Though the Zoo is closed to the public, our staff is still working hard every day to bring educational resources to your living rooms. We miss you as much as you miss us, and we hope the information below will help you and your family the opportunity to connect with us, nature, and your community! 

Enjoy visits to the zoo, check-in with our keepers and educators, and more fun programs by visiting our Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter pages.

Help us continue to offer all the things you love about the Zoo!

Educational Videos

Learn about the Brandywine Zoo and our animals through virtual keeper chats, training and Behind the Scene videos.

Capybara Keeper Talk, 4/28/20
Keepers’ Katie and Kelsey show you what it’s like to train a capybara! 

Red Panda Training, 4/20/20
Curator Lynn and Keeper Courtney show us how zoo keepers train the red pandas.

Porcupine Keeper Talk, 4/9/20
Learn what North American porcupines eat and how they defend themselves with Keeper Rebecca.

Andean Condors, 3/25/20
Get a  behind the scenes peek at the Andean Condor exhibit. 

Ask & Answer

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Write a letter to an animal and send it to us at Education@BrandywineZoo.org or message us on Facebook and we’ll answer it with our animals!

Bald Eagles and Ravens

Eagles vs Ravens? Saphira and Granite, our Bald Eagles, received a letter from Kyle, who wants to know what their favorite football team is! Their answers will surprise you! Thanks to Mandy for her story and interpreting skills! #closedbutstillcaring #bringthezootoyou

Posted by Brandywine Zoo on Friday, April 17, 2020
Hannah with Juniper, NA Porcupine

How did Juniper (our N.A. Porcupine) get her name? Hannah will answer that question and so much more! Thanks David and Grace for the questions! #closedbutstillcaring #bringingthezootoyou

Posted by Brandywine Zoo on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

How did Juniper, our North American Porcupine Juniper, get her name? Hannah will answer that question and so much more!

Story Time

Enjoy virtual Story Time with our Education staff and some ambassador animals!

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit : We celebrated Bunnyfest online this year! Join Mark and our two flemish giant rabbits for a special Story Time.

The Snake Who Was Afraid of People Story Time: Join Animal Ambassador Keeper Emily and learn about snakes as our Red Tailed Boa Cusco climbs and plays on his snake board! 

The Lorax Earth Day Story Time: Emily reads The Lorax to animals around the zoo for Earth Day

A Frog Thing: Join Ambassador Animal Apprentice Sarah and our horned/Pacman frog Ichigo. 

Digital ZooKids

ZooKids, our summer-long, weekly, Sunday programs are now being brought to you virtually! ZooKids programs may include stories, crafts, activities, and other fun learning experiences! Virtual ZooKids will explore types of eaters (herbivores, carnivores and omnivores) and types of animals (mammals, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles). We will be uploading them regularly so check back for more!

Herbivores: Explore what a herbivore is in this fun program.


Scavenger Hunts, Word Searches, Bingo, and more

Palm Oil Bingo: we made an informative and fun bingo game that helps you learn about Palm Oil!  Can you fill the whole card?


Printable Brandywine Zoo Coloring Book: Coloring pages of many of our amazing animals including condors, toucan, burrowing owl, red panda, and more!
Illustrated by Irene Hopping (PDF)


Downloadable Earth Day activities: Word Search (PDF) Crossword (PDF), Scavenger Hunt (PDF) and Word Scramble (PDF)


Downloadable World Turtle Day activities (PDF) including crafts, mazes, and word searches

Are you interested in Zooming, Skyping, or otherwise bringing the Zoo to your digital classroom or meeting? Schools, groups, retirement communities, or other groups  that are looking for something specialized- please reach out so we can work together!

Looking for a fun and engaging educational opportunity for your class?
The Brandywine Zoo is excited to bring our animals and educators to you, virtually! We are happy to be offering different pre-recorded videos and live distance learning opportunities! Schedule a 30-minute class with an educator and animal ambassadors on the topic/theme of your choice! With pre-recorded videos, you can send a link to your class, grade, or entire school and everyone will get the chance to meet some amazing animals! With pre-recorded materials, teachers don’t have to worry about getting all of their students onto one call! Pre-recorded materials can be customized upon request.

All programs are about 30 minutes long, unless noted in the description. Please note: Delaware educational facilities can apply for the WILD Scholarship to help pay some of the programming costs. To request or book your programs, please complete the Distance Learning Form. You will hear back from someone in the Education Department within a week of your submitted form. If you have not heard back within a week, please email education@brandywinezoo.org.

