Brandywine Zoo - Delaware State Parks
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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

Earth Day Virtual Party for the Planet

Thursday, April 22, 2021

11:00 AM

It's Earth Day! Join us virtually as we throw a Party for the Planet! Learn about how zoos and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums help animals in the wild every day! Join our animal ambassadors as they celebrate the natural world and teach us how we can be better stewards of Planet Earth! Register online at brandywinezoo.org. $5/household; $15 per class

Add to Calendar 4/22/2021 11:00:00 AM 4/22/2021 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Earth Day Virtual Party for the Planet It's Earth Day! Join us virtually as we throw a Party for the Planet! Learn about how zoos and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums help animals in the wild every day! Join our animal ambassadors as they celebrate the natural world and teach us how we can be better stewards of Planet Earth! Register online at brandywinezoo.org. $5/household; $15 per class Brandywine Zoo

Cinco de Rhino

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

11:00 AM

Happy Cinco de Rhino! Join us for a celebration of the five remaining species of rhino! We'll be learning about threats to rhinos and their habitats and how human-wildlife conflict affects rhinos and other animals all over Africa! Register online at brandywinezoo.org. $5 household/$15 per class

Add to Calendar 5/5/2021 11:00:00 AM 5/5/2021 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Cinco de Rhino Happy Cinco de Rhino! Join us for a celebration of the five remaining species of rhino! We'll be learning about threats to rhinos and their habitats and how human-wildlife conflict affects rhinos and other animals all over Africa! Register online at brandywinezoo.org. $5 household/$15 per class Brandywine Zoo

Endangered Species Day Virtual Event

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

11:00 AM

Why are animals in trouble and how can we help them? During this 30 minute virtual event we will go on a journey around the world and see why animals in different biomes are threatened with extinction, and how we can help! Register online at brandywinezoo.org. $5 household/$15 per class

Add to Calendar 5/18/2021 11:00:00 AM 5/18/2021 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Endangered Species Day Virtual Event Why are animals in trouble and how can we help them? During this 30 minute virtual event we will go on a journey around the world and see why animals in different biomes are threatened with extinction, and how we can help! Register online at brandywinezoo.org. $5 household/$15 per class Brandywine Zoo

Disguises and Surprises

Monday, June 14, 2021

9:00 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 6/14/2021 9:00:00 AM 6/18/2021 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

Animal Superpowers

Monday, June 21, 2021

9:00 AM

Animals have amazing super powers to help them survive in their environments! Learn about different animal powers and adaptations through activities, crafts, and live animal encounters.

Add to Calendar 6/21/2021 9:00:00 AM 6/25/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Animal Superpowers Animals have amazing super powers to help them survive in their environments! Learn about different animal powers and adaptations through activities, crafts, and live animal encounters. Brandywine Zoo

Wild Designs

Monday, June 28, 2021

9:00 AM

How do you build a zoo? What makes great animal habitats? How do you design for multiple species sharing one space? Learn about what goes into designing, planning, and building exhibits and zoos, and design an exhibit of your own!

Add to Calendar 6/28/2021 9:00:00 AM 7/2/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Wild Designs How do you build a zoo? What makes great animal habitats? How do you design for multiple species sharing one space? Learn about what goes into designing, planning, and building exhibits and zoos, and design an exhibit of your own! Brandywine Zoo

ZSI: Zoo Science Investigators

Monday, July 5, 2021

9:00 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 7/5/2021 9:00:00 AM 7/9/2021 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

Animal Careers

Monday, July 12, 2021

9:00 AM

Have you ever thought about a future career working with animals? Discover what it takes to care for, feed, train, study and work with animals. During this week campers will learn about a variety of creature careers from the experts!

Add to Calendar 7/12/2021 9:00:00 AM 7/16/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Animal Careers Have you ever thought about a future career working with animals? Discover what it takes to care for, feed, train, study and work with animals. During this week campers will learn about a variety of creature careers from the experts! Brandywine Zoo

Wildlife Mythbusters

Monday, July 19, 2021

9:00 AM

Can chameleons change colors? Can porcupines shoot their quills? Discover what is real and bust the myths of the animal kingdom!

Add to Calendar 7/19/2021 9:00:00 AM 7/23/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Wildlife Mythbusters Can chameleons change colors? Can porcupines shoot their quills? Discover what is real and bust the myths of the animal kingdom! Brandywine Zoo

S.A.F.E. - Saving Animals From Extinction

Monday, July 26, 2021

9:00 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 7/26/2021 9:00:00 AM 7/30/2021 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

Art Safari

Monday, August 2, 2021

9:00 AM

Discover and be inspired by the amazing art created by animals, or of animals, around the world! Every day we’ll create a new project inspired by the wild artists around us while exploring different mediums.

Add to Calendar 8/2/2021 9:00:00 AM 8/6/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Art Safari Discover and be inspired by the amazing art created by animals, or of animals, around the world! Every day we’ll create a new project inspired by the wild artists around us while exploring different mediums. Brandywine Zoo

Conservation Tech

Monday, August 9, 2021

9:00 AM

From GPS tags to camera traps, high-tech to low-tech, learn about all of the cool technology that conservationists use to study wildlife, plus get some hands-on practice!

Add to Calendar 8/9/2021 9:00:00 AM 8/13/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Conservation Tech From GPS tags to camera traps, high-tech to low-tech, learn about all of the cool technology that conservationists use to study wildlife, plus get some hands-on practice! Brandywine Zoo

ZOOlympics

Monday, August 16, 2021

9:00 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 8/16/2021 9:00:00 AM 8/20/2021 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

Continental Creatures

Monday, August 23, 2021

9:00 AM

Grab your passport and take off on a journey to learn about wildlife from around the world! Each day we will discuss a new continent and the animals that call it home.

Add to Calendar 8/23/2021 9:00:00 AM 8/27/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Continental Creatures Grab your passport and take off on a journey to learn about wildlife from around the world! Each day we will discuss a new continent and the animals that call it home. Brandywine Zoo