Way Back in the mid to late 1800's, Frederick Law Olmsted (the creator of the famous Olmstead park system in Buffalo NY) was hired to include a zoo as part of delaware park's design in North Buffalo. The zoo was named the Buffalo Zoological Gardens and was est.1875.. During the great depression, architect John Edmonston Brent created the Entrance Court at Parkside Ave. and Amherst St. The Entrance Court was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

The Buffalo Zoo has gone through many transformations over the years

In chronological order these updates included the Reptile House built in 1942, The Children’s Zoo built in 1965, both the Giraffe House and the Veterinary Hospital built in 1967 and The Gorilla Habitat Building built in 1981. Since 2002 the Zoo has undergone a vast makeover which was a part of a 15 year plan. The zoo is a great place for learning about different kinds of animals and their histories.

Programs & Camps

There are many programs at the zoo. There is even "pre-school at the Zoo" a school for children 3yrs to 4yrs old. Its focus is on child-centered learning. There are a number of other programs including summer and winter zoo camps. Be sure to visit the Zoo's website for in depth information on these programs.


Holday Hours & Events

Thanksgiving: Closed
Christmas Eve - December 24: 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Christmas: Closed
New Years Eve: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
BuffaLoveFest - May 18: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Catillion - June 8: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wines in the Wild - July 18: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Country Harvest - September 22: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


A token must be purchased at the main entrance to exit the parking lot. The automated gates will ONLY accept tokens.

Cars: $5.00
Buses and campers not permitted in parking Lot
Parking is Free - Nov 1 to Feb 28.

Closes in a few minutes
Open hours today: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Monday

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Tuesday

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Wednesday

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Thursday

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Friday

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Saturday

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Sunday

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • January 18, 2019 3:57 pm local time

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