New at the Zoo: New attractions and animals drawing visitors to the Buffalo Zoo this summer

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The wildest place in town is even wilder these days, with new attractions and animals bringing families back for more this summer. 

When you walk in the gates, you can’t miss one of the big draws. There’s a huge animatronic dinosaur just inside, greeting guests with a roar. 

It’s one of eleven dinosaurs that are around the Buffalo Zoo grounds right now. They move, make noise, and one even squirts water. 

OMG Dinosaurs roared into town just in time to start the busy summer season, delighting visitors of all ages. 

“The community is having a ball with them. It’s so much fun to come see them,” said Christian Dobosiewicz, communications manager for the Buffalo Zoo. “They’re great photo ops. They’re great ways to learn about dinosaurs.”

If you like seeing the representations of the ancient reptiles around the zoo, you’ll love seeing the real-life animals inside the new Donna M. Fernandes Amphibian and Reptile Center. 

It’s a newly revamped space inside the historic reptile house building at the zoo that was erected in the 1940s.

The remodel brought new ventilation, a new roof, new habitat spaces, and new animal species, including a Komodo Dragon!

It’s the perfect place for the Buffalo Zoo’s herpetology manager, Penny Felski, to share her love of reptiles with zoo guests. 

“I really like championing animals that are persecuted and maybe misunderstood, so I love to teach people about these animals, and maybe turn their fear into curiosity, if not more,” she said. 

Visitors are also invited to learn more about birds from the Australian Outback. Boomerang Island reopened for the season last month.

For a $3 fee, guests can feed some of the more than 300 birds that are once again calling the Buffalo Zoo home for the summer. 

And, there are other new animals calling the zoo home for the long-haul, too.

Two new Sand Cats made their public debut last week. 

Brothers Jabar and Kadar are already becoming social media darlings among their fans in Buffalo, and they’re settling into their new home nicely. 

“They are pretty adorable, but they are not like your regular cats at home. They might look cute and look like kittens, but they are fierce little animals. And we’d like you to come and see them, come out visit the zoo and see everything else while you’re here,” Dobosiewicz said. 

If you’d like to see the zoo for yourself, the admission gates are open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m every day this summer. The grounds stay open until 5 p.m. for guests who are already inside. 

News 4’s Katie Alexander had the chance to check out some of the new attractions at the Buffalo Zoo on Friday morning. Watch the videos below to see our Wake Up coverage.

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