Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Celebrate World Anteater Day on Saturday!

Looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend? Join us as we celebrate World Anteater Day!

Stop by the M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit for special anteater-themed activities from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 29.

Schedule of Activities

(in M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit)

  • 11 a.m. - Anteater enrichment demonstration and keeper talk
  • 12 p.m. - Anteater feeding and keeper talk 
  • 12:30 p.m. - Story time in the lobby!
  • 1 p.m. - Anteater enrichment demonstration and keeper talk

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cyber Monday Sale on Zoo Memberships

The Buffalo Zoo will offer a discount on membership purchases during a Cyber Monday sale event, just in time for the holidays.

The sale will take place on Monday, November 30 from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. A discount of $20 will be given on purchases of all membership levels during the sale, for new members only. The discount will be applied to any memberships purchased on the Zoo’s website, using discount code CM15.

All membership levels include:

  • FREE admission to the Zoo
  • FREE subscription to ZooLog
  • Two guest passes 
  • One parking voucher
  • Membership window decal
  • Discount at the Zootique gift shop
  • Reduced or free admission at over 100 zoos and aquariums
  • Discounts on birthday parties at the Zoo
  • Special MEMBERS ONLY events
  • Bonus benefits at area businesses

The Buffalo Zoo Membership Levels Are: 

$40  $20 -  Individual
Covers only the person whose name appears on the card.

$55  $35 - Individual PLUS
Covers only the person whose name appears on the card.
Includes five parking vouchers and ten ride tickets.
Includes one guest per Zoo visit.

$60 $40 - Grandparents
Covers up to two grandparents and up to five grandchildren on each visit.

$70 $50 - Grandparents PLUS
Covers up to two grandparents and up to five grandchildren on each visit.
Includes five parking vouchers and ten ride tickets.
Includes one guest per Zoo visit.

$75 $55 - Family
Covers up to two adults and their children (to 21 years of age) residing in the household.

$90 $70 - Family PLUS
Covers up to two adults and their children (to 21 years of age) residing in the household. Includes five parking vouchers and ten ride tickets.
Includes one guest per Zoo visit.

$135 $115 - Supporting
Cover up to two adults and their children (to 21 years of age) residing in the household. Includes five parking vouchers and ten ride tickets.
Includes two guests per Zoo visit, PLUS a Zoo tote bag and recognition in the Annual Report.

$250 $230 - Sponsor
Same as Supporting, PLUS Zoo note paper, and an invitation to the Thank You Reception.

For more information about the Zoo’s Cyber Monday membership sale, email zoomem@buffalozoo.org, call the membership office at (716) 995-6131, or CLICK HERE.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Buffalo Zoo Unveils Plastic Bag Polar Bear Sculpture

The Buffalo Zoo has installed a new feature in the Arctic Edge exhibit.

A sculpture of a polar bear named Terra was added to the Zoo’s new Arctic Edge exhibit. The installation was constructed out of over 1,500 plastic shopping bags, the amount used by the average American family of four in one year.

One of the main goals of the new Arctic Edge exhibit is to educate people about environmental conservation, and why protecting the environment is important for the survival of not just polar bears, but all species,” said the Zoo’s curator of education, Tiffany Vanderwerf. “A lot of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere when plastic bags are produced, and that carbon dioxide is causing the earth’s sea ice to melt. Polar bears and other Arctic species depend on sea ice for survival. We hope that this sculpture will serve as a visual reminder for families that the actions they take at home can have a big impact on the natural environment, and the survival of these animals.”

Buffalo Zoo staff and volunteers spent months collecting the bags and constructing the sculpture. It will be on display near the Arctic Edge Interpretive Center.

Megan Monaco, a keeper who works closely with the polar bears and who spearheaded the effort to create the sculpture said, “Our amazing docents and volunteers did a fantastic job and worked incredibly hard on this project, and I'm so thankful for all they did to help me with it.

“We wanted to show visitors just what a large impact their actions can have on the natural world. This is the amount of bags that just one family uses in a year, and when you see it all together, you realize just how much plastic that is. These bags don’t go away once they are thrown out; they just sit in land fills and can end up in our waterways and can harm wild animals. We hope this will encourage our visitors to reuse plastic bags whenever they can, and to make the switch over to reusable shopping bags, to help protect not just polar bears, but all animals and our entire planet.”

The Arctic Edge, presented by Tops Friend Markets, is open during regular Zoo hours, and free to visit with regular Zoo admission. For more information, visit www.buffalozoo.org or call (716) 837-3900.


