Erie Zoo News & Updates



Erie's Choice 2019

Erie's Choice 2019

Posted on October 16th, 2019 at 8:05 PM

We are excited to announce that we won two categories for the Erie's Choice Awards this year. We placed first for "Best Place to Work" AND "Best Place to Have a Birthday Party." A HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for us! We truly appreciate your support!

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Erie Zoo’s giraffe, Nigel, to leave for Midwest

Erie Zoo’s giraffe, Nigel, to leave for Midwest

Posted on October 10th, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Nigel, a 9-year-old giraffe, will leave the zoo at the end of this month, Scott Mitchell, Erie Zoological Society president and CEO, said on Thursday.

Nigel is leaving Erie for a zoo in the Midwest, Mitchell said. As part of the Erie Zoo’s $10 million capital campaign, Wild Open Spaces, it plans to make a larger and more interactive giraffe exhibit with a herd of giraffes, he explained.

*Update: Nigel moved October 28th 2020*

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Photos: The Erie Zoo, through the years

Photos: The Erie Zoo, through the years

Posted on September 10th, 2019 at 1:17 PM

See many of our file photos of the Erie Zoo, through the years. Photos by ERIE TIMES-NEWS staff.

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ZooBoo Contest 2019

ZooBoo Contest 2019

Posted on September 6th, 2019 at 5:01 PM

ZooBOO is around the corner and we are always looking for new ways to decorate and make our Zoo a scary, but not TOO scary, place for families to enjoy. This year we need your help❗️

This year we want to make Monkey Island out of this world! 👾 So we’d like you to help us by making your own Alien! 👽 

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Thank You Gala 2019 Sponsors!

Thank You Gala 2019 Sponsors!

Posted on September 5th, 2019 at 6:11 PM

A special thank you to our GalapaZOOza 2019 sponsors! This event could not be what it is today without your help! Please stay tuned after the New Year for GalapaZOOza announcements and sponsor packets! And mark you calendars for GalapaZOOza 2020 on June 27th! 


Grande Giraffe- $10,500

R Brilliant Media


Sassy Sombreros$6,500

ECCA Payroll +

PNC Bank


Mariachi Monkeys$4,000

A Anthony & Son’s, Inc.

Allegheny Beverage Co.


Bensur Creative Marketing Group

Chido’s Dry Cleaners, Inc.

Erie Beer Co.

Erie Federal Credit Union


First National Bank

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Keystone Electric Division Zenith System

Loesel-Schaaf Insurance Agency, Inc.

MCPc, Inc.

National Fuel

Northwest Bank

Penelec and First Energy Foundation

Penn State Behrend

Printing Concepts Inc.

ROG’s Inc.

The Plastek Group

Transportation Equipment Supply Co.

UPMC Health Plan

US Bulk Transport, Inc.

Welders Supply

Loco Llamas- $3,000

Advanced Finishing, USA/ ATEX Finishing, LLC


Contemporary Ophthalmology of Erie

Creative Imprint Systems

David & Kathy Lastowski 

Humes Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram

Jet 24/ Fox 66/

Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.

Lincoln Recycling

Maas and Scheppner Families 

MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton LLP

Mark Anthony Concrete Inc.

Marquette Savings Bank

Plastics Services Network

Port Erie Plastics

Powell’s Portable Toilets

PSB Industries Inc.

Scott Enterprises

The Erie Community Foundation

Tim & Nancy Sennett 

Premier Partiers


Bianchi Honda

Bob Ferrier

C.H. Reams & Associates, Inc.

Cathy Corvino & Judy Santone Husted

Cheryl Hirst

Deb and Des McDonald

Larese Floral Design

Lillis, McKibben, Bongiovanni & Co.

McGill, Power, Bell & Associates, LLP

Potratz Floral Shop & Greenhouses, Inc.

The Hilbert Family

Tom and Lisa Kaveney

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Photos: The Erie Zoo in the 1960s

Photos: The Erie Zoo in the 1960s

Posted on August 31st, 2019 at 12:00 AM

See newspaper clippings and photos of animals and happenings at the Erie Zoo, formerly the Glenwood Zoo, from the 1960s. From

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ZooBoo 2019 Volunteers

ZooBoo 2019 Volunteers

Posted on August 26th, 2019 at 2:54 PM

Now accepting ZooBoo 2019 volunteer applications! If you are interested in helping us with one of the biggest Halloween events in the region please apply today! Must be 14 years or older to apply! Adults welcome! Please call the Erie Zoo Office with any questions (814) 864-4091.

Applications must be turned into the Erie Zoo Office by September 18th.

ZooBoo Volunteer Application

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2019 Erie's Choice Awards

Posted on August 21st, 2019 at 5:44 PM
Your Erie Zoo has been nominated in 4 Categories for this year’s 2019 Erie’s Choice Awards! We are so delighted to share that you can all be a part of helping us WIN! Voting ends on August 31st! Only the top 3 will make it through to the finals. Please click on the link below to vote.
The 4 Categories your Erie Zoo is nominated are:
Favorite Place to Work 26-99
Favorite Place to Have a Birthday Party
Favorite Non-Profit
Favorite Local Attraction
We want to thank everyone who voted for us into the TOP 5!
Happy Voting!


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Erie Apparel Supports Wild Open Spaces

Posted on August 1st, 2019 at 12:27 PM
As you may know the Erie Zoo is embarking on a Capital Campaign to create more Wild Open Spaces for the amazing animals that call the Zoo home. To support this campaign, we have teamed up with the popular regional clothing brand Erie Apparel for a great fundraiser!
When you purchase ANY item(s) from Erie Apparel through April 10th both online or in store, 10% of all proceeds will go directly to support the Erie Zoo!

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Women Dominate at the Erie Zoo

Women Dominate at the Erie Zoo

Posted on March 24th, 2019 at 2:00 AM

“I think it was traditionally considered a man’s job because of the physical aspects of it,” Rekitt said. “But we’re just as physically capable. We’re out there feeding and cleaning exhibits, just like they do. Now it’s the opposite. I’d say it’s three-quarters female and one-quarter male.”

Read the article published by the Erie Times News about some of the incredible women who make the Erie Zoo possible!

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