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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 (Wednesdays)

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love playing 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 4/17/2024 9:15:00 AM 4/17/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Wednesdays) Do you and your child love playing 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

Party for the Planet

Saturday, April 20, 2024

10:00 AM

Celebrate Earth Day the Brandywine Zoo way by joining us for our annual Party for the Planet event! Hosted alongside the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and other AZA-accredited institutions, Party for the Planet is one of the largest combined Earth Day celebrations in North America. This year, we're focusing on how to make every day Earth Day by reducing, reusing, recyling, and rethinking the plastics in your life. Partake in fun Earth Day themed activities, keeper talks, and more! Party for the Planet is included with regular zoo admission price.

Add to Calendar 4/20/2024 10:00:00 AM 4/20/2024 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Party for the Planet Celebrate Earth Day the Brandywine Zoo way by joining us for our annual Party for the Planet event! Hosted alongside the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and other AZA-accredited institutions, Party for the Planet is one of the largest combined Earth Day celebrations in North America. This year, we're focusing on how to make every day Earth Day by reducing, reusing, recyling, and rethinking the plastics in your life. Partake in fun Earth Day themed activities, keeper talks, and more! Party for the Planet is included with regular zoo admission price. Brandywine Zoo

Little Nature Explorers (Sundays)

Sunday, April 21, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love playing 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 4/21/2024 9:15:00 AM 4/21/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Sundays) Do you and your child love playing 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 (Wednesdays)

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love playing 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 4/24/2024 9:15:00 AM 4/24/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Wednesdays) Do you and your child love playing 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

Stuffed Animal Vet Clinic

Saturday, April 27, 2024

10:00 AM

Is your stuffed animal under the weather? Bring your favorite from home, or adopt one from the gift shop, to get a checkup with our zoo veterinary staff. Your stuffie will be examined, bandaged or given 'medicine' to make sure they have a clean bill of health!Fee: free with Zoo admission

Add to Calendar 4/27/2024 10:00:00 AM 4/27/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Stuffed Animal Vet Clinic Is your stuffed animal under the weather? Bring your favorite from home, or adopt one from the gift shop, to get a checkup with our zoo veterinary staff. Your stuffie will be examined, bandaged or given 'medicine' to make sure they have a clean bill of health!Fee: free with Zoo admission Brandywine Zoo

Little Nature Explorers (Sundays)

Sunday, April 28, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love playing 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 4/28/2024 9:15:00 AM 4/28/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Sundays) Do you and your child love playing 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 (Wednesdays)

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love playing 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 5/1/2024 9:15:00 AM 5/1/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Wednesdays) Do you and your child love playing 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 (Sundays)

Sunday, May 5, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love playing 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 5/5/2024 9:15:00 AM 5/5/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Sundays) Do you and your child love playing 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 (Wednesdays)

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love playing 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 5/8/2024 9:15:00 AM 5/8/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Wednesdays) Do you and your child love playing 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 (Sundays)

Sunday, May 12, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love playing 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 5/12/2024 9:15:00 AM 5/12/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Sundays) Do you and your child love playing 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 (Wednesdays)

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

9:15 AM

Do you and your child love playing 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 5/15/2024 9:15:00 AM 5/15/2024 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Little Nature Explorers (Wednesdays) Do you and your child love playing 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