Monday, September 24, 2018

Visiting the Buffalo Zoo

We decided to spend our 4th day in Niagara falls by taking a little side trip to Buffalo.  The boys had asked me to find a zoo for us to tour while we were on vacation and the one in Buffalo sounded pretty nice.

The Buffalo zoo was wonderful!  We saw so many neat animals and just loved watching all the animals our and about.

We arrived right as they opened and got to watch them feeding the California sea lions.



Can you guess what our next stop was based on these giant footprints?



The polar bears!  They had two polar bears and we stopped to watch them for quite a long time. 


Right next door was the Arctic foxes-- an animal we've only seen in books and movies! My boys really loved the darker fox and learned from the trainer that he was named Ash. It was their feeding time too and they were quite active running all around the habitat.




We saw rhinos, rock hyrax (a totally new animal to us!), giraffes and deer/ antelopes of all sorts.









There were a few really pretty flowers still in bloom all around; you can't tell from the picture but there flowers were HUGE! My mother in law and I assumed they are a species of morning glory but I don't know for certain.


We spent quite a lot of time in the Rainforest building playing with all their hands on displays and watching a movie about the rainforests before heading out back to see the animals up close.

We saw caimans, monkeys of all sorts, capybaras, macaws, a giant ant eater, and a huge anaconda.


Red ibis 

Squirrel monkey 

White faced saki 


Back outside we debated about stopping for lunch but decided to just finish up the zoo and head elsewhere to eat.

We saw hyenas, zebras, lions, tigers, and snowy leopards.

Hyena 


Maned wolf 



Look at the size of the paws on the lioness! 



Wallabys

We spent an awful lot of time in the gorilla house watching this big gorilla; who kept giving my oldest son and husband dirty looks! We also were quite entertained by two smaller gorillas who kept chasing and fighting each other over a ball.. kind of reminded me of my boys!




We stopped to see the Meerkats and then headed back outside.






I just had to see the polar bears one more time before leaving and we all enjoyed watching this large animal play with the barrel.




Their jumping fountains near the entrance reminded us all of the fountains at Disney's EPCOT!




We drove to downtown Buffalo and stopped for lunch at the Pearl Street Brewery for lunch. This four story restaurant has it's own brewery inside.  The food was so good too!

Their mascot; Lake Effect Man 


Other posts about Niagara Falls:

Niagara Falls Day 1& 2: Hiking the Niagara Gorge 
Niagara Falls Day 3; Rainy day fun at the Power Vista, Aquarium, and Discovery Center 

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10 comments :

  1. Zoo's are the best. I never tire of them, what fun! Happy Monday!

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    1. I just love visiting zoos. The animals were so active this time of year too that they were thoroughly entertaining.

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  2. I've been to the Buffalo zoo! It was years ago - probably 12 - but it's very nice.

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    1. It was a really nice zoo; and so clean!

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  3. It was fun to look at your pictures at the zoo. Everyone looked very well kept except for the giraffes! I was upset to see them caged as they were. Here in Phoenix our giraffes have a great huge area to roam in. I hope they were there temporarily for some reason. I thought all the other animals looked like their habitats were as real as they could get in a zoo. But thanks for sharing your Zoo experience, Mother of 3!!

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    1. The giraffes have a larger exterior place to roam but it was a very cold day and they were in the interior enclosure. I wondered if they had a place to winter them; also thinking the inside enclosure seemed small for the number of giraffes they had.

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  4. Looks like a lovely place to visit. I love to see all the animal, they are all adorable and the little grey fox is so sweet :)

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    1. Those foxes were so cute! We actually went back to visit them one more time before leaving too.

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