The Delta Sonic Heritage Farm
The Delta Sonic Heritage Farm is the first project to be built as part of Phase II of the Buffalo Zoo’s master plan. The family-friendly exhibit recreates a historic farm from the 1850s and replaces the former Children’s Zoo. This Erie Canal-era homestead features heritage breeds of domestic animals and includes an adjacent wetlands and a historic replica of an Erie Canal lock.
Major funding for this project came from a public/private partnership, which included leadership gifts from Erie County, The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Delta Sonic, The Benderson Family and the NxGen Program of the East Hill Foundation.
The exhibit was designed by Gwen Howard of Foit-Albert & Associates.
The 35’ x 45’ historic barn was donated to the Buffalo Zoo by David Homes President David Stapleton and his family. The donation was made not only to save this historic structure from being demolished as new properties are built in its place, but also to ensure that the community can learn about the significance of the Erie Canal era