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Brandywine Zoo


About the Brandywine Zoo

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.

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 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.

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.

Year-Round Fun

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!

Upcoming Events

Girl Scout Workshop: Animals and Me

Saturday, February 22, 2020

For Daisy girl scouts and their families looking to work on their 3 Cheers for Animals, Birdbath and Robin awards. Explore what it means to take care of yourself as you learn what our zoo animals need, how we care for them, and even meet a few up close! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts

Add to Calendar America/New_York Girl Scout Workshop: Animals and Me For Daisy girl scouts and their families looking to work on their 3 Cheers for Animals, Birdbath and Robin awards. Explore what it means to take care of yourself as you learn what our zoo animals need, how we care for them, and even meet a few up close! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts Brandywine Zoo

Girl Scout Workshop: Helping Animals, Helping US

Saturday, February 29, 2020

For Cadette girl scouts and their families looking to work on their Animal Helpers badge. From companionship to service animals, learn the many ways animal help humans, and discover how people can help animals, too! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts

Add to Calendar America/New_York Girl Scout Workshop: Helping Animals, Helping US For Cadette girl scouts and their families looking to work on their Animal Helpers badge. From companionship to service animals, learn the many ways animal help humans, and discover how people can help animals, too! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5. Includes Zoo Admission and a fun patch for scouts. Pre-registration required at BrandywineZoo.org/scouts Brandywine Zoo

Color Me Wild!

Monday, June 8, 2020

9 a.m.

Animals come in all shapes, sizes, and COLORS! Learn about our many colorful creatures, each day focusing on a different color!

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Continental Creatures

Monday, June 15, 2020

9 a.m.

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 6 8 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

Conservation Tech

Monday, June 15, 2020

9 a.m.

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 9 11 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

Animal Super Powers!

Monday, June 22, 2020

9 a.m.

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 8 America/New_York Animal Super Powers! 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

Animal Handling 101: a Training Course just for Teens!

Monday, June 22, 2020

9 a.m.

During this week, campers will undertake a full week of animal handling training! Campers will receive the same training in animal handling, policies and protocols, and program delivery that our staff and volunteers get when they train to present Ambassador Animals for education programs. Additionally, campers will beef up their animal facts and hone their public presentation skills in preparation for delivering their own public program with an Ambassador Animal on the last day of camp. Please note that campers MUST provide proof of a negative TB skin test within the last year (365 days) from camp start date (June 22) upon registration to handle vertebrate animals.

Add to Calendar 14 17 America/New_York Animal Handling 101: a Training Course just for Teens! During this week, campers will undertake a full week of animal handling training! Campers will receive the same training in animal handling, policies and protocols, and program delivery that our staff and volunteers get when they train to present Ambassador Animals for education programs. Additionally, campers will beef up their animal facts and hone their public presentation skills in preparation for delivering their own public program with an Ambassador Animal on the last day of camp. Please note that campers MUST provide proof of a negative TB skin test within the last year (365 days) from camp start date (June 22) upon registration to handle vertebrate animals. Brandywine Zoo

Wildlife Mythbusters

Monday, June 29, 2020

9 a.m.

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

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Jr Zoo Keepers Basics (A)

Monday, June 29, 2020

9 a.m.

Join us for an exclusive peek at a day in the life of a zoo keeper! Campers will see how we care for our animals, visit some behind-the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to feed and maintain so many different animal habitats in the zoo every day. Plus, they will even complete enrichment projects that they will give to the animals at the end of the week.

Add to Calendar 9 11 America/New_York Jr Zoo Keepers Basics (A) Join us for an exclusive peek at a day in the life of a zoo keeper! Campers will see how we care for our animals, visit some behind-the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to feed and maintain so many different animal habitats in the zoo every day. Plus, they will even complete enrichment projects that they will give to the animals at the end of the week. Brandywine Zoo

Art Safari

Monday, July 6, 2020

9 a.m.

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 6 8 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

Jr Zoo Keepers Advanced (A)

Monday, July 6, 2020

9 a.m.

