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Brandywine Zoo


Important Information

The Brandywine Zoo reopens to Delaware Zoological Society members on June 10 and to non-members on June 11.

  • Guests are limited to visiting during two-hour timeframes: 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. The number of guests visiting the zoo and the Zootique gift shop at one time will be limited.
  • Preregistration is required for DZA members planning to visit the zoo. Non-members must pre-purchase admission tickets by calling (302) 571-7788, ext. 213. Guests will not be permitted entry into the zoo without pre-registration or pre-purchase.
  • All guests must follow current Delaware State Parks social distancing and mask requirements; see our COVID-19 page for information
  • Because of limited access and ongoing exhibit construction, reduced off-season admission prices apply: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children ages 3 and older. Some exhibits may be closed due to construction or for safety of the animals.
  • A one-way path has been created throughout the zoo to limit guest contact, and hand-sanitizing stations are now located throughout the zoo.
  • Touchpoints and restrooms are cleaned and sanitized regularly, and the zoo is completely cleaned and sanitized after each visitor session.
  • Purchases are limited to credit cards only – a $5 minimum applies, except at vending machines, which are cash-only.
  • Staff members are utilizing masks and monitoring their own health
  • The Barnyard is limited to viewing only; visitors may not enter the yard to interact with goats until further notice.
  • The education building, child play areas, water fountains, and restrooms at the back of the zoo remain closed
  • Keeper Talks and Creature Features have been cancelled, and interactive education stations are unavailable
  • Download our Brandywine Zoo Safety Map

 

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

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

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

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

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

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 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