June 8, 2018
By: Alexander Huey, Marketing and Communications Specialist at Delaware State Parks
Today, we are excited to share with you a first look at new renderings for a multi-year redevelopment of the Brandywine Zoo as illustrated in the just-released Master Plan. The zoo, which opened in 1905 and is accredited by the American Zoological Association (AZA), has been a staple of Wilmington, Delaware for generations, and we are excited to share with you an early look at some of the changes to come.
Setting the tone for the re-imagined zoo, upon entry, guests will be greeted by a new entrance plaza. Featuring a new aquatic exhibit, one of many new exhibits to be added, guests will get their first view of park animals as soon as they arrive, setting the tone of discovery and conservation through their park journey. Great care was taken in the development of the proposed Master Plan, focusing on key pillars of: animal welfare, overall guest experience, Zoo mission as a conservation institution, building positive momentum, and meeting or exceeding AZA standards.
Proposed exhibits including homes for Jaguar, Snow Leopard, and Colobus Monkey, are sure to delight a new generation of park guests, and provide up-close opportunities focusing on the Zoo’s mission of conservation, education, and animal care and well being. “Every aspect of the zoo’s facilities, animal collection, guest amenities and operations have been scrutinized and evaluated,” says Zoo Director Brint Spencer. “Once this assessment was complete, the task became to reassemble the pieces into a new and exciting vision for the Brandywine Zoo.”