Buffalo Zoo

Buffalo Zoo Welcomes First Baby of 2016: A Gorilla

The Buffalo Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of a baby western lowland gorilla. The baby was born on Sunday, January 10 at 11:04 p.m. to mother, 18-year-old Sydney, and father, 28-year-old Koga. Sydney has displayed strong maternal instincts … Continued

New Event “Arctic White Out” Will Replace Polar Bites

Tickets are now available for “Arctic White Out,” a brand new wintertime fundraiser benefiting the Buffalo Zoo, presented by Inspire Dental Group. The inaugural Arctic White Out will take place at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on Thursday, February 18 … Continued

Warm Up with the Cold-Blooded This Saturday!

The Buffalo Zoo will hold a “Warm Up with the Cold-Blooded” event on Saturday.   Families looking for a unique wintertime experience with the kids this weekend can get out of the cold and enjoy some fun at the Zoo. … Continued

Celebrate World Anteater Day on Saturday!

Looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend? Join us as we celebrate World Anteater Day! Stop by the M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit for special anteater-themed activities from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, November … Continued

Cyber Monday Sale on Zoo Memberships

The Buffalo Zoo will offer a discount on membership purchases during a Cyber Monday sale event, just in time for the holidays. The sale will take place on Monday, November 30 from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. A discount of … Continued

A Fundraiser with Alex & Ani Buffalo

Join us on Monday, November 9 for a fun shopping experience to benefit the Buffalo Zoo. 15% of any purchase made in the store during the event will help the Zoo purchase auction items for the Zoo’s brand new fundraising … Continued

Come Play in Our New Nature Playground!

We’ve opened a brand new nature playground area for visitors! The playground, which is located within the Zoo’s Delta Sonic Heritage Farm exhibit, is intended to encourage “nature play” among child visitors. Nature play is unstructured childhood play in wild … Continued

Shop for the Zoo Animals at Tops Friendly Markets

Help fill the pantry for the Buffalo Zoo’s animals this fall and winter! On Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., shoppers at participating Tops Friendly Markets locations will have the opportunity to purchase an extra gift … Continued

Zoo Adds Downtown Stops for Zoofari Shuttle Service

The Buffalo Zoo has added two downtown stops to the Zoofari shuttle service schedule to tap into the Buffalo tourism market. Last month, the Zoo announced partnerships with Medaille College and Nichols School to make ancillary parking lots available for … Continued

Help Buy the Animals Lunch!

The Buffalo Zoo invites patrons to support the animals by buying them lunch. The Buffalo Zoo has an annual grocery bill over $250,000 to feed over 1,400 animalresidents. During the month of July, Zoo visitors will have the opportunity to … Continued

Stay Late on Fridays in July & August

The Buffalo Zoo will offer extended hours every Friday in July and August for our Ferocious Fridays series. During Ferocious Fridays, admission gates will remain open until 7:30 p.m. every Friday in July and August. Visitors and their families can … Continued

Check Out the New Zoofari Shuttle!

The Buffalo Zoo today unveiled a brand new custom-designed “Zoofari” shuttle during a media event. The Zoofari shuttle will run between the Zoo and a parking lot at Medaille Collegeon Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The Zoo announced last week that … Continued

So Long, Kali!

As we prepare to say goodbye to Kali the polar bear, we have been getting lots of questions about why he has to go, and hearing concerns about separating Kali from Luna. Keeper Caitlyn Bruce, who works with both bears, … Continued

Updates from the Giraffe House

Young Sampson was interested in his new half-sister, Zuri, the moment she was born! Since then, the two have spent time interacting between the mesh in the giraffe house. Sampson (far right) has shown interest in Zuri from day 1! … Continued

Free Zoo Tours This Weekend!

The Buffalo Zoo will offer open tours to visitors this Sunday. Two open tours will be held on Sunday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tours will meet in the Zoo’s entry plaza. Visitors do not need to … Continued

Call for Vendors! BuffaLoveFest 2015 is Coming.

Sell your BuffaLove goods at BuffaLoveFest 2015! The third annual BuffaLoveFest is set to be our biggest and best one yet. If you’re a food truck owner, or an artisan making Buffalo-themed goods, we want you! BuffaLoveFest will take place … Continued

Get Your Tickets for BuffaLoveFest 2015!

