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For three decades, John Brent shaped the face of Buffalo as the architect for the Parks Department, then memory of him fell off our collective memory. Now that has changed.

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The Buffalo Zoo is set to reopen its doors next week after a three-month closure due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.


The following precautions will be in place until further notice:

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The Little Rock Zoo says Trudy, believed to be the oldest Western Lowland gorilla in captivity, has died at age 63. Trudy came to Little Rock from Buffalo in 1988 with a male gorilla, Ollie, on a breeding loan.

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The Buffalo Zoo introduced Indian one-horned rhino Mohan to the public Friday morning.

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The Buffalo Zoo is celebrating the birth of a baby rhino. The zoo announced Wednesday that Tashi, a greater one-horned rhino, has given birth to a 123.5 pound male calf, her fourth offspring.

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A Komodo dragon - the largest lizard in the world - and a Bushmaster snake - the longest venonmous snake in the Western Hemisphere - are among the more than 40 creepy crawlers in the all-new Donna M. Fernandes Amphibian and Reptile Center at the Buffalo Zoo.

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For the first time in its history, the Buffalo Zoo is home to a Komodo Dragon.

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The Buffalo Zoo is mourning the death of a giraffe who was born at the zoo more than two decades ago and lived there her entire life.

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The Buffalo Zoo has sent one of its lions to the Denver Zoo, as part of breeding recommendations.

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She was born in late September but this weekend, the public will get its first chance to see Amara live and up close. The ocelot kitten will make its public debut on the same day the zoo raises awareness of rainforest conservation.

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The Buffalo Zoo's two elephants have joined the pair of older elephants at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.

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OSHA has issued 21 citations against the Buffalo Zoo during construction of its new Amphibian and Reptile Center.

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The Buffalo Zoo is hoping to hand out the cigars next summer, as Tashi is expecting a visit from the stork. The Zoo says it has accomplished another successful artificial insemination of its greater one-horned rhinoceros.

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In Defense of Animals is welcoming the news that the Buffalo Zoo is shutting down its elephant exhibit. The California-based animal rights group has included the exhibit five times over the last 10 years on its list of the 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants in North America.

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The Buffalo Zoo is relocating its two Asian elephants to a zoo in New Orleans.

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A longtime resident of the Buffalo Zoo passed away on Tuesday. The Linne’s two-toed sloth named Ethel died at the old age of 32.

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From Memorial Day weekend through Labor day weekend, guests of the Buffalo Zoo will have a chance to interact with birds originating from Australia. The seasonal exhibit, Boomerang Island, will give patrons a chance to truly get up close to these feathered guests.

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Two Buffalo Zoo's animals are being shipped to other zoos in the United States.

Reptile House improvements get underway

Mar 23, 2018
Chris Caya WBFO News

The Buffalo Zoo's Reptile House is now closed for renovations.

The list of updates includes a new roof, heating and ventilation system, new and renovated exhibits and interactive educational elements. Zoo President and CEO, Norah Fletchall says, the building is in desperate need of improvements. Fletchall says it was built in 1942 under the leadership of the great Marlin Perkins.

The Buffalo Zoo has seen millions of dollars put into new and renovated exhibits in recent years - and not just because it is such a familiar site for locals to visit.

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The Buffalo Zoo has secured the final $300,000 for the construction of a new $3.7 million Amphibian and Reptile Center. It will be named in honor of Donna Fernandes, the Zoo's former president and CEO.

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Even the hardy snow leopards who call the Buffalo Zoo home might be spending a bit more time indoors over the next couple days.

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A unique educational campaign has been launched that blends science and creativity to red-flag the dangers of plastic pollution.

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Picasso, van Gogh and Warhol might have some formidable competition from an unusual commune of artists.

Our friendly local lion cubs, elephants and sea lions have been busy making artistic creations. They were sold Thursday night during an art show and auction at the Buffalo Zoo.

The fundraiser was appropriately christened Art Gone Wild.

Some new four-legged residents, a long stretch of wonderful weather, and ambitious marketing efforts are credited for helping the Buffalo Zoo hit an attendance milestone in 2016.

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The Buffalo Zoo has announced the birth of an ocelot kitten.

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A four-year-old polar bear named Sakari, which arrived at the Buffalo Zoo about a month ago, will make his local public debut on New Year's Day.

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The Buffalo Zoo is part of a three-way polar bear swap being undertaken to promote breeding within the declining population.

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A polar bear who was lived at The Buffalo Zoo since 2002 will soon be leaving. Anana, 16, is going to an undisclosed location as part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan.

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Buffalo Zoo President and CEO Dr. Donna Fernandes will play an active role in the search for her successor – someone likely to find that a zoo-leader’s boots are big shoes to fill.