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The Buffalo Zoo is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm with the exception of Veterans Day, November 11, and holiday break, December 20 – 31. Walk-up admissions are accepted at the Buffalo Zoo. However, we encourage all guests to continue to reserve their tickets online to get to the fun faster! No reservation time is required.

Online tickets will have a separate admission queue allowing these guests to bypass walk-up admission lines. Click ‘buy now” below to purchase your tickets today! 

Admission Rates

Rate How to Purchase
Members* Free Buy Now
Regular (age 13-64) $14.95 Buy Now
Seniors (age 65+) $12.95 Buy Now
Children (age 2-12) $10.95 Buy Now
Children (23 months and under) FREE Buy Now

*copy of membership card and list of people attending from that family must be provided

Parking Fees

Parking Fee Rate How to Purchase
Year Round Parking is available for a fee. Hourly rates: $5.00 first two hours, $2 per hour after that with a maximum of $10. They can purchase their parking upon exiting


Animal encounters are back at the Buffalo Zoo! Get up close and personal with some of your favorite Zoo animals. When you purchase an encounter, you’ll have the opportunity to go behind the scenes in an exhibit and learn about our animals from the care professionals who work with them every day. Each animal encounter is a private experience for up to six guests (age restrictions apply). Book one or all three encounters today! See below for Summer 2021 schedule. 

Sloth Encounter

Get an up-close experience with Flash the Sloth! Learn all about our two-toed friend during this private, 25-30 minute session. Don’t forget to snap the ultimate #slothselfie before you leave!  

When: Available every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am. Only one session per day.  

Who: Available for one party per session of up to six guests.   

Price: $150 for one group of six guests 


Click here to book your sloth encounter today! – Sold Out

Giraffe Encounter

Go behind the scenes and meet our giraffe herd, learn about their daily life at the Buffalo Zoo, including diets, enrichment, training, and much more. This private, 25-30 minute experience is head and shoulders above the rest!  

When: Available every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11:00am. Only one session per day.   

Who: Available for one party per session of up to six guests. Guests ages two and under must be held in the arms of an adult for the entire session.   

Price: $150 for one group of six people.  


Click here to book your giraffe encounter today! – Sold Out

Rhino Encounter

During this private, 25-30 minute encounter, our experienced keepers will take you behind the scenes to come face-to-face with one of our rhinos, learn about their daily care, and our conservation efforts in the wild.  

When: Available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 1:30pm. Only one session per day.   

Who: Available for one party per session of up to six guests. This encounter is available for guests ages six and above.   

Price: $150 for one group of six people. 


Click here to book your rhino encounter today! – Sold Out

Ticket Description:  

Tickets for animal encounters at the Buffalo Zoo do not include Zoo admission. Please purchase admission to the Zoo along with your animal encounter. We ask that guests arrive with your entire party 15 minutes before your designated encounter time. If your party arrives more than 10 minutes beyond your scheduled encounter time, the Buffalo Zoo reserves the right to cancel the encounter without a refund.     

  • Guest health and safety rules apply during all encounters, including mask usage and handwashing, sanitizing, and other procedures. Face masks MUST be worn by all guests during the encounter.      
  • Encounters are $150 for up to six guests. There are no exceptions on party size.  
  • Each encounter lasts for approximately 25-30 minutes.  
  • We recommend wearing closed-toe shoes during the encounter.  
  • Check-in for the sloth encounter takes place at the education lobby outside the gorilla exhibit. Check-in for the giraffe or rhino encounters at the blue kiosk at the front of the giraffe exhibit. A keeper will come to greet you at your scheduled time.  

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Animal encounters at the Buffalo Zoo are held rain or shine. The Zoo will make its best effort to accommodate guests who need to reschedule their encounter, but it is not a guarantee. Refunds are available (less a 10% processing fee) for cancellations made at least two weeks before the scheduled encounter date. No refunds will be provided for encounters canceled less than two weeks before a scheduled encounter or for guests who are no-shows on the day of their encounter. The Buffalo Zoo reserves the right to cancel any animal encounter or offer an equivalent substitute at any time due to animal health or safety issues. In the event of a cancellation by the Buffalo Zoo, a full refund will be offered. Call the Buffalo Zoo Admissions Office at (716) 995-6156 to cancel your encounter.