Slithering with excitement

The Buffalo Zoo Reptile House reopens May 24 after top-to-bottom renovation


On Friday, May 24, 2019, the Buffalo Zoo is pleased to invite the public to the newly renovated Donna M. Fernandes Amphibian and Reptile Center. The exhibit features more than forty creatures, including a Komodo Dragon, the largest species of lizard in the world.



The Reptile House was originally designed by American zoologist Marlin Perkins, who served as curator of the Buffalo Zoo from 1938-1944. Perkins may be best known as host of the beloved Emmy-award winning nature show, “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.” Now, the reptile house has benefitted from a top-to-bottom renovation.



All new state-of-the art micro environments for the animals have been developed along with an updated conservation room where the Buffalo Zoo continue the vital work of saving species and increasing populations both native to Western New York and from around the globe. The warm and welcoming environment guest experience has been augmented with new interactive graphics that entertain and inform visitors on the important role amphibians and reptiles play in our world.



“We excited to welcome our guests back to the Amphibian and Reptile Center at the Buffalo Zoo,” says Norah Fletchall, President and CEO. “This space is so unique; mixing the old and historic with the new and modern to showcase how amphibians and reptiles are essential to our world in so many ways.”


The Buffalo Zoo

300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo




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