Recent Announcements from the Erie Zoo



Erie Zoo remembers Queen of the Zoo

Erie Zoo remembers Queen of the Zoo

Posted on September 12th, 2022 at 12:44 PM

Erie, PA – The Erie Zoo is honoring the memory of senior resident African lion Nala, who was humanly euthanized today, September 12th, 2022, surrounded by many of her loving caregivers.

Zoo Closing Early

Posted on September 5th, 2022 at 3:48 PM

Your Erie Zoo will be closing early on October 1st at 3pm to prepare for our Lions, Tigers & Beers Fundraiser. Thank you for your understanding!

Tickets for Lions, Tigers & Beers go on sale Friday, September 2nd at 8am. Purchase yours here

Website Issues

Posted on September 2nd, 2022 at 8:43 AM

Our website is currently down. We are working with IT to get it fixed as soon as possible. If you need immediate assistance, please call the Erie Zoo Office at (814) 864-4091. We ask for your patience as we have limited registers & staff, but we are working hard to assist everyone.

We appreciate your understanding & apologize for the inconvenience. We will post when the website is up & running. Thank you for your patience! 

Zoo Closing Early

Posted on August 8th, 2022 at 2:00 PM

Your Erie Zoo will be closing early on Friday, August 12th at 4pm to prepare for the Felines & Wines Fundraiser. 
To get more details or purchase tickets visit the Event Page

The Erie Zoo Opens New Habitat and Welcomes New Species

The Erie Zoo Opens New Habitat and Welcomes New Species

Posted on July 20th, 2022 at 8:35 AM

Erie, PA – On Wednesday, July 20th the Erie Zoo announced the grand opening of the Hilbert Family Primate Habitat. The new space in the heart of the zoo currently features two Eastern black and white colobus monkeys with zoo officials planning to feature additional species in the near future. Read Full Press Release Below

Erie Zoo Office Closed

Posted on July 11th, 2022 at 8:30 AM

The Erie Zoo office will be temporarily closed July 11th. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding! 

Erie Zoo Economic Impact Study

Posted on June 21st, 2022 at 12:29 PM

Study Finds Erie Zoo Generated $100 Million in Economic Impact Over Five Years
Study shows long-term public investment pales in comparison to similar-sized zoos

Erie, PA (June 21, 2022) – A nationally recognized firm headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania published a pro-bono economic impact analysis today that found the Erie Zoo has generated more than $100 million in economic impact over the past five years. The study further concluded that the economic activity generates $21.2 million annually in Pennsylvania and that more than $17.8 million of those funds stays in Erie County alone.

Read Full Press Release and Economic Impact Study Below

Zoo Closing Early

Posted on June 20th, 2022 at 1:25 PM

Your Erie Zoo will be closing at 2pm on Saturday, June 25thto prepare for The Mane Event fundraiser. For more information about this event please visit:

The Main Building is Officially Open!

Posted on May 25th, 2022 at 10:15 AM

On Wednesday, May 25th the Erie Zoo is reopening their Main Building for the first time in over two years. As part of the zoo’s Wild Open Spaces Capital Campaign, construction on the building began in the fall of 2019 thanks to a generous gift from Erie philanthropist Tom Hagen. The goal of the project was to restore the building back to its historical 1930’s façade as well as make some minor improvements to the interior. Read the full Press Release below.


Erie Zoo Office Closed Memorial Day

Posted on May 23rd, 2022 at 8:00 AM

The Erie Zoo Office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on May 30th. The Erie Zoo grounds will be open regular hours from 10am-5pm with last admission at 4:15pm. The zoo will also be welcoming all military, veterans, first responders, and front line workers in for free upon showing their badge or ID at the admission window. Thank you to all who have served - Happy Memorial Day!