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Open Daily 10am-5pm (last admission 4:15pm) from March 1st-November 30th
*October hours vary due to ZooBOO

Monday through Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 1-1:30 pm)
*Closed for the following holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Christmas Eve through New Year's Day
PHONE (814) 864-4091


ADULT 13 + ABOVE: $12


CHILDREN 2-12: $8

*off-season rates are $1 less during March, April, October and November.


423 West 38th Street
Erie, PA 16508

PO Box 3268
Erie, PA 16508


Erie Zoo Welcomes Canada Lynx Kittens

Posted on May 29th 2024


[Erie-PA]— The Erie Zoo is thrilled to announce the arrival of two Canada lynx kittens, born on Friday, May 17, 2024. This is the first litter from parents Hunter and Roxy, which marks a significant milestone for the zoo's efforts in conservation and education.                                                                                                                                                                   

Hunter is a six-year-old male who was born at Erie Zoo. His parents, Russell and Martina, were the zoo's first pair of Canada lynx. In March of last year, Roxy, a three-year-old female, joined the Erie Zoo from Hershey, Pennsylvania's Zoo America. Their introduction was thoroughly planned, and the process began in September 2023. By the end of the year, they were able to be housed together, just in time for breeding season, which takes place from February to April in this region.                                                                                    

Both mother and kittens are doing well and are currently being monitored through closed-circuit cameras under the attentive care of expert veterinary and animal care staff. While the new family bonds and grows, Hunter will remain on exhibit while Roxy tends to the needs of her kittens behind the scenes. This provision gives them the privacy and security they need to thrive.                                                                                                                                                                                      

"We are overjoyed to welcome the new lynx kittens to the Erie Zoo family," said Roo Kojancie, President and CEO of the Erie Zoo. "Their birth is a testament to our commitment to conservation and provides a unique opportunity for our community to learn more about these fascinating animals."                                                                                                  

The birth of these kittens underscores zoos' vital role in wildlife conservation and education. The AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) established a specialized Canada Lynx Management Group to advise zoos in the species' husbandry, breeding, education, behavioral training, and enrichment needs. Coordinating breeding pairs is critical in ensuring the genetic diversity and sustainability of the population. Erie Zoo's Animal Curator, Jennifer Salandra, currently serves as an advisor in the group.                                                                      

The Erie Zoo invites the public to stay tuned for updates on the kittens' development and future opportunities to see them. The zoo will provide regular updates on its social media channels and website in the coming weeks.                                                                                                                                                               

Erie Zoo's Last Chance Lagoon Highlighted on National News Program

Posted on May 24th 2024



[Erie-PA]— The Erie Zoo is delighted to announce that its local conservation efforts have reached a national audience. On Wednesday, May 8th, Christopher Booker from PBS NewsHour visited the Zoo to learn more about its Last Chance Lagoon. The footage they captured aired last night during the PBS NewsHour program.


Erie Zoo’s Last Chance Lagoon Program
was established in September 2023 to help mitigate ecological damage caused by releasing goldfish and koi into the Great Lakes Watershed. The initiative offers a permanent sanctuary for relinquished goldfish and koi, providing owners with a responsible alternative to releasing them into the wild. Upon surrendering a fish, owners complete an intake form and schedule a drop-off date for a mandatory 30-day quarantine period. During this time, all fish undergo thorough vet checks, necessary treatments, and exit exams to ensure their health before being introduced to the lagoon.


"The Last Chance Lagoon Program aims to prevent or diminish the influx of unwanted pet goldfish and koi into the Great Lakes Watershed," says Heather Gula, Education Director and Conservation Committee Chair. "Through education, awareness, and responsible rehoming, we can protect our watershed and preserve the delicate balance of our aquatic ecosystems."


Despite being in operation for less than a year, the Last Chance Lagoon program has successfully rehomed 52 goldfish. Community assistance is vital in protecting local watersheds and preserving the natural beauty of Lake Erie for future generations.


The PBS NewsHour segment is available to stream at For more information about the Last Chance Lagoon program, ways to help, or to schedule an appointment to surrender goldfish or koi, please visit

Press Release Announcing Erie Zoo CEO

Posted on December 5th 2023



Erie Zoo Appoints Roo Kojancie, Chief Executive Officer

Fmr. Zookeeper, COO will lead the zoo’s centennial anniversary, strategic plan, reaccredidation efforts

ERIE, PA (December 5, 2023) - The Erie Zoo announced Melissa “Roo” Kojancie as its new chief executive officer today, after a robust months-long search to replace Scott Mitchell, who continues to serve as the zoo’s director of development. Kojancie has more than twenty years of industry experience, serving as an animal keeper, educator, and the chief operating officer of the Erie Zoo.

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