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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.

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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

Boo at the Zoo

Friday, October 19, 2018

5 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat at the Zoo!Celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with this merry, not scary, event. Trick-or-Treat through the zoo as it gets dark in your Halloween costume! www.brandywinezoo.org/booatthezoo Fee: Non-Members $5/person | Members: FreeAll participants ages 3 and up must pay program fee.

Add to Calendar 10/19/2018 5:00:00 PM 10/19/2018 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Boo at the Zoo Trick-or-Treat at the Zoo!Celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with this merry, not scary, event. Trick-or-Treat through the zoo as it gets dark in your Halloween costume! www.brandywinezoo.org/booatthezoo Fee: Non-Members $5/person | Members: FreeAll participants ages 3 and up must pay program fee. Brandywine Zoo

Boo at the Zoo

Saturday, October 20, 2018

5 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat at the Zoo!Celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with this merry, not scary, event. Trick-or-Treat through the zoo as it gets dark in your Halloween costume!www.brandywinezoo.org/booatthezooFee: Non-Members $5/person | Members: FreeAll participants ages 3 and up must pay program fee.

Add to Calendar 10/20/2018 5:00:00 PM 10/20/2018 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Boo at the Zoo Trick-or-Treat at the Zoo!Celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with this merry, not scary, event. Trick-or-Treat through the zoo as it gets dark in your Halloween costume!www.brandywinezoo.org/booatthezooFee: Non-Members $5/person | Members: FreeAll participants ages 3 and up must pay program fee. Brandywine Zoo

Enrichment Workshop

Sunday, October 28, 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: Red Pandas!Ages: 7 and up (participants under age 14 must be accompanied by paying adult)Fee: $10 members, $12 non-membersMore information and registration: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/#workshops

Add to Calendar 10/28/2018 10:30:00 AM 10/28/2018 12:30:00 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: Red Pandas!Ages: 7 and up (participants under age 14 must be accompanied by paying adult)Fee: $10 members, $12 non-membersMore information and registration: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/#workshops Brandywine Zoo

Scout Night at the Zoo!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

4:15 p.m.

Scout Night Saturday, November 34:15 - 6 p.m.Enjoy an afternoon at the zoo designed for scouts and their families! Registered participants for this program get to enjoy games, crafts, and activities all geared toward scout requirements. Brandywine Zoo patches will be available for purchase. This is an outdoor event, so dress for the weather. $10/per person-includes scouts, parents, additional leaders, siblings. Pre-registration required, space is limited. https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/scoutprograms/#scout-night

Add to Calendar 11/3/2018 4:15:00 PM 11/3/2018 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Scout Night at the Zoo! Scout Night Saturday, November 34:15 - 6 p.m.Enjoy an afternoon at the zoo designed for scouts and their families! Registered participants for this program get to enjoy games, crafts, and activities all geared toward scout requirements. Brandywine Zoo patches will be available for purchase. This is an outdoor event, so dress for the weather. $10/per person-includes scouts, parents, additional leaders, siblings. Pre-registration required, space is limited. https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/scoutprograms/#scout-night Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: Election Day - Say What? Animal Communication

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

9 a.m.

Join us for a fun day in zoo camp when school is out! Different themes for each camp. Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Note that camps may require a minimum # of participants to run. Pre-registration required. Full Day Camps For Ages 5-13Fee: Non-Members: $50 | Members: $40Aftercare fee: $15 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 3:30 - 4 p.m.; Aftercare available until 5 p.m. Say What? Animal Communication (SW) Who’s talking and how do animals communicate? https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/

Add to Calendar 11/6/2018 9:00:00 AM 11/6/2018 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Zoo Camp: Election Day - Say What? Animal Communication Join us for a fun day in zoo camp when school is out! Different themes for each camp. Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Note that camps may require a minimum # of participants to run. Pre-registration required. Full Day Camps For Ages 5-13Fee: Non-Members: $50 | Members: $40Aftercare fee: $15 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 3:30 - 4 p.m.; Aftercare available until 5 p.m. Say What? Animal Communication (SW) Who’s talking and how do animals communicate? https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/ Brandywine Zoo

Cub Scout Workshop: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns

Saturday, November 10, 2018

1 p.m.

Fur, Feathers, and FernsSaturday, November 101 – 3:30 p.m.Bear CubsTake a hike through the Zoo and Brandywine Park to explore native wildlife and plants. We’ll look for signs of animal and discuss why some animals are disappearing from their habitats and ways we can help them. https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/scoutprograms/#boy_scouts

Add to Calendar 11/10/2018 1:00:00 PM 11/10/2018 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Cub Scout Workshop: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns Fur, Feathers, and FernsSaturday, November 101 – 3:30 p.m.Bear CubsTake a hike through the Zoo and Brandywine Park to explore native wildlife and plants. We’ll look for signs of animal and discuss why some animals are disappearing from their habitats and ways we can help them. https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/scoutprograms/#boy_scouts Brandywine Zoo

Cub Scout Workshop: Critter Care

Saturday, November 10, 2018

9:30 a.m.

Critter CareSaturday, November 109:30 a.m. – NoonBear CubsLearn about how animals help us and how we can help them. Explore five things animals need to survive and discover specific needs our pets might have.https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/scoutprograms/#boy_scouts

Add to Calendar 11/10/2018 9:30:00 AM 11/10/2018 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Cub Scout Workshop: Critter Care Critter CareSaturday, November 109:30 a.m. – NoonBear CubsLearn about how animals help us and how we can help them. Explore five things animals need to survive and discover specific needs our pets might have.https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/scoutprograms/#boy_scouts Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: Veteran's Day - Enrichment Engineers

Monday, November 12, 2018

9 a.m.

