Red Panda

Red Panda

Though their names are similar, the red panda and giant panda are only very distantly related by a common ancestor that can be traced back to tens of millions of years ago. Both species were identified as pandas as the word “panda” means “bamboo eater,” and bamboo is a primary part of both the red panda’s and the giant panda’s diet.

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Catering at the Zoo

Adult Programs

Twilight at the Zoo

Each adult education program (ages 21 and over) begins with a meet and greet with zookeepers and light hors d'oeuvres followed by a tour with zoo educators and senior animal staff.

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: Wonders of the Himalayas
Thursday, May 11 at 6:30pm


$50.00/member; $55.00/non-member

Wildlife in the Himalayas has long been regarded as elusive and mystical; snow leopards and takin are no exception. Don't miss this opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at these exhibits and learn more about how the zoo takes care of these fascinating animals. Senior animal care staff and education staff will lead a discussion regarding the role individuals living at the zoo play in conservation of their species. Keepers will also discuss the daily care of both snow leopards and takin.

Twilight at the Zoo: Elephant Behind-the-Scenes Exclusive
Thursday, June 8 at 6:30pm


To be added to the waitlist, please email Nate at with the total number of spaces desired.

$60.00/member; $70.00/non-member

Join us for an exclusive experience featuring our amazing Asian elephants including a behind-the-scenes tour of Asian Elephant Preserve. Guests will have the chance to see our elephants up close and learn about the training and management of these majestic animals. We will also discuss the role the Rosamond Gifford Zoo plays in breeding Asian elephants to support conservation of this endangered species. This program will be an excellent opportunity to ask your questions about elephants for the staff who work with them firsthand.

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Twilight at the Zoo: Free-Flight Raptors
Thursday, July 20 at 6:30pm


$50.00/member; $55.00/non-member

From a majestic Eurasian eagle owl to swift Harris's hawks, the zoo is home to a variety of birds of prey. Join us to tour the zoo's newly renovated raptor facility, meet some birds up close and even have the chance to see a raptor in free flight on zoo grounds. Senior animal care staff will lead a discussion on care of these birds, and share details about the training process to keep our free-flight birds in top condition. Bring a sense of adventure and a need for speed!


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 x206 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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