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.