While zoos recreate natural habitats, they must separate the animals to keep chimpanzees from taunting elephants and jaguars and leopards from noticing that they wore the same outfit. See the secret lives of animals with today's Groupon to The Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, New York. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get two admission tickets (up to a $20 value)
- For $18, you get four admission tickets (up to a $40 value)
Originally established in 1875, The Buffalo Zoo invites guests to enter a variety of exhibits featuring biomes from the Americas, Australia and Asia, and Africa filled with vegetation and mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish in recreations of their regional climates. Depending on the season, visitors wander zoo grounds past a craggy sea lion cove, admire adjacent lion and tiger habitats, feed giraffes, and watch zebra and addax as they nibble grass into caricatures of zoo guests. Rainforest Falls, a four-season exhibit, recreates various levels of South American climate. Visitors traverse arboreal ramps and overlooks to formally introduce themselves to tree-dwelling squirrel monkeys, scarlet ibis, and vampire bats, or to peer down to the forest floor at capybara, ocelot, and giant river turtles. The Heritage Farm children's exhibit gathers pigs, sheep, and a mule around an authentic 1800s barn, and demonstrates 19th century life on the Erie Canal without the butter churning duels involved in most historical demonstrations. The Buffalo Zoo also participates in the AZA's Species Survival Plan to further its aims of animal and plant conservation. The zoo remains open during all weather conditions.
The third-oldest zoo in the United States, the Buffalo Zoo was originally founded in 1875 as a deer park in the northwest corner of Delaware Park. Since then, it has grown into a 23.5-acre home for diverse species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish, all under the care of the Zoological Society of Buffalo, an organization dedicated to advancing the conservation of the world’s exotic, endangered, and ordinary animals. Within its habitats, creatures ranging from Asian elephants to poison arrow frogs serve as ambassadors from far-off kingdoms, and at the Delta Sonic Heritage Farm’s 1800s-era barn, a collection of berkshire pigs, southdown sheep, and other farm animals represents the fauna that once commonly lived along the Erie Canal. To carry out its educational mission, the zoo regularly hosts programs such as behind-the-scenes workshops and Zoo Snooze, in which kids can stay over for the night and wake up alongside the lions roaring angrily at their rooster alarm clocks.