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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.

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

Story Time

Thursday, August 16, 2018

10:30 a.m.

Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the Nature Play Area, and may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation. May be cancelled due to weather. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information on Story Time and other programs check out our website here: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/

Add to Calendar 08/16/2018 10:30 AM 08/16/2018 11:00 AM America/New_York Story Time Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the Nature Play Area, and may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation. May be cancelled due to weather. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information on Story Time and other programs check out our website here: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/ Brandywine Zoo

Career & Animal Science Workshop: Working with Carnivores

Saturday, August 18, 2018

10:30 a.m.

Working with carnivores can be a risky business. In this program, learn how our keepers safely work with carnivores like the eagles, otters or bobcat.

Add to Calendar 08/18/2018 10:30 AM 08/18/2018 12:00 PM America/New_York Career & Animal Science Workshop: Working with Carnivores Working with carnivores can be a risky business. In this program, learn how our keepers safely work with carnivores like the eagles, otters or bobcat. Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Kids

Sunday, August 19, 2018

10:30 a.m.

Ages 18 months – 6 years Learn with us through age-appropriate games, crafts, stories, activities, and live animal presentations, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown up can learn and play together! Different themes each time. Weather permitting. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information on Zoo Kids and other programs check out our website: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/

Add to Calendar 08/19/2018 10:30 AM 08/19/2018 11:30 AM America/New_York Zoo Kids Ages 18 months – 6 years Learn with us through age-appropriate games, crafts, stories, activities, and live animal presentations, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown up can learn and play together! Different themes each time. Weather permitting. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information on Zoo Kids and other programs check out our website: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/ Brandywine Zoo

Storybook Safari - Special Daily Option!

Monday, August 20, 2018

9 a.m.

Storybook adventures ahead! Each day, we will read and discuss an animal tale, then immerse ourselves in the story’s theme with crafts, games, and related animal activities.

Add to Calendar 5 10 America/New_York Storybook Safari - Special Daily Option! Storybook adventures ahead! Each day, we will read and discuss an animal tale, then immerse ourselves in the story’s theme with crafts, games, and related animal activities. Brandywine Zoo

Story Time

Thursday, August 23, 2018

10:30 a.m.

Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the Nature Play Area, and may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation. May be cancelled due to weather. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information on Story Time and other programs check out our website here: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/

Add to Calendar 08/23/2018 10:30 AM 08/23/2018 11:00 AM America/New_York Story Time Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the Nature Play Area, and may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation. May be cancelled due to weather. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information on Story Time and other programs check out our website here: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/ Brandywine Zoo

Enrichment Workshop

Saturday, August 25, 2018

10:30 a.m.

Craft-loving individuals will enjoy this hands-on workshop making enrichment for our Zoo animals. Learn all about the different kinds of enrichment we use to engage our animals’ minds at Brandywine Zoo, help us craft and create new items, and see some of your hard work given out around the Zoo! You’ll also be able to make some awesome enrichment to bring back to your pets at home! This month's animal: Condors!

Add to Calendar 08/25/2018 10:30 AM 08/25/2018 12:30 PM America/New_York Enrichment Workshop Craft-loving individuals will enjoy this hands-on workshop making enrichment for our Zoo animals. Learn all about the different kinds of enrichment we use to engage our animals’ minds at Brandywine Zoo, help us craft and create new items, and see some of your hard work given out around the Zoo! You’ll also be able to make some awesome enrichment to bring back to your pets at home! This month's animal: Condors! Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Kids

Sunday, August 26, 2018

10:30 a.m.

Ages 18 months – 6 years Learn with us through age-appropriate games, crafts, stories, activities, and live animal presentations, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown up can learn and play together! Different themes each time. Weather permitting. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information on Zoo Kids and other programs check out our website: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/

Add to Calendar 08/26/2018 10:30 AM 08/26/2018 11:30 AM America/New_York Zoo Kids Ages 18 months – 6 years Learn with us through age-appropriate games, crafts, stories, activities, and live animal presentations, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown up can learn and play together! Different themes each time. Weather permitting. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information on Zoo Kids and other programs check out our website: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/ Brandywine Zoo

Story Time

Thursday, August 30, 2018

10:30 a.m.

Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the Nature Play Area, and may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation. May be cancelled due to weather. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information on Story Time and other programs check out our website here: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/

Add to Calendar 08/30/2018 10:30 AM 08/30/2018 11:00 AM America/New_York Story Time Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the Nature Play Area, and may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation. May be cancelled due to weather. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information on Story Time and other programs check out our website here: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/ Brandywine Zoo

International Vulture Awareness Weekend

Saturday, September 1, 2018

10 a.m.

Join us Labor Day Weekend to celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day. Special learning stations and keeper talks this weekend will focus on vultures and condors. Fee: Free with paid admission to the Zoo

Add to Calendar 09/01/2018 10:00 AM 09/01/2018 01:00 PM America/New_York International Vulture Awareness Weekend Join us Labor Day Weekend to celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day. Special learning stations and keeper talks this weekend will focus on vultures and condors. Fee: Free with paid admission to the Zoo Brandywine Zoo

International Vulture Awareness Weekend

Sunday, September 2, 2018

10 a.m.

Join us Labor Day Weekend to celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day. Special learning stations and keeper talks this weekend will focus on vultures and condors. Fee: Free with paid admission to the Zoo

Add to Calendar 09/02/2018 10:00 AM 09/02/2018 01:00 PM America/New_York International Vulture Awareness Weekend Join us Labor Day Weekend to celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day. Special learning stations and keeper talks this weekend will focus on vultures and condors. Fee: Free with paid admission to the Zoo Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Kids

Sunday, September 2, 2018

10:30 a.m.

Ages 18 months – 6 years Learn with us through age-appropriate games, crafts, stories, activities, and live animal presentations, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown up can learn and play together! Different themes each time. Weather permitting. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information on Zoo Kids and other programs check out our website: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/

Add to Calendar 09/02/2018 10:30 AM 09/02/2018 11:30 AM America/New_York Zoo Kids Ages 18 months – 6 years Learn with us through age-appropriate games, crafts, stories, activities, and live animal presentations, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown up can learn and play together! Different themes each time. Weather permitting. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information on Zoo Kids and other programs check out our website: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/ Brandywine Zoo

International Vulture Awareness Weekend

Monday, September 3, 2018

10 a.m.

Join us Labor Day Weekend to celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day. Special learning stations and keeper talks this weekend will focus on vultures and condors. Fee: Free with paid admission to the Zoo

Add to Calendar 09/03/2018 10:00 AM 09/03/2018 01:00 PM America/New_York International Vulture Awareness Weekend Join us Labor Day Weekend to celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day. Special learning stations and keeper talks this weekend will focus on vultures and condors. Fee: Free with paid admission to the Zoo Brandywine Zoo

Story Time

Thursday, September 6, 2018

10:30 a.m.

Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the Nature Play Area, and may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation. May be cancelled due to weather. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information on Story Time and other programs check out our website here: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/

Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 10:30 AM 09/06/2018 11:00 AM America/New_York Story Time Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the Nature Play Area, and may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation. May be cancelled due to weather. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information on Story Time and other programs check out our website here: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/ Brandywine Zoo