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“Where's the animals?” 2 of 5 stars
Review of The Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 837-3900
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Ranked #24 of 90 Attractions in Buffalo
Type: Gardens, Zoos & Aquariums
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Owner description: Founded in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo is the third oldest zoo in the United States. Each year, the Zoo welcomes approximately 400,000 visitors and is the second largest tourist attraction in Western New York, second only to Niagara Falls.Located on 23.5 acres of Buffalo’s beautiful Delaware Park, the Zoo exhibits a diverse collection of wild and exotic animals and more than 320 different species of plants. Open year-round, the Zoo is a constant source of conservation, education and recreation for Western New York.
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Ransomville
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“Where's the animals?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Went to Buffalo Zoo to see the 2 new polar bear cubs. Awww, they were so cute. That was nice but what happened to the rest of the animals? There used to be multiples of each kind. Now not so much. Saw 1 lion, 1 tiger, 1 sea lion, 1 elephant, 1hyena, 1 bison.... There were gorillas( and a new baby there as well) which was nice. A number of giraffes and otters and reptiles. But felt sorry for the lone animals. No other bears, and there used to be several. The zoo is open year round but there were no shows or demonstrations except for a single sea lion demo. Pretty disappointed in the quality of a zoo that used to be full of animals and had loads of visitors. We were guests that day and I would have been more upset if I'd paid to get in.

Visited September 2013
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mpowerszoo, Manager at The Buffalo Zoo, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thanks for your review.

I should point that there are some multiples you may have missed. On the day you visited, one elephant was inside while the other was out. We actually have four bison and they have no place to hide. While the Sea Lion is alone currently as his exhibit mate recently passed away, that is a temporary condition. The Amur Tiger that you saw is a solitary sort unless it is mating season. Forced interaction isn't something you want to have with that species. And as for the Lion, he is being introduced slowly to two new females. They rotate in the exhibit space and as the introductions flow well, you'll be seeing them together.

Shows are done during the summer months and again later in the winter. In September when you visited, much of our seasonal staff departs as attendance does go down with the return to school for kids and all the obligations that are attached to that.

And we still have spectacle bears in our vanishing animals exhibit, but the emphasis has gone more toward Polar Bears as we get ready to start the actual construction on their new exhibit.

Thanks again for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

Michael Powers
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Mohawk, New York
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“Worth the visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Was a little disappointed when we started our zoo visit, as there were no animals in the exhibits, however, as we ventured further, we found many animals out and about in their pens. Truly enjoyed our time at the zoo, however, we wish some of the exhibits had been better marked and signage was more explicit on where things were located. It was very clean and tidy and animals looked very well cared for. A definite yes to visit when in the city!!

Visited September 2013
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mpowerszoo, Manager at The Buffalo Zoo, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Hello,

Thanks for your review. What you might have seen at first is the one exhibit that has been closed. That is our old bear exhibit. It's been shut down and we are about to begin replacing it with a brand new exhibit. It is a sizeable empty footprint to be sure, but as you saw, once you get past that, there is plenty to see and experience and we are glad you kept going.

Glad you had a nice visit.

Michael Powers
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“Love our zoo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Wow. this place is a gem. Dr. Fernandez has done a wonderful job at upgrading the grounds. Now if only she can get additional funding from some of WNY well healed individuals.

Visited July 2013
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mpowerszoo, Manager at The Buffalo Zoo, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thanks for your kind words. We're hopeful your funding wish comes true as well. Over 500,000 visitors made it to see us this year and we hope that makes some of those folks take notice.

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Rochester, New York
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“Great Zoo!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I went to the Buffalo Zoo with my boyfriend and my grown children and their significant others. We had a wonderful time! The zoo is beautiful and filled with a lot of animals. It is large enough where you will be there for at least a couple of hours. It's clean and well maintained. The animals appear to be well cared for.
We had a great day at the zoo.

Visited October 2012
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mpowerszoo, Manager at The Buffalo Zoo, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Very glad that you and your family had a nice visit with us. Thanks for sharing

Michael Powers
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“Buffalo Zoo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Went to see the polar bear cubs. Very nice display. The Buffalo Zoo is undergoing complete renovation slowly but surely. Right now, exhibits are a bit sketchy but they improve with every visit.

Visited July 2013
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mpowerszoo, Manager at The Buffalo Zoo, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thanks for visiting. In terms of the exhibits being "sketchy," our bear exhibit has been closed in preparation for demolition and rebirth as the "Arctic Edge." It has a pretty big footprint so that can create a pretty big void, but the areas surrounding it have been active all year. We even added a new space, Kookaburra Korner, near the new entrance to compliment the other recent additions.

Michael Powers
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