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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.

Featured Program: Party for the Planet: Earth Day Celebration - CANCELLED

Celebrate the 50th Earth Day with the zoo! Join the Brandywine Zoo and Waste Management in opting out of single use consumer plastics this year by joining our Rethink Plastics campaign-where we are asking Delaware residents and businesses to say “No Thanks” to disposable products and instead bring their own! A limited number of reusable drinking straws and travel cutlery sets will be available to our guests joining us to Party for the Planet. Plus, check out our new Monarch Waystation being planted during Earth Day with milkweed and even take home your own plant (while supplies last)! Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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Add to Calendar 4/25/2020 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Featured Program: Party for the Planet: Earth Day Celebration - CANCELLED Celebrate the 50th Earth Day with the zoo! Join the Brandywine Zoo and Waste Management in opting out of single use consumer plastics this year by joining our Rethink Plastics campaign-where we are asking Delaware residents and businesses to say “No Thanks” to disposable products and instead bring their own! A limited number of reusable drinking straws and travel cutlery sets will be available to our guests joining us to Party for the Planet. Plus, check out our new Monarch Waystation being planted during Earth Day with milkweed and even take home your own plant (while supplies last)! Brandywine Zoo


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.

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

Bunnyfest - CANCELLED

Saturday, April 11, 2020

10:00 AM

Join us for an "egg-cellent" day! Enjoy a special story time with the most popular bunny of spring- a real-life, giant bunny from the Zoo! Get your bunny whiskers painted on, make a bunny-ear craft, and take part in a scavenger hunt-with a special prize egg for the first 100 families to complete the hunt! Fee: Free with paid admission to the Zoo

Add to Calendar 4/11/2020 10:00:00 AM 4/11/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Bunnyfest - CANCELLED Join us for an "egg-cellent" day! Enjoy a special story time with the most popular bunny of spring- a real-life, giant bunny from the Zoo! Get your bunny whiskers painted on, make a bunny-ear craft, and take part in a scavenger hunt-with a special prize egg for the first 100 families to complete the hunt! Fee: Free with paid admission to the Zoo Brandywine Zoo

Spring Zoo Camp - Amazing Adaptations - CANCELLED

Monday, April 13, 2020

9:00 AM

Have a WILD spring break discovering the amazing adaptations that help animals survive in their environments. The week will be filled with zoo visits, live animal presentations, games, crafts, learning projects and more.Weekly Fee: $240/per child; $210/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Daily Fee: $55/per child; $45/child for Members.Aftercare fee: $60/week or $15/day.Ages 6-13Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm, aftercare available until 5pm Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/camp. Deadline for registration is April 10

Add to Calendar 4/13/2020 9:00:00 AM 4/17/2020 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Spring Zoo Camp - Amazing Adaptations - CANCELLED Have a WILD spring break discovering the amazing adaptations that help animals survive in their environments. The week will be filled with zoo visits, live animal presentations, games, crafts, learning projects and more.Weekly Fee: $240/per child; $210/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members. Daily Fee: $55/per child; $45/child for Members.Aftercare fee: $60/week or $15/day.Ages 6-13Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pm, aftercare available until 5pm Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/camp. Deadline for registration is April 10 Brandywine Zoo

Featured Program: Party for the Planet: Earth Day - CANCELLED

Saturday, April 25, 2020

10:00 AM

Celebrate the 50th Earth Day with the Zoo! Join the Brandywine Zoo and Waste Management in opting out of single use consumer plastics this year by joining our Rethink Plastics campaign-where we are asking Delaware residents and businesses to say “No Thanks” to disposable products and instead bring their own! A limited number of reusable drinking straws and travel cutlery sets will be available to our guests joining us to Party for the Planet. Plus, check out our new Monarch Waystation being planted during Earth Day with milkweed and even take home your own plant (while supplies last)! Free with paid admission to the zoo.

