Buffalo Zoo Announces Zoo For All Program

The Buffalo Zoo is proudly announcing its new Zoo for All program, a bold initiative offering significantly reduced admission rates for low-income families and individuals, effective April 15, 2024. The Zoo for All initiative is designed to ensure everyone has … Continued

Let’s Give These Cubs Some Names!

It’s finally time to give names to our new lion cubs. Earlier this month, during our annual gala, two generous donors stepped forward to name one of our female cubs and one of our male cubs. Now, we need the … Continued

Buffalo Zoo Lion Cubs Make Public Debut 

The Buffalo Zoo is thrilled to announce that the four lion cubs born June 2nd and 3rd are ready to make their public debut. These additions highlight our commitment to education, conservation, and the awe-inspiring world of wildlife. Since their birth, … Continued

Buffalo Zoo Says Goodbye to 19-Year-Old Lion

We are deeply saddened to announce our 19-year-old African lion, Shona, was recently humanely euthanized due to deteriorating conditions from changes to her kidneys and liver that could no longer be treated medically.  Shona was born at the Como Park … Continued

Buffalo Zoo Announces New Winter Operating Hours 

Buffalo, N.Y. – Starting Monday, November 16, 2020, the Buffalo Zoo will be closed to the public every Monday through Thursday and open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The new operating hours are … Continued

Dallas the California Sea Lion Passes Away

We are heartbroken to share that Dallas, the California sea lion, unexpectedly passed away on Sunday night. Our veterinary and animal care teams had been closely monitoring and treating Dallas for a respiratory issue, and he seemed to be improving. … Continued

Sampson the Giraffe Passes Away

Unfortunately, in a year that has already been so very difficult and taken so much, we have some more sad news to share. Sampson, the giraffe, died yesterday due to complications following a medical procedure. Recently, Sampson had developed a … Continued

Buffalo Zoo to Welcome Guests Back on July 2, 2020

After closing in March due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Buffalo Zoo will re-open on Thursday, July 2, 2020, with enhanced health and safety measures in place to protect guests, team members, and animals alike. The Buffalo Zoo Safe … Continued

Buffalo Zoo Statement on Positive COVID-19 Test in Tiger

As an AZA-accredited organization, we collaborate with other zoos and aquariums to share information and incorporate best practices into our important work at the Buffalo Zoo. We also follow the guidance of several federal, state and local government agencies and … Continued

NEW: Update From The Buffalo Zoo

Dear Friends of the Buffalo Zoo, I hope this message finds you safe and healthy. I’m writing to share that despite these uncertain times good things are happening in our Buffalo Zoo Community. We continue to stay resilient and relish … Continued

The Buffalo Zoo Needs Your Help

Dear Friends of the Buffalo Zoo, So many of us are grappling with sudden changes to our everyday lives. All of us here at the Zoo hope you are staying safe, staying healthy and staying positive. Your Buffalo Zoo is … Continued

Important Message about the Buffalo Zoo and COVID-19

Dear Buffalo Zoo Community: Because nothing is more important than the health and safety of our guests, team members, and animals, the Buffalo Zoo is temporarily closed beginning Saturday, March 14 through Saturday, March 28, 2020. We believe this is … Continued

Buffalo Zoo on COVID-19

Dear Buffalo Zoo Community: Like you, all of us at the Buffalo Zoo is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, commonly known as novel coronavirus 2019. The safety of the beloved animals in our care and you, our valued … Continued

Agnes the Giraffe Receiving End of Life Care

Update 3/21/19: The Buffalo Zoo said farewell to Agnes on Thursday, March 21, 2019.  Her quality of life was in steep decline and it was determined by an expert team that euthanasia was the best course of action. It is … Continued

Audubon Zoo Welcomes New Elephants from Buffalo Zoo 

Audubon Zoo welcomed two new elephants from Buffalo Zoo this week:  Surapa (age 36) and Jothi (age 37). The two elephants will join Audubon’s longtime elephant residents, Panya (age 54) and Jean (age 45) in their  Asian Domain habitat. The complex is equipped to … Continued

Resolving a Lemur Family Feud

By Christian Dobosiewicz, Communications Manager Have you ever been in an argument with your parents or siblings? It might be difficult at times but hopefully, apologies are made, and you can forgive each other. Just like humans, our animals have … Continued

Spa Season for the Elephants

By Mindy Ussrey, Elephant Manager Well, actually, every season is spa season inside the elephant barn. Taking care of the elephants’ feet is a year-round task for the keepers. Elephants spend 90% of their day on their feet (they do … Continued

We Did It!