A Fundraiser with Alex & Ani Buffalo

Join us on Monday, November 9 for a fun shopping experience to benefit the Buffalo Zoo. 15% of any purchase made in the store during the event will help the Zoo purchase auction items for the Zoo's brand new fundraising event, Arctic Whiteout. You can even purchase items and give them directly to the Zoo for the auction. We hope to see you there!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Come Play in Our New Nature Playground!

We've opened a brand new nature playground area for visitors!

The playground, which is located within the Zoo’s Delta Sonic Heritage Farm exhibit, is intended to encourage “nature play” among child visitors. Nature play is unstructured childhood play in wild areas. Studies show that there are many positive impacts of such play time on a child's social, emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being.

It is meant as a space for kids to figure out how they want to use the natural elements for unstructured play time,” said the Zoo’s Education Curator, Tiffany Vanderwerf. “As a conservation organization, the Buffalo Zoo wants to encourage nature play because studies also indicate that play in nature is the most common influence on the development of conservation values and behaviors. We LOVE that! It is right in line with our mission. We're sure it will be super popular. Kids and parents asked us about the area every day while it was being built and couldn't wait to come back to try it out.

The new nature playground features a hollow log for crawling, a sand dig pit, log balance beams, a log stepping garden, and log tables and chairs for resting and quiet play. Most of the materials were sourced locally from fallen trees at the Zoo, or locations nearby. The giant hollow log was donated by Tree Care of New York.

The play space was made possible through a grant from Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium, a collaboration between the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and The Walt Disney Company to provide financial, logistical, and creative support to zoos and aquariums seeking to increase or enhance family-centered nature experiences in their communities.

The nature playground is free with regular Zoo admission.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The 2016 Calendar Features ZOO BABIES!

The Buffalo Zoo’s 2016 wall calendar is now available for purchase.

The wall calendar, presented by the Women’s  Board of the Buffalo Zoo, showcases photos taken by participants in the Zoo’s annual photo contest. It features stunning full-color photos of the animals and highlights a recent baby boom, Zoo events, and fun facts about all of the animals pictured.

This year’s calendar is priced at only $10 and includes $50 in coupons for discounts on Zoo admission, membership, concessions, gift shop purchases, birthday parties, and more!

It’s not too early to pick up these very popular calendars, which sold out last year. They are available in the Zootique gift shop or by calling (716) 995-6131. All proceeds from the wall calendars will benefit the Zoo’s Adopt-an-Animal program, a dedicated funding source which provides food for the animals.

The 2016 Buffalo Zoo wall calendar is sponsored by:

Bob & John's La Hacienda/The Wellington Pub
Christopher Scinta Photography
Daily Planet Coffee Company
Fairy Cakes Cupcakery
Fleet Feet
Johnny's Meats
Market on Elmwood
Michael Donnelly Interiors & Gallery
Mighty Moe's
Savory Sips / Daisy’s Dog House
Talking Leaves
The Tree House Toy Store

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Shop for the Zoo Animals at Tops Friendly Markets

Help fill the pantry for the Buffalo Zoo’s animals this fall and winter! On Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., shoppers at participating Tops Friendly Markets locations will have the opportunity to purchase an extra gift for the Zoo to help keep the animals happy and healthy.

After selecting items from the Zoo’s grocery wish list, which will be provided at each location, shoppers can leave their gift with a Zoo volunteer in the store lobby. All of these generous donations will then be used as special enrichment treats to promote the animals’ natural behaviors and to stimulate them physically and mentally.

Requested grocery items include: whole grain, low sugar cereals; dog biscuits (all sizes); canned dog food, canned cat food, extracts and spices; peanut butter; plastic toys (Frisbees and balls); rawhide chews; soft cat treats; as well as a variety of other items. Participating Tops locations include:

  • TOPS Friendly Markets 2101 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo  NY  14207
  • TOPS Friendly Markets S 6150 South Park Ave. Hamburg NY 14075
  • TOPS Friendly Markets 1740 Sheridan Dr. Buffalo  NY  14223
  • TOPS Friendly Markets 2351 Maple Rd. Williamsville  NY  14221

With an annual grocery bill of $250,000, providing food and treats for more than 1,200 animals at the Zoo is a tremendous task. The Buffalo Zoo wishes to thank shoppers in advance for helping the animals and supporting Tops Friendly Markets, one of the Zoo’s most generous sponsors!

For more information about the Zoo’s annual adoption program, please call (716) 995-6131 or visit us online!