Add to Calendar 4/25/2020 10:00:00 AM 4/25/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Party for the Planet: Earth Day - CANCELLED Celebrate the 50th Earth Day with the Zoo! Join the Brandywine Zoo and Waste Management in opting out of single use consumer plastics this year by joining our Rethink Plastics campaign-where we are asking Delaware residents and businesses to say “No Thanks” to disposable products and instead bring their own! A limited number of reusable drinking straws and travel cutlery sets will be available to our guests joining us to Party for the Planet. Plus, check out our new Monarch Waystation being planted during Earth Day with milkweed and even take home your own plant (while supplies last)! Free with paid admission to the zoo. Brandywine Zoo

Animal Career Conference - CANCELLED

Sunday, April 26, 2020

9:30 AM

A one-day conference aimed at people aged 14-22 who are interested in pursuing an animal based career, be that wildlife field work, veterinary, rehabilitation, or as a zoo professionals that works in animal care, training or welfare. This conference will be most useful to students who know they would like to work with animals, but are not sure what direction to go in. Register at BrandywineZoo.org/workshops. $25 for zoo-members, $30 for non-members. Participants should bring their own packed lunch.

Add to Calendar 4/26/2020 9:30:00 AM 4/26/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Animal Career Conference - CANCELLED A one-day conference aimed at people aged 14-22 who are interested in pursuing an animal based career, be that wildlife field work, veterinary, rehabilitation, or as a zoo professionals that works in animal care, training or welfare. This conference will be most useful to students who know they would like to work with animals, but are not sure what direction to go in. Register at BrandywineZoo.org/workshops. $25 for zoo-members, $30 for non-members. Participants should bring their own packed lunch. Brandywine Zoo

World Migratory Bird Day - CANCELLED

Saturday, May 9, 2020

10:00 AM

"Migrate" through the zoo and join us for special talks and activities where we will learn about spring bird migrations and how you can help birds in your backyard! Meet our American Kestrel Monitoring program researcher, make observations at our bird blind, and learn about different bird feeders to attract a variety of birds to your home! Fee: Free with paid admission to the Zoo

Add to Calendar 5/9/2020 10:00:00 AM 5/9/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York World Migratory Bird Day - CANCELLED "Migrate" through the zoo and join us for special talks and activities where we will learn about spring bird migrations and how you can help birds in your backyard! Meet our American Kestrel Monitoring program researcher, make observations at our bird blind, and learn about different bird feeders to attract a variety of birds to your home! Fee: Free with paid admission to the Zoo Brandywine Zoo

Endangered Species Day for Schools - CANCELLED

Friday, May 15, 2020

10:00 AM

Endangered Species Day encourages people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered plants and animals and what actions can be taken to help preserve the future of these species here in Delaware and beyond! School groups will learn what they can do to End Extinction and work to save species. Plus, sign up for a time for your group to have a special live animal program in the Zoo’s Education Building. Fee: Free with Zoo admission, but please pre-register your group. Live animal program is an additional $2/person-Groups must be pre-registered to reserve space in the live animal shows. To Register:Visit BrandywineZoo.org/schoolevents

Add to Calendar 5/15/2020 10:00:00 AM 5/15/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Endangered Species Day for Schools - CANCELLED Endangered Species Day encourages people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered plants and animals and what actions can be taken to help preserve the future of these species here in Delaware and beyond! School groups will learn what they can do to End Extinction and work to save species. Plus, sign up for a time for your group to have a special live animal program in the Zoo’s Education Building. Fee: Free with Zoo admission, but please pre-register your group. Live animal program is an additional $2/person-Groups must be pre-registered to reserve space in the live animal shows. To Register:Visit BrandywineZoo.org/schoolevents Brandywine Zoo

Featured Program: Endangered Species Day

Saturday, May 16, 2020

10:00 AM

What you can do to help protect endangered species around the world and right here in Delaware? Join the Brandywine Zoo and Waste Management in opting out of single use consumer plastics this year by joining our Reduce Plastic Pollution campaign-where we are asking Delaware residents and businesses to say “No Thanks” to disposable products and bring instead their own! A limited number of reusable drinking straws and travel cutlery sets will be available to our guests joining us to End Extinction, starting at home and in our community. Plus, we will continue installation of our new Monarch Waystation by planting milkweed and other pollinator plants on Zoo grounds. Guests can help us plant and even take home their own plant (while supplies last)! Fee: Free with paid admission to the Zoo

