You don’t have to plan a Wizard of Oz themed wedding to hear your guests say, “lions and tigers and bear, oh my!” A wedding reception and/or ceremony the Buffalo Zoo will bring you and your guests up close to extraordinary creatures from around the world. Rent a portion of the zoo for your event, or knock their socks off by reserving the entire zoo and let guests roam wild in this unforgettable venue.

The 23.5 acre Buffalo Zoo is home to some of the world’s most exotic, endangered and even local wildlife. Elephants, giraffes, lions, tigers, polar bears, gorillas and sea lions are among the most popular zoo inhabitants. With the Zoological Gardens as your backdrop, this is one wedding venue your guests will never forget.

 

Intimate Engagements

For small groups, the zoo offers three distinct venues. The Arctic Edge and Arctic Conservation & Interpretive Center is an indoor and outdoor venue featuring the polar bear, arctic fox and lynx exhibits. The Zoofari Courtyard is a tented area offering stunning views of Delaware Park. The sights and sounds of M&T Rainforest Falls will dazzle your guests, and the free-flighted birds, monkeys and other inhabitants will provide the entertainment.

 

A Grand Affair

Groups of all sizes will enjoy Fountain Plaza and the adjacent lion and tiger exhibits. Gazebo Lawn offers an expansive grassy area perfect for ceremonies and large gatherings. The Children’s Resource Center is a climate-controlled banquet hall overlooking the bison yard and Delaware Park. The Ecostation is a tented field research station surrounded by lush landscapes and a wildly entertaining collection of animals.

 

Say “I Do” by Sea Lion Cove

This extraordinary amphitheatre-style saltwater exhibit is a prime location for your ceremony. With a backdrop of jagged rock and dense greenery, your photos will be out of this world. Book a private sea lion show for your guests to enjoy while you and your love sneak away to take photos.

 

Picture Perfect

If you’re not up for hosting your reception at the zoo you can still add a sense of adventure to your wedding day. The M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit provides a stunning backdrop for romantic wedding photos that look like they’re set in a tropical paradise. The zoo charges by the half hour and gives you the unique opportunity to take your wedding photos while surrounded by exotic animals and a 25-foot cascading waterfall.

 

Caterer of Choice

The zoo has a distinguished list of catering partners experienced with the demands of such a unique venue. Rich’s Catering & Special Events has been catering weddings and special events at the zoo for many years and can execute a flawless wedding in this exotic location. Book a planning appointment today, call 716-878-8211.

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