Join us for a fun day in zoo camp when school is out! Different themes for each camp. Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Note that camps may require a minimum # of participants to run. Pre-registration required. Full Day Camps For Ages 5-13Fee: Non-Members: $50 | Members: $40Aftercare fee: $15 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 3:30 - 4 p.m.; Aftercare available until 5 p.m. Enrichment Engineers (EE) spend the day making enrichment for our zoo animals!https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/

Add to Calendar 11/12/2018 9:00:00 AM 11/12/2018 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Zoo Camp: Veteran's Day - Enrichment Engineers Join us for a fun day in zoo camp when school is out! Different themes for each camp. Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Note that camps may require a minimum # of participants to run. Pre-registration required. Full Day Camps For Ages 5-13Fee: Non-Members: $50 | Members: $40Aftercare fee: $15 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 3:30 - 4 p.m.; Aftercare available until 5 p.m. Enrichment Engineers (EE) spend the day making enrichment for our zoo animals!https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/ Brandywine Zoo

Girl Scout Workshop: Animals and Me

Saturday, November 17, 2018

1 p.m.

Animals and Me Saturday, November 171 - 3:30 p.m.Girl Scout Daisies and BrowniesLearn which animals make better pets than others and how to care for them. Girls will also learn about how we take care of our zoo animals and meet some up close! https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/scoutprograms/#girl_scouts

Add to Calendar 11/17/2018 1:00:00 PM 11/17/2018 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Girl Scout Workshop: Animals and Me Animals and Me Saturday, November 171 - 3:30 p.m.Girl Scout Daisies and BrowniesLearn which animals make better pets than others and how to care for them. Girls will also learn about how we take care of our zoo animals and meet some up close! https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/scoutprograms/#girl_scouts Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: Thanksgiving Week - Enrichment Engineers

Monday, November 19, 2018

9 a.m.

Join us for a fun day in zoo camp when school is out! Different themes for each camp. Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Note that camps may require a minimum # of participants to run. Pre-registration required. Full Day Camps For Ages 5-13Fee: Non-Members: $50 | Members: $40Aftercare fee: $15 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 3:30 - 4 p.m.; Aftercare available until 5 p.m. Enrichment Engineers (EE) spend the day making enrichment for our zoo animals! https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/

Add to Calendar 11/19/2018 9:00:00 AM 11/19/2018 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Zoo Camp: Thanksgiving Week - Enrichment Engineers Join us for a fun day in zoo camp when school is out! Different themes for each camp. Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Note that camps may require a minimum # of participants to run. Pre-registration required. Full Day Camps For Ages 5-13Fee: Non-Members: $50 | Members: $40Aftercare fee: $15 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 3:30 - 4 p.m.; Aftercare available until 5 p.m. Enrichment Engineers (EE) spend the day making enrichment for our zoo animals! https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/ Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: Thanksgiving Week - Say What? Animal Communication

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

9 a.m.

Join us for a fun day in zoo camp when school is out! Different themes for each camp. Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Note that camps may require a minimum # of participants to run. Pre-registration required. Full Day Camps For Ages 5-13Fee: Non-Members: $50 | Members: $40Aftercare fee: $15 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 3:30 - 4 p.m.; Aftercare available until 5 p.m. Say What? Animal Communication (SW) Who's talking and how do animals communicate?https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/

Add to Calendar 11/20/2018 9:00:00 AM 11/20/2018 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Zoo Camp: Thanksgiving Week - Say What? Animal Communication Join us for a fun day in zoo camp when school is out! Different themes for each camp. Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Note that camps may require a minimum # of participants to run. Pre-registration required. Full Day Camps For Ages 5-13Fee: Non-Members: $50 | Members: $40Aftercare fee: $15 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 3:30 - 4 p.m.; Aftercare available until 5 p.m. Say What? Animal Communication (SW) Who's talking and how do animals communicate?https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/ Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: Thanksgiving Week - Animal Play Day

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

9 a.m.

Join us for a fun day in zoo camp when school is out! Different themes for each camp. Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Note that camps may require a minimum # of participants to run. Pre-registration required. Full Day Camps For Ages 5-13Fee: Non-Members: $50 | Members: $40Aftercare fee: $15 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 3:30 - 4 p.m.; Aftercare available until 5 p.m. Animal Play Day (APD) How do animals stay healthy through play and why is it important?https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/

Add to Calendar 11/21/2018 9:00:00 AM 11/21/2018 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Zoo Camp: Thanksgiving Week - Animal Play Day Join us for a fun day in zoo camp when school is out! Different themes for each camp. Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Note that camps may require a minimum # of participants to run. Pre-registration required. Full Day Camps For Ages 5-13Fee: Non-Members: $50 | Members: $40Aftercare fee: $15 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 3:30 - 4 p.m.; Aftercare available until 5 p.m. Animal Play Day (APD) How do animals stay healthy through play and why is it important?https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/ Brandywine Zoo

Enrichment Workshop

Sunday, November 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: Bobcat!Ages: 7 and up (participants under age 14 must be accompanied by paying adult)Fee: $10 members, $12 non-membersMore information and registration: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/#workshops

Add to Calendar 11/25/2018 10:30:00 AM 11/25/2018 12:30:00 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: Bobcat!Ages: 7 and up (participants under age 14 must be accompanied by paying adult)Fee: $10 members, $12 non-membersMore information and registration: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/publicprograms/#workshops Brandywine Zoo