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“Not impressed. Old zoo with sad animal displays.”
Review of The Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo
Ranked #12 of 153 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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Naples, New York
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Not impressed. Old zoo with sad animal displays.”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Part of our reason for a family trip to Niagra Falls and Buffalo was to visit the Buffalo Zoo. I had planned to spend most of one day there, knowing that we have easily spent 4-5 hours at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester.
I knew ahead of time, but parking at the zoo was $4.
After paying and entering the zoo, we went right to the sea lion exhibit which was close to the entrance. Due to the cloudy water and foggy glass, we were only able to get a glimpse of a passing sea lion if it swam right up to the glass.
Then we were off to see the elephants. The environment for the elephants was not great. This was a recurring theme for many of the animals at the zoo. The worst was for the giraffes which had just a smallish yard, no trees or anything else for them. They looked depressed as they reached over the top of their fence to munch from nearby bushes.
We spent about an hour and a half, maybe two hours tops at the zoo before we had had enough. Lots of empty and run down exhibits, no clear paths or signs to various animals, my 11 year old was even deemed too big to play on the playground.
We did enjoy watching the baby polar bears play but, again, their exhibit really seemed lacking.
I would not recommend this zoo to any of our friends or family.

Visited August 2013
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Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“nice zoo”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Love this zoo. It is clean and just big enough. It has a good variety of animals. it is easier to cover than the larger zoos and the kids can actually see the animals here

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

That is exactly what we are striving for. We know we aren't a huge facility and try to make up for it with a pleasant, unique experience that doesn't prove too tiring, so everybody enjoys their time and still has energy for whatever might be next.

Michael Powers
Marketing Manager
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Williamsville, New York
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“It may be the third oldest Zoo in the USA, but it's one of the best!”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

I had not been to the Buffalo Zoo for a couple of years, but I had to see the 2 "Baby Polar Bears", Luna and Kali. They tussled and played for us. What a delite! The Zoo's setting is shaded and all the animals appeared very well kept and facilities clean. The male lion roared for us as he sat under the trees. The gorillas; Mom, Dad and Baby loved and cared for each other. There is so many different animals to see. My 16 mo. old fellow friend loved it. Because of dynamic planning, many exhibits are in the mode of change. It is easy to get around. Come visit!

Visited August 2013
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mpowerszoo, Manager at The Buffalo Zoo, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Thank you for your review. That is what we hope happens for a visitor.

Glad you had a great visit.

Michael Powers
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edwards, Ny
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“decent at best”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

first off they charge you $4 to park before you even get in to pay for the zoo. Not much thought or effort into the habitats, and many larger animals only had one (lion, tiger, gorilla etc...). Several were empty and appeared to have been for some time. The high-light for us was the botanical rainforest. Plenty of birds, turles, trees and water to go along with a few various monkies,a capybara, and more. Really gave you the feeling of being in a jungle. All said and done you've covered it all in a dissapointing hour.If you have little kids, they may enjoy it. Drive the hour to the seneca park zoo in rochester.

Visited August 2013
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mpowerszoo, Manager at The Buffalo Zoo, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Sorry your experiences wasn't what you'd hoped for. We are a small facility, but there is plenty of neighborhood and park parking outside of our lot, so you do have options. Some of the animals mentioned are a little solitary in nature. Our size lends itself to being a part of a larger day out in that you could most likely see everything in about 2 to 2 1/2 hours, while that doesn't seem much, you can get a lot closer than you can in some other facilities, but it is important to remember that every Zoo is a little different.

Thank you for visiting,

Michael Powers
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Groveland, New York
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A Day at the Buffalo Zoo”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

We took the three grandkids today to the Buffalo Zoo. They are 10, 9 and 7. I hadn't been to this zoo since their mother was their age, so close to 30 years. I remembered it being an old style zoo (similar to Rochester's Zoo) with small cramped cages and animals behind bars. It has changed substantially since my last visit.
The entire experience was very positive. Located next to beautiful Delaware Park, it was only 15 minutes from our hotel on Transit. The parking is close by the entrance, no mile walk to get in the facility.
The zoo itself has a number of older buildings but each seemed to be updated. Many of the exhibits were behind glass and not the old steel bars.
We looked at both the outside and inside exhibits and there was a reasonable variety of animals, both large and small to peak one's interest.
We enjoyed watching the polar bear cubs playing and rough housing. We saw the gorilla's including baby gorilla eating their lunch of lettuce. We watched as the zoo keeper kept having to use a snake stick to repeatedly move one of the rattle snakes back away from the door and herself as she tried to clean the exhibit which had 4 snakes in it. The kids enjoyed the farm animal/petting zoo and got in the pen with the sheep.
This zoo was clean and as much as zoo's can be odor free.
The price for admission was about $43 for 2 adults and 3 kids. Parking was another $4, I believe. We didn't buy anything to eat or drink but with vending and a snack bar it did not seem outrageously over priced. The Zoo store at the exit was over priced but all such stores seem to be overpriced.
We had a good time at the Buffalo Zoo and would recommend it to anyone.

Visited August 2013
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mpowerszoo, Manager at The Buffalo Zoo, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Thank you for your recommendation. That was nice to read as that is our goal for everyone's visit to the Buffalo Zoo.

Michael Powers
Marketing Manager. Buffalo Zoo
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