Add to Calendar 5/16/2020 10:00:00 AM 5/16/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Endangered Species Day What you can do to help protect endangered species around the world and right here in Delaware? Join the Brandywine Zoo and Waste Management in opting out of single use consumer plastics this year by joining our Reduce Plastic Pollution campaign-where we are asking Delaware residents and businesses to say “No Thanks” to disposable products and bring instead their own! A limited number of reusable drinking straws and travel cutlery sets will be available to our guests joining us to End Extinction, starting at home and in our community. Plus, we will continue installation of our new Monarch Waystation by planting milkweed and other pollinator plants on Zoo grounds. Guests can help us plant and even take home their own plant (while supplies last)! Fee: Free with paid admission to the Zoo Brandywine Zoo

Color Me Wild!

Monday, June 8, 2020

12:00 AM

Animals come in all shapes, sizes, and COLORS! Learn about our many colorful creatures, each day focusing on a different color!

Add to Calendar 6/8/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/12/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Color Me Wild! Animals come in all shapes, sizes, and COLORS! Learn about our many colorful creatures, each day focusing on a different color! Brandywine Zoo

Conservation Tech

Monday, June 15, 2020

12:00 AM

From GPS tags to camera traps, high-tech to low-tech, learn about all of the cool technology that conservationists use to study wildlife, plus get some hands-on practice!

Add to Calendar 6/15/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Conservation Tech From GPS tags to camera traps, high-tech to low-tech, learn about all of the cool technology that conservationists use to study wildlife, plus get some hands-on practice! Brandywine Zoo

Continental Creatures

Monday, June 15, 2020

12:00 AM

Grab your passport and take off on a journey to learn about wildlife from around the world! Each day we will discuss a new continent and the animals that call it home.

Add to Calendar 6/15/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Continental Creatures Grab your passport and take off on a journey to learn about wildlife from around the world! Each day we will discuss a new continent and the animals that call it home. Brandywine Zoo

Animal Handling 101: a Training Course just for Teens!

Monday, June 22, 2020

12:00 AM

During this week, campers will undertake a full week of animal handling training! Campers will receive the same training in animal handling, policies and protocols, and program delivery that our staff and volunteers get when they train to present Ambassador Animals for education programs. Additionally, campers will beef up their animal facts and hone their public presentation skills in preparation for delivering their own public program with an Ambassador Animal on the last day of camp. Please note that campers MUST provide proof of a negative TB skin test within the last year (365 days) from camp start date (June 22) upon registration to handle vertebrate animals.

Add to Calendar 6/22/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Animal Handling 101: a Training Course just for Teens! During this week, campers will undertake a full week of animal handling training! Campers will receive the same training in animal handling, policies and protocols, and program delivery that our staff and volunteers get when they train to present Ambassador Animals for education programs. Additionally, campers will beef up their animal facts and hone their public presentation skills in preparation for delivering their own public program with an Ambassador Animal on the last day of camp. Please note that campers MUST provide proof of a negative TB skin test within the last year (365 days) from camp start date (June 22) upon registration to handle vertebrate animals. Brandywine Zoo

Animal Super Powers!

Monday, June 22, 2020

12:00 AM

Animals have amazing super powers to help them survive in their environments! Learn about different animal powers and adaptations through activities, crafts, and live animal encounters.

Add to Calendar 6/22/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Animal Super Powers! Animals have amazing super powers to help them survive in their environments! Learn about different animal powers and adaptations through activities, crafts, and live animal encounters. Brandywine Zoo

Jr Zoo Keepers Basics (A)

Monday, June 29, 2020

12:00 AM

Join us for an exclusive peek at a day in the life of a zoo keeper! Campers will see how we care for our animals, visit some behind-the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to feed and maintain so many different animal habitats in the zoo every day. Plus, they will even complete enrichment projects that they will give to the animals at the end of the week.

