Years ago, Bubby the Bison lived at the Elmwood Park Zoo. As the youngest of all the bison, he was selfish, rambunctious, and very messy. The rest of the bison became fed up with Bubby and asked him to leave the Zoo. They said that he could return once he learned how to respect both the environment and his peers. Bubby began to travel the world, in search of a place where he could fit in.
Throughout his journey he learned many valuable lessons about conservation and the importance of being courteous to others. When he made his way back to Elmwood Park Zoo, Bubby impressed not just the bison, but all of the Zoo’s animals with his generosity and care for the environment. It was then decided that Bubby would be the official mascot of the
Zoo so that he could share his newfound knowledge with everyone who visits.
Bubby lives in a very colorful house located near Elmwood Park Zoo’s bison exhibit; be sure to look for it next time you’re at the Zoo! Bubby has his own vehicle called the “Green Machine” – it’s electric and does not pollute the environment like a traditional gas-powered vehicle. You can usually find Bubby walking or driving around the Zoo, making friends with everyone he meets.
You may have also seen Bubby around town, as he loves to participate in community events and parades!
Bubby loves to get mail! His mailbox is located just outside of his house and nothing excites him more than seeing letters inside. If you want to write Bubby a letter, you can drop it off in his mailbox next time you visit the Zoo, or you can mail it to:
Bubby the Bison
Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Blvd
Norristown, PA 19401
Bubby makes daily appearances to meet and take photos with guests! You can catch Bubby outside of his house at the following times (appearances are seasonal and weather permitting):
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM(every hour on the hour for 30 minutes) Friday - Sunday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (every hour on the hour for 30 minutes)
Have Bubby at your next event! Bubby the Bison is available to make appearances at schools, birthday parties, company events, and much more! Bubby will even bring along treats for the kids! Bubby appearances are 1 hour long, including two breaks. Bubby will take pictures with all of the guests and his keeper will host an activity session during Bubby’s breaks. Call Bubby's agent at 610.277.3825 x 241 to schedule today! Appearances must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
Appearances within 15 miles of Elmwood Park Zoo: $150
Appearances 16 to 25 miles from Elmwood Park Zoo: $200
Appearances 26 to 35 miles from Elmwood Park Zoo: $250
All Bubby appearances include two 20 minute meet and greets with Bubby (10 minute breaks between sessions), a Bubby doll and coloring book for the birthday child, plus additional coloring books for up to 15 children. Additional Bubby dolls are available for $10 each.
Take Bubby Home
What’s the next best thing to hanging out with Bubby? How about taking home your very own Bubby plush?! Take a lil’ Bubby with you on all of your adventures when you purchase a Bubby doll in the Zoo’s Nature Shop or online here.
Bubby's Birthday Club
Bubby's Birthday Club is a once-a-month event celebrating all of the birthdays from that month! Sign up at any admission window or Guest Services location within the Zoo and you'll be enrolled for free admission to the Zoo on the day of your month's party! You'll also receive a special present, cake, and a free educational program!
Birthday Club celebrations take place one Sunday per month outside of Bubby's house. The club is free to join, Bubby just requires each member's name, birthday and email address. Bubby will send members an invitation during their birthday month that they can present at the Zoo to receive FREE admission to the party! Dates and themes for Bubby's parties are as follows: