Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The "Share a Little Shade" Raffle

Community Papers of WNY and Towne Mini have teamed up for the "Share a Little Shade" raffle! Maybe you've seen some billboards around town talking about it. Here's what the fundraiser is all about.

The Zoo needs to build a shade structure for the giraffe yard, so our herd (including babies Sampson and Zuri) can get a little shade this summer!

To help us raise money, CPWNY are holding a raffle. The winner will receive either a one year lease on a car from Towne Mini, or $5,000 cash! The drawing will take place on December 31, 2015. The Zoo needs about $25,000 to build the shade structure for the giraffes. The raffle has already raised more than $8,100! Raffle tickets are just $5 and can be purchased in person at the following locations.

The Zoo would like to thank Community Papers of WNY and Towne Mini for their support.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Polar Bear Kali expected to move to Saint Louis Zoo

Luna’s mother Anana to re- join Luna in Buffalo 

Pending the final approval of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and under the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums [AZA], the Buffalo Zoo anticipates moving the juvenile polar bear Kali to the Saint Louis Zoo for its new arctic exhibit, Polar Bear Point.

Kali, the young male cub rescued in Alaska after the death of his mother, came to the Buffalo Zoo in May of 2013 to join Luna, the young female cub born at the Buffalo Zoo in November 2012. In cooperation with the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Polar Bear Species Survival Plan® (SSP) of the AZA, it was determined at that time that the best placement for the orphan cub would be Buffalo, where both cubs could benefit from the company of another bear during their important developmental period.

“Keeping the bears together for the first 2 ½ years of their life was important to their social and psychological development, but now they have reached the age where they would be separating from their mothers and siblings if in the wild,” said Buffalo Zoo President and CEO Donna M. Fernandes.

“We would like to invite the Western New York community to come to the Buffalo Zoo to say good bye to Kali and wish him well as he prepares to travel to his new home. Kali is expected to leave Buffalo toward the end of April,” she added.

This photo of Kali was taken in 2013. Now he weighs over 800 lbs!

The Buffalo Zoo expects to welcome Luna’s mother, Anana, back to Buffalo later in the spring.  Anana has spent the last two years at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago on breeding loan.

“While saying goodbye to Kali will be sad to all of us who have grown to love him, we are delighted to be getting back our breeding female and the opportunity for more cubs,” Fernandes continued.

The Buffalo Zoo is a pioneer among zoos its size in supporting and expanding the gene pool of a diverse number of wild animals. In fact, the Buffalo Zoo is responsible for 4,710 births among 32 species. Buffalo, Toronto and Toledo are the only North American zoos that successfully reared polar bear cubs in the last five years. In all, the Buffalo Zoo polar bear breeding program has produced 10 cubs since 1985.

Following the departure of Kali, who is now more than 800 pounds, Luna will move to the polar bear holding facility in the Buffalo Zoo’s new Arctic Edge exhibit.

“We will arrange for a video camera feed so visitors can observe her while she awaits completion of her new outdoor habitat,” Fernandes said.

The new $14 million Arctic Edge exhibit design specifically accounted for the Zoo’s track record in breeding polar bears and development of protocols that enhance those efforts. Arctic Edge, will also contain wolves, bald eagles and Canadian lynx, and is scheduled to open in September 2015.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Updates from the Giraffe House

Young Sampson was interested in his new half-sister, Zuri, the moment she was born! Since then, the two have spent time interacting between the mesh in the giraffe house.

Sampson (far right) has shown interest in Zuri from day 1! Photo by keeper Allie Killam
We can't wait for the weather to warm up a little more, so the herd can spend some time outside in the yard. Zuri and Sampson will be so much fun to watch running around!

Sampson and Zuri are half-siblings. Sampson was born in October to mom A.J. and father, Moke. Moke also sired Zuri who was born in February to mom Agnes.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Free Zoo Tours This Weekend!

The Buffalo Zoo will offer open tours to visitors this Sunday.

Two open tours will be held on Sunday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tours will meet in the Zoo’s entry plaza. Visitors do not need to register for the tours, which are free with regular Zoo admission.

The tours will be hosted by the Zoo’s trained docents, and feature some of the most popular attractions such as Sea Lion Cove, M&T Bank Rainforest Falls, the gorilla house. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn some interesting facts and stories behind their favorite Zoo animals and exhibits.

Buffalo Zoo docents are volunteers who go through a 14 week training course. They possess thorough knowledge of the Zoo’s animal collection. The tours will offer participants information about the Zoo’s animal collection that they might not learn during a regular Zoo visit.

The Zoo will offer a pilot series of “docent Sundays” tours on the third Sunday of the next few months.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the tours, or the Zoo’s docent program may contact the Zoo’s volunteer coordinator at (716) 995-6132.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Call for Vendors! BuffaLoveFest 2015 is Coming.

Sell your BuffaLove goods at BuffaLoveFest 2015! The third annual BuffaLoveFest is set to be our biggest and best one yet. If you're a food truck owner, or an artisan making Buffalo-themed goods, we want you!

BuffaLoveFest will take place at the Zoo on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm. This great evening of “Everything Buffalo” will feature culinary offerings from the area’s finest food trucks, Buffalo's most popular bands, local wine and beer brands, and Buffalo-themed artisans.

We are calling on Buffalo food trucks and artisan vendors to sell their product and to be showcased throughout one of the community’s most unique venues-the Buffalo Zoo!

Food Truck & Vendor Registration Details & Requirements:

Date:               Friday, May 29, 2015
Event Time:   5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Food Truck Fee:    $100.00 to the Buffalo Zoo*
Vendor Fee:    $75.00 to the Buffalo Zoo*
*501(c)(3) organizations vendor fees will be waived
Attendance:   approximately 2,500 guests (21 and over event)
  • Offer localized merchandise appropriate for the event’s BuffaLove theme (vendors) OR
  • Offer foods at friendly prices (Food trucks)
  • Vendor keeps all profits
  • Must supply own equipment and serving supplies
  • VENDORS ONLY: Zoo will provide – location, 1 table, 2 chairs, 1 linen & electric outlets (if requested)

Application, Insurance Certificate & Fee Deadline for FOOD TRUCKS: April 15, 2015
Application, Insurance Certificate & Fee Deadline for VENDORS: April 30, 2015
Click here to download application.

Mailing Address:
Katie Jordan
300 Parkside Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14214


Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the Zoo’s Senior Events Coordinator, Katie Jordan, at 716-995-6133 or

Have a friend that may be interested in participating as a food truck or vendor? Please forward the registration information!

Thank you for your consideration and support of the Buffalo Zoo!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Get Your Tickets for BuffaLoveFest 2015!

Tickets are now on sale for the third annual BuffaLoveFest, an event featuring all things “Buffalo.”

BuffaLoveFest will take place on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Zoo. The 21 and over event will feature live music from some of Buffalo’s favorite bands, wine,  beer from a variety of local brands, food trucks, and vendors and artisans who specialize in Buffalo-themed goods.

Aerial shot of the Buffalo Zoo taken during BuffaLoveFest 2014

Tickets cost $20 in advance and $30 at the door, and include two drink tickets. Click here to purchase tickets, or call 1-800-838-3006.

Check out this video montage from the slow motion video booth at last year's BuffaLoveFest! We have even more fun in store for you this year!

BUFFALOVEFEST - SLOW MOTION CINEMA BOOTH from Shutter Dream Studio on Vimeo.

BuffaLoveFest is presented by Try-It Distributing with sponsorship support from, Yelp, Artvioce, Fox29, MyTv, and Community Papers of Western New York.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Celebrate Tiberius the Lion's Birthday This Weekend!

The Buffalo Zoo will host a lion birthday party during the March Zooper Saturday event.

The Zooper Saturday event on March 7 will celebrate the second birthday of Tiberius, a male African lion who arrived at the Buffalo Zoo from Rochester in December. Activities will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. including birthday treats for Tiberius, keeper talks, face painting, and animal artwork raffles. A full schedule of activities follows.

  • 11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Raffles, face painting, and birthday card craft in EcoStation, presented by Tops 
  • 12 p.m. - Birthday treats and keeper talk at the lion exhibit
  • 1 p.m. - Birthday presents and keeper talk at the lion exhibit
  • 2 p.m. - Paper mache enrichment and keeper talk at the lion exhibit 
  • 3 p.m. - Raffle drawings in EcoStation (do not need to be present to win)

Tiberius was born at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY on March 7, 2013. He was hand-raised by keepers at the Seneca Park Zoo, along with his sister Savanah. Tiberius was brought to Buffalo on a breeding recommendation from the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for African lions living in Zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Zooper Saturdays take place on the first Saturday of every month. Activities are free with regular Zoo admission.

If you're coming from Rochester, remember the Buffalo Zoo offers 50% off admission to members of the Seneca Park Zoo, so don't forget your membership cards!

The 2015 Zooper Saturday series is sponsored in part by WKBW.