Add to Calendar 6/29/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/3/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Jr Zoo Keepers Basics (A) Join us for an exclusive peek at a day in the life of a zoo keeper! Campers will see how we care for our animals, visit some behind-the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to feed and maintain so many different animal habitats in the zoo every day. Plus, they will even complete enrichment projects that they will give to the animals at the end of the week. Brandywine Zoo

Wildlife Mythbusters

Monday, June 29, 2020

12:00 AM

Can chameleons change colors? Can porcupines shoot their quills? Discover what is real and bust the myths of the animal kingdom!

Add to Calendar 6/29/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/3/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Wildlife Mythbusters Can chameleons change colors? Can porcupines shoot their quills? Discover what is real and bust the myths of the animal kingdom! Brandywine Zoo

Jr Zoo Keepers Advanced (A)

Monday, July 6, 2020

12:00 AM

Are you thinking about becoming a zoo keeper? Discover how our animals are cared for, practice your husbandry skills cleaning animal habitats, prepare animal diets or enrichment in our commissary, visit behind-the-scenes areas to see how the zoo really “works,” explore different careers in zoos, and learn what it takes to be a keeper of the kingdom!

Add to Calendar 7/6/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/10/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Jr Zoo Keepers Advanced (A) Are you thinking about becoming a zoo keeper? Discover how our animals are cared for, practice your husbandry skills cleaning animal habitats, prepare animal diets or enrichment in our commissary, visit behind-the-scenes areas to see how the zoo really “works,” explore different careers in zoos, and learn what it takes to be a keeper of the kingdom! Brandywine Zoo

Art Safari

Monday, July 6, 2020

12:00 AM

Discover and be inspired by the amazing art created by animals, or of animals, around the world! Every day we’ll create a new project inspired by the wild artists around us while exploring different mediums.

Add to Calendar 7/6/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/10/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Art Safari Discover and be inspired by the amazing art created by animals, or of animals, around the world! Every day we’ll create a new project inspired by the wild artists around us while exploring different mediums. Brandywine Zoo

Jr Zoo Keepers Basics (B)

Monday, July 13, 2020

12:00 AM

Join us for an exclusive peek at a day in the life of a zoo keeper! Campers will see how we care for our animals, visit some behind-the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to feed and maintain so many different animal habitats in the zoo every day. Plus, they will even complete enrichment projects that they will give to the animals at the end of the week.

Add to Calendar 7/13/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/17/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Jr Zoo Keepers Basics (B) Join us for an exclusive peek at a day in the life of a zoo keeper! Campers will see how we care for our animals, visit some behind-the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to feed and maintain so many different animal habitats in the zoo every day. Plus, they will even complete enrichment projects that they will give to the animals at the end of the week. Brandywine Zoo

Disguises and Surprises

Monday, July 13, 2020

12:00 AM

Camouflage and mimicry. Playing dead and acting tough. Learn about animal masters of deception and the secrets behind their disguises and surprises!

Add to Calendar 7/13/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/17/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Disguises and Surprises Camouflage and mimicry. Playing dead and acting tough. Learn about animal masters of deception and the secrets behind their disguises and surprises! Brandywine Zoo

Jr Zoo Keepers Advanced (B)

Monday, July 20, 2020

12:00 AM

Are you thinking about becoming a zoo keeper? Discover how our animals are cared for, practice your husbandry skills cleaning animal habitats, prepare animal diets or enrichment in our commissary, visit behind-the-scenes areas to see how the zoo really “works,” explore different careers in zoos, and learn what it takes to be a keeper of the kingdom!

Add to Calendar 7/20/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/24/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Jr Zoo Keepers Advanced (B) Are you thinking about becoming a zoo keeper? Discover how our animals are cared for, practice your husbandry skills cleaning animal habitats, prepare animal diets or enrichment in our commissary, visit behind-the-scenes areas to see how the zoo really “works,” explore different careers in zoos, and learn what it takes to be a keeper of the kingdom! Brandywine Zoo

Animals A to Z

Monday, July 20, 2020

12:00 AM

A is for alligators, B is for bobcats, and C is for condors! Discover the amazing animals of this world, from A to Z.

