Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Over a Barrel at Polar Bites

6:00-6:30pm : Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the Buffalo Zoo's 2013 Polar Bites! We had a lot of fun and we hope you did too. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Buffalo Zoo. Please feel free to call us about any of our services (Graphic Design, Printing, Photography, Videography, Website Design). We offer Barrel Rental and portable Green Screen Rental. (716) 462 - 5322. 

Hope everybody enjoyed "going over the Falls" at the Migz Media Photo booth at Polar Bites last week. Check out your pictures on the Migz site here: Pictures are available for purchase from Migz Media and a portion of the proceeds go to the Zoo.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tickets Now Available for Inaugural BuffaLoveFest at the Zoo!

Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural BuffaLoveFest, an event featuring all things “Buffalo,” presented by the Buffalo Zoo in association with Be Incorporated.

BuffaLoveFest will take place on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Zoo. The 21 and over event will feature live music from some of Buffalo’s favorite bands, beer from a variety of local brands, food trucks, and vendors and artisans who specialize in Buffalo-themed goods.

Tickets cost $20 in advance and $30 at the door, and include 2 drink tickets. The first 500 people to purchase tickets will receive a commemorative poster. To purchase tickets, please call (716) 995-6131 or order online at

Zooper Saturday Featuring Lions & Tigers This Weekend

The Buffalo Zoo will hold a Zooper Saturday event this weekend, featuring the lions and tigers.

Learn all there is to know about the lions and tigers at the Zoo from our keeper talks, and enrichment activities at the lion and tiger exhibits from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will also be face painters in the TOPS Eco Station from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Zooper Saturday events are free with regular Zoo admission.

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

Activities in the tiger exhibit are sponsored by Perry’s Ice Cream.
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Spring Nature Camp 2013 Registration is Now Open!

It’s time for Spring Nature Camp at the Buffalo Zoo! Join us as we celebrate the season along with our animal friends. Each day of Spring Nature Camp is filled with adventures ranging from arts, crafts, and games to live animal demonstrations, exhibit visits, and behind the scenes talks! Spend just one day with us or all five – either way, you’ll have a ROARing good time!
Days: Monday through Friday
Dates: April 1st through April 5th
Times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Explorer Groups:
Ages 5 - 6
Rhinos: Ages 7 - 8
Elephants: Ages 9 - 12

Spring Nature Camp Topics:

Monday, April 1: Nature’s Tricksters
Some animals are great at playing tricks. Whether it is copying another animal, blending in to surroundings, or doing a little acting, it’s all about survival. Learn some “tricks of the trade” from our resident animals and see if you have what it takes to survive in the wild!

Tuesday, April 2: Gentle Giants
Some of the biggest animals on the planet are also the most gentle. During this workshop we will explore the lives of gentle giants and uncover the softer sides of some of our largest predators.

Wednesday, April 3: Monkey Business
Unleash your inner monkey! Monkeys may seem like they spend all day being mischievous but all of their actions are an important part of the business of being a monkey. Spend the day monkeying around at the Zoo and watch our resident primates in action
Thursday, April 4: Scavengers
Lazy, sneaky, despicable – some think scavengers are the worst animals, but we know
better. Scavengers are true survivors! Spend the day with the scavengers at the Zoo and learn some incredible (and sometimes gross) survival strategies.

Friday, April 5: Boneheads
Today all of the skeletons are coming out of the closet! Spend the day examining skeletons from animals large and small and discover all of the animal mysteries that can be solved by exploring bones.

General Information
Arrival/Departure times are 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. respectively. Campers must arrive at the ZOO SCHOOL DOORS on Meadow Drive by 9:00 a.m. and be picked up at the same entrance at 3:00 p.m. Campers will not be allowed to leave the Zoo without a parent or guardian signing for their child. Please be prepared to show ID upon request.
To better accommodate the needs of our campers’ parents, we do offer a fee-based Before and After Care Program between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Please be respectful of the drop-off and pick-up times of this program. NOTE: After Care ends at 5:00 pm sharp. Parents will be assessed a fee of $5.00 for every 5 minutes past 5:00 that their child remains at the Zoo.
Appropriate clothing must be worn.  This includes; Spring and/or Winter boots, hats, scarves, mittens/gloves and Spring and/or Winter jackets.  All outerwear should be labeled with the camper’s name. 
Activities will include a combination of exhibit visits, animal information, games, songs, stories, activities and live animal contact. Students will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods from our Education Department animal collection.  This provides each camper with the experience and thrill of live animal contact under well supervised conditions.

