Buffalo Zoo

Welcome to the Buffalo Zoo's exciting animal collection.Our 23.5 acre urban zoo has the distinguished honor of being the third oldest zoo in the United States (est. 1875), and it houses some of the world's most exotic, endangered, and even local wildlife.

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At the Zoo, animals move freely in large and modest enclosures with trees, streams, pools, and other natural-like features. We house a wide variety of animals representing all corners of the earth and have even been known to occasionally invite a traveling koala or white alligator.

Mammals wild and domestic are here, ranging from endangered Siberian tigers and Asian elephants to rock hyrax and pigmy zebu

We also feature reptiles, ranging from Egyptian spiny-tailed lizards, pancake tortoises, and scheltopusiks (better known as limbless lizards) to the better-known American alligators..

The Zoo's modest collection of amphibians includes tomato frogs, Puerto Rican crested toads, and several species of poison arrow frogs.

But wait... there's more! We also have an interesting collection of various species of birds. Some of our feathered friends include cinereous vultures, Lady Ross' plantain eaters, and waterfowl like tufted teal and smew.

Finally, we round out our worldwide collection with invertebrates such as giant Brazilian cockroaches.

Plan Your Visit:

Address & Phone:

300 Parkside Avenue,

Buffalo, NY 14214-1999
Phone: (716)837-3900
Fax: (716)837-0738

Hours of Operation:Throughout the year, the Buffalo Zoo offers guests fascinating animal exhibits, naturalistic wildlife habitats, beautiful garden areas and several unique areas in which to enjoy an environment that is full of fun, adventure and history. The Buffalo Zoo is open seven (7) days a week until October 17th, 2005, rain or shine. Zoo grounds close one hour after the gate.


July 1 - August 31: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

September 1 - June 30: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
*grounds remain open 1 hour after gates close.

Please understand that special circumstances including construction, births and veterinary procedures may require that specific animals be removed from public viewing to ensure the best possible care. Sorry, there are no refunds due to animal unavailability or weather.

Admission Fees: Adults: $9.50
Seniors: (63+): $7.00
Full Time Students: $7.00 (up to age 22 with valid school id)
Children (2 - 14): $6.00
Children 23 months and under: FREE

Parking Fees: $3.25 Cars; $6.00 Buses
A token must be purchased at the main entrance to exit the parking lot. The automated gates will ONLY accept tokens.

Rides: Train: $1.00;
Carousel: $1.00
Tokens can be purchased at convenient locations near our rides. Tokens MUST be purchased, the attendants will not accept cash. All rides are closed during the winter.

Birthday Parties: Make your child's special day one to remember at the Buffalo Zoo!Click here for more birthday party information. Shows & Attractions:Seasonal shows including: keeper talks, puppet shows, animal contact and much more! Check the event and program listing on this site or see our event and information boards just past the main gate on your Zoo visit.

CHILDREN'S ZOO: For a hands-on animal experience, come explore our Children's Zoo. This recently renovated petting zoo enhances everyone's zoo experience by giving them an opportunity to actually touch the animals inside the exhibits. Touch domestic animals like our Ossabaw Island pigs, Karakul sheep and our silly chickens. Don't miss the chance to get up close to a lorikeet or listen to our Sardinian donkeys bray. The Children's Zoo also features seasonal outdoor animal demonstrations, interactive stations, a well-stocked vegetable garden and a suspended bridge over a peaceful pond. During the warmer months, stroll through our Lorikeet Landing, a open-air aviary where exotic birds fly freely around you, and feed right out your hand! It's a great way to round out your visit to the Children's Zoo!

ZOOTIQUE GIFT SHOP: Offers a variety of gift selections for all occasions. Birthdays, anniversaries, birth of a new baby - celebrate these events and others with a souvenir such as: artwork, mugs, clothing, books, and plush animals. A great variety of gifts - film, shirts, sweatshirts, and hats are available. Stroller and wagon rentals are also available.

THE BEASTRO: The Beastro concession stand is open all year. Satellite stands are located throughout the Zoo on a seasonal basis.

BOEHM GALLERY: The Buffalo Zoo houses one of the largest collections of Boehm porcelain on display in the United States, our extensive gallery is open during zoo hours.

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