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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.

Featured Program: First Day Hike

Featured Program: First Day Hike

Free 1:00-1:30 p.m.Join us for a "hike" through the Zoo to kick off the New Year. Tour the Zoo with an Educator and learn about how we care for our animals in the winter!. Brandywine Zoo Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 1 p.m.

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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

Zoo Camp: Christmas Week - Winter Wonders (WW)

Thursday, December 27, 2018

9 a.m.

Half-Day Camps (Ages noted with camp) Fee: Non-Members: $30 | Members: $25 Half-Day Lunch Bunch fee: $10 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 11:30 - Noon Lunch Bunch Aftercare available until 1 p.m. (pack your own lunch for Lunch Bunch) Thursday, December 27 Winter Wonders (WW) Ages 6-10 How do animals survive in the winter? Who stays awake and who sleeps? Friday, December 28 (ZC) Zoo Crew (ZC) Ages 8-12 Spend the day learning what it’s like to be a zoo keeper! https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/ .

Add to Calendar 12/27/2018 9:00 12/27/2018 15:30 America/New_York Zoo Camp: Christmas Week - Winter Wonders (WW) Half-Day Camps (Ages noted with camp) Fee: Non-Members: $30 | Members: $25 Half-Day Lunch Bunch fee: $10 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 11:30 - Noon Lunch Bunch Aftercare available until 1 p.m. (pack your own lunch for Lunch Bunch) Thursday, December 27 Winter Wonders (WW) Ages 6-10 How do animals survive in the winter? Who stays awake and who sleeps? Friday, December 28 (ZC) Zoo Crew (ZC) Ages 8-12 Spend the day learning what it’s like to be a zoo keeper! https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/ . Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: Christmas Week - Zoo Crew (ZC)

Friday, December 28, 2018

9 a.m.

Half-Day Camps (Ages noted with camp) Fee: Non-Members: $30 | Members: $25 Half-Day Lunch Bunch fee: $10 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 11:30 - Noon Lunch Bunch Aftercare available until 1 p.m. (pack your own lunch for Lunch Bunch) Thursday, December 27 Winter Wonders (WW) Ages 6-10 How do animals survive in the winter? Who stays awake and who sleeps? Friday, December 28 (ZC) Zoo Crew (ZC) Ages 8-12 Spend the day learning what it’s like to be a zoo keeper! https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/.

Add to Calendar 12/28/2018 9:00 12/28/2018 15:30 America/New_York Zoo Camp: Christmas Week - Zoo Crew (ZC) Half-Day Camps (Ages noted with camp) Fee: Non-Members: $30 | Members: $25 Half-Day Lunch Bunch fee: $10 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 11:30 - Noon Lunch Bunch Aftercare available until 1 p.m. (pack your own lunch for Lunch Bunch) Thursday, December 27 Winter Wonders (WW) Ages 6-10 How do animals survive in the winter? Who stays awake and who sleeps? Friday, December 28 (ZC) Zoo Crew (ZC) Ages 8-12 Spend the day learning what it’s like to be a zoo keeper! https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/. Brandywine Zoo

Noon Years Event

Monday, December 31, 2018

11 a.m.

Celebrate the New Year Zoo-style by ringing in the New Year at NOON! We’ll have games, crafts, and of course a sparkling cider to drink as the clock strikes 12 (Noon that is!) Program takes place in the zoo so dress for the weather! We will begin charging admission at 10am. Members: Free | Non-members: $5/person. Brandywine Zoo

Add to Calendar 12/31/2018 11:00 12/31/2018 12:15 America/New_York Noon Years Event Celebrate the New Year Zoo-style by ringing in the New Year at NOON! We’ll have games, crafts, and of course a sparkling cider to drink as the clock strikes 12 (Noon that is!) Program takes place in the zoo so dress for the weather! We will begin charging admission at 10am. Members: Free | Non-members: $5/person. Brandywine Zoo Brandywine Zoo

Featured Program: First Day Hike

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

1 p.m.

