Tips for Your Visit

Please respect our animals and our grounds.

What to Bring
  • Food and beverages are permitted. Visitors may also purchase snacks at our Snack Bar or vending machines.
  • Brandywine Park features grills and picnic tables for public use.
  • If you're planning a birthday party, the party must be registered and booked with our Admissions Department. You may not bring in party supplies, cake or food for a party without reserving a party space.

What NOT to Bring
  • Please refrain from bringing plastic lids or straws, glass containers, alcoholic beverages, grills or balloons of any kind.
  • Pets are not allowed on the Zoo grounds. Certified guide/service dogs are accepted, but must be on a 6 ft., non-retractable leash or guide dog harness. If guide dogs prove to be a nuisance or safety hazard to our animals, you may be asked to leave. Guide dogs are not allowed in the goat contact yard.
  • Please refrain from bringing radios, skateboards, roller skates, Heelys or other wheeled shoes, or roller blades, Frisbees, bicycles and other sports equipment.
  • Firearms and weapons are prohibited on Zoo grounds.

Weather Considerations
  • Fall, winter and cloudy days are a good time to visit the Zoo because it is 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.
  • Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Please note that some of our tropical animals may not be visible on days below 50°F.
  • You can also call 302-571-7747 and select option #7 for updated information about weather-related closings.
Frequently Asked Questions
How large is the zoo?
The Brandywine Zoo currently occupies 12 acres in Brandywine Park.

What animals will we see during our visit?
Please visit our Meet the Animals page to see a list of our full collection of animals.

How old do visitors have to be to visit the Brandywine Zoo by themselves?
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a person 16 years or older.

Is the Zoo wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the zoo is wheelchair accessible, with the exception of the deck over the Otter exhibit. However, construction to this area is slated for Fall 2014, which will make this entire area wheelchair accessible.

Can we rent the zoo?
Yes, the zoo has rates for zoo rental for large groups as well as birthday parties. Please contact the Delaware Zoological Society for information on event rentals by emailing Jen Lynch or calling 302-571-7747 ext. 228

Do you offer group rates?
  • If you're interested in visiting the zoo with your group, please call 302-571-7850 ext. 214 for booking group admission rates.
  • If you would like a tour or program for your group, please visit our Discovery Tours page.

Schedule Changes and Closings
  • When planning a visit to the Zoo, be sure and check the Zoo's Calendar of Events and Facebook pages often for upcoming programs, as well as maintenance, event or weather-related closings.
  • 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. Check our Calendar of Events for regularly scheduled programs.
  • You can also call our main zoo phone number 302-571-7747 and select option #7 for updated information about zoo closings for special events.

Feeding Animals
  • Our animals are on special diets. Please do not share your "treats" with them or bring food from home for them. This includes all animals that live at the Zoo, even squirrels and birds.
  • Check the daily schedule posted at the front of the zoo for opportunities to watch animal feedings, training sessions, keeper talks or animal shows. Check our Calendar of Events for regularly scheduled programs.

Zoo Behavior
While visiting the Zoo, imagine you are a guest in someone's home. Here are some guidelines to remember:
  • Speak softly. Loud noises or abrupt movements may startle the animals.
  • Don't tease, taunt or bother our animals in any way. Remember, they are still wild and are sensitive to loud noises, shouting or any other distractions. Please immediately report any inappropriate actions to our Zoo keepers or other personnel.
  • Please respect the animals' home by not throwing items into their habitats, or crossing barriers. Misconduct will not be tolerated.
  • Exhibit railings and fences are constructed for your safety. Please refrain from climbing on them or lifting children over them. Additionally, please do not climb on rocks, walls or other structures in the zoo.
  • The Zoo's staff works very hard to make the Zoo gardens and grounds beautiful for all visitors to enjoy. Please use walkways and do not mosey through the posies.
  • We recommend spending time at each exhibit in order to see and enjoy animal behaviors. Please also be considerate of other guests' viewing pleasure.
  • No smoking on the Zoo grounds or in any of the buildings.
  • Photography is allowed but be sure to stay behind the barriers and in public spaces when taking pictures. If you'd like to share some of your photos with the Zoo, you may share them on our Facebook page. Brandywine Zoo reserves the right to take random photos of visitors for use in Zoo marketing and promotional activities, without compensation or direct permission.

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