NO LUNCHES or SNACK ARE PROVIDED due to individual food preferences, allergies and dietary restrictions.  Campers must bring a small snack and a bag lunch each day.  If your child has any special dietary needs, please inform us of specific food exposure restrictions.
Registration Information
To register for the Spring Nature Camp, complete the application indicating whether you are registering for one day, or many days. Be sure to indicate all of your choices.

Become a Zoo Member and save on Spring Nature Camp fees. For information on Zoo Membership, call 995-6131.

How to register…
a) Mail your registration - Payment MUST accompany your registration and may be made in cash, by check, American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover. Please make checks payable to the Zoological Society of Buffalo. Mail the completed form and registration fee to:

Spring Nature Camp
Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14214-1999

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b) Fax your registration - You may also fax completed registration with credit card payment to (716) 834-1106.

- OR -

c) Download an On-line registration form
Click here to download form (Adobe Acrobat needed)

b) Register on-line - CLICK HERE
To provide the campers with individual attention, group size is limited. Register early to save your camper’s spot!

Any additional questions or information should be directed to the Education Department at (716) 995-6128.


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Friday, February 15, 2013

Polar Bites 2013 Next Week!

It’s time for one of Buffalo’s favorite wintertime events - Polar Bites 2013.

The popular event, presented by the ProZoo Board, will take place on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Polar Bites will feature food and beverages from some of Western New York’s finest establishments, as well as a basket auction, silent auction, and visits with some of the Zoo’s animals. The event will also feature entertainment from Dj LoPro and Steve Balesteri and the Good Life Band.

Tickets to the 21-and-over event are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. To purchase
tickets, please call (716) 995-6131 or order online at

Vendors at the 2013 Polar Bites Event will include:

Boston Beer Co.
Bravo! Cucina Italiana
Brooklyn Brewery
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Buffalo Roadhouse Grill
Buffalo Spree Magazine
Buffalo Zoo Zootique
CJ's Catering & Sundae Bar
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Creekview Restaurant
D'Avolio Olive Oils &Vinegars
Dick & Jenny's Restaurant
Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars
Dundee Brewery Company
European Wax Center
Fairy Cakes Cupcakery
Fat Bob’s Smokehouse
Flying Bison Brewing Company
Fulkerson Winery
Global Group Wine & Spirits
Greek Goddess Products, Inc.
Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill
Johnson Estate Winery
Just Pizza
Lebro's Restaurant
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Magic Hat Brewing Company
McKenzie's Hard Cider
Merritt Estate Winery
MIGZ Media
Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
Nickel City Market Café
Oogie Games
Pan-American Grill & Brewery
Pearl Street Grill & Brewery
Pizza Plant Italian Pub
Pyramid Brewery
Rich's Dessert Builders
Rich's Red Brick Market
Risa's Restaurant & Catering
Riverstone Grill
Rohrbach Brewing Co.
Saranac Brewery
Seagram's Escapes
Southern Wine & Spirits
Spot Coffee
Sweet Jenny's & Oh Pour L'Amour du Chocolat
Templeton Landing
The Roaming Buffalo
The Tonawanda Castle
Tonawanda Bowling Center
Total Tan
Winery of Ellicottville
Yancey's Fancy

Polar Bites 2013 is sponsored by Phillips Lytle, LLC, Creditors Interchange, and M&T Bank,
with promotional support from Fox 29, MyTV, 97 Rock, Classic Hits 104.1, Buffalo Spree
Magazine,, and

Friday, February 1, 2013

Family Valentine's Day at the Zoo - This Weekend!

The Buffalo Zoo will hold a Family Valentine’s Day event this weekend, as part of the Zooper Saturdays series.

Spend some quality time together at our Family Valentine’s Day event! Enjoy animal demonstrations and enrichment activities. You can even make a Valentine card for a family member, friend, or your favorite Zoo animal! The event runs from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2. Activities are free with Zoo admission. A full schedule of activities follows:

  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Make a Valentine's Day card in the TOPS EcoStation
  • 11 a.m – 1 pm. Face painting in the TOPS EcoStation
  • 11 a.m. Sea lion feeding at NOCO Sea Lion Cove
  • 11:30 a.m. River otter enrichment at Otter Creek
  • 12 p.m. Wallaby enrichment in the TOPS EcoStation
  • 1:30 p.m. Hellbender keeper talk in the reptile house
  • 2 p.m. Rainforest enrichment in M&T Bank Rainforest Falls
  • 2:30 p.m. Tiger enrichment at the tiger exhibit

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