Free 1:00-1:30 p.m.Join us for a "hike" through the Zoo to kick off the New Year. Tour the Zoo with an Educator and learn about how we care for our animals in the winter!. Brandywine Zoo

Add to Calendar 1/1/2019 13:00 1/1/2019 13:30 America/New_York Featured Program: First Day Hike Free 1:00-1:30 p.m.Join us for a "hike" through the Zoo to kick off the New Year. Tour the Zoo with an Educator and learn about how we care for our animals in the winter!. Brandywine Zoo Brandywine Zoo

Cub Scouts Workshop: Critter Care

Saturday, January 19, 2019

09:30 a.m.

Critter Care 9:30 a.m. - noon Bear Cubs Learn about how animals help us and how we can help them. Explore five things animals need to survive and discover specific needs our pets might have.

Add to Calendar 1/19/2019 9:30 1/19/2019 12:00 America/New_York Cub Scouts Workshop: Critter Care Critter Care 9:30 a.m. - noon Bear Cubs Learn about how animals help us and how we can help them. Explore five things animals need to survive and discover specific needs our pets might have. Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: MLK Jr. Day - Animal Play Day

Monday, January 21, 2019

9 a.m.

Join us for a fun day in zoo camp when school is out! Different themes for each camp. Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Note that camps may require a minimum # of participants to run. Pre-registration required. Full Day Camps For Ages 5-13 Fee: Non-Members: $50 | Members: $40 Aftercare fee: $15 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 3:30 - 4 p.m.; Aftercare available until 5 p.m. MLK Jr. Day - Animal Play Day (APD) How do animals stay healthy through play and why is it important? https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/.

Add to Calendar 1/21/2019 9:00 1/21/2019 15:30 America/New_York Zoo Camp: MLK Jr. Day - Animal Play Day Join us for a fun day in zoo camp when school is out! Different themes for each camp. Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Note that camps may require a minimum # of participants to run. Pre-registration required. Full Day Camps For Ages 5-13 Fee: Non-Members: $50 | Members: $40 Aftercare fee: $15 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 3:30 - 4 p.m.; Aftercare available until 5 p.m. MLK Jr. Day - Animal Play Day (APD) How do animals stay healthy through play and why is it important? https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/. Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp Open House

Sunday, February 3, 2019

1 p.m.

Zoo Camp Open House Sunday, February 03, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Join us at the Brandywine Zoo’s Education Building to browse or register for summer camps at the Zoo. There will be discount for all Zoo Camps when you register at the event: receive $5 off holiday or summer mini-camps and a $10 off each week of full day camp. Open House takes place in the Education Building. Craft table will be set up for kids while parents do the paperwork! Learn about the day camps they offer and plan out your summer in one afternoon of fun! For more information about Brandywine Zoo's Camps, visit: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/. Brandywine Zoo

Add to Calendar 2/3/2019 13:00 2/3/2019 14:30 America/New_York Zoo Camp Open House Zoo Camp Open House Sunday, February 03, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Join us at the Brandywine Zoo’s Education Building to browse or register for summer camps at the Zoo. There will be discount for all Zoo Camps when you register at the event: receive $5 off holiday or summer mini-camps and a $10 off each week of full day camp. Open House takes place in the Education Building. Craft table will be set up for kids while parents do the paperwork! Learn about the day camps they offer and plan out your summer in one afternoon of fun! For more information about Brandywine Zoo's Camps, visit: https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/. Brandywine Zoo Brandywine Zoo

Girl Scout Workshop: For the Love of Animals

Saturday, February 9, 2019

09:30 a.m.

Girls Scouts: For the Love of Animals Saturday, February 9, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Daisies 3 Cheers for Animal Bird Bath Award Brownies Pets Badge Celebrate your love of animals and discover what it takes to best care for them. We’ll explore what both pet and wild animals need to feel truly loved! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5 program fee. Includes Zoo Admission. NOTE: Program Min 10/Max 30.

