Erie Zoological Society

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The Erie Zoological Society mission statement was adopted in its revised form by the Board of Directors on January 27, 1997. The Erie Zoological Park and Botanical Gardens of Northwestern Pennsylvania serve as a quality of life asset to a tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. The mission of the Erie Zoological Society is to:

Foster an appreciation of the natural world and the animals and plants that share it;

Establish educational and recreational opportunities for all the people of Northwestern Pennsylvania;

Nurture the thrill of discovery and promote scientific study for all people of all ages;

Provide the highest level of care for all the animals, plants and items under our stewardship;

Encourage the conservation of all species through captive breeding and wildlife exploration

Programs and Services

  • A Community Treasure and Partner in Conservation
  • Your Erie Zoo is about life. We touch lives every day. We touch the lives of moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas as they enjoy their Zoo with their families.
  • We touch the lives of thousands of school children as they learn the importance of nature, wildlife and conservation. We also touch the lives of the animals in the wild through important conservation and research programs. Most importantly, we touch the lives of the animals that call the Zoo their home with some of the best animal care in the country.
  • Today, visitors to the Erie Zoo are fortunate to see more than 400 animals on display. Of those, over a dozen are considered endangered and are protected through the Zoo’s conservation efforts.
  • Annual Visitors Served: The Erie Zoological Society serves nearly 455,000 visitors annually.


Emily Smicker

Send an email | View the website | 814-864-4091

423 West 38th St. PO Box 3268
Erie, Pennsylvania 16508