Wild Workshops

Program Description

Each workshop features a wide variety of activities involving behind-the-scenes opportunities, hands-on activities, and live animal contact.

Behind the Scenes 
Dates:  March 4, 2017 – This session is FULL

               June 17, 2017 – This session is FULL

               October 7, 2017 – This session is FULL

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Ages: Families with children ages 6 and up
This workshop is an exciting experience that gives you and your family a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go behind closed doors at the Buffalo Zoo! Meet zookeepers as we visit three exhibit areas to learn the daily routine of preparing animal diets, observing behavior, training and more.

Important Notes:
Due to the unpredictability of animals, tour experiences may vary
Please be aware that we will be visiting confined zookeeper work areas with close proximity to wild animals. All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. All participants must abide by staff instructions at all times. If you require reasonable accommodation as a result of a disability or other reasons, please call 995-6128 for assistance.

What Zookeepers Do

Date: April 29, 2017 – This session is full

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Ages: Families

In this workshop, we will see if you have what it takes to take care of zoo critters!  We will find out about the variety of animal diets that are prepared daily at the Zoo, learn about how our keepers keep our animals happy and healthy and even learn some great animal training techniques!


Animal Artists

Date: August 19, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Buffalo Zoo is home to some amazing artists, who use their paws, trunks, or scaly skin to make beautiful works of art!   This workshop is a special opportunity to learn more about our animal artists.  You will discover how zookeepers use training techniques to develop an animal’s painting style, observe how zookeepers make paintings with animals from our Education Department, and be challenged to a zoo animal pawprint matching game. You will even get a mini “painting” to take home!


Conservation Heroes

Date: November 4, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Buffalo Zoo helps with many conservation efforts, both locally, and all around the world. At this workshop, we will learn about the impacts the Buffalo Zoo has made on conservation, meet some animals that have been saved from the brink of extinction, and learn about how you can be a conservation hero at home!

Program Details

Fee for Behind the Scenes:

Non-Members = $40.00          Members = $35.00

Fee for Animal Artists 

Non-Members = $30.00          Members = $25.00

Fee for What Zoo Keepers Do:

Non-Members = $20.00          Members: $15.00

Fee for Conservation Heroes: 

Non-Members = $20.00          Members: $15.00

2017 Wild Workshop (Family Programs) Schedule

March 4, 2017 Behind the Scenes Family (6 & up)
April 29, 2017 What Zookeepers Do Family
June 17, 2017 Behind the Scenes Family (6 & up)
August 19, 2017 Animal Artists Family
October 7, 2017 Behind the Scenes Family (6 & up)
November 4, 2017 Conservation Heroes Family

Registration Info

Register early to take part in the Zoo’s Wild Workshops.

Sign Up PDF

How To Book

Download the form by clicking on the sign up button above.

Participants must register and pay program fees by the Sunday prior to the date of each session.

Pre-paid registration is required, and all participants are required to pay the workshop fee. For more information call us at (716) 995-6128