It was a perfect, perfect day. This past Saturday we spent most of the day walking hand in hand and snapping tons of pictures at the Buffalo Zoo. This is our first time featuring an article from the US side of the Niagara Region — exciting!
Founded in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo is the second largest tourist attraction in Western New York (Niagara Falls being the first). As an urban zoo, the 23.5 acres are located directly in the city which gives it a real unique charm. The animals are spread out well and the space is utilized intelligently. Walking through the exhibits and around the zoo is quite easy for people of all ages and disabilities.
Most people would think that the Summer is the best time to visit the zoo, but I would argue that the Fall is by far superior. The weather is perfect for strolling, the animals are more active and the zoo grounds are not nearly as packed with people.
Open year-round, the Zoo is a constant source of conservation, education and recreation for Western New York. The zoo is heavily involved in teaching people how we can save our world’s wildlife.
Buffalo Zoo is accredited by the Association Of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) which is a key factor to why Dan and I visited. An AZA accreditation means that we were visiting a zoo that has met standards where high quality animal care is paramount and conservation education programs are based on solid science. This isn’t just an ‘entertaining’ zoo to grab dollars. In fact, fewer than 10% of the USDA-licensed wildlife exhibitors in the United States are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
This kind of belief system was apparent throughout the facility. All animals looked incredibly healthy, the grounds were clean, and enclosures were safe to view without distracting separations.
I could not help but take hundreds of pictures. Most of them were so active and seemed to be posing for me. It was incredible and breathtaking.You would be encouraged to take advantage of this beautiful Fall weather and visit the Buffalo Zoo. As a year-round zoo and with so many indoor areas, even after the snow flies, this would prove to be an excellent visit during the winter and spring as well.
Get ready for a ton of photos because I can’t help myself.
An accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Zoological Society of Buffalo, Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation organized for the establishment, maintenance and operation of the Buffalo Zoo; for the education and recreation of the people and visitors of the Niagara Frontier; for the advancement and encouragement of the science of zoology; for the practice of conservation of the world’s wildlife; and for the exhibition of diverse species of animals from throughout the world.
300 Parkside Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214-1999
Hours of operation:
Throughout the year, the Buffalo Zoo offers guests fascinating animal exhibits, naturalistic wildlife habitats, beautiful garden areas and several unique areas in which to enjoy an environment that is full of fun, adventure and history. The Buffalo Zoo is open daily rain or shine!
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
July 1 – August 31 10:00am – 5:00pm
Fridays in July and August 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
September 1 – June 30 10:00am – 4:00pm
*grounds remain open 1 hour after gates close.