Tickets are now on sale for the third annual BuffaLoveFest, an event featuring all things “Buffalo.” BuffaLoveFest will take place on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Zoo. The 21 and over event … Continued

Zoo Mourns Loss of Male Snow Leopard, Dwaine

The Buffalo Zoo is saddened by the loss of its male snow leopard, Dwaine. A blood analysis during a routine annual checkup revealed that Dwaine was in the late stages of severe kidney disease. His condition declined rapidly, and the … Continued

Meet Our New Snow Leopard, Grace

The Buffalo Zoo welcomes Grace, an adult female snow leopard to their collection. Grace was born at the Zoo Boise on May 23, 2013. She arrived in Buffalo from the Binghamton Zoo in December and is now ready to explore … Continued

Warm Up With the Cold Blooded – THIS SATURDAY!

The Buffalo Zoo will hold a “Warm Up with the Cold-Blooded” event on Saturday. The special animal event will take place in the Zoo’s reptile house, with special programming and activities running from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, … Continued

Goodbye Diana Bear

 The Buffalo Zoo is saddened by the loss of its spectacled bear, Diana, who was humanely euthanized on December 16 due to declining health. At 35 years old, Diana was the oldest spectacled bear in the world at the time … Continued

The baby giraffe has a name!

The Buffalo Zoo today announced the name of a baby giraffe who was born in October. His name is Sampson. Sampson was born on Friday, October 24, 2014 to mother, 5-year-old A.J, and father, 3-year-old Moke. Both are first time … Continued

Luna Updates!

Luna the polar bear is recovering from an injury she sustained during a fall this summer. The popular polar bear cub fractured the ankle joint in her left rear leg. The Zoo’s veterinarian, Dr. Kurt Volle, with assistance from veterinary … Continued

Animalpalooza!

by Courtney Macklin, animal keeper for the Buffalo Zoo Animalpalooza at the Buffalo Zoo is an event being put on by the Zoo’s Training and Enrichment Committee. The main goal of the committee is to enhance the lives of the … Continued

Giraffe Born at the Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo is celebrating the birth of a male giraffe.                                                                                                                     The yet-unnamed baby was born on Friday, October 24 to mother, 5-year-old A.J, and father, 3-year-old Moke. Both are first time parents. The giraffe house will be closed … Continued

Get Ready for Spooktacular Days!

Tickets are now available for Spooktacular Days at the Buffalo Zoo, a new Halloween event debuting this year. Spooktacular Days will replace Howl-o-ween Hayrides at the Zoo. Spooktacular Days at the Buffalo Zoo will take place on October 17, 18, … Continued

Zooper Saturday with Dallas the Sea Lion!

The Buffalo Zoo will hold a Zooper Saturday event featuring Dallas, the California sea lion. Dallas the sea lion Zoo visitors can learn all about sea lions and get to know Dallas and his keepers during a day of keeper … Continued

Meet Buffalo Bill Brandon Spikes at the Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo will host a special meet and greet with Buffalo Bills captain Brandon Spikes this weekend. Spikes is partnering with the Zoo to chair their Adopt an Animal program. To kick off the partnership, he will make an … Continued

Luna the Polar Bear Recovering After Fall

Luna the polar bear is recovering at the Buffalo Zoo after falling into a moat over the weekend. The polar bear fell into the exhibit’s protective moat on Saturday afternoon. Luna was anesthetized, and a team of keepers were able … Continued

Two Buffalo Zoo Employees Recognized as Leaders in Their Field

Two of the Buffalo Zoo’s animal keepers have been appointed to leadership positions in their respective fields. Penny Felski, the Zoo’s herpetological manager, was recently appointed to the amphibian taxon advisory group (TAG) steering committee for the Association of Zoos … Continued

Shop for the Zoo Animals at Tops Friendly Markets

Help fill the pantry for the Buffalo Zoo’s animals this fall and winter! On Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., shoppers at participating TopsFriendly Markets locations will have the opportunity to purchase an extra gift for … Continued

Early Entry for Zoo Members

The Buffalo Zoo has added a new membership perk for those who want to skip the lines that sometimes form at the admission gates during the summer season. Members may enter the Zoo at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 2. … Continued

Who Knew? River Otters, Part One

The Buffalo Zoo recently had river otter babies. They are beyond cute, and are little history makers to boot. Learn a little more about them, river otters in general and what separates them from Sea Otters and more. Most importantly, … Continued

Featured BuffaLoveFest Vendor: Buffalo Cookie Co.

It’s time for the latest featured BuffaLoveFest 2014 vendor. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’re going to love this one!  Check out the Buffalo Cookie Co. Find more BuffaLoveFest vendors on this blog and on The Good Neighborhood. How … Continued

Featured BuffaLoveFest Vendor: WNYBAC

Our latest featured vendor is a really unique Buffalo organization. The Western New York Book Arts Center will be at BuffaLoveFest with hand-printed posters, cards, notebooks, and other one-of-a-kind goods. You’ll also have a chance to sign up for a membership or workshop to … Continued

Featured BuffaLoveFest Vendor: Buffalo Steppes

BuffaLoveFest is only 4 weeks away! We’ll be featuring new vendors here on the Buffalo Zoo blog and over on The Good Neighborhood until the big event on May 30. The first featured vendor is new this year. Check out Buffalo … Continued

Otter Pups Now on Exhibit!