Please contact Hannah Pretz, Assistant Curator and School Programs Coordinator at Hannah.Pretz@delaware.gov with any questions or concerns.

Beastly Guests

Bring a zoo animal to you Zoom (or Skype, WebEx, or other platform) session! You send the invite, and we’ll be there with the animals! We can join your work meetings, family phone calls, or your own virtual private party for your household!

20 minutes with your favorite animal is only $50

To book a program, email Education@BrandywineZoo.org

Choose from:

Red Pandas

Condors

Capybara

Bobcat

Goats & Chickens

 

Ambassador Animals

  • Mixed Bag (we’ll surprise you with up to 3 ambassadors!)
  • Reptiles and amphibians (choose from snakes, lizards, frogs, or turtles)
  • North American Porcupine
  • Flemish Giant Rabbits
  • Invertebrates
  • Small mammals (Armadillo, chinchilla, and more!)

Virtual Scout Programs

Bring all of the fun, learning, and exploration of a Brandywine Zoo Scout Program to your home!  Each Virtual Program includes, videos, activities, and crafts designed to help scouts complete badge work at home.

Girl Scouts: Brownies Pets Badge – Learn what it takes to take care of our zoo animals, and your pets at home. Meet some of our animals, make a pet toy, and more!

Cub Scouts: Coming Soon!

Looking for a specific program, or want to bring the zoo to your digital scout meeting? Contact Meghan Hoopes, Education Programs Coordinator, at meghan.hoopes@delaware.gov.

Join our iNaturalist Project or become a Community/Citizen Scientist

Did you know that you can observe and report wildlife for science?
Join our iNaturalist project, Urban Wild, and report your observations! It’s as simple as downloading the iNaturalist phone app ( iPhone and Android), joining our project, and snapping some photos! You’ll build your identification skills while contributing to our wildlife monitoring project! Find out more…

Do you own a wildlife game camera/camera trap and want to submit your photos to us?
We’d love to see what you’re photographing, even if it’s just squirrels and your dog! For more information click here, or download our camera setup guide.

Do you really love identifying wildlife photos?
Check out camera trap projects from around the globe at Zooniverse.org.

The Brandywine Zoo wants to help celebrate your birthday by Bringing the Zoo to You!

We will send you a special video of some of our lovable animals celebrating in your honor. You will also receive a birthday message, small plush animal and two guest passes to be used at a later date.

Virtual Birthday Package costs $30

Reserving a virtual birthday celebration:

  • We recommend registering at least 2 weeks in advance
  • Please allow 5-7 days for birthday package to be shipped
  • Birthday video will be emailed on the birthday date provided
  • Birthday video is for the recipient only, please do not share publicly

For more information call 302-571-7788 ext. 215 or email birthdays@brandywinezoo.org

Choose from one of our plush animals (Red Panda, Sloth or Bobcat).

Other Online Resources

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has collected resources from all the zoological organizations in the AZA that are producing online and virtual content. Check out what other facilities are doing!

We especially like the free weekly virtual programs from the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, Minnesota Zoo’s Learning Corner, Georgia Aquarium’s fantastic coloring pages, activities, and #FieldTripFriday, channel your inner #birdnerd with resources from the Tracy Aviary, and check out Denver Zoo’s Virtual Safari and webcams!

Delaware State Parks are posting updates from all our sister State Parks under the hashtag #DailyDEStateParks. Check out what all the parks are doing, including links to the social pages of all your favorite parks and some fun coloring pages.

Mount Cuba Center is providing virtual tours of their spring blooms, home activities, gardening resources, plus has a great list of community resources.

Delaware Art Museum – classes, performances, and art projects for the whole family!

Delaware Nature Society– activities for kids and adults to get outside and enjoy nature, social-distancing style.

Christina Cultural Arts Center – Follow CCAC on Facebook and Instagram for classes, story time, performances, Netflix movie watch parties, and more.

Longwood Gardens – check out the spring blooms, online programs and tours, and more!

Support Local Community Needs

West End Neighborhood House – maintains a food closet and provides rental assistance, but has a large waitlist due to Covid-19 requests. Food Closet: donations of non-perishable items (canned tuna, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese). Drop-offs can be scheduled by calling 302-658-4171 x 188 or 302-658-4171 x 139.

Food Bank of Delaware – provides nutritious foods to Delawareans in need and facilitate long-term solutions to the problems of hunger and poverty through community education and advocacy.

Blood Bank of Delmarva – provides blood and blood products to 19 hospitals on the Delmarva Peninsula.