We are open every day during our regular season (spring/summer/fall) unless closed due to inclement weather.
During our winter season, we are open Wednesdays through Sundays unless closed due to inclement weather. We are also closed for the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve Day, and New Years Day.
We have approximately 130 different species of animals ranging from domestic to extinct in the wild. In total we have about 340 animals!
We have a number of events all throughout the year, from major events to animal appreciation days! Please click here for our full list of events.
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The zoo can be quickly circled in about 45 minutes, or you can take around 3 hours to walk around, engage in keeper chats, and participate in our interactive exhibits!
For the safety of the animals that call the zoo home, we do not allow pets, emotional support animals, or therapy animals in the zoo. Only service animals as defined by the ADA guidelines are permitted within the zoo.
Please do not leave pets locked in your vehicle while you visit the Zoo!
We offer private educational connection programs. During these programs guests have the opportunity to see our ambassador animals up close, interact with them through different enrichment activities, and in most cases touch the animal.
Yes! Though we have plenty of food, drinks, and treats available during our regular season, visitors are welcome to bring food and beverages into the Zoo. Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited.
We have a very limited number of wheelchairs available for rental on a first-come-first-served basis.
Any form of smoking or vaping, including e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, is not permitted anywhere on Zoo grounds.
The zoo does offer some feeding experiences! Seasonally, you may have the opportunity to feed the goats, sheep, swans, lorikeets, or giraffe!
Please only offer food the zoo provides for the specified animals. The zookeepers and veterinary staff work hard to ensure that every animal is getting a complete and balanced diet of healthy items!
The animals choose when to be active and when to sleep! Many animals, however, are active in the morning hours, especially on hot summer days. The Zoo is open year-round, and the zookeepers typically agree that the mild spring and fall months are the best times for the animals to be active during the day.
In an effort to provide the best habitats for the animals, we have built exhibits that mimic natural environments. Like natural environments, these areas give the animals plenty of room to hide if they choose.
Animals may be taken off exhibit for a variety of reasons including environmental conditions, health issues, and behavioral concerns. In addition, many of our exhibits are designed to allow animals to remove themselves from visitor view at any time.
For these reasons, it is not always possible to predict or note these exceptions.
Bean is one of our animal ambassadors, therefore he is not housed on exhibit. There are a few ways you can meet Bean the Sloth:
You can also follow us on social media for updates on any special events or fundraisers where you can see Bean!
The bison and elk herds are located in the Trexler Nature Preserve. Weather dependent, you may see them by driving along the exit road of the preserve, or by taking the labeled hiking paths by their large habitats.
The Zoo is home to all of the animals year-round! While you may not see every animal in the colder months, all of the residents of the Zoo have habitats that provide for their needs 365 days a year!
No – for the safety of the Zoo residents, the Zoo is not able to take public donations of animals. Please contact a local rescue in your area.
The Zoo is not a certified wildlife rehabilitation facility. If you find injured wildlife, please find a PA rehabilitation organization and call them immediately.
The zookeeping profession is a competitive field! Interested individuals should seek out a degree in an animal science program at a college or university. Hands on experience is a must! Seek out volunteer and internship programs at reputable zoos, aquariums, and conservation organizations. For more information, check out the American Association of Zoo Keepers.
If you’re currently an undergraduate, graduate, or recently graduated student in conservation, biology, environmental science, education, or another related field, you may be interested in one of our internship programs.
Geakers at the Zoo offers a wide variety of gourmet fan favorites such as tacos, burgers, steak sandwiches, hotdogs, fries, and sides with a variety of treats like ice cream, shakes, and cotton candy.
Cockatoo Cafe in the lower portion of the Zoo offers your favorite grab-and-go food items, snacks, beverages, and more.
You can also visit the Dippin Dots cart.
Please note that Geakers at the Zoo and Dippin Dots are seasonal and not available during the winter season. Dippin Dots is weather dependent. Cockatoo Cafe is open weekends year round (weather permitting) as well as on weekends during our regular season.