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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: Scout Night

Scouts and their families can enjoy special after-hours admission to the zoo ! There will be games, crafts, and activities all geared toward scout requirements. Brandywine Zoo patches will be available for purchase. This is an outdoor event, so please dress for the weather. During Scout Night, we will have various learning stations and animal encounters scheduled for you to maximize your visit! Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 4:15 PM

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Add to Calendar 11/2/2019 4:15:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Scout Night Scouts and their families can enjoy special after-hours admission to the zoo ! There will be games, crafts, and activities all geared toward scout requirements. Brandywine Zoo patches will be available for purchase. This is an outdoor event, so please dress for the weather. During Scout Night, we will have various learning stations and animal encounters scheduled for you to maximize your visit! 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.

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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

Keeper Talks

Saturday, October 19, 2019

11:30 AM

Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo

Add to Calendar 10/19/2019 11:30:00 AM 10/19/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Keeper Talks Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo Brandywine Zoo

Creature Feature

Saturday, October 19, 2019

12:00 PM

Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled, furry, or prickly friend, ask questions and learn more about these animal ambassadors who live at the zoo. Featured animals change daily. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo

Add to Calendar 10/19/2019 12:00:00 PM 10/19/2019 12:30:00 PM America/New_York Creature Feature Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled, furry, or prickly friend, ask questions and learn more about these animal ambassadors who live at the zoo. Featured animals change daily. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo Brandywine Zoo

Keeper Talk

Saturday, October 19, 2019

1:30 PM

Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo

Add to Calendar 10/19/2019 1:30:00 PM 10/19/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Keeper Talk Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo Brandywine Zoo

Keeper Talks

Sunday, October 20, 2019

11:30 AM

Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo

Add to Calendar 10/20/2019 11:30:00 AM 10/20/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Keeper Talks Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo Brandywine Zoo

Creature Feature

Sunday, October 20, 2019

12:00 PM

Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled, furry, or prickly friend, ask questions and learn more about these animal ambassadors who live at the zoo. Featured animals change daily. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo

Add to Calendar 10/20/2019 12:00:00 PM 10/20/2019 12:30:00 PM America/New_York Creature Feature Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled, furry, or prickly friend, ask questions and learn more about these animal ambassadors who live at the zoo. Featured animals change daily. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo Brandywine Zoo

Keeper Talk

Sunday, October 20, 2019

1:30 PM

Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo

Add to Calendar 10/20/2019 1:30:00 PM 10/20/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Keeper Talk Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo Brandywine Zoo

Evolution TIES Teacher Workshop

Saturday, October 26, 2019

8:30 AM

The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) helps teachers teach evolution with confidence. Participants receive an entire, free unit of standards-aligned materials, with up-to-date evolution content, engaging hands-on activities, and award-winning online resources. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Nathan Lents, author of Human Errors.

Add to Calendar 10/26/2019 8:30:00 AM 10/26/2019 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Evolution TIES Teacher Workshop The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) helps teachers teach evolution with confidence. Participants receive an entire, free unit of standards-aligned materials, with up-to-date evolution content, engaging hands-on activities, and award-winning online resources. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Nathan Lents, author of Human Errors. Brandywine Zoo

Keeper Talks

Saturday, October 26, 2019

11:30 AM

Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo

Add to Calendar 10/26/2019 11:30:00 AM 10/26/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Keeper Talks Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo Brandywine Zoo

Creature Feature

Saturday, October 26, 2019

12:00 PM

Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled, furry, or prickly friend, ask questions and learn more about these animal ambassadors who live at the zoo. Featured animals change daily. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo

Add to Calendar 10/26/2019 12:00:00 PM 10/26/2019 12:30:00 PM America/New_York Creature Feature Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled, furry, or prickly friend, ask questions and learn more about these animal ambassadors who live at the zoo. Featured animals change daily. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo Brandywine Zoo

Keeper Talk

Saturday, October 26, 2019

1:30 PM

Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo

Add to Calendar 10/26/2019 1:30:00 PM 10/26/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Keeper Talk Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo Brandywine Zoo

Animal Career Conference

Sunday, October 27, 2019

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 10/27/2019 9:30:00 AM 10/27/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Animal Career Conference 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

Keeper Talks

Sunday, October 27, 2019

11:30 AM

Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo

Add to Calendar 10/27/2019 11:30:00 AM 10/27/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Keeper Talks Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo Brandywine Zoo

Creature Feature

Sunday, October 27, 2019

12:00 PM

Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled, furry, or prickly friend, ask questions and learn more about these animal ambassadors who live at the zoo. Featured animals change daily. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo

Add to Calendar 10/27/2019 12:00:00 PM 10/27/2019 12:30:00 PM America/New_York Creature Feature Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled, furry, or prickly friend, ask questions and learn more about these animal ambassadors who live at the zoo. Featured animals change daily. Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo Brandywine Zoo

Keeper Talk

Sunday, October 27, 2019

1:30 PM

Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo

Add to Calendar 10/27/2019 1:30:00 PM 10/27/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Keeper Talk Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo Brandywine Zoo

Keeper Talks

Saturday, November 2, 2019

11:30 AM

Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo

Add to Calendar 11/2/2019 11:30:00 AM 11/2/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Keeper Talks Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo Brandywine Zoo