Add to Calendar 2/9/2019 9:30 2/9/2019 12:00 America/New_York Girl Scout Workshop: For the Love of Animals Girls Scouts: For the Love of Animals Saturday, February 9, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Daisies 3 Cheers for Animal Bird Bath Award Brownies Pets Badge Celebrate your love of animals and discover what it takes to best care for them. We’ll explore what both pet and wild animals need to feel truly loved! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5 program fee. Includes Zoo Admission. NOTE: Program Min 10/Max 30. Brandywine Zoo

Girl Scout Workshop: For the Love of Animals

Saturday, February 9, 2019

1 p.m.

Girls Scouts: For the Love of Animals Saturday, February 9, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Daisies 3 Cheers for Animal Bird Bath Award Brownies Pets Badge Celebrate your love of animals and discover what it takes to best care for them. We’ll explore what both pet and wild animals need to feel truly loved! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5 program fee. Includes Zoo Admission. NOTE: Program Min 10/Max 30.

Add to Calendar 2/9/2019 13:00 2/9/2019 15:30 America/New_York Girl Scout Workshop: For the Love of Animals Girls Scouts: For the Love of Animals Saturday, February 9, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Daisies 3 Cheers for Animal Bird Bath Award Brownies Pets Badge Celebrate your love of animals and discover what it takes to best care for them. We’ll explore what both pet and wild animals need to feel truly loved! Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5 program fee. Includes Zoo Admission. NOTE: Program Min 10/Max 30. Brandywine Zoo

Zoo Camp: President's Day - Enrichment Engineers

Monday, February 18, 2019

9 a.m.

Join us for a fun day in zoo camp when school is out! Different themes for each camp. Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Note that camps may require a minimum # of participants to run. Pre-registration required. Full Day Camps For Ages 5-13 Fee: Non-Members: $50 | Members: $40 Aftercare fee: $15 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 3:30 - 4 p.m.; Aftercare available until 5 p.m. President's Day - Enrichment Engineers (EE) spend the day making enrichment for our zoo animals! https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/.

Add to Calendar 2/18/2019 9:00 2/18/2019 15:30 America/New_York Zoo Camp: President's Day - Enrichment Engineers Join us for a fun day in zoo camp when school is out! Different themes for each camp. Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather, as well as bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Note that camps may require a minimum # of participants to run. Pre-registration required. Full Day Camps For Ages 5-13 Fee: Non-Members: $50 | Members: $40 Aftercare fee: $15 per person. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Morning drop off 8:30 - 9 a.m.; pickup 3:30 - 4 p.m.; Aftercare available until 5 p.m. President's Day - Enrichment Engineers (EE) spend the day making enrichment for our zoo animals! https://brandywinezoo.org/learn/camps/. Brandywine Zoo

Cub Scout Tigers: Tigers in the Wild

Saturday, February 23, 2019

09:30 a.m.

Cub Scout Tigers: Tigers in the Wild Saturday, February 23, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tiger Adventure: Tigers in the Wild Scouts will learn the difference between what animals eat, and whether that makes them an herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, or detrivore. Discover how to identify animals and plants, and practice together. Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5 program fee. Includes Zoo Admission. NOTE: Program Min 10/Max 30. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19802, USA

Add to Calendar 2/23/2019 9:30 2/23/2019 12:00 America/New_York Cub Scout Tigers: Tigers in the Wild Cub Scout Tigers: Tigers in the Wild Saturday, February 23, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tiger Adventure: Tigers in the Wild Scouts will learn the difference between what animals eat, and whether that makes them an herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, or detrivore. Discover how to identify animals and plants, and practice together. Fee: $12 per participant. Parents/chaperones: $5 program fee. Includes Zoo Admission. NOTE: Program Min 10/Max 30. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19802, USA Brandywine Zoo

Cub Scout Workshop: Critter Care

Saturday, February 23, 2019

1 p.m.

Critter CareSaturday, February 231:00 - 3:30 p.m.Bear CubsLearn about how animals help us and how we can help them. Explore five things animals need to survive and discover specific needs our pets might have.

Add to Calendar 2/23/2019 13:00 2/23/2019 15:30 America/New_York Cub Scout Workshop: Critter Care Critter CareSaturday, February 231:00 - 3:30 p.m.Bear CubsLearn about how animals help us and how we can help them. Explore five things animals need to survive and discover specific needs our pets might have. Brandywine Zoo