Are you thinking about becoming a zoo keeper? Discover how our animals are cared for, practice your husbandry skills cleaning animal habitats, prepare animal diets or enrichment in our commissary, visit behind-the-scenes areas to see how the zoo really “works,” explore different careers in zoos, and learn what it takes to be a keeper of the kingdom!

Add to Calendar 12 15 America/New_York Jr Zoo Keepers Advanced (A) Are you thinking about becoming a zoo keeper? Discover how our animals are cared for, practice your husbandry skills cleaning animal habitats, prepare animal diets or enrichment in our commissary, visit behind-the-scenes areas to see how the zoo really “works,” explore different careers in zoos, and learn what it takes to be a keeper of the kingdom! Brandywine Zoo

Disguises and Surprises

Monday, July 13, 2020

9 a.m.

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 8 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

Jr Zoo Keepers Basics (B)

Monday, July 13, 2020

9 a.m.

Join us for an exclusive peek at a day in the life of a zoo keeper! Campers will see how we care for our animals, visit some behind-the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to feed and maintain so many different animal habitats in the zoo every day. Plus, they will even complete enrichment projects that they will give to the animals at the end of the week.

Add to Calendar 9 11 America/New_York Jr Zoo Keepers Basics (B) Join us for an exclusive peek at a day in the life of a zoo keeper! Campers will see how we care for our animals, visit some behind-the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to feed and maintain so many different animal habitats in the zoo every day. Plus, they will even complete enrichment projects that they will give to the animals at the end of the week. Brandywine Zoo

Animals A to Z

Monday, July 20, 2020

9 a.m.

A is for alligators, B is for bobcats, and C is for condors! Discover the amazing animals of this world, from A to Z.

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Jr Zoo Keepers Advanced (B)

Monday, July 20, 2020

9 a.m.

Are you thinking about becoming a zoo keeper? Discover how our animals are cared for, practice your husbandry skills cleaning animal habitats, prepare animal diets or enrichment in our commissary, visit behind-the-scenes areas to see how the zoo really “works,” explore different careers in zoos, and learn what it takes to be a keeper of the kingdom!

Add to Calendar 12 15 America/New_York Jr Zoo Keepers Advanced (B) Are you thinking about becoming a zoo keeper? Discover how our animals are cared for, practice your husbandry skills cleaning animal habitats, prepare animal diets or enrichment in our commissary, visit behind-the-scenes areas to see how the zoo really “works,” explore different careers in zoos, and learn what it takes to be a keeper of the kingdom! Brandywine Zoo

ZOOlympics

Monday, July 27, 2020

9 a.m.

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!

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Jr Zoo Keepers Basics (C)

Monday, July 27, 2020

9 a.m.

Join us for an exclusive peek at a day in the life of a zoo keeper! Campers will see how we care for our animals, visit some behind-the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to feed and maintain so many different animal habitats in the zoo every day. Plus, they will even complete enrichment projects that they will give to the animals at the end of the week.

Add to Calendar 9 11 America/New_York Jr Zoo Keepers Basics (C) Join us for an exclusive peek at a day in the life of a zoo keeper! Campers will see how we care for our animals, visit some behind-the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to feed and maintain so many different animal habitats in the zoo every day. Plus, they will even complete enrichment projects that they will give to the animals at the end of the week. Brandywine Zoo

ZSI: Zoo Science Investigators

Monday, August 3, 2020

9 a.m.

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 6 8 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

Wild Designs

Monday, August 3, 2020

9 a.m.

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!

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Animal Opposites

Monday, August 10, 2020

9 a.m.

Which animal is the biggest and which is the smallest? How about the fastest and the slowest? Discover animal extremes from around the world!

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

Monday, August 10, 2020

9 a.m.

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.

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Creature Classes

Monday, August 17, 2020

9 a.m.

Special Daily Option available for this week only – Register for one to five days! There’s no school going on at the zoo this summer but there IS class! Discover different classes of vertebrates and how you can tell them apart! Meet amphibians, reptiles, birds, and of course, mammals!

Add to Calendar 6 8 America/New_York Creature Classes Special Daily Option available for this week only – Register for one to five days! There’s no school going on at the zoo this summer but there IS class! Discover different classes of vertebrates and how you can tell them apart! Meet amphibians, reptiles, birds, and of course, mammals! Brandywine Zoo