Keeper Talk

Saturday, November 2, 2019

1:30 PM

Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo

Add to Calendar 11/2/2019 1:30:00 PM 11/2/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Keeper Talk Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! Fee: Free with paid admission to the zoo Brandywine Zoo

Scout Night

Saturday, November 2, 2019

4:15 PM

Enjoy an after-hours evening at the zoo just for Scouts and their families! There will be games, activities, Animal Encounters, and opportunities to complete requirements for badges!$10 per person. Pre-registration suggested at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts

Add to Calendar 11/2/2019 4:15:00 PM 11/2/2019 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Scout Night Enjoy an after-hours evening at the zoo just for Scouts and their families! There will be games, activities, Animal Encounters, and opportunities to complete requirements for badges!$10 per person. Pre-registration suggested at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts Brandywine Zoo

Animals and Me

Saturday, November 9, 2019

9:30 AM

For Daisy Girl Scouts, and their families, looking to work on their 3 Cheers for Animals: Birdbath and Robin awards. Explore what it means to take care of yourself as you learn what our zoo animals need, how we care for them, and even meet a few up close! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts

Add to Calendar 11/9/2019 9:30:00 AM 11/9/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Animals and Me For Daisy Girl Scouts, and their families, looking to work on their 3 Cheers for Animals: Birdbath and Robin awards. Explore what it means to take care of yourself as you learn what our zoo animals need, how we care for them, and even meet a few up close! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: A Zoo For You!

Monday, November 11, 2019

9:00 AM

Enter the fascinating zoo world! Learn how we take care of our animals, create animal enrichment, and design your very own animal habitat.Ages 6 to 13Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pmFee: $50 per participant/$40 Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/campsCampers must come dressed for the weather and bring a bag lunch and water bottle.

Add to Calendar 11/11/2019 9:00:00 AM 11/11/2019 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Zoo Camp: A Zoo For You! Enter the fascinating zoo world! Learn how we take care of our animals, create animal enrichment, and design your very own animal habitat.Ages 6 to 13Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pmFee: $50 per participant/$40 Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/campsCampers must come dressed for the weather and bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Brandywine Zoo

For the Love of Animals

Saturday, November 16, 2019

9:30 AM

For Brownie Girl Scouts, and their families, looking to work on their Pets badge. Celebrate your love of animals! Discover the differences between pets and wild animals, and learn what it takes to take care of our zoo animals. Meet some of our animals up close, tour the zoo, and work on an animal enrichment project! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts

Add to Calendar 11/16/2019 9:30:00 AM 11/16/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York For the Love of Animals For Brownie Girl Scouts, and their families, looking to work on their Pets badge. Celebrate your love of animals! Discover the differences between pets and wild animals, and learn what it takes to take care of our zoo animals. Meet some of our animals up close, tour the zoo, and work on an animal enrichment project! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: Beastly Feasts

Monday, November 25, 2019

9:00 AM

Ever wonder what's on the menu for our zoo animals? Join us for Thanksgiving break, as we learn about carnivores, herbivores, omnivores, and more! Ages 6 to 13Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pmFee: $50 per participant per day/$40 Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/campsCampers must come dressed for the weather and bring a bag lunch and water bottle.

Add to Calendar 11/25/2019 9:00:00 AM 11/25/2019 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Zoo Camp: Beastly Feasts Ever wonder what's on the menu for our zoo animals? Join us for Thanksgiving break, as we learn about carnivores, herbivores, omnivores, and more! Ages 6 to 13Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pmFee: $50 per participant per day/$40 Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/campsCampers must come dressed for the weather and bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: Beastly Feasts

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

9:00 AM

Ever wonder what's on the menu for our zoo animals? Join us for Thanksgiving break, as we learn about carnivores, herbivores, omnivores, and more! Ages 6 to 13Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pmFee: $50 per participant per day/$40 Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/campsCampers must come dressed for the weather and bring a bag lunch and water bottle.

Add to Calendar 11/26/2019 9:00:00 AM 11/26/2019 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Zoo Camp: Beastly Feasts Ever wonder what's on the menu for our zoo animals? Join us for Thanksgiving break, as we learn about carnivores, herbivores, omnivores, and more! Ages 6 to 13Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pmFee: $50 per participant per day/$40 Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/campsCampers must come dressed for the weather and bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: Beastly Feasts

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

9:00 AM

Ever wonder what's on the menu for our zoo animals? Join us for Thanksgiving break, as we learn about carnivores, herbivores, omnivores, and more! Ages 6 to 13Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pmFee: $50 per participant per day/$40 Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/campsCampers must come dressed for the weather and bring a bag lunch and water bottle.

Add to Calendar 11/27/2019 9:00:00 AM 11/27/2019 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Zoo Camp: Beastly Feasts Ever wonder what's on the menu for our zoo animals? Join us for Thanksgiving break, as we learn about carnivores, herbivores, omnivores, and more! Ages 6 to 13Drop-off 8:30-9am, pickup 3:30-4pmFee: $50 per participant per day/$40 Delaware Zoological Society Members. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/campsCampers must come dressed for the weather and bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Brandywine Zoo