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Brandywine Zoo


Announcements

Monkey Hill Pavilion Closed

The Monkey Hill Pavilion adjacent to the Brandywine Zoo is currently closed for construction of the new Brandywine Zoo Quarantine Support Facility and will remain closed until further notice.

COVID-19 Information

Operational changes are in effect at the zoo during the COVID-19 pandemic. See COVID-19 Information for Visitors below.

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.

COVID-19 Information for Visitors

The Brandywine Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • The number of guests visiting the zoo and the Zootique gift shop at one time will be limited.
  • Brandywine Zoo members: bring your current card and ID, no pre-registration needed!
  • Non-members: purchase tickets online on the Zoo's website.
  • All guests must follow current Delaware State Parks social distancing and mask requirements for the safety of our animals, guests and staff; see our COVID-19 page for information
  • Some exhibits may be closed due to construction or for safety of the animals.
  • A one-way path has been created through the zoo to limit guest contact, and hand-sanitizing stations are now located throughout.
  • Touchpoints and restrooms are cleaned and sanitized regularly.
  • 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
  • The Zoo may close periodically in September for construction projects. Please check the Zoo's website before visiting.
  • Download our Brandywine Zoo Safety Map

About the Zoo

Not far from the bustle of the city is a serene, yet wild place. Open since 1905, Delaware's only zoo is located a few steps from the Brandywine River. Set in beautiful Brandywine Park, the 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 red pandas, Andean condors, Florida bobcat, sandhill crane, burrowing owls, goats, 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.

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

Upcoming Events

Virtual Diversity Storytime (Tuesdays)

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

11:00 AM

Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free

Add to Calendar 7/27/2021 11:00:00 AM 7/27/2021 11:20:00 AM America/New_York Virtual Diversity Storytime (Tuesdays) Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free Brandywine Zoo

Sip & Stroll Wednesdays

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

5:00 PM

The Brandywine Zoo is excited to announce a new happy hour series to Sip & Stroll through the Zoo and enjoy an adult beverage from Bellefonte Brewing or Liquid Alchemy Beverages. Fun animal encounters and activities for all ages! Experience a wild evening out at the Zoo on Wednesday nights and appreciate a close encounter of a wild kind! Visit BrandywineZoo.org for details. Non Member Adults $10, children $7 - Brandywine Zoo member $5 adult, $3 kids - Alcohol is available for purchase, must show valid ID. Social Distancing will be maintained, and masks are required when not eating or drinking. Tickets are limited to allow for social distancing within the zoo and is a rain or shine event.

Add to Calendar 7/28/2021 5:00:00 PM 7/28/2021 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Sip & Stroll Wednesdays The Brandywine Zoo is excited to announce a new happy hour series to Sip & Stroll through the Zoo and enjoy an adult beverage from Bellefonte Brewing or Liquid Alchemy Beverages. Fun animal encounters and activities for all ages! Experience a wild evening out at the Zoo on Wednesday nights and appreciate a close encounter of a wild kind! Visit BrandywineZoo.org for details. Non Member Adults $10, children $7 - Brandywine Zoo member $5 adult, $3 kids - Alcohol is available for purchase, must show valid ID. Social Distancing will be maintained, and masks are required when not eating or drinking. Tickets are limited to allow for social distancing within the zoo and is a rain or shine event. Brandywine Zoo

Story Time

Thursday, July 29, 2021

10:30 AM

Visit the zoo weekly on Thursdays for the return of Story Time at the Zoo. Featuring a new book and special animal guests each week. This socially-distanced program will take place in the Zoo Amphitheater. Pre-registration is required, as space is extremely limited. Free with admission.

Add to Calendar 7/29/2021 10:30:00 AM 7/29/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Story Time Visit the zoo weekly on Thursdays for the return of Story Time at the Zoo. Featuring a new book and special animal guests each week. This socially-distanced program will take place in the Zoo Amphitheater. Pre-registration is required, as space is extremely limited. Free with admission. Brandywine Zoo

Virtual Diversity Storytime (Saturdays)

Saturday, July 31, 2021

2:00 PM

Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free

Add to Calendar 7/31/2021 2:00:00 PM 7/31/2021 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Virtual Diversity Storytime (Saturdays) Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free Brandywine Zoo

Virtual Diversity Storytime (Tuesdays)

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

11:00 AM

Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free

Add to Calendar 8/3/2021 11:00:00 AM 8/3/2021 11:20:00 AM America/New_York Virtual Diversity Storytime (Tuesdays) Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free Brandywine Zoo

Sip & Stroll Wednesdays

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

5:00 PM

The Brandywine Zoo is excited to announce a new happy hour series to Sip & Stroll through the Zoo and enjoy an adult beverage from Bellefonte Brewing or Liquid Alchemy Beverages. Fun animal encounters and activities for all ages! Experience a wild evening out at the Zoo on Wednesday nights and appreciate a close encounter of a wild kind! Visit BrandywineZoo.org for details. Non Member Adults $10, children $7 - Brandywine Zoo member $5 adult, $3 kids - Alcohol is available for purchase, must show valid ID. Social Distancing will be maintained, and masks are required when not eating or drinking. Tickets are limited to allow for social distancing within the zoo and is a rain or shine event.

