There as so many historic firsts and notables that have taken place all along the Niagara Frontier it is a shame that so much of get goes unnoticed not only by visitor but by the locals as well. One of the most striking in terms of world history, I’d be you could count on the fingers of one hand the number of people who no this fact.
The oldest zoo in New York State is the Buffalo Zoo. I’ll be you said the Bronx Zoo.
The Third oldest zoo in the United States is the Buffalo Zoo. Just behind the zoos in Philadelphia and Chicago.
The Ninth oldest zoo in the whole wide world is the Buffalo Z00
Amazing isn’t it. Unfortunately, because of its landlocked location inside the Olmsted designed Delaware Park, the Buffalo Zoo has been unable to expand. Sadly when it wanted to build a new facility elsewhere in the city, local residents gave it a thumbs down. Such is the attitude of what can be a horribly parochial community at times. On the positive side, the Buffalo Zoo has become a master at maximizing space. It really does a remarkable job in presenting animals at their finest and in the best of humane conditions possible. Upwards of 500,000 people visit this cool attraction every year.
The next time you are in town, you might want to put it on your must visit list. Buffalo Zoo…300 Parkside Ave…Buffalo, NY….. · (716) 837-3900 Click for Map
Oldest Zoos in the World
- Tiergarten Zoo, Vienna, Austria, 1760
- London Zoo, London, England, 1828
- Dublin Zoo, Dublin, Ireland, 1831
- Berlin Zoo, Berlin, Germany, 1844
- Philadelphia Zoological Society, Philadelphia, PA,1859
- Moscow Zoo, Moscow, Russia, 1864
- Basel Zoo, Basel, Switzerland, 1864
- Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL, 1868
- Zoological Society of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 1875
- Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati, OH, 1875
- Binghamton Zoo, Binghamton, NY, 1875
- Baltimore Zoo, Baltimore, MD, 1876
- Honolulu Zoo, Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii, 1877
- Ueno Zoological Gardens, Tokyo, Japan 1882
- Cleveland Zoo, Cleveland, OH, 1882
- Detroit Zoo, Detroit, MI, 1883
- Dallas Zoo, Dallas, TX 1888
- Korkeassari Zoo – Helsinki, Finland, 1889
- Smithsonian’s National Zoo – Washington, D.C., 1889
- National Zoological Gardens of South Africa – Pretoria, South Africa, 1899
- Bronx Zoological Gardens, Bronx, NY, 1899
Sources: Wikipedia and Russian Geographical Society.