The Erie Zoo is the perfect place to spend the day or just a few hours. A comfortable walk throughout the Erie Zoo and Botanical Garden takes about 2 hours. You'll enjoy visiting with nearly 400 animals in our collection as well as the 11 beautiful gardens throughout the park.
The Erie Zoo is an accredited facility by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Out of about 2,800 animal facilities in the United States, only 240 meet the standards of animal care presented by AZA. "Accreditation is a process by which a program, organization, or institution is evaluated by recognized experts in the profession, and is measured against the established standards and best practices of that profession. Overseeing this process in AZA is the Accreditation Commission- a group of sixteen experienced and trained experts in operations, animal welfare and husbandry, and veterinary medicine. These experts are sworn to maintain complete impartiality in their judgements and to thoroughly examine each zoo or aquarium that applies for AZA accreditation to determine if AZA standards are being met. Only those zoos and aquariums that earn AZA accreditation can become members of AZA."
The Zoo Office is open by phone only Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm at (814) 864-4091. The Zoo grounds are open daily starting March 1st from 10am-5pm with last entry at 3:30pm through November 30th.