Ball Python

Ball Python

Due to heat sensing pits located along the upper jaw, ball pythons can easily find prey in complete darkness. The pits open at different angles which allows the snake to tell what direction warmth is coming from.

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Catering at the Zoo

 Adult Programs

*NEW* Meet a Keeper Mornings

This new early-bird education series offers a unique opportunity for adults over 21 to learn all about our animals in a relaxed setting.  Enjoy light refreshments, speciality coffees and mimosas while participating in a class with up-close animal encounters and special keeper chat.

Fee: $55 members, $65 non-members

Rainforest Safari

Learn all about rainforests and what you can do to help.  Meet some animals up close, then experience a bird keeper feeding the terns in the Diversity of Birds aviary.

Thursday, September 13,  9:30-11:30 a.m. 

Saving Heritage Species

Learn about all the heritage breeds in the zoo's Domestic Animal Barn.  Then expereince a close encounter with some of our charming animal ambassadors and chat with their keeper.

Thursday, November 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 


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!

Fee:  $55 members, $65 non-members

Twilight at the Zoo: Fall Trail Tour

Enjoy a relaxed night at the zoo, with an after-hours tour of the wildlife trails by our education staff.  Don't miss this opportunity to go behind-the-scences at the heart of our zoo, the CORE area.  Find out how the zoo takes care of these fascinating animals.  You will also meet our newest residents, Bactrian camels Patrick & George, up close!

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 x8559 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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