Animals of the Savanna Expansion

On September 13, 2018, Seneca Park Zoo officially opened the Animals of the Savanna expansion. North of the current elephant barn, a five-acre expansion of A Step into Africa features animals of the African savanna.  This new area includes an outdoor habitat for Masai giraffes, plains zebras, and a new habitat for the Zoo’s white rhino.

The expansion also includes an expansive Animals of the Savanna building, which has day rooms for the animals above, with habitats for other smaller species native to the Savanna, including naked mole rats, rock hyrax, Lake Malawi cichlids, buffalo weavers, golden-breasted starling, African bush vipers, and more.

Guests will have the opportunity to feed the giraffes at both indoor and outdoor feeding stations in the future. The Savanna Outpost is a retail shop next to the tram stop in Animals of the Savanna. It carries a variety of merchandise, souvenirs, ‘grab-and-go’ food options, and beverages. Another set of restrooms is available at the Savanna Outpost, accessible from behind the building facing the tram. You can catch the tram in either of two locations: in the front of the Zoo by the ZooShop or by the Savanna Outpost. Tickets for a one-way ride are $2 for adults and $1 for youth and seniors, and can be purchased at the front gate, ZooShop, Eagle’s Landing Café, Crater Canteen or at the Savanna Outpost. The tram goes through beautiful Seneca Park to take guests from one end of the Zoo to the other. In addition to day rooms for the giraffes, zebras, and rhino, the Animals of the Savanna building features a Micro-Habitat Tree with small habitats for reptiles and amphibians and two aviaries with birds native to the African savanna. And don’t miss the naked mole rat colonies!

Cold Asia

Cold Asia – NOW OPEN! In June 2018, the first elements of a Cold Asia area opened next to the animal hospital. This area features new habitats for snow leopards and red pandas. Seneca Park Zoo is home to two snow leopards, a male named Kaba and a female named Timila. Snow leopards are found at altitudes between 9,800 and 17,000 feet in the high, rugged mountains of Central Asia. They primarily eat wild sheep and goats, and will stalk their prey. Learn more. The Zoo is home to two red pandas, a male named Willie and a female named Starlight. Red pandas are native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China, and has been categorized as Endangered by IUCN. Learn more. See more of what’s changing

Zoo Tram

Zoo Tram2021A Tram will give guests the opportunity for transportation from one end of the Zoo to the other. Tram stations will be in the front of the Zoo by admissions and by the giraffe feeding platform in the Animals of the Savanna area.See more of what’s changing

Trailside Café 

Trailside Cafe – Now Open!  A new restaurant providing indoor and outdoor dining has been built next to the pavilion, across from the playground. Featuring locally sourced foods, grab and go items, and popular standbys like hotdogs and hamburgers, the new restaurant will please all palettes. Dining options will exist both indoors and outdoors.

Razing of the 1931 Main Building

Razing of the 1931 Main BuildingDONEAs of November 2018, the Main Building at the south end of the Zoo has been demolished.  The building was built in 1931 and did not meet current best practices for animal care, so it was razed. Removal of the outdated structure paves the way for a second phase of Master Plan improvements, to include a new Tropics Complex featuring animals from the ecosystems of Borneo and Madagascar.FAQQuestion 1: Why is the Main Building going away?
Answer: The Main Building,  which was built in 1931, does not meet today’s standards for animal welfare or guest experience. Therefore it will be demolished in 2018 which will pave way for a new, state of the art Tropics Complex.Question 2: Where did all the animals in the Main Building go?
Answer:  Each of the animals were sent to another zoo or moved to a different area at Seneca Park Zoo.  Zoo leadership worked very closely with the AZA Species Survival Plan to find the most appropriate home for each animal.Question 3: When will the Tropics Complex be complete?
Answer:  The footprint the Main Zoo Building once occupied will graded and planted with grass, for the time being. Planning and design of the new Tropics Complex, which will take its place, as well as entry plaza improvements will begin in 2021, with construction commencing in 2022 and an anticipated opening date of 2023.See more of what’s changing

Conservation Resource Center

Conservation Resource Center2021At the south end of the Zoo near admissions will be a brand new Conservation Resource Center.  This building will house conservation and education programs.  Additionally, it will feature a new event space overlooking the gorilla day room which will host up to 250 people for seated events.See more of what’s changing

Welcome Center

Guest Services Facilities2021With this transformation, operations like admissions and ZooShop will also be expanded and upgraded to meet the best-in-class standards as well as the increased demands based on attendance growth. Admissions and Member booths will be upgraded to ensure an appropriate welcome into the Zoo, and the ZooShop will be expanded to provide a wider array of merchandise as well.See more of what’s changing

Tropics Complex

Tropics ComplexOpening in 2025At the south end of the Zoo, in the area previously occupied by rhino and the main building, will be a state-of-the-art Tropics complex, featuring animals from the ecosystems of Borneo and Madagascar.  This will include naturalistic orangutan habitat enabling climbing and more “tree-top-like” movement.  The new tropics complex will also feature ring-tailed lemurs.  Other animals from these ecosystems will be incorporated as well.Bornean OrangutansOrangutans are the largest tree-living and fruit-eating animal on Earth. Orangutan in Malay means, “person of the forest.” They’re found on the Indonesian island of Borneo and in Malaysia.Ring Tailed LemursRing-tailed lemurs are found in tropical dry forest and spiny bush of southern and southwestern Madagascar. They spend about 40% of their time on the ground – the most of any lemur species.See more of what’s changing