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Brandywine Zoo


Find Your Adventure at the Brandywine Zoo

Red panda at the Brandywine Zoo

Watch Red Pandas

Catch our red pandas chowing down on their favorite snack — bamboo — or snoozing on a branch. Red pandas are an endangered species and are part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan Program, a cooperative conservation-breeding program across accredited AZA zoos.

Andean Condor at the Brandywine Zoo

See Andean Condors

Visit the Andean condors, and measure your wingspan against the world’s largest bird of prey and the second-largest flying bird on the planet. You'll see bird-strike protection on the viewing window and learn how to make your home safer for birds.

 

Goat at the Brandywine Zoo

Visit the Barnyard

Bring your camera for a unique chance to interact with a variety of domestic goat and chicken breeds. The whole family will have fun meeting, and maybe even brushing, these friendly, furry animals.

The nature playground at the Brandywine Zoo

Explore the Nature Playground

Complete your outdoor experience by getting in touch with nature. Crawl through our giant log, explore small natural items in our loose parts bins, and practice your balance on our stepping block logs. Observe birds and bugs at our bird blind and insect hotels. Leave, read, or borrow a book at our Little Free Library.

About the Zoo

Right in the heart of Wilmington lies the Brandywine Zoo, which houses and connects humans with exotic and endangered animals. Founded in the early 1900s, the zoo went through various phases of animals including wolves, a hyena, buffalo, bears and even a lion. The Delaware Zoological Society was founded in the late 1970s to help the zoo carry out its mission. Soon after, the Brandywine Zoo became accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the gold-standard for modern zoological practices. The Brandywine Zoo now performs a variety of conservation efforts including urban wildlife monitoring, a straw-free single-use plastics campaign, and Bird-Friendly Coffee. The zoo’s new Madagascar exhibit brings gives visitors an up-close view of the charismatic lemurs. Don’t miss the world’s largest bird of prey, the Andean condors, and the world’s smallest deer, the pudu. The zoo also offers opportunities to interact with animals through its Barnyard with goats and chickens, and ambassador animals that help teach the public about their species.

Brandywine Zoo conducting outreach programs at Alapocas Run State Park

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.

otters hugging

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.

For program registration and additional information, please visit BrandywineZoo.org

Upcoming Events

Little Nature Explorers (Sunday) - Session 20

Monday, July 22, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/

Add to Calendar 7/22/2024 9:15:00 AM 7/22/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Sunday) - Session 20 Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/ Brandywine Zoo

Little Nature Explorers (Wednesday) - Session 20

Wednesday, July 24, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/

Add to Calendar 7/24/2024 9:15:00 AM 7/24/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Wednesday) - Session 20 Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/ Brandywine Zoo

Family Fun Night

Thursday, July 25, 2024

5:00 PM

Special evening hours with a reduced admission fee of $2. Enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 soft drinks. Tickets must be purchased at the gate for this event. https://brandywinezoo.org/family-fun-night/

Add to Calendar 7/25/2024 5:00:00 PM 7/25/2024 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Family Fun Night Special evening hours with a reduced admission fee of $2. Enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 soft drinks. Tickets must be purchased at the gate for this event. https://brandywinezoo.org/family-fun-night/ Brandywine Zoo

Little Nature Explorers (Sunday) - Session 21

Sunday, July 28, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/

Add to Calendar 7/28/2024 9:15:00 AM 7/28/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Sunday) - Session 21 Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/ Brandywine Zoo

Little Nature Explorers (Wednesday) - Session 21

Wednesday, July 31, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/

Add to Calendar 7/31/2024 9:15:00 AM 7/31/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Wednesday) - Session 21 Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/ Brandywine Zoo

Little Nature Explorers (Sunday) - Session 22

Sunday, August 4, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/

Add to Calendar 8/4/2024 9:15:00 AM 8/4/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Sunday) - Session 22 Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/ Brandywine Zoo

Little Nature Explorers (Wednesday) - Session 22

Wednesday, August 7, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/

Add to Calendar 8/7/2024 9:15:00 AM 8/7/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Wednesday) - Session 22 Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/ Brandywine Zoo

Sip & Stroll

Thursday, August 8, 2024

5:00 PM

Sip & Stroll through the zoo and enjoy a laid-back evening at our Thursday night happy hour series. Craft beer will be available from Bellefonte Brewing, in addition to wine, and hard cider/seltzer. Each Sip will feature a local food vendor, and unique table vendors for browsing. Plus, our concession stand will have snacks and non-alcoholic beverage options. This family friendly event will have animal encounters, live music, and fun for all ages! Limited number of tickets will be sold. Drink and food purchases sold separately. Members: Adult $5, Youth $3 | Non-members: Adults $10, Youth $7 | Age 2 and under: Free https://brandywinezoo.org/events/sip-stroll/

Add to Calendar 8/8/2024 5:00:00 PM 8/8/2024 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Sip & Stroll Sip & Stroll through the zoo and enjoy a laid-back evening at our Thursday night happy hour series. Craft beer will be available from Bellefonte Brewing, in addition to wine, and hard cider/seltzer. Each Sip will feature a local food vendor, and unique table vendors for browsing. Plus, our concession stand will have snacks and non-alcoholic beverage options. This family friendly event will have animal encounters, live music, and fun for all ages! Limited number of tickets will be sold. Drink and food purchases sold separately. Members: Adult $5, Youth $3 | Non-members: Adults $10, Youth $7 | Age 2 and under: Free https://brandywinezoo.org/events/sip-stroll/ Brandywine Zoo

Little Nature Explorers (Sunday) - Session 23

Sunday, August 11, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/

Add to Calendar 8/11/2024 9:15:00 AM 8/11/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Sunday) - Session 23 Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/ Brandywine Zoo

Little Nature Explorers (Wednesday) - Session 23

Wednesday, August 14, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/

Add to Calendar 8/14/2024 9:15:00 AM 8/14/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Wednesday) - Session 23 Do you and your child love to explore outdoors? This 5 week series allows children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians to make discoveries outdoors together. Each 45 minute class includes nature-based, child-directed activities, singing, and a storybook. Register for either Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Sign up for the entire series or individual classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class is limited in size and will take place outdoors so dress for the weather. Questions: education@brandywinezoo.org with the subject line “Little Nature Explorers.” Entire Series: Members: $40/adult and $40/child; Non-members: $50/adult and $50/child. Individual Classes: Members: $9/adult and $9/child; Non-members: $11/adult and $11/child. Sign up at https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/little-nature-explorers/ Brandywine Zoo

Family Fun Night

Thursday, August 29, 2024

5:00 PM

Special evening hours with a reduced admission fee of $2. Enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 soft drinks. Tickets must be purchased at the gate for this event. https://brandywinezoo.org/family-fun-night/

Add to Calendar 8/29/2024 5:00:00 PM 8/29/2024 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Family Fun Night Special evening hours with a reduced admission fee of $2. Enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 soft drinks. Tickets must be purchased at the gate for this event. https://brandywinezoo.org/family-fun-night/ Brandywine Zoo