Welcome to the Buffalo Zoo's exciting animal collection.
Our 23.5 acre urban zoo has the distinguished honor of being the third oldest zoo in the United States (est. 1875), and it houses some of the world's most exotic, endangered, and even local wildlife. At the Zoo, animals move freely in large and modest enclosures with trees, streams, pools, and other natural-like features. We house a wide variety of animals representing all corners of the earth and have even been known to occasionally invite a traveling koala or white alligator.
Mammals wild and domestic are here, ranging from endangered Siberian tigers and Asian elephants to rock hyrax and pigmy zebu
We also feature reptiles, ranging from Egyptian spiny-tailed lizards, pancake tortoises, and scheltopusiks (better known as limbless lizards) to the better-known American alligators..
The Zoo's modest collection of amphibians includes tomato frogs, Puerto Rican crested toads, and several species of poison arrow frogs.
But wait... there's more! We also have an interesting collection of various species of birds. Some of our feathered friends include cinereous vultures, Lady Rossí plantain eaters, and waterfowl like tufted teal and smew.
Finally, we round out our worldwide collection with invertebrates such as giant Brazilian cockroaches.
Part of the mission of modern zoos is the conservation of species from around the world. Participating American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) zoos, including the Buffalo Zoo, have developed a great way to ensure the continued survival of selected wildlife species. They have created a system called the Species Survival Plan© (SSP) to jointly manage captive breeding populations of animals. We currently house SSP species ranging from clouded leopards to Puerto Rican crested toads. On your next visit, look for the SSP© symbol on our animal signage.