The North American River Otter pups that the Buffalo Zoo announced last month are now on exhibit in the Zoo’s Otter Creek exhibit. Photo Credit: Kelly Brown / Buffalo Zoo North American River Otters have to be taught how to … Continued

LineUp Annoucement for BuffaLoveFest 2014

The Buffalo Zoo has announced the lineup for their second annual BuffaLoveFest, an event featuring all things “Buffalo.” The inaugural BuffaLoveFest in 2013 was such a success that Zoo officials have decided to make the event bigger and better in … Continued

Who Knew at the Buffalo Zoo? Ocelot Edition

In the latest edition of “Who Knew at the Buffalo Zoo?”, meet the Ocelots. This feline family just welcomed a new member. The Buffalo Zoo’s latest addition, an ocelot kitten, is now on exhibit in M&T Bank Rainforest Falls. The … Continued

The Buffalo Zoo Wants You to Power Down for Polar Bears

The Buffalo Zoo is launching a new initiative called “Power Down for Polar Bears” to reduce the community’s carbon footprint. The initiative was developed to encourage the Western New Yorkcommunity to participate in the global “Earth Hour” movement. Earth Hour … Continued

Buffalo Zoo Welcomes New General Curator

The Buffalo Zoo has hired Ms. Malia Somerville as their new general curator. Ms. Somerville grew up in Buffalo and attended City Honors High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology from William SmithCollege, and … Continued

Tickets Now Available for Breakfast with Santa!

The Buffalo Zoo invites you and your family to celebrate the holidays with Santa and the Zoo animals! The Zoo will host its annual Breakfast with Santa events on December 14, 15, 21, and 22. There will be two seatings … Continued

Polar Bear Cubs Temporarily Off Exhibit

The Buffalo Zoo’s two famous polar bear cubs, Luna and Kali, will be temporarily off exhibit beginning on Thursday, September 19. The Zoo is moving the cubs to a different area of the Zoo in order to relocate them to … Continued

Shop for the Zoo Animals at Tops Friendly Markets

Help fill the pantry for the Buffalo Zoo’s animals this fall and winter! On Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., shoppers at participating Tops Friendly Markets locations will have the opportunity to purchase an extra gift … Continued

A Party for the Planet!

The Buffalo Zoo and the WNY Earth Day Committee will host Party for the Planet on Saturday Jun 22, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join area environmental groups to explore what we can all do to become more … Continued

BuffaLoveFest Vendor Profile – Luna Bear Designs

You’ve probably heard about our friend, 7-year-old Aly, who is making and selling jewelry for the Our Bears Belong in Buffalo campaign. Her Luna-inspired designs have already raised over $2,000 for the campaign to help build the new Arctic Edge … Continued

BuffaLoveFest Vendor Profile – Buffalo History Buff

Our goal for the inaugural BuffaLoveFest at the Buffalo Zoo is to showcase all things Buffalo, and to celebrate our Buffalo pride! The fine folks at Buffalo History Buff embody that spirit with their posters of retro Buffalo company advertisements. … Continued

BuffaLoveFest Vendor Profile – My Buffalo Shirt

The types of Buffalo-centric goods you’ll find at BuffaLoveFest range from chocolates and jewelry to tea cups and craft beers. But you can definitely expect to see a whole lot of Buffalo-themed t-shirts because as we all know, Buffalonians LOVE … Continued

Arctic Edge Assistance from Forestville

Thanks to the great kids of Mrs. Faxlanger’s third grade class at Forestville Elementary for helping out the Our Bears Belong in Buffalo campaign.   To get “Our Bears Belong in Buffalo” banks to raise funds for the Arctic Edge … Continued

BuffaLoveFest at the Buffalo Zoo

 Celebrate everything Buffalo at the inaugural BuffaLoveFest at the Buffalo Zoo! Sample the goods from local food trucks and breweries, and check out some local artisans and bands! BuffaLoveFest will introduce the BuffaLoveBirds, a band featuring some of Buffalo’s all-star … Continued

The baby polar bear gets to play in the snow

While she is still a little young to handle an exhibit space on her own just yet, our baby polar bear, nicknamed “Luna” got a chance to go for a romp in the snow last week for the first time.

