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Brandywine Zoo


Open since 1905, Delaware's only zoo is located a few steps from the Brandywine River. The 12-acre zoo features condors, river otters, and other animals native to the Americas and the temperate areas of Asia.

Not far from the bustle of the city is a serene, yet wild place. Set in beautiful Brandywine Park, Brandywine Zoo offers a convenient escape that feels worlds away.

Brandywine Zoo conducting outreach programs at Alapocas Run State Park

The Brandywine Zoo is managed by Delaware State Parks with the support of the Delaware Zoological Society. This quaint facility is home to a variety of species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. At Brandywine Zoo, visitors return again and again to see our animals in natural settings. Come see our Golden Lion Tamarins, playful river otters, red pandas, Andean condors, Florida bobcat, sandhill crane, burrowing owls, pygmy goats, llama, rhea, and the world's largest rodent, the capybara. And little ones love the petting zoo!

Learn about wild and exotic animals right in your community with the Brandywine Zoo's educational programs. Contact the Zoo Education Department for more information at (302) 571-7788, Ext. 208 or 209.

Visiting the Zoo

Fall, winter, and cloudy days are a good time to visit the Zoo — it's less crowded, and many of the animals are more active. If you choose to visit on a hot day, try to come early or a few hours before closing. Please note that some of our tropical animals may not be visible on days below 50°F.

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When planning a visit to the Zoo, be sure and check the zoo’s Calendar of Events and Facebook pages for upcoming programs, as well as maintenance, event or weather-related closings. When you arrive, check the daily schedule posted at the front of the zoo for opportunities to watch animal feedings, animal training sessions, keeper talks or animal shows.

Year-Round Fun

From Parrot Parties and Noon Year's Eve, to Family Fun Night and Zippity Zoo Days, there's always something happening at the Zoo! St. Nick gets in on the act with a special Breakfast With Santa in December, and Brew at the Zoo and a special Valentine's Day program are tailored just for the grown-ups. And a birthday party at the Brandywine Zoo is an unforgettable experience for the birthday boy or girl and guests, too!

Upcoming Events

Girl Scout Workshop: Earth's Endangered

Sunday, December 8, 2019

9:30 AM

For Junior girl scouts, and their families, looking to work on their Animal Habitats badge. Join us to learn about earth’s endangered animals and their habitats, take a tour through the zoo, and meet some animals up close! We’ll discover how animals are adapted to thrive in their habitats, why they are in danger of disappearing, and what you can do to help them. Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts

Add to Calendar 12/8/2019 9:30:00 AM 12/8/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Girl Scout Workshop: Earth's Endangered For Junior girl scouts, and their families, looking to work on their Animal Habitats badge. Join us to learn about earth’s endangered animals and their habitats, take a tour through the zoo, and meet some animals up close! We’ll discover how animals are adapted to thrive in their habitats, why they are in danger of disappearing, and what you can do to help them. Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts Brandywine Zoo

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 14, 2019

9:00 AM

Celebrate the holidays by enjoying a pancake, egg, & sausage breakfast with Santa! Share your holiday wishes with Santa, bring your camera to take photos with him and some animal friends, and enjoy a few up-close animal encounters all before the zoo opens. Plus, watch a few animals get their breakfast! Space is very limited for this event, so please register early. Breakfast is provided by Janssen’s Market. Fee: $22 per person/ $19 per person for Delaware Zoological Society members. Pre-registration required, as space is extremely limited. Register online. If your child under 18 months requires a seat, you must purchase a ticket for them, as space is extremely limited and high chairs are not available.

