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.
Contra-rotating blades once powered by a Porsche engine sit peacefully on a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter. Nearby, a World War II seafaring destroyer with nine battle stars to its name takes its place among tanks such as the 22.3-ton tank that served in the Korean Conflict. Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park's curators have amassed many such machines designed for––and veterans of––combat. Their numerous exhibits feature relics such as the only guided-missile cruiser on display in America. The role women have played in the military earns its own exhibit, as does memorabilia of former POWs and a collection of favorite cobbler recipes from WWII to present-day generals.
The Benjaman Gallery helps collectors and artists preserve their purchases and pièces de résistance in sophisticated style with conservation-quality custom framing. Hundreds of moulding styles fly in V formation across the walls of the gallery’s framing area, flocking to prized artworks waiting in the wings for their living-room-wall debuts. From watercolored landscapes to charcoal sketches of hockey fights, today’s deal accommodates pieces up to 18”x24” and includes frame, mat, Plexiglas or glass, and foam-core backing. Oil paintings up to 24”x30” can also find their finishing touch with trims from major brands such as Bendix, Nielsen, and Crescent.
Located in the historic Market Arcade Building, CEPA Gallery welcomes new and experienced photographers and art appreciators to its gallery spaces, exhibitions, workshops, and youth events. Instructors hone student skills on the finer points of point-and-shootery, helping them discover new ways to adjust exposures, compose portraits, and capture eye-catching images. Curators line gallery walls with offerings from diverse artists, invite members and visitors to visit darkroom and lab, and help resident artists avoid inadvertently stealing the essences of passers-by.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, Framing & Art Centre can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (diploma framing starts at around $125), personalized jerseys glisten (jersey framing starts at around $260), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (framing starts at around $150 for 24"x36" pieces). The design wizards can also find a four-cornered home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. Since only still lives of bananas and ducklings should be yellow, Framing & Art Centre offers numerous conservation framing options as well.
The professional handlers at Reptilepartywny know no birthday is complete without a bite of cake, a round of games, and a quick hug from a boa constrictor. Packing exotic creatures such as snakes, tortoises, and chinchillas, they arrive at celebrations ready to let kids discover the wonders of the animal kingdom. Add-ons such as safari hats, bubble machines, and cotton candy enhance events, helping kids pretend that they’re jungle explorers or attendees at the first rave held along the Amazon. In addition to their signature menagerie, the party planners also maximize fun with attractions such as stuffed-animal creation, balloon animals, bounce houses, and costumed characters.