to our 3 year old why the sea lion’s water was so filthy that you could only see a dark shadow from the below water observation windows.

    We constantly see the local commercials for Buffalo Exterminating yet saw cockroaches on the steps of the rainforest building as you go up to see the birds in the tree tops and then again in the family restroom next to the farm...Read More

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    I love going there

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    Half the exhibits were empty, animal's water was dirty and a lot of the Animals seemed agitated or depressed especially the Gorillas.

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    Is the best they got now butbyou guy goo to put more n different animals

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by Peggy Coppolo

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We took our two granddaughters age 7 and 5 to the zoo this past Thursday and they really enjoyed it. We grownups also enjoyed it. We loved the baby polar bears. I think it is a great zoo for being in downtown Buffalo. Everything was clean. We got pizza from one of the vendors that was delicious. The animals were awesome. I got a ton of pictures. I was disappointed that the elephants were not out but my 5-year old granddaughter was excited because the elephant was peeking out the door. I also enjoyed seeing the peacock walking around the park. I got some neat pictures of it. I think over all it is a very nice zoo. We were there for the grand opening of the Kuckaberry area and the new entrance. I really liked the rain forest. The girls enjoyed the playground and that gave us grandparents time to rest!

by Julie S.

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Yesterday on Saturday, July 6th, 2013 we took our two children to the Buffalo zoo. What a huge disappointment. I was almost embarrassed for your facility and having to make excuses to our 3 year old why the sea lion’s water was so filthy that you could only see a dark shadow from the below water observation windows.

We constantly see the local commercials for Buffalo Exterminating yet saw cockroaches on the steps of the rainforest building as you go up to see the birds in the tree tops and then again in the family restroom next to the farm animals barn.

The food at the Beastro was scary to say the least and almost afraid to feed it to our children. The hot dogs looked like they were fried about six hours ago, shriveled up and cold. One order of fries was ice cold, the other two order overcooked to the point they shattered when you bent them. The grilled cheese was so soggy it could be wrung out. No ice for the soft drinks, we were told it was broken.

We let our son pick out one toy in the Zootique which was a $16.00 toy train with a small track. It didn’t last 12 hours, he set it up when he got home, it made about 20 trips around its little circular track and then the plastic wheels fell off. Due to the choking hazard of it, we threw it out.

Our son always looks forward to riding the train. The bell was either broken or removed, just another disappointment to the day.

Rochester is only an hour drive and we will give them a try. We spent almost a $100 yesterday between admission tickets, parking, riding the train and merry-go-round, lunch and the gift shop for a few hours to entertain our kids and we won’t do it at your zoo for a long while, if ever again.

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