Add to Calendar 12/14/2019 9:00:00 AM 12/15/2019 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Breakfast with Santa Celebrate the holidays by enjoying a pancake, egg, & sausage breakfast with Santa! Share your holiday wishes with Santa, bring your camera to take photos with him and some animal friends, and enjoy a few up-close animal encounters all before the zoo opens. Plus, watch a few animals get their breakfast! Space is very limited for this event, so please register early. Breakfast is provided by Janssen’s Market. Fee: $22 per person/ $19 per person for Delaware Zoological Society members. Pre-registration required, as space is extremely limited. Register online. If your child under 18 months requires a seat, you must purchase a ticket for them, as space is extremely limited and high chairs are not available. Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: Holiday Habitats

Monday, December 30, 2019

9:00 AM

Ages 6 to 13 Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm Join us for winter break, as we learn about wild habitats and how animals survive the winter! Each day will focus on a different type of habitat, with fun crafts, games, and zoo tours! Fee: $50/per child; $40/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is December 28. Campers must come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and re-usable water bottle.

Add to Calendar 12/30/2019 9:00:00 AM 12/30/2019 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Zoo Camp: Holiday Habitats Ages 6 to 13 Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm Join us for winter break, as we learn about wild habitats and how animals survive the winter! Each day will focus on a different type of habitat, with fun crafts, games, and zoo tours! Fee: $50/per child; $40/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is December 28. Campers must come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and re-usable water bottle. Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: Holiday Habitats

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

9:00 AM

Ages 6 to 13 Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm Join us for winter break, as we learn about wild habitats and how animals survive the winter! Each day will focus on a different type of habitat, with fun crafts, games, and zoo tours! Fee: $50/per child; $40/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is December 28. Campers must come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and re-usable water bottle.

Add to Calendar 12/31/2019 9:00:00 AM 12/31/2019 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Zoo Camp: Holiday Habitats Ages 6 to 13 Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm Join us for winter break, as we learn about wild habitats and how animals survive the winter! Each day will focus on a different type of habitat, with fun crafts, games, and zoo tours! Fee: $50/per child; $40/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is December 28. Campers must come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and re-usable water bottle. Brandywine Zoo

Noon Year's Eve

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

11:00 AM

. Celebrate the New Year Zoo-style by ringing in the New Year at NOON! We’ll have games, crafts, and a celebratory atmosphere and of course a sparkling cider toast as the clock strikes 12 (Noon that is!) Program takes place in the zoo so dress for the weather! Fee: $5 per person advanced registration/Delaware Zoological Society Members are free. Program fees will begin charging at Admission Gates starting at 10 am

Add to Calendar 12/31/2019 11:00:00 AM 12/31/2019 12:15:00 PM America/New_York Noon Year's Eve . Celebrate the New Year Zoo-style by ringing in the New Year at NOON! We’ll have games, crafts, and a celebratory atmosphere and of course a sparkling cider toast as the clock strikes 12 (Noon that is!) Program takes place in the zoo so dress for the weather! Fee: $5 per person advanced registration/Delaware Zoological Society Members are free. Program fees will begin charging at Admission Gates starting at 10 am Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: Holiday Habitats

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

9:00 AM

Ages 6 to 13 Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm Join us for winter break, as we learn about wild habitats and how animals survive the winter! Each day will focus on a different type of habitat, with fun crafts, games, and zoo tours! Fee: $50/per child; $40/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is December 28. Campers must come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and re-usable water bottle.

Add to Calendar 1/1/2020 9:00:00 AM 1/1/2020 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Zoo Camp: Holiday Habitats Ages 6 to 13 Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm Join us for winter break, as we learn about wild habitats and how animals survive the winter! Each day will focus on a different type of habitat, with fun crafts, games, and zoo tours! Fee: $50/per child; $40/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is December 28. Campers must come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and re-usable water bottle. Brandywine Zoo

First Day Hike

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

12:30 PM

Join us for a “hike” through the zoo to kick off the New Year. Tour the zoo with an educator and learn about how we care for our animals in the winter! For extra bonus hiking, come to the Zoo for our hike after completing the First Day Hike at Alapocas Run State Park, which ends at noon.

