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“Enjoyable even in the rain”
Review of The Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo
Ranked #15 of 159 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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Reviewed August 11, 2014

It poured the day we went but since a lot of the animals are inside it was still enjoyable. Part of the zoo was under construction while we were there. They are putting an arctic section in that looks like it will be a great addition to the zoo. All the animals looked well cared for. The enclosures were fairly large and clean. We loved the rain forest and spent a long time in there. We were a little disappointed in the farm section. There weren't many animals in the farm and the "real chores" they tell you about on their website consisted of pretending to muck out a stall. There are plenty restrooms along the way. The concession stand was moderately priced but didn't have a lot of oppositions. If it's a nice day you can have a picnic in the park next to the zoo parking lot.

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Reviewed August 6, 2014

I went with my brother in March, and some of it was just absolutely MISERABLE. The only animals that seemed energetic at all were the animals in an indoor tropical exhibit and the animals that are native to colder climates. I specifically remember there being lions outside and looking horrid, probably because it was only about 50 degrees Fahrenheit outside.
In other words: Warm-climate animals should've been kept indoors during the winter and early spring, because they looked absolutely miserable outside.

Thank Matt L
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Rachel G, Public Relations Manager at The Buffalo Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2014

We're sorry you didn't enjoy your visit this spring. During inclement weather, the animals always have access to their indoor holding areas. Many of them choose to stay outdoors and are actually much more active during cooler temperatures.

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Reviewed August 6, 2014

We decided we were tired of our zoo, so we made the 60 minute trip to Buffalo. In the peak season, you have to pay for parking ($4) but there were ample spots on an overcast summer day. There is also a park within walking distance if you want to avoid this, but it wasn't worth it to us since we knew we would walk a lot after entering.

The zoo itself is old with stately buildings to house the elephants, reptiles and amphibians, and gorillas. Some parts of the zoo have been renovated and new housing is under construction for the penguins and polar bears. There are about 1200 different animals according to the brochure. I'm not quite sure we saw that many but there is a super variety of animals and they all looked well cared for and healthy. We enjoyed seeing the giraffes and zebras since our zoo does not have these species.

We brought in a picnic lunch to cut down on expenses, but the food and seating. The prices for admission are about the same as other zoos, but there are many extra charges such as feeding some animals, special animal encounters, and a plastic "key" which is inserted in various spots throughout the zoo to get more information about the animals. These extras are not necessary to enjoy the zoo, and we found the docents to be friendly and willing to answer all of our questions.

There are places to picnic, sit and relax, and play for the littles ones if you need a break from touring around. All in all, a great place to visit and worth the drive!

Thank kensma
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

Made the trip to Buffalo on a rainy day . Everyone had a good time. Some exhibits are showing some age but they are building a new erea to correct this . The rainforest exhibit is great.

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Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Buffalo Zoo is an average zoo that is under construction to make larger and better exhibits for the animals and their viewers. My favor things to see here are the polar bears - the "cubs" were so playful in the pool. The river otters are pretty cool to watch, plus there are multiple windows and views to see them that gives everyone an opportunity to see them. The rainforest is awesome (especially in the colder weather). I do not think that it is fair to compare this zoo to larger cities - Toronto, Cleveland, D.C.

Tips: The food can be expensive, bring your own or get a snow cone. Friends and I had a picnic at Delaware Park - right behind the zoo. Then went to the zoo. Our splurge was the snow cone. I have not had one in years until yesterday at the zoo.
Also, to save a little bit of money, park on a side street and walk across to the zoo.

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