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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

Buffalo Zoo Rhino Pregnant Through Artificial Insemination

The Buffalo Zoo has accomplished another successful artificial insemination (AI) of its greater one-horned rhinoceros, Tashi who is expected to give birth in Summer 2019. In 2014, the Buffalo Zoo made history as the first organization to use artificial insemination … Continued

Jothi and Surapa: A New Home

Our two Asian elephants Jothi (age 36) and Surapa (age 35) will be moving to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, La this Fall. The Buffalo Zoo made the decision because we have a responsibility to make sure all of … 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

BUFFALO ZOO – WILMERS A TRUE COMMUNITY ICON

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

Family Valentine’s Day Zooper Saturday!

The Buffalo Zoo will hold a Family Valentine’s Day event this weekend, as part of the Zooper Saturday series. Spend some quality time together and show some love to the animals during the Zoo’s Family Valentine’s Day event! The event … Continued

Who Knew? The Buffalo Zoo in Winter

Who knew? While the Buffalo winter has been more demanding this year than in recent memory, the animal activity doesn’t slow down on at all during these not so great months. Who knew? Some exhibits might even be a little … Continued

Zoo Teen Naturalists

  Are you interested in animals and the environment, and are between the ages of 13 and 17?  Are you looking for something wild to do this summer? Then become a Zoo Teen Naturalist!  Applications are now available at https://buffalozoo.org/summer_teen_program.html Junior Zoo Teen Naturalist … Continued

Our Bears Belong in Buffalo

The Buffalo Zoo announced the next phase of fundraising for the new polar bear exhibit, and introduced a polar bear cub to the public.  The Buffalo Zoo has spent the past two years raising over $14 million of the $18 … Continued

Polar Bites 2013 Next Week!

It’s time for one of Buffalo’s favorite wintertime events – Polar Bites 2013. The popular event, presented by the ProZoo Board, will take place on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention … Continued

Zooper Saturday, Tomorrow!

The Buffalo Zoo will hold a Zooper Saturday event featuring gorillas and reptiles on Saturday, November 3. Learn all there is to know about reptiles from our keeper talks, snake feedings, and enrichment activities in our reptile house from 11 … Continued

Register Now Because The Zoo is Sproutin’ Yoga!

Buffalo, NY– Hurry! Itty Bitty Animal Yoga at the Buffalo Zoo starts next week! Join special guest, Bekah Starr, a yoga instructor with Sproutin’ Yoga, to let your imagination and body run wild! Through interactive games, animal observations, animated postures … Continued

Spring Nature Camp

Are you looking for a place where your child (ren) ages 5-12 can have loads of fun during their spring break? Bring them to Spring Nature Camp at the Buffalo Zoo! You can sign up for one, two or all … Continued

A Wild Valentine’s Day Gift

Valentine’s Day Adoptions Give your special someone a truly unique and loving Valentine’s Day gift of an animal adoption from the Buffalo Zoo.With your kind donation of $12.50, your sweetheart will receive:• an adoption certificate • a pair of guest … Continued

Holiday Discount Days at the Buffalo Zoo

To thank Western New York for its continuing support, the Buffalo Zoo is offering special Holiday Discount Days. From December 26-31, the Buffalo Zoo will slash admission prices. All visitors, regardless of age, will pay $5 per person to get … Continued

Buffalo Zoo Offering Animal Encounters This Winter!

BUFFALO, NY— In support of the Buffalo Zoo’s mission to educate the public about the world’s wildlife, the Zoo is offering animal encounters this winter. Sea Lion Encounter Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Pocus, one of the Zoo’s … Continued

2011 Holiday Adoption

Give your special someone a truly unique and loving Holiday gift of an animal adoption from the Buffalo Zoo. With your kind donation of $25, the adoption gift package will include: • A beautiful, limited edition, collectible, Buffalo Zoo ornament … Continued

Art Gone Wild – Thursday, September 22

Artwork Created by Buffalo Zoo Animals To Be Featured at Art Gone Wild Join Buffalo Zoo keepers on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery for the art show of … Continued

Shop For the Animals

Shop For the Animals at Participating Tops Friendly Markets Locations Saturday, August 20, 2011 Buffalo, NY – Help fill the pantry for the Buffalo Zoo’s animals this fall and winter! On Saturday, August 20, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 … Continued

Reminder – the Buffalo Zoo Photo Contest

We just wanted to remind everyone that the 2011 photo contest is underway! Categories include:Mammal, Bird/Insect, Reptile/Amphibian/Fish, Zoo Humor (caption is necessary), Student (16 years or younger). Prizes for Each Category: 1st Place $50.00, 2nd Place $30.00, 3rd Place $20.00 … Continued

Report Card Weekend – This Weekend!

July 9 & 10Report Card WeekendCelebrate your achievements, and bring your latest report card to receive FREE Zoo admission with a paid adult. Valid for children ages 14 or younger. No specific grades or averages are required. For more information, … Continued

Buy the Animals Lunch!

Buy the Animals Lunch” Campaign to Run Through Labor Day BEGINS July 1, 2011 Help show your support for the animals at the Buffalo Zoo by buying them lunch! Beginning Friday, July 1st until Sunday July 31st you can add … Continued

High Five for the Military

May 30High Five for the MilitaryMembers of the United States military and their group of up to six people will be admitted to the Zoo for $5.00 total. A valid military ID must be presented at the admission gates to … Continued

Bear Awareness, May 21 at the Buffalo Zoo

Presented by Goya Foods Visit the Buffalo Zoo today, and learn about our continued efforts at raising public awareness about bears and how their habitats are affected by global climate change. Highlights include informational tables, crafts, keeper talks and enrichment … Continued

Celebrate Spring on May 8 at the Buffalo Zoo

Celebrate warmer weather at the Buffalo Zoo by witnessing sheep shearings at our Delta Sonic Heritage Farm, enjoy keeper talks, animal enrichments, a birding tour of the M&T Bank Rainforest Falls and have the opportunity to participate in some games. … Continued

Wines in the Wild, July 27

For years now, the annual Wines in the Wild event has been one of the summer’s most sought after tickets. Taking place on the grounds of the Buffalo Zoo on July 27, 2011, this annual benefit for the Zoo’s Adopt … Continued

Wild Workshops at the Buffalo Zoo

Eco-ChallengeDate: April 16, 2011Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.We all know the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Now find out how our friends in the animal world do just that everyday! From owls reusing nesting sites, to millipedes in … Continued