Add to Calendar 1/1/2020 12:30:00 PM 1/1/2020 1:00:00 PM America/New_York First Day Hike Join us for a “hike” through the zoo to kick off the New Year. Tour the zoo with an educator and learn about how we care for our animals in the winter! For extra bonus hiking, come to the Zoo for our hike after completing the First Day Hike at Alapocas Run State Park, which ends at noon. Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: Holiday Habitats

Thursday, January 2, 2020

9:00 AM

Ages 6 to 13 Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm Join us for winter break, as we learn about wild habitats and how animals survive the winter! Each day will focus on a different type of habitat, with fun crafts, games, and zoo tours! Fee: $50/per child; $40/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is December 28. Campers must come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and re-usable water bottle.

Add to Calendar 1/2/2020 9:00:00 AM 1/2/2020 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Zoo Camp: Holiday Habitats Ages 6 to 13 Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm Join us for winter break, as we learn about wild habitats and how animals survive the winter! Each day will focus on a different type of habitat, with fun crafts, games, and zoo tours! Fee: $50/per child; $40/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is December 28. Campers must come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and re-usable water bottle. Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: Holiday Habitats

Friday, January 3, 2020

9:00 AM

Ages 6 to 13 Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm Join us for winter break, as we learn about wild habitats and how animals survive the winter! Each day will focus on a different type of habitat, with fun crafts, games, and zoo tours! Fee: $50/per child; $40/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is December 28. Campers must come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and re-usable water bottle.

Add to Calendar 1/3/2020 9:00:00 AM 1/3/2020 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Zoo Camp: Holiday Habitats Ages 6 to 13 Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm Join us for winter break, as we learn about wild habitats and how animals survive the winter! Each day will focus on a different type of habitat, with fun crafts, games, and zoo tours! Fee: $50/per child; $40/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is December 28. Campers must come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and re-usable water bottle. Brandywine Zoo

Girl Scout Workshop: Sensational Senses

Saturday, January 11, 2020

9:30 AM

For Brownie girl scouts and their families looking to work on their Senses badge. Explore your senses and compare them to the awesome senses of our special animal friends have. Have fun with interactive games, a guided zoo tour, and even meet some animals up close! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts

Add to Calendar 1/11/2020 9:30:00 AM 1/11/2020 12:30:00 PM America/New_York Girl Scout Workshop: Sensational Senses For Brownie girl scouts and their families looking to work on their Senses badge. Explore your senses and compare them to the awesome senses of our special animal friends have. Have fun with interactive games, a guided zoo tour, and even meet some animals up close! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts Brandywine Zoo

MLK Day Zoo Camp: Enrichment Engineers

Monday, January 20, 2020

9:00 AM

Ages 6 to 13 Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm Join us for a fun day in zoo camp as we spend the day learning how we take care of our animals, creating animal enrichment, playing games, and touring the zoo! Fee: $50/per child; $40/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is January 17 Campers must come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and re-usable water bottle.

Add to Calendar 1/20/2020 9:00:00 AM 1/20/2020 3:30:00 PM America/New_York MLK Day Zoo Camp: Enrichment Engineers Ages 6 to 13 Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm Join us for a fun day in zoo camp as we spend the day learning how we take care of our animals, creating animal enrichment, playing games, and touring the zoo! Fee: $50/per child; $40/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is January 17 Campers must come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and re-usable water bottle. Brandywine Zoo

Cub Scout Workshop: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns

Saturday, January 25, 2020

9:30 AM

For Bear cub scouts and their families looking to work on their Fur, Feathers, and Ferns adventure. Take a hike through the zoo to explore native wildlife and plants. We’ll learn about signs of animals, meet some animals up close, discuss endangered animals, and how we can help them! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts

Add to Calendar 1/25/2020 9:30:00 AM 1/25/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Cub Scout Workshop: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns For Bear cub scouts and their families looking to work on their Fur, Feathers, and Ferns adventure. Take a hike through the zoo to explore native wildlife and plants. We’ll learn about signs of animals, meet some animals up close, discuss endangered animals, and how we can help them! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp Open House

Sunday, February 2, 2020

12:30 PM

The early bird gets the worm, so be one of the first to sign up for our popular zoo camps and receive a discount on this day only! Register for camps and receive $5 off summer mini-camps and a $10 off each week of full day camp. Takes place in the Education Building. Fee: Free

