Planning a Field Trip

A Wild variety of affordable, enjoyable and educational possibilities are now available for your next group visit at the Buffalo Zoo!

Your zoo experience will be enhanced by a variety of unique activities such as Safari Carts with biofacts, live animal demonstrations, puppet shows, carousel and train, or even the WILD Place in action (seasonal).

The Zoo is also continuing its dedication to provide innovative and exciting educational programs, which now include themes and specialized tours at various times throughout the year.  By involving our highly trained staff and volunteers in your Zoo visit, you will be sure to maximize your group’s learning adventure.

Here is how it works: after your order has been processed you will receive a packet prior to your scheduled visit which will include self-adhesive badges and a list of friendly reminders. These badges must be worn by each and every member of your group.  Anyone not wearing a badge will be required to pay the regular admission rate. It is the responsibility of the group leader to have everything organized for their Zoo visit. BADGES ARE ONLY VALID FOR SCHEDULED DAY.

THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY.  IF YOU DO NOT WEAR YOUR BADGE, YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY FULL RATE TO ENTER THE ZOO.

WILD ADVENTURE SAFARI PACK CHOICES:

FOOD
The Youth Safari Lunch Pack is a choice of Hamburger, Hotdog or Grilled Cheese Sandwich and includes chips and a juice box. The Adult Safari Lunch Pack is a choice of a Hamburger or Hotdog and includes fries along with a 16oz. fountain drink. All meals are prepared by our Beastro which is open seven days a week. The presale admission form allows you the convenience of purchasing lunch packages in advance.

Picnic tables, grass areas and pavilions are available on a first come, first serve basis. Groups may bring their own lunches into the Zoo, however, for the safety of our animal collection and guests, grills, plastic straws and glass containers are not permitted on Zoo grounds.

SOUVENIRS
The Zootique opens every day at 10:00 a.m. We require one chaperone per five (5) students.

RIDES
Train and carousel rides are seasonal and weather permitting.  Ride tickets may be purchased in advance with your presale admission.  Train and carousel rides require 1 token each.

PARKING
Visitors will recive a ticket upon entering our main parking lot. This ticket MUST BE submitted to our admission gates and paid for before exiting the Zoo. Parking costs $6 for busses and $3.50 for cars.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
To enhance your Zoo adventure or to help students fulfill learning standards, we recommend that you arrange for your group to experience one of our many exciting educational programs.  The majority of programs MUST BE BOOKED AT LEAST EIGHT (8) WEEKS IN ADVANCE.  Please review the programs listed below and call (716) 837-3900 ext. 128 for booking and specific program information. Click here for more education info.

  • At the Zoo Programs
  • General Guided Tours
  • Specialized Tour

TERMS FOR DISCOUNT ADMISSION

  • IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE 25 PERCENT DISCOUNT, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED AND PAID FOR AT LEAST THREE WEEKS IN ADVANCE TO ALLOW FOR PROCESSING AND POSTAL DELIVERY.
  • One chaperone per every 10 students is required.
  • Zoo Members must show their membership card along with a second form of I.D.
  • Purchase Orders are only accepted at full Zoo admission rates:
    Adults = $10.00 Children = $7.00, Seniors = $8.00. Zoo members and Children two and under are free.  Purchase orders must be submitted to cashier upon arrival.
  • Prices are subject to change.
  • Once your presale admission form has been fully processed, NO ADDITIONAL PERSONS/CHILDREN will qualify for the discounted rate. Those in your group not having made presale arrangements will be charged full rate before entering the zoo.
  • NO REFUNDS ON DISCOUNT ADMISSION
  • For payment we accept checks, money order, Visa, Discover and Mastercard.
  • Canadian patrons must use Visa, Discover, Mastercard or a bank draft made out in US Funds.

Download the Buffalo Zoo Presale Admission Form,
complete and return with your payment 3 weeks in advance.
(Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Special Scheduling Notes For
The Buffalo’s Zoo’s Group Sales Department 2012

The following circumstances may influence your group’s Buffalo Zoo field trip.  Please schedule your visit accordingly. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the scheduling of your group’s visit, please contact the Buffalo Zoo’s Pre-Sale Information Line at (716) 837-3900 extension 181.

Closed Facilities/Limited Viewing
The Zoo will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, in January and February.

Early Closing Dates

In preparation for the following annual events, the Zoo will be closing early on the days listed below:

  • Catillion -- June 11, 2012 (the Zoo’s black-tie gala)
  • Wines in the Wild – July 28, 2012 (annual fundraising eve)

Our gates will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on the above mentioned days.

We apologize for any inconvenience these situations may cause your group.  Thank you for your cooperation and enjoy your visit to the Buffalo Zoo!

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