The Strength of the Western New York Region

With respect to animal studies, Canisius College has a fortuitous setting. In the first place, it is located only a few blocks from the Buffalo Zoo. In the second place, the broader neighborhood contains two seaquariums, an excellent SPCA facility, and a large National Wildlife Refuge. Canisius has collaborations with each of these institutions that contribute greatly to the strength of our program.

  • The Buffalo Zoological Gardens is a 23 acre facility that houses 100+ species in naturalistic enclosures.
  • The Aquarium of Niagara is a 6,000 square foot facility that houses seals, sea lions and more than 100 species of fish.
  • Marineland of Canada, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is one of the largest seaquariums in the world—located only 30 minutes from our campus!
  • The Erie County SPCA is a model institution of its kind, located in nearby Tonawanda, NY.
  • The Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is a 10,800 acre facility that lies 40 minutes east of Buffalo.
  • The Buffalo Museum of Science houses an excellent biological collection only blocks from campus.
  • The Tifft Nature Reserve is located within the Buffalo city limits and is the site for both indoor- and field-based classes.
  • Algonquin Provincial Park. The college’s proximity to the Canadian border affords an opportunity to explore biodiversity-biogeography. Only five hours north of campus, Algonquin Provincial Park encompasses the southern tip of the great boreal forest that stretches across much of Canada.
  • There are five additional zoos within reach of the campus (Toronto, Rochester, Syracuse, Erie and Cleveland), and each year students are brought to these facilities on day trips.