Established in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo is the third-oldest zoo in the United States. Today, the Buffalo Zoo, which was originally established as a deer park, contains some of the world’s rarest and most exotic species collected from every corner of the globe. If you plan on taking a trip to the Buffalo Zoological Gardens (which is the zoo’s official name), here is what you can expect.
The zoo’s collection of mammals contains both domestic and exotic species. Traditional zoo favorites include zebras, giraffes, and elephants, as well as several species native to North America such as the bison, the California sea lion, and the North American river otter. Some lesser-known mammals found at the Buffalo Zoo include the guanaco, which is essentially a humpless camel from South America, and the hyrax, which is a Middle Eastern cud-chewing rodent, and not a character from a Dr. Suess children’s book.
The Buffalo Zoo is home to many beautiful and brightly-colored species of poison dart frogs. The “slime” secreted by these frogs is so lethal that native tribes from South America, Africa, and Australia use it to coat the tips of their arrows, spears, and blowgun darts (hence the name).
From the king cobra to the American alligator, the zoo’s collection of reptiles showcases species from around the world. There are plenty of snakes, such as the emerald tree boa, Venezuelan rattlesnake, and the mangrove snake. There are also plenty of lizards, turtles, and tortoises. They even have gila monsters, Asian water dragons, blue-tongued skinks, and other interesting creatures worth seeing.
The bird display at the Buffalo Zoo contains everything from the exquisite princess parrot to the common chicken. Visitors can also view Mandarin ducks, black-necked swans, red-breasted geese, and other feathered critters from North America, Europe, and Asia.
Best of all, a trip to the Buffalo Zoo is well within everyone’s budget, with adult admission of $9.50 and children’s admission of $6.00. Student and senior discounts are also available.
The Buffalo Zoo doesn’t only offer a menagerie of animals, it offers fun and educational experiences for children. On Friday and Saturday nights, the zoo hosts an event called Zoo Snooze, where children are invited to sleep over and see what life is like for zoo animals once the sun goes down. The Zoo Snooze includes nighttime tours of the zoo, crafts, snacks, and breakfast.
The zoo is also available for birthday party and wedding rentals. Surprisingly, the exotic and lush landscape of the zoo’s most popular attraction, Rainforest Falls, is a hit for newlyweds looking for unique and unforgettable wedding photography.