Add to Calendar 8/4/2021 5:00:00 PM 8/4/2021 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Sip & Stroll Wednesdays The Brandywine Zoo is excited to announce a new happy hour series to Sip & Stroll through the Zoo and enjoy an adult beverage from Bellefonte Brewing or Liquid Alchemy Beverages. Fun animal encounters and activities for all ages! Experience a wild evening out at the Zoo on Wednesday nights and appreciate a close encounter of a wild kind! Visit BrandywineZoo.org for details. Non Member Adults $10, children $7 - Brandywine Zoo member $5 adult, $3 kids - Alcohol is available for purchase, must show valid ID. Social Distancing will be maintained, and masks are required when not eating or drinking. Tickets are limited to allow for social distancing within the zoo and is a rain or shine event. Brandywine Zoo

Story Time

Thursday, August 5, 2021

10:30 AM

Visit the zoo weekly on Thursdays for the return of Story Time at the Zoo. Featuring a new book and special animal guests each week. This socially-distanced program will take place in the Zoo Amphitheater. Pre-registration is required, as space is extremely limited. Free with admission.

Add to Calendar 8/5/2021 10:30:00 AM 8/5/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Story Time Visit the zoo weekly on Thursdays for the return of Story Time at the Zoo. Featuring a new book and special animal guests each week. This socially-distanced program will take place in the Zoo Amphitheater. Pre-registration is required, as space is extremely limited. Free with admission. Brandywine Zoo

Virtual Diversity Storytime (Saturdays)

Saturday, August 7, 2021

2:00 PM

Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free

Add to Calendar 8/7/2021 2:00:00 PM 8/7/2021 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Virtual Diversity Storytime (Saturdays) Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free Brandywine Zoo

Virtual Diversity Storytime (Tuesdays)

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

11:00 AM

Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free

Add to Calendar 8/10/2021 11:00:00 AM 8/10/2021 11:20:00 AM America/New_York Virtual Diversity Storytime (Tuesdays) Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free Brandywine Zoo

Story Time

Thursday, August 12, 2021

10:30 AM

Visit the zoo weekly on Thursdays for the return of Story Time at the Zoo. Featuring a new book and special animal guests each week. This socially-distanced program will take place in the Zoo Amphitheater. Pre-registration is required, as space is extremely limited. Free with admission.

Add to Calendar 8/12/2021 10:30:00 AM 8/12/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Story Time Visit the zoo weekly on Thursdays for the return of Story Time at the Zoo. Featuring a new book and special animal guests each week. This socially-distanced program will take place in the Zoo Amphitheater. Pre-registration is required, as space is extremely limited. Free with admission. Brandywine Zoo

Polka Dot Ron's Kiddie Rock n Roll Show

Saturday, August 14, 2021

12:00 PM

Come join the fun at the Brandywine Zoo with Polka Dot Ron as he performs two 45-minute sessions of songs, dances and all types of comedy for children! For more information and to register for admission tickets visit Brandywinezoo.org. While this event is free with zoo admission, we strongly recommend reserving your timed tickets for the performance ahead of time, due to limited capacity at the zoo. This performance is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com

Add to Calendar 8/14/2021 12:00:00 PM 8/14/2021 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Polka Dot Ron's Kiddie Rock n Roll Show Come join the fun at the Brandywine Zoo with Polka Dot Ron as he performs two 45-minute sessions of songs, dances and all types of comedy for children! For more information and to register for admission tickets visit Brandywinezoo.org. While this event is free with zoo admission, we strongly recommend reserving your timed tickets for the performance ahead of time, due to limited capacity at the zoo. This performance is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com Brandywine Zoo

Virtual Diversity Storytime (Saturdays)

Saturday, August 14, 2021

2:00 PM

Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free

Add to Calendar 8/14/2021 2:00:00 PM 8/14/2021 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Virtual Diversity Storytime (Saturdays) Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free Brandywine Zoo

Virtual Diversity Storytime (Tuesdays)

