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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Join us as we check our animals around the zoo to see who casts a shadow and who's waiting until spring to come out! Will there be 6 more weeks of winter? Let's see who makes the best prediction! Register at BrandywineZoo.org. $5 per household.
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Instead of our usual, in-person Animal Careers Conference, this year we’re hosting a mini-lecture series focusing on careers working with animals. Speakers will discuss their career paths, what they do for their jobs, and there will be time for Q & A with each presenter. We’ll feature speakers who work in zoos, as wildlife biologists, veterinarians, and more. Check our website for our upcoming guest speaker list. Fee: $8, $20 for 3 (for live participation or to purchase a recording of the lecture later)
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Celebrate all the ladies at the zoo today in honor of Galentine's Day! From Mrs. Griffus the Andean condor to Magnolia the armadillo…we've got some fantastic females here at the zoo. Join us for a fun virtual program where we'll feature some of our superb gals at the zoo. Register at BrandywineZoo.org. $5 per household.