Add to Calendar 2/2/2020 12:30:00 PM 2/2/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Zoo Camp Open House The early bird gets the worm, so be one of the first to sign up for our popular zoo camps and receive a discount on this day only! Register for camps and receive $5 off summer mini-camps and a $10 off each week of full day camp. Takes place in the Education Building. Fee: Free Brandywine Zoo

Intern Open House: Summer Zoo Internships for High School and College Students

Sunday, February 9, 2020

1:00 PM

Join us to find out about more about the Zoo’s unique summer internship program for Zoo Camp and other internships! For more information please visit our website and look under volunteer opportunities. Fee: Free Location: The Open House will meet in the education building. All high school, college students, and parents are welcome to attend. Registration not required.

Add to Calendar 2/9/2020 1:00:00 PM 2/9/2020 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Intern Open House: Summer Zoo Internships for High School and College Students Join us to find out about more about the Zoo’s unique summer internship program for Zoo Camp and other internships! For more information please visit our website and look under volunteer opportunities. Fee: Free Location: The Open House will meet in the education building. All high school, college students, and parents are welcome to attend. Registration not required. Brandywine Zoo

Girl Scout Workshop: For the Love of Animals

Saturday, February 15, 2020

9:30 AM

For Brownie girl scouts and their families looking to work on their Pets badge. Celebrate your love of animals! Discover the differences between pets and wild animals, and learn what it takes to take care of our zoo animals. Meet some of our animals up close, tour the zoo, and work on an animal enrichment project! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts

Add to Calendar 2/15/2020 9:30:00 AM 2/15/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Girl Scout Workshop: For the Love of Animals For Brownie girl scouts and their families looking to work on their Pets badge. Celebrate your love of animals! Discover the differences between pets and wild animals, and learn what it takes to take care of our zoo animals. Meet some of our animals up close, tour the zoo, and work on an animal enrichment project! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts Brandywine Zoo

Presidents' Day Zoo Camp: A Day in the Life of a Zoo Keeper

Monday, February 17, 2020

9:00 AM

Ages 6 to 13 Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm Learn what it mean to be a zoo keeper, and how our keepers take care of our animal’s special needs. Create animal enrichment, play games, and tour the zoo! Fee: $50/per child; $40/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is February 14. Campers come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and re-usable water bottle.

Add to Calendar 2/17/2020 9:00:00 AM 2/17/2020 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Presidents' Day Zoo Camp: A Day in the Life of a Zoo Keeper Ages 6 to 13 Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm Learn what it mean to be a zoo keeper, and how our keepers take care of our animal’s special needs. Create animal enrichment, play games, and tour the zoo! Fee: $50/per child; $40/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is February 14. Campers come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and re-usable water bottle. Brandywine Zoo

Girl Scout Workshop: Animals and Me

Saturday, February 22, 2020

9:30 AM

For Daisy girl scouts and their families looking to work on their 3 Cheers for Animals, Birdbath and Robin awards. Explore what it means to take care of yourself as you learn what our zoo animals need, how we care for them, and even meet a few up close! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts

Add to Calendar 2/22/2020 9:30:00 AM 2/22/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Girl Scout Workshop: Animals and Me For Daisy girl scouts and their families looking to work on their 3 Cheers for Animals, Birdbath and Robin awards. Explore what it means to take care of yourself as you learn what our zoo animals need, how we care for them, and even meet a few up close! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts Brandywine Zoo

Girl Scout Workshop: Helping Animals, Helping US

Saturday, February 29, 2020

9:30 AM

For Cadette girl scouts and their families looking to work on their Animal Helpers badge. From companionship to service animals, learn the many ways animal help humans, and discover how people can help animals, too! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts

Add to Calendar 2/29/2020 9:30:00 AM 2/29/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Girl Scout Workshop: Helping Animals, Helping US For Cadette girl scouts and their families looking to work on their Animal Helpers badge. From companionship to service animals, learn the many ways animal help humans, and discover how people can help animals, too! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts Brandywine Zoo