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“Sad” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo
Ranked #13 of 150 things to do in Buffalo
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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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Buffalo, New York
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131 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2011

Stressed Out animals!!! They walk back and forth a sign of stress and they need alot more room. They really need to do something it is boarder line abuse. That is probally the reason I hear on the news an animal dying there every few months. PLease give the animals more room and things to do.
They also didnt have the petting zoo while I was there and no black bears. 10$ and left with a feeling of sadness.

Visited June 2011
4 Thank Prax-Tammy
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buffalo, ny
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“Petting Zoo farm not like described in brochure”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2011

The playground and bone digging areas were great, and our 2 yr old loved the rainforest and bears. Unfortunately the so-called petting zoo is not a petting zoo like we expected. It is geared more towards older children. Set up like a farm, all the animals (cow,pig,sheep,turkey,horse) are behind large wood fences. It was hard for him to see without being carried. Kids in strollers had no chance. A kindly lady zookeeper (farmhand) allowed him to come in and pet the sheep (which he loved!). None of the other animals could be accessed or otherwise petted. One keeper pointed out the rarity of their cow as if to explain why no one could touch it and many were asking! Another gave us a dirty look when we asked about getting closer to the pig. We weren't the only parents standing around looking confused. I hope this was just a bad day. Why call it a petting zoo if the animals cannot be petted! Even though we live here we will not be bringing our son back any time soon.

Visited June 2011
1 Thank juliebooBuffalo_Ny
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65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Give zoo A work in prpgress”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2011

Our zoo is a jewel! Even though it's a work in progress, it has much to ooffer! If locals that complain would make donations, rebuilding could be accomplished quicker. Funding has been cut considerably and it is up to us to help! I remember the zoo from 50 years ago and it is definitely progressing! Become a zoo member ,and help it grow faster! We continue to visit at least 4times a year and volunteer for zoo special activities.

1 Thank sabrar
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Springfield, Vermont
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35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Animals deserve better than this”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2011

I haven't been to a zoo in over 30 years and the this zoo reminded me of why I don't go. It was very depressing to see the polar bear who looked sick (and living on concrete), the elephants (who were lethargic and sad), the rhino continuously pacing back and forth, the anteater with a large open wound, the poor baby gorilla living in a tiny enclosure with the adults, the giraffes in their tiny indoor enclosure chewing on the wiring and the mountain goats trying to paw at the concrete to make a place to lay down. Looked like he was protecting the other one who was leaning against the concrete wall looking sick. The exhibits were crumbling, animals were not in "natural environments" and all looked so sad . Please do something to make their lives more enjoyable and natural!! Like I said, this zoo just confirmed why I do not go and hopefully it will not take another 30 years for people realize animals do not belong in concrete captivity.

Visited April 2011
4 Thank LindyLoo57
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Buffalo, New York
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127 reviews
57 attraction reviews
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“Small but nice for the afternoon”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2011

Good for kids. Small zoo but enough interaction that the kids won't notice. Extra cost ($1 I think) to feed giraffes and to ride the carousel or train. All the favorites, though - Monkeys, Zebra, Elephants (right up front). Pretty large gorilla habitat. Gift shops have some nice memorabilia (not all crap) and there are some decent snack shops.

Visited July 2010
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