Thursday, December 1, 2011

Buffalo Zoo Offering Animal Encounters This Winter!

BUFFALO, NY— In support of the Buffalo Zoo’s mission to educate the public about the world’s wildlife, the Zoo is offering animal encounters this winter.

Sea Lion Encounter

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Pocus, one of the Zoo’s two male California sea lions, and his keepers. For $20 per person, each participant will have the chance to have a holiday photo taken with Pocus behind-the-scenes inside the holding area at NOCO’s Sea Lion Cove. Participants can choose to receive a kiss from Pocus or pose next to him as a “trainer” holding a target pole. Photo sessions will take place PROMPTLY at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on the following weekend dates: December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18. The minimum age requirement for participants is 6 years. Each encounter is limited to 16 guests. Reservations can be made by calling the Zoo’s Switchboard Operator at (716) 837-3900 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Other Special Winter Offerings (Now – March 11, 2012)

Elephant Feedings Wed., Sat. 1:45 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m.

Keeper Talk/Training Demo (Delta Sonic Heritage Farm) Daily at 10:30 a.m.

View sea lion feeding (Sea Lion Cove) Daily at 11:00 a.m.

View river otter feeding (Otter Creek) Daily at 11:30 a.m.

Macaw Keeper Talk (Living Treehouse in Education Dept.) Sun., Thurs., Sat. 1:00 p.m.

Animal Encounter/Contact (Living Treehouse in Education Dept.) Wed., Fri. 1:30 p.m.

View meerkat feeding (meerkat exhibit by the gorilla habitat) Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.

View gorilla feeding (gorilla exhibit) Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Animal Encounter (M&T Bank Rainforest Falls) Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.

View caiman feeding (M&T Bank Rainforest Falls) Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

For more information about the daily schedule, please call the Buffalo Zoo’s Switchboard Operator at (716) 837-3900 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily or visit

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