Hoffmann’s Two-Toed Sloth

Hoffmann’s Two-Toed Sloth

Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth has the most variable and lowest body temperature of any mammal, ranging from 76 to 96 degrees. Its temperature fluctuates with that of the air temperature around it, sometimes varying as much as 10 degrees during a 24-hour period.

About the Zoo

According to TripAdvisor, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is ranked among top Syracuse area attractions!


Providing Guests "The Best Day Ever"

Founded in 1914, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park is among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country as an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is dedicated to connecting people to the natural world by providing engaging guest experiences, exceptional animal care, and unparalleled conservation education.

The zoo actively collaborates with Friends of the Zoo to provide its guests “the best day ever,” ensuring experiences that excite, memories that endure, and knowledge that inspires worldwide conservation. 

History of the Zoo

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park has had its own wild adventure of growth and improvements over the last century. Once just a small 4-acre facility, the zoo is now home to approximately 700 animals on 43 acres. Continuous improvements to the zoo's infrastructure and animal exhibits ensure that the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will remain a treasured attraction in Central New York.



A Word from our Zoo Director

I hope that you fully enjoy your visit to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. We are especially proud of our zoo, from its focus on animal welfare, to its “green building” status, to its interactive capabilities.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo prides itself on its accrediation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a distinction earned by fewer than 230 institutions. AZA accreditation is your guarantee that the Rosamond Gifford Zoo meets the highest standards of animal care and guest experience.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is also a breeding zoo, which works closely with other AZA institutions to help ensure the survival of threatened and endangered species around the world.

Take your time, look at the animals, look at the plants, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and help us make the world a better place for animals and people. Thank you for your support!

Biographical Information for Ted Fox

Ted Fox has worked at the zoo since 1991. A graduate of Cornell University, he holds a bachelor's degree in animal science.   Ted Fox

Fox sits on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) passerine Taxon Advisory Group (TAG). In this role, he collaborates with zoo experts across the country to examine the conservation needs of the entire taxa, and to develop recommendations for population management and conservation based upon the needs of the species and the facilities that house them.

Among his many achievements, Fox was instrumental in the development of the zoo's Humboldt penguin exhibit, which opened in 2005. Though industry experts forecasted that it would take five years for the penguin pairs to become established and produce chicks, the first chicks hatched just one year after the exhibit opened. To date, 36 chicks have hatched in Syracuse, an accomplishment for which the zoo is nationally recognized. Fox regularly consults with zoological institutions around the country in preparation for new exhibit openings and about penguin management, especially as it pertains to breeding.

He was also instrumental in raising the first Andean condor chick to be used for conservation education in Venezuela by the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in conjunction with Bioandina Foundation and Inparques, the Venezuelan National Park Service, through a program that funds various components of a conservation program, the goal of which is the establishment of a viable population of Andean condors in Venezuela. To date, the bird has met thousands of people and spread the word about the importance of protecting the species, which is threatened in the wild.

In addition, Fox teaches an honors course, Challenges of Zoo Management, at Syracuse University.