Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Giraffe Born at the Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo is celebrating the birth of a male giraffe.
The yet-unnamed baby was born on Friday, October 24 to mother, 5-year-old A.J, and father, 3-year-old Moke. Both are first time parents.

The giraffe house will be closed temporarily, as A.J. takes some time to bond with her baby, and the herd adjusts to his presence. Zoo visitors will be able to enter the vestibule of the giraffe house and view the animals through the windows.

The gestation period of giraffes is around 15 months. Calves usually remain with their mothers until they are around 22 months old.  

Giraffes are native to the plains of Africa. The number of giraffes in the wild has dropped from 140,000 in 1999 to fewer than 80,000 today. The decreasing population is attributed to poaching, disease, and loss of natural habitat.

photo credit: Zoo registrar, Kelly Brown

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Time for Another Electronics Recycling Collection at the Zoo!

The Buffalo Zoo’s Earth Smart Squad will partner with Sunnking Inc. to host another electronics recycling collection event!

We held an event in April and it was very successful! We wanted to give Western New Yorkers another opportunity to get rid of some of some clutter while they're getting ready for the holiday season. 
The collection will take place on Saturday, November 15 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Zoo’s main parking lot off of Parkside Ave.

The Earth Smart Squad wants you to keep the planet in mind while you start preparing for the holidays. Electronic waste shouldn’t be thrown out with household trash. Some items may contain materials that are harmful to the environment, and most items can actually be recycled. Electronics recycling facilities are able to dispose of electronic waste in an environmentally responsible way.

Items that will NOT be accepted include batteries, and large appliances.

Anyone who brings their unwanted electronics to the Zoo on November 15 will receive a coupon for $1 off Zoo admission on that day.

The Buffalo Zoo’s Earth Smart Squad’s mission is to be leaders in sustainability by inspiring our organization to reduce its carbon footprint, while empowering the community to engage in green practices.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Get Ready for Spooktacular Days!

Tickets are now available for Spooktacular Days at the Buffalo Zoo, a new Halloween event debuting this year.

Spooktacular Days will replace Howl-o-ween Hayrides at the Zoo.

Spooktacular Days at the Buffalo Zoo will take place on October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, & 26. Activities will run from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Fridays, and 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, giving families the option to participate during either daytime or evening hours.

For the cost of regular Zoo admission, plus an additional $5, guests can partake in activities including indoor treat stations, Halloween-themed games, and free train and carousel rides. The experience will conclude with the fall favorites of donuts and apple cider.

Click here to purchase tickets, or call (800) 838-3006.

The event is designed to be fun and friendly rather than frightful. Spooktacular Days offer an early, safe, and fun Halloween experience for children of all ages!

The Spooktacular Days at the Zoo are sponsored by Tops Friendly Markets and 97 Rock.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Zooper Saturday with Dallas the Sea Lion!

The Buffalo Zoo will hold a Zooper Saturday event featuring Dallas, the California sea lion.

Dallas the sea lion

Zoo visitors can learn all about sea lions and get to know Dallas and his keepers during a day of keeper talks and enrichment activities on Saturday, October 4th. A full schedule of activities follows.

  • 11 a.m – 2 p.m. – Face painting in NOCO Sea Lion Cove (rain location in M&T Bank Rainforest Falls)
  • 11 a.m. – Sea Lion demonstration in NOCO Sea Lion Cove
  • 11:30 a.m. – Keeper talk in NOCO Sea Lion Cove
  • 12 p.m. –  Sea Lion enrichment in NOCO Sea Lion Cove
  • 1:30 p.m. – Photo encounters in NOCO Seal Lion Cove (pre-registration required)
  • 2 p.m. – Keeper talk in NOCO Sea Lion Cove
  • 2:30 p.m. – Sea Lion demonstration in NOCO Sea Lion Cove
  • 3 p.m. – Ice treat sea lion enrichment in NOCO Sea Lion Cove

Registration is required for the photo encounters. For a $25 fee, participants will be able to get up-close and personal with Dallas the sea lion, and receive a 4x6 photograph to take home. Anyone who wants to participate can register at the Zoo’s admission gates when they arrive. There are a limited number of reservations available.

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

For more information about the Zooper Saturday event, call (716) 995-6133.

The Buffalo Zoo thanks NOCO for their sponsorship of the Sea Lion Cove exhibit.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meet Buffalo Bill Brandon Spikes at the Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo will host a special meet and greet with Buffalo Bills captain Brandon Spikes this weekend.

Spikes is partnering with the Zoo to chair their Adopt an Animal program. To kick off the partnership, he will make an appearance at the Zoo this Saturday, September 20, from 1:30 pm until 2:30 pm.

The Zoo will offer a special adoption package through the 2014-2015 football season, featuring a North American porcupine that the Zoo has named “Spikes” in honor of the Bills player.

Brandon Spikes bottle fed Spikes the porcupine at the Zoo earlier this month.

A limited edition adoption package will be available for only $10 during the event on Saturday. Anyone who purchases the package during the meet and greet will have an opportunity to have their adoption certificate autographed by Brandon Spikes.

The Buffalo Zoo has an annual grocery bill of around $250,000. The Zoo’s Adopt anAnimal program helps to pay for food for the animals throughout the year.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Meet our new Baby Snow Monkey

The Buffalo Zoo’s latest addition, a baby Japanese macaque, is now on exhibit at the Buffalo Zoo.

The baby was born to 16 year old mother, Debbi, on August 30. The baby’s father is eight-year-old Ketu, who has had one other offspring. This baby is Debbi’s fourth.

Debbi is proving to be a nurturing and protective mother. Keepers have not yet been able to get close enough to determine the baby’s gender.

Debbi the snow monkey with her baby.

Debbi and her baby are on exhibit daily in the Zoo’s Vanishing Animals Exhibit starting at 3 p.m.

Japanese macaques are often referred to as snow monkeys because their natural habitat is in the snowy mountain regions of Japan. The wild population of snow monkeys is threatened by the replacement of natural forests in Japan with lumber plantations and other developments.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Luna the Polar Bear Recovering After Fall

Luna the polar bear is recovering at the Buffalo Zoo after falling into a moat over the weekend.

The polar bear fell into the exhibit’s protective moat on Saturday afternoon. Luna was anesthetized, and a team of keepers were able to carry her out of the moat and transport her to the Zoo’s veterinary hospital. The Zoo’s veterinarian, Dr. Kurt Volle, took X-rays and determined that Luna had fractured her tibia and fibula above the ankle joint on her left rear leg. She sustained no other injuries from the fall. A pair of board certified veterinary surgeons from Sheridan Animal Hospital performed surgery to repair the fracture on Sunday.

Luna is recovering in the Zoo’s veterinary hospital. Zoo staff reports that she is alert and eating, and that she is able to walk. Luna will remain off exhibit for several weeks to restrict her movement while her leg heals.