Preschool Graduation, Buffalo Zoo By Anna Ileto, Early Childhood Program Specialist On June 7th and 8th, 2018, our preschoolers proudly marched to Pomp and Circumstance at the Sunken Garden to receive their certificate of completion. The garden was beautifully decorated … Continued

The Buffalo Zoo Offers Sizzling Summer Discounts

With this weekend’s expected heat wave the Buffalo Zoo would like to invite guests to beat the heat and visit the Zoo with discounted admission. This weekend’s admission prices are as follows: Adult Admission: $9.00 Senior Admission: $7.00 Child Admission: … Continued

Birds from Down Under

Construction is underway and this Memorial Day Weekend the Buffalo Zoo will open its newest exhibit, Boomerang Island. This temporary interactive exhibit is only here for the summer and will feature more than 300 birds native to the Australian Outback. … Continued

More Than Just A Pretty Face

By Melissa King The Buffalo Zoo is home to a breeding pair of cinereous (or Eurasian black) vultures.  The male is named Vladimir and the female Czari.  They are both twenty-eight years old and have been at the zoo since … Continued

Buffalo Zoo Announces Launch of Reptile House Renovation

The Buffalo Zoo, joined by Senator Chris Jacobs, is proud to announce the beginning of construction on the Donna M. Fernandes Amphibian and Reptile Center (A.R.C.). This 3.7-million-dollar project, which started in 2015, is now ready to break ground and … Continued

Buffalo Zoo Welcomes New Snow Leopard

The Buffalo Zoo is excited to announce the addition of a new male snow leopard. With the new year off to a fast and cold start, what better time to announce the arrival of an animal that is right at … Continued

A Perfect Fit

By Megan Monaco The Arctic fox is one of the most adorable animals that live in one of the harshest climates in the world, the Arctic tundra.  Here at the Buffalo Zoo, we have four male arctic foxes. The three … Continued


In a world of continual change, one thing that remained constant over four decades was the community involvement and support extended by M&T Bank’s Chairman and CEO, Robert G. Wilmers. His support of cultural institutions throughout the region is a … Continued

Make Believe Day With Our Preschool Students

By Anna Ileto, Early Childhood Programs Specialist, and Manager of the Buffalo Zoo Preschool On October 26 and 27, the Preschoolers had a “Make Believe Day” parade and party in the Zoo.  So many people participated to help make this … Continued

Buffalo Zoo Ready for Trick-Or-Treat Weekend

The Buffalo Zoo is excited to once again host Trick-or-Treat Weekend at the Zoo. This family-friendly event takes place this weekend, October 14 and 15 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day. The Buffalo Zoo expects thousands of families … Continued

The Buffalo Zoo Preschool Welcomes Fall!

By Anna Ileto, Early Childhood Programs Specialist, and Manager of the Buffalo Zoo Preschool The children enrolled in the Buffalo Zoo Preschool are fully aware of the many changes happening in their environment such as falling leaves and changes in … Continued

A New Addition

By Alice Rohauer Meet “Pumpernickel”, the Buffalo Zoo’s newest addition to the addax herd. They are a large ungulate able to reside in areas of extreme desert temperatures. Addax are listed as Critically Endangered because the total wild population is … Continued

Welcoming Our Newest “Little One”

By Emily DeTine As zookeepers, we have many different parts to our job, one of which is tracking our Japanese macaques’ estrous cycles. This is especially important with the breeding group we have. With Koji’s mom, Debbi, we kept a … Continued

New Baby Addax

The Buffalo Zoo has a new baby addax and once again we want your help in naming the little one! The female was born on May 31 to mother Kay (4) and father Bakari (8) and keepers say that she … Continued

Buffalo Zoo Welcomes Baby Reindeer

The Buffalo Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of a male Scandinavian reindeer just in time for Mother’s Day.  The Buffalo Zoo’s newest addition was born on April 18, 2017, to mother Solara (6) and father Apollo (3). This … Continued

Buffalo Zoo Names New President/CEO

The Zoological Society of Buffalo Inc. today named Norah B. Fletchall, COO and senior vice president of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, to succeed Donna Fernandes as the Buffalo Zoo’s next president and CEO. In February 2016, Fletchall moved into the … Continued

Love Is In The Air

By Caitlyn Bruce February is the month that many of us find ourselves celebrating love. Whether it’s love that has already withstood the test of time, or new affection that is just beginning to form, Valentine’s Day is the holiday … Continued

A New Addition to M&T Bank Rainforest Falls!

The Buffalo Zoo is always excited when one of our animals gives birth. Our keepers become incredibly attached to our animals and feel like proud parents themselves when a new animal is born here at the Zoo. More importantly, the … Continued

Welcome Sakari

Zoos from across the country work together to protect polar bears   If you have been to the Zoo recently, you may have noticed that our Arctic Edge Exhibit has a new resident! Sakari, the polar bear now calls Buffalo … Continued