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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

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

Art Safari

Monday, July 6, 2020

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

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

Jr Zoo Keepers Basics (B)

Monday, July 13, 2020

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

Disguises and Surprises

Monday, July 13, 2020

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

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.

Add to Calendar 4 5 America/New_York Animals A to Z A is for alligators, B is for bobcats, and C is for condors! Discover the amazing animals of this world, from A to Z. Brandywine Zoo

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

Animals A to Z

Monday, July 20, 2020

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

Add to Calendar 4 5 America/New_York Animals A to Z A is for alligators, B is for bobcats, and C is for condors! Discover the amazing animals of this world, from A to Z. Brandywine Zoo

Jr Zoo Keepers Advanced (B)

Monday, July 20, 2020

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!

Add to Calendar 6 8 America/New_York ZOOlympics 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! Brandywine Zoo

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

Jr Zoo Keepers Basics (C)

Monday, July 27, 2020

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

ZOOlympics

Monday, July 27, 2020

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!

Add to Calendar 6 8 America/New_York ZOOlympics 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! 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!

Add to Calendar 9 11 America/New_York Wild Designs 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! Brandywine Zoo

ZSI: Zoo Science Investigators

Monday, August 3, 2020

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

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!

Add to Calendar 9 11 America/New_York Wild Designs 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! Brandywine Zoo

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!

Add to Calendar 4 5 America/New_York Animal Opposites Which animal is the biggest and which is the smallest? How about the fastest and the slowest? Discover animal extremes from around the world! Brandywine Zoo

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.

Add to Calendar 6 8 America/New_York S.A.F.E. - Saving Animals From Extinction 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. Brandywine Zoo

Animal Opposites

Monday, August 10, 2020

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

Add to Calendar 4 5 America/New_York Animal Opposites Which animal is the biggest and which is the smallest? How about the fastest and the slowest? Discover animal extremes from around the world! Brandywine Zoo

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

Monday, August 10, 2020

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.

Add to Calendar 6 8 America/New_York S.A.F.E. - Saving Animals From Extinction 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. Brandywine Zoo

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

Creature Classes

Monday, August 17, 2020

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