Add to Calendar 7/20/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/24/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Animals A to Z A is for alligators, B is for bobcats, and C is for condors! Discover the amazing animals of this world, from A to Z. Brandywine Zoo

Jr Zoo Keepers Basics (C)

Monday, July 27, 2020

12:00 AM

Join us for an exclusive peek at a day in the life of a zoo keeper! Campers will see how we care for our animals, visit some behind-the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to feed and maintain so many different animal habitats in the zoo every day. Plus, they will even complete enrichment projects that they will give to the animals at the end of the week.

Add to Calendar 7/27/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/31/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Jr Zoo Keepers Basics (C) Join us for an exclusive peek at a day in the life of a zoo keeper! Campers will see how we care for our animals, visit some behind-the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to feed and maintain so many different animal habitats in the zoo every day. Plus, they will even complete enrichment projects that they will give to the animals at the end of the week. Brandywine Zoo

ZOOlympics

Monday, July 27, 2020

12:00 AM

Every day in the animal kingdom is a competition for survival! Come and learn which animal will take the gold medal for strongest, fastest, sneakiest, or most agile, and try out your skills in our own Summer ZOOlympic Games!

Add to Calendar 7/27/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/31/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York ZOOlympics Every day in the animal kingdom is a competition for survival! Come and learn which animal will take the gold medal for strongest, fastest, sneakiest, or most agile, and try out your skills in our own Summer ZOOlympic Games! Brandywine Zoo

Wild Designs

Monday, August 3, 2020

12:00 AM

How do you build a zoo? What makes great animal habitats? How do you design for multiple species sharing one space? Learn about what goes into designing, planning, and building exhibits and zoos, and design an exhibit of your own!

Add to Calendar 8/3/2020 12:00:00 AM 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Wild Designs How do you build a zoo? What makes great animal habitats? How do you design for multiple species sharing one space? Learn about what goes into designing, planning, and building exhibits and zoos, and design an exhibit of your own! Brandywine Zoo

ZSI: Zoo Science Investigators

Monday, August 3, 2020

12:00 AM

Investigate the world of behavioral and conservation science. Campers will become researchers and use their observation and investigation skills to better understand animals in our care here at the zoo and in the wild.

Add to Calendar 8/3/2020 12:00:00 AM 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York ZSI: Zoo Science Investigators Investigate the world of behavioral and conservation science. Campers will become researchers and use their observation and investigation skills to better understand animals in our care here at the zoo and in the wild. Brandywine Zoo

Animal Opposites

Monday, August 10, 2020

12:00 AM

Which animal is the biggest and which is the smallest? How about the fastest and the slowest? Discover animal extremes from around the world!

Add to Calendar 8/10/2020 12:00:00 AM 8/14/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Animal Opposites Which animal is the biggest and which is the smallest? How about the fastest and the slowest? Discover animal extremes from around the world! Brandywine Zoo

S.A.F.E. - Saving Animals From Extinction

Monday, August 10, 2020

12:00 AM

Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) is initiative through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to save endangered animals through the work of zoos, aquariums, conservation groups, and YOU. Come and learn about how zoos save species from your backyard to around the world and what YOU can do to help.

Add to Calendar 8/10/2020 12:00:00 AM 8/14/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York S.A.F.E. - Saving Animals From Extinction Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) is initiative through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to save endangered animals through the work of zoos, aquariums, conservation groups, and YOU. Come and learn about how zoos save species from your backyard to around the world and what YOU can do to help. Brandywine Zoo

Creature Classes

Monday, August 17, 2020

12:00 AM

Special Daily Option available for this week only – Register for one to five days! There’s no school going on at the zoo this summer but there IS class! Discover different classes of vertebrates and how you can tell them apart! Meet amphibians, reptiles, birds, and of course, mammals!

Add to Calendar 8/17/2020 12:00:00 AM 8/21/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Creature Classes Special Daily Option available for this week only – Register for one to five days! There’s no school going on at the zoo this summer but there IS class! Discover different classes of vertebrates and how you can tell them apart! Meet amphibians, reptiles, birds, and of course, mammals! Brandywine Zoo