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Where are we going today?

This 23.5 acre urban zoo has the distinguished honor of being the third oldest zoo in the United States (est. 1875), and it houses some of the world's most exotic, endangered, and even local wildlife. At the Zoo, animals move freely in suitably large and modest enclosures with trees, streams, pools, and other natural-like features. They house a wide variety of animals representing all corners of the earth and have even been known to occasionally invite a traveling koala or white alligator. 

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Where is it at?

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

How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10
  • Children$7
  • Free Under: 23 months
LAST UPDATED 2012

When can we go?

From 10am daily, but they reserve rights, so check!

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. For more information, contact directly. Group Discounted Admission Prices: Youths (2-18) $5.25 Adults (19-62) $7.50 Seniors (63 & up) $6.00 NOTE: Most programs must be booked at least 8 weeks in advance of the date of your Zoo experience..

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. Kids will be spell bound as they interact with live animals for their very first time! Crafts, stories, activities and visits from friendly Zoo animals are all part of these sessions for only $5 per child, which includes zoo admission, and $8.50 for adult admission. The Buffalo Zoo also offers seasonal nature camps for children ages 5-12. .

What people are saying?

  • 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...Read More

  • 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...Read More

  • by Tina Greco

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    I love going there

  • by Josh Jones

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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.

  • by Yesenia Rosado

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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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