Swingin’ in the Rain
Rainy Day Tour of the Buffalo Zoo
Do rainy days leave you feeling bored or even a little down? Visit the Buffalo Zoo for a day filled with excitement! The Zoo is a great place to explore, rain or shine. Here’s a list of indoor exhibits and covered areas that allow you to view our animal collection and escape the wet weather at the same time!
M&T Bank Rainforest Falls: Modeled after the unique habitat within the Amazon basin in Venezuela’s Canaima National Park, the fully enclosed M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit features a two-story waterfall, as well as ramps and overlooks to enable visitors to view dozens of colorful free-flighted birds. Inside this tropical paradise that is approximately 78°F year-round, visitors will also encounter a remarkable collection of species, including squirrel monkeys, brown capuchins, black howler monkeys, white-faced sakis, tamandua, vampire bats, giant anteaters, capybara, ocelots, piranhas, giant river turtles, armadillos, dwarf caiman and an anaconda. A stop in the Visitor’s Center will ensure that rainforest enthusiasts receive a fun and interactive educational experience.
Delta Sonic Heritage Farm: The Delta Sonic Heritage Farm recreates a historic farm from the mid-1800s with heritage breeds of domestic animals. This exhibit helps teach visitors about the importance of water to wildlife and domestic farm animals, as well as the historic importance of water and the Erie Canal to people as a means of transportation for crops and other goods. Consisting of a wetlands area and a replica of an Erie Canal lock, the exhibit also features a historic barn that houses a mule, Babydoll Southdown sheep, Devon milking cow, Berkshire pigs and a Narragansett turkey.
Ecostation: This exhibit combines three animal habitats with hands-on interactives and propped research equipment to teach visitors how research on endangered species is conducted. The animal habitats include an Australian Scrub Forest, a Southwestern U.S. desert, and a Central American Rainforest. Windows on both ends of the exhibit also give visitors the opportunity to view the Zoo’s lions and tigers.
Vanishing Animals: Comprised of a series of six naturalistic enclosures, this exhibit features endangered animals and teaches visitors more about preserving the future of these species. Animals that call this area of the Zoo home include servals, mandrills, spectacled bears, snow leopards, snow monkeys, Sulawesi macaques and several species of lemurs. Each exhibit can be viewed from under an overhang. Other animals that can be viewed across the pathway include gemsbok and zebras.
Reptile House: Built in 1942, the Buffalo Zoo’s Reptile House has a rich history. The building first opened under the direction of Curator Marlin Perkins, who later gained notoriety for hosting Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. In the present day, visitors can view 23 main exhibits of animals from all over the world consisting of turtles, snakes, lizards and an American alligator. Visitors can also enjoy viewing a variety of amphibians, including frogs and eastern hellbenders (which are part of a headstart conservation project).
Giraffe House: On wet days, the Buffalo Zoo’s giraffe herd is usually inside. Visitors can view the giraffes, as well as rock hyrax and a few bird species, inside the Giraffe House.
Gorilla Exhibit: Adjacent to Vanishing Animals (lemur side), the gorilla exhibit features several vantage point for optimal viewing. Benches are also available so visitors can take a break from walking and observe the gorillas at the same time. The meerkat exhibit is also located as part of this indoor area.
Diversity of Life: This hallway connects to the gorilla exhibit. Diverse and fascinating animals are found all over the world. This exhibit features a variety of animals to highlight the special interrelationships that living things share with each other and their environment to create a balance of nature. Animals exhibited in the Diversity of Life hallway include Flag cichlids, Amazon river rays, giant cockroaches, a variety of tarantulas, green and black poison dart frogs and four-striped grass mice.
Living Treehouse: Located in the Zoo’s education building, this room is designed to replicate a children’s whimsical treehouse. Five “windows” are located inside the treehouse and look out onto different habitats, including a saguaro cactus forest, a rainforest, a scrub forest, a temperate forest and a seaside forest. A variety of hand-on activities and some small live animals (fish and invertebrates) can be found here.
Sea Lion Cove (underwater viewing): Sea Lion Cove is a favorite among our visitors. The exhibit features a 160,000 gallon salt water pool, two islands and tiered seating for visitors while they watch feeding demonstrations. On rainy days, visitors can stay dry as they observe the Buffalo Zoo’s two California sea lions swimming past large underwater viewing windows.
Hyena Exhibit: Visitors can view the Buffalo Zoo’s hyenas from two covered areas. In addition to the hyenas, visitors can also observe the roan antelope and addax yards from these locations.
Additional options to help you stay warm and dry:
Beastro: Enjoy a hot snack at the Beastro! Our concession stand offers a variety of options, including burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, French fries and a kids’ menu. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information CLICK HERE
Zootique Gift Shop: If you’re looking for a unique souvenir or a gift for someone special, then the Buffalo Zoo is the perfect place to shop! Items available for purchase include t-shirts, umbrellas, collectibles, plush and much more! For more information CLICK HERE
Education Programs: From birthday parties and workshops to nature camps and preschool programs, the Buffalo Zoo’s education programs are designed for people of all ages! (Note: A few programs require visiting exhibits, so participants are advised to dress appropriately for the weather.) For more information CLICK HERE
Daily Schedule: Activities including feedings, demonstrations and keeper talks are offered year-round.