Register early to take part in the Zoo’s Wild Workshops. They are fun for the whole family! Each workshop features a wide variety of activities involving behind-the-scenes opportunities, hands-on activities and live animal contact.

Fees for Behind the Scenes:
Non-Members = $35.00   Members = $30.00

Fees for Enriching Zoo Animals:
Non-Members = $20.00   Members = $15.00

Fees for Beast Feast:
Non-Members = $25.00   Members = $20.00

Hyena Enrichment which was part of the “Enriching Zoo Animals.”  We made paper tube treats and got the opportunity to watch the keeper feed the treats to the hyena

2014 Wild Workshop (Family Programs) Schedule




March 15, 2014 (FULL)

Behind the Scenes

Family (6 & up)

June 21, 2014

Behind the Scenes

Family (6 & up)

September 13, 2014

Enriching Zoo Animals

Family (6 & up)

October 11, 2014

Behind the Scenes

Family (6 & up)

November 15, 2014

Beast Feast







For all of our Family Workshops, all participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Participants must register and pay program fees by the Sunday prior to the date of each session.

Behind the Scenes
Date: March 15, 2014 (FULL)
         June 21, 2014
         October 11, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: Families with children ages 6 and up
This workshop is an exciting experience that gives you and your family a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go behind closed doors at the Buffalo Zoo! Meet zookeepers as we visit three exhibit areas to learn the daily routine of preparing animal diets, observing behavior, training and more. Don’t forget your camera!
Important Notes:
Due to the unpredictability of animals, tour experiences may vary
Please be aware that we will be visiting confined zookeeper work areas with close proximity to wild animals. All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. All participants must abide by staff instructions at all times. If you require reasonable accommodation as a result of a disability or other reasons, please call 995-6128 for assistance.

Enriching Zoo Animals
Date: September 13,2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This is a family workshop not to be missed! Throughout the workshop we will learn about animal behavior to prepare various treats for the animals, and then meet up with the zookeepers. Get a chance to see zoo animals on exhibit interact with treats that you make yourself!

Beast Feast
Date: November 15, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
How would you prepare a Thanksgiving Feast for a rhino or a gorilla? Find out in this family workshop that begins with a light continental breakfast (for you)! We will then explore zoo animal diet and nutrition, observe zoo animals enjoying their breakfast, and even go behind-the scenes to explore the diet kitchen.


Pre-paid registration is required, and all participants are required to pay the workshop fee. For more information call us at (716) 995-612



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