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Donations Keep Us From Extinction

There are several ways to donate to the Buffalo Zoo, and each is as valuable as the next.

Donations and contributions are what not only keep the Zoo vibrant, but allows the Zoo to constantly grow, improve and add exciting new experiences for our visitors.

Support the Zoo

Capital Needs at the Buffalo Zoo

Thanks to the generosity of our government partners, local foundations, corporations, and literally thousands of individuals, the Buffalo Zoo has made an incredible transition over the last dozen or so years. Improved naturalistic exhibits for our animals and convenient, comfortable visitor amenities are now a standard part of the Buffalo Zoo experience. Included in the listing of completed projects are:

You Can Help

Capital Support offers many opportunities for individuals, corporations, foundations, civic and service groups and government partners to support the Buffalo Zoo.

There are always new needs and new opportunities for support. All capital contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. They may take the form of cash or securities; or bequests or other types of planned or future gifts.

Donors of $1,000 or more will be permanently acknowledged on the Zoo’s Honor Roll of Donors, Large pledges to the capital needs of the Zoo may be paid over multiple years.

Gifts may be made by cash, check, or credit card. You may charge online using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card or American Express. Make your gift by phone by calling (716)995-6131.

Checks payable to Buffalo Zoo Campaign and mailed to Buffalo Zoo Campaign Office, 300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214.

Capital Fund

What's Next

The Buffalo Zoo’s next project will be a $2.5 million renovation of its historic Reptile House. Originally designed by renowned zoologist Marlin Perkins, it was considered the best Reptile House in the country when it first opened on June 21, 1942.

The Zoo plans to replace all of the animal enclosures within the gallery space with new state-of-the-art exhibits. Two new conservation pods will showcase the Buffalo Zoo’s ongoing work breeding endangered amphibians and reptiles. The plan also includes an expansive area for Komodo dragons, the largest lizard in the world!

Adopt An Animal

The Buffalo Zoo invites you to become part of our family through the Adopt-An-Animal Program.

Adoption is simple. Show how much you care about animals all year round by selecting your favorite animal from our adoption list. Click on the ADOPT HERE link and fill out the online form. We’ll send you an adoption package and you’ll be the proud adoptive parent of one of our exotic Zoo animals.

African Lion
American Bison
Amur Tiger
Asian Elephant
Black Howler Monkey
Brown Capuchin
California Sea Lion
Common Zebra
Giant Anteater
Golden Lion Tamarin
Indian Rhino
Japanese Snow Monkey
Lowland Gorilla
Maned Wolf
North American Porcupine
Polar Bear
Reticulated Giraffe
Ring Tailed Lemur
River Otter
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
Snow Leopard
Spotted Hyena
Squirrel Monkey
Vampire Bat
White Faced Saki

Blue Poison Dart Frog
Green & Black Poison Dart Frog
Panamanian Golden Frog
Puerto Rican Crested Toad

American Alligator
Blue Tongued Skink
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman
Dessert Iguana
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake
Green Anaconda
Herman’s Tortoise
Ineigo Snake
King Cobra
Mangrove Snake
Mexican Lance-Headed Rattlesnake
Pancake Tortoise
Prehensile-Tail Skink
Red Footed Tortoise
Reticulated Python
Rio Fuerte Beaded Lizard
Solomon Island Leaf Frog
Spotted Turtle
Three Striped Box Turtle
Whiptail Lizard

Bald Eagle
Boat Billed Heron
Eurasian Black Vulture
Roseate Spoonbill
Scarlet Ibis
Speckled Mousebird

Valentines Species | FEB

Cuddly Capuchin
Endearing Elephant
Gentle Giraffe
Gorgeous Gorilla
Snuggly Snow Leopard
Loyal Lion
Precious Polar Bear
Sweet Sea Lion
Tender Toucan
Terrific Tiger
Trustworthy Turtle
Zany Zebra

Spookie Species | OCT

Bodacious Bat

Eerie Elephant

Fearsome Frog

Ghoulish Gorilla

Haunting Hellbender

Ominous Owl

Slithering Snake

Spine-Tingling Spider

Spooky Spoonbill

Tantalizing Tarantula

List of Adoption Benefits

Valentines Species Adoption

Only available in the month of Feb!

Instead of something sweet, adopt one of the zoo’s spookier species for your little ghouls and goblins. For only $10, your little trick or treaters will receive a frightfully fun Buffalo Zoo adoption package. The lucky recipient will receive a special Halloween adoption certificate, a free small popcorn, and a free small soda, PLUS two guest passes to visit their creepy critter, valid until April 30, 2017!

This spooktacular gift is valued at more than $25! Scare up some Zoo fun and have a frightfully good time with your special little goblins today, call (716)995-6131 or purchase online at Spooky species adoption will be available after September 15. All proceeds benefit the Zoo’s Adopt-an-Animal program.

Cost What You Recieve Select Animal Type

Certificate of Adoption
Adoption Decal
Animal Fact Sheet
Listing on Parent Board


Certificate of Adoption
Adoption Decal
Animal Fact Sheet
Listing on Parent Board
5”x7” color photo of animal


Certificate of Adoption
Adoption Decal
Animal Fact Sheet
Listing on Parent Board
8”x10” color photo of animal
AAA Tote Bag


Certificate of Adoption
Adoption Decal
Animal Fact Sheet
Listing on Parent Board
8”x10” color photo of animal
AAA Tote Bag
Annual Report Recognition
Invitation to new exhibit openings
Tour for four


Certificate of Adoption
Adoption Decal
Animal Fact Sheet
Listing on Parent Board
8”x10” color photo of animal
AAA Tote Bag
Annual Report Recognition
Invitation to new exhibit openings
Tour for six

Questions? Please call (716)995-6131. No ownership rights are conferred by this adoption. Your animal will stay at the zoo under the expert care of our keepers.

Annual Fund

Support the Buffalo Zoo's annual fund to reinforce operations

The Annual Fund at the Buffalo Zoo supports the daily operation of the 23 acre facility. These unrestricted gifts are used at the discretion of the administration to assist in virtually all departments and programs at the Zoo. Members and visitors, friends and neighbors, foundations and corporations make annual donations to assist the Zoo in carrying out its mission.

All gifts are fully tax deductible. Your support is very much appreciated.

Wish List Donations

If you are able to provide any of the items listed below, please contact us at (716)995-6131. The Zoo’s residents and guests appreciate your donations. Thank you for your support!

Animal Crackers
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Sauce
Baby Food (fruits & vegetables)
Black-Eyed Peas
Broth (chicken or vegetable)
Cat Food (canned only)
Cat Treats
Cereal (whole grain, low sugar)
Coconuts (split)
Cranberry Sauce (any variety)
Dog Food (canned only)
Dried Fruit
Duct Tape
Edible Flowers
Extracts & Spices
Fruit Juice (any flavor)
Gatorade (any flavor)
Hydrogen Peroxide
Jams & Jellies
Jell-O (sugar free)
Kitty Litter Pans

Kong Toys
Kool-Aid Sugar-Free Packets
Litter Scoops
Maple Syrup
Mineral Oil
Paper Bags (large & small)
Pasta (whole wheat)
Peanut Butter
Plastic Storage Containers
(any size)
Plastic Toys – (for rabbits,
cats or birds)
Popcorn – (plain not microwave)
Pumpkin (canned)
Pumpkin Seeds (unsalted)
Rawhide Chews/Bones (any size)
Trail Mix (no chocolate)
Unsalted Nuts (in the shell)
Unsalted Seeds
Whisker Lickin’s (soft)
Ziploc Containers (any size)