Buffalo Zoo Snooze News

Have you ever wondered what happens to the animals when everyone has gone for the day and the park has closed? Discover the Buffalo Zoo as the sun goes down through a very special program called the Buffalo Zoo Snooze. … Continued

The Bear Necessities

You may have heard about our latest arrival at the Buffalo Zoo over the past few days.  Our Bears Belong in Buffalo is part of a campaign to build her a great new home on the grounds of the Zoo … Continued

Family Valentine’s Day at the Zoo – This Weekend!

The Buffalo Zoo will hold a Family Valentine’s Day event this weekend, as part of the Zooper Saturdays series. Spend some quality time together at our Family Valentine’s Day event! Enjoy animal demonstrations and enrichment activities. You can even make … Continued

Itty Bitty Animal Yoga

Let’s move with the animals! During this eight-week session, we will be joined by special guest, Bekah Starr, a yoga instructor with Sproutin’ Yoga, to let your children’s imaginations and bodies run wild! Through interactive games, animal encounters, animated postures … Continued

Jungle Love Tickets Now Available!

Join Buffalo Zoo President/CEO, Donna M. Fernandes, Ph.D., on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to learn more about crimes of passion in the animal world. The cost of the program is $15 for non-members and … Continued

Tickets Available for Polar Bites 2013

Tickets are now available for Polar Bites 2013, a fundraising event benefiting the Buffalo Zoo. The wintertime favorite event, presented by the Pro Zoo Board, will take place on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at … Continued

Thank You Troop 58!

We at the Buffalo Zoo would like to extend a special “THANK YOU” to Joe Scamacca and the members and families of Eagle Scout Troop #58 for constructing new benches for the lions and tigers. Before the decks were built … Continued

Great Pumpkins

Some of us aren’t quite finished with our Halloween treats yet

Polar Bites 2013 Tickets are now on sale!

For years now, the annual Polar Bites event puts some much needed fun in February. Taking place upstairs at the newly renovated Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on February 21, 2013, this annual benefit for the Zoo showcases some of the … Continued

2013 Buffalo Zoo Calendar Now Available!

The Women’s Board of the Buffalo Zoo is pleased to present the 2013 Buffalo Zoo Calendar!Showcasing some of the Zoo’s animal residents, this beautiful calendar features photosobtained from the Zoo’s annual photo contest. The calendar also highlights Zoo events, aswell … Continued

Buffalo Zoo Says Bon Voyage to Polar Bear Nanuq

The Buffalo Zoo will host a going away party for polar bear Nanuq this weekend. The event will take place on Saturday October 13 and Sunday October 14 during regular Zoo hours. Activities will include keeper talks, polar bear feedings, … Continued

Buffalo Zoo Hosts A Sea Lion Celebration

The Buffalo Zoo will hold a Zooper Saturday event this weekend, featuring the residents of NOCO Sea Lion Cove. The Zoo’s two California sea lions, Dallas and Pocus will be featured during the OctoberZooper Saturday event on October 6. The event … Continued

Navy Day at the Zoo, September 16

The Buffalo Zoo will host Navy Day on Sunday, September 16 as part of Navy Week in Buffalo.The event runs from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and is free with regular Zoo admission. TheZoo will offer a special “High Five … Continued

Hispanic Heritage Day at the Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo will host Hispanic Heritage day on Saturday, September 15.The fun-filled event celebrating Hispanic Heritage month runs from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00p.m. It will feature special musical performances, vendor tables, and demonstrations. Theevent is free with regular zoo … Continued

Behind the Scenes!

This latest “Wild Workshop” at the Buffalo Zoo is an exciting experience that gives you and your family a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go behind closed doors at the Zoo. Meet zookeepers as we visit three exhibit areas to learn the … Continued

Grandparents Day at the Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo will host its annual Grandparents Day event, presented by Fisher-Price on Sunday, September 9. Grandparents can bring their favorite little ones along to the Zoo from 10:00 a.m until 4:00p.m. Each grandparent will receive free admission to … Continued

Become a Zoo Docent

The Buffalo Zoo is looking for a few good men and women….to become Docents! A Docent is a volunteer teacher and tour guide who enjoys spreading the Buffalo Zoo’s message of conservation and educationthroughout Western New York. Docent responsibilities include … Continued

Sea Lion Shows to Resume at the Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo will resume its Sea Lion shows this weekend. The Sea Lion shows will take place at noon every Saturday and Sunday in September and October, as well as Monday, October 8 for Columbus Day. The shows will … Continued

Buffalo Zoo Receives Award for Interactive Educational Programming

The Buffalo Zoo received a 2011-2012 CILC Pinnacle Award Honorable Mention from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) for its distance learning programs. The award is presented annually to organizations delivering outstanding interactive videoconferencing programs for grades K-12. … Continued