Atlantic Porkfish

Atlantic Porkfish

Porkfish, like all grunts, produce grunt-like sounds by rubbing their teeth together. These sounds seem to be particularly associated with situations of duress. They are the only type of fish to do so in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Catering at the Zoo

 Adult Programs

Twilight at the Zoo

Join us for these unique opportunities for adults ages 21 and over to learn about the zoo and the animals under our care.

Please let us know if a member of your party has special needs or mobility concerns when registering.

Pre-registration is required. These opportunities will fill up fast!

Twilight at the Zoo: Animal Enrichment
Thursday, February 15 , 6:30 - 8 p.m.

$35.00/member; $45.00/non-member

Join us as we explore the creative ways our animal staff works to ensure the species under our care remain healthy in mind and body in this interactive lecture-style program.  Animal enrichment is a regular part of the lives of animals here at the zoo. Each species can have its own unique forms of enrichment that stimulate natural behaviors and keep them active. Guests will have the chance to interact with animal care staff and learn about the enrichments we provide our animals, meet some of our animals face-to-face for an enrichment demonstration, and even make an enrichment toy of their own to bring home to their pet.


Twilight at the Zoo: Primates
Thursday, April 19, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

$55.00/member; $65.00/non-member

Social, playful, intelligent, and complex -- primates can be both fascinating and introspective. They are curious and quick learners, requiring unique and novel forms of engagement, enrichment, activities, and training. Don't miss your chance to learn more about the zoo's primates collection, receive an after-hours tour of our social building with the animal care staff that work with them firsthand, and have the opportunity to watch an enrichment and training demonstration.


Twilight at the Zoo: Wolves
Thursday, May 17, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

$55.00/member; $65.00/non-member

Did you know wolves play a critical role in maintaining the health of an ecosystem? Wolves have a controversial history in our country and to this day elicit mixed emotions ranging from mysterious, majestic, and awe-inspiring to vicious, frightening, and pests. Join us as we learn about these incredible creatures that have sparked our imagination and continued national debate. Guests will have the chance to chat with animal staff about our Gray wolves, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of some of our wildlife trails area.


Cancellation Policy:

If you are enrolled and you must cancel for any reason, your registration fee is nonrefundable unless a patron on the waiting list can fill the space. In the event the cancelled slot is filled, a 25% processing fee will be deducted from your refund. If there is no waiting list for the program you are cancelling, no refund will be issued.

Wait List:

We often add programs based on the length of the wait list. If the program you are interested in is full, please call (315) 435-8511 x357 with the program name and the number of tickets you require. If a space becomes avaliable or we open another program, we will contact you.

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