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

11:00 AM

Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free

Add to Calendar 8/17/2021 11:00:00 AM 8/17/2021 11:20:00 AM America/New_York Virtual Diversity Storytime (Tuesdays) Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free Brandywine Zoo

Sip & Stroll Wednesdays

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

5:00 PM

The Brandywine Zoo is excited to announce a new happy hour series to Sip & Stroll through the Zoo and enjoy an adult beverage from Bellefonte Brewing or Liquid Alchemy Beverages. Fun animal encounters and activities for all ages! Experience a wild evening out at the Zoo on Wednesday nights and appreciate a close encounter of a wild kind! Visit BrandywineZoo.org for details. Non Member Adults $10, children $7 - Brandywine Zoo member $5 adult, $3 kids - Alcohol is available for purchase, must show valid ID. Social Distancing will be maintained, and masks are required when not eating or drinking. Tickets are limited to allow for social distancing within the zoo and is a rain or shine event.

Add to Calendar 8/18/2021 5:00:00 PM 8/18/2021 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Sip & Stroll Wednesdays The Brandywine Zoo is excited to announce a new happy hour series to Sip & Stroll through the Zoo and enjoy an adult beverage from Bellefonte Brewing or Liquid Alchemy Beverages. Fun animal encounters and activities for all ages! Experience a wild evening out at the Zoo on Wednesday nights and appreciate a close encounter of a wild kind! Visit BrandywineZoo.org for details. Non Member Adults $10, children $7 - Brandywine Zoo member $5 adult, $3 kids - Alcohol is available for purchase, must show valid ID. Social Distancing will be maintained, and masks are required when not eating or drinking. Tickets are limited to allow for social distancing within the zoo and is a rain or shine event. Brandywine Zoo

Story Time

Thursday, August 19, 2021

10:30 AM

Visit the zoo weekly on Thursdays for the return of Story Time at the Zoo. Featuring a new book and special animal guests each week. This socially-distanced program will take place in the Zoo Amphitheater. Pre-registration is required, as space is extremely limited. Free with admission.

Add to Calendar 8/19/2021 10:30:00 AM 8/19/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Story Time Visit the zoo weekly on Thursdays for the return of Story Time at the Zoo. Featuring a new book and special animal guests each week. This socially-distanced program will take place in the Zoo Amphitheater. Pre-registration is required, as space is extremely limited. Free with admission. Brandywine Zoo

Virtual Diversity Storytime (Saturdays)

Saturday, August 21, 2021

2:00 PM

Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free

Add to Calendar 8/21/2021 2:00:00 PM 8/21/2021 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Virtual Diversity Storytime (Saturdays) Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free Brandywine Zoo

Virtual Diversity Storytime (Tuesdays)

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

11:00 AM

Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free

Add to Calendar 8/24/2021 11:00:00 AM 8/24/2021 11:20:00 AM America/New_York Virtual Diversity Storytime (Tuesdays) Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free Brandywine Zoo

Story Time

Thursday, August 26, 2021

10:30 AM

Visit the zoo weekly on Thursdays for the return of Story Time at the Zoo. Featuring a new book and special animal guests each week. This socially-distanced program will take place in the Zoo Amphitheater. Pre-registration is required, as space is extremely limited. Free with admission.

Add to Calendar 8/26/2021 10:30:00 AM 8/26/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Story Time Visit the zoo weekly on Thursdays for the return of Story Time at the Zoo. Featuring a new book and special animal guests each week. This socially-distanced program will take place in the Zoo Amphitheater. Pre-registration is required, as space is extremely limited. Free with admission. Brandywine Zoo

Virtual Diversity Storytime (Saturdays)

Saturday, August 28, 2021

2:00 PM

Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free

Add to Calendar 8/28/2021 2:00:00 PM 8/28/2021 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Virtual Diversity Storytime (Saturdays) Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free Brandywine Zoo

Virtual Diversity Storytime (Tuesdays)

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

11:00 AM

Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free

Add to Calendar 8/31/2021 11:00:00 AM 8/31/2021 11:20:00 AM America/New_York Virtual Diversity Storytime (Tuesdays) Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free Brandywine Zoo

Virtual Diversity Storytime (Saturdays)

Saturday, September 4, 2021

2:00 PM

Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free

Add to Calendar 9/4/2021 2:00:00 PM 9/4/2021 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Virtual Diversity Storytime (Saturdays) Join us for our weekly virtual Diversity Storytime featuring guinea pig co-hosts Machu and Pichu! In this free virtual storytime we'll be reading stories featuring diverse characters of different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. Children will enjoy our fun stories and guinea pigs friends, parents will enjoy the amazing exposure to diverse characters and authors! Free Brandywine Zoo