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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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Special Projects

In addition to making a general contribution to your zoo, you may elect to participate in a special fundraising project. 

Current Projects:


Amur Leopard Woodland

Last fall, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo joined the Species Survival Plan for Amur leopards, the most critically endangered of all big cats. The zoo aquired a pair of Amur leopards, Tria and Rafferty, from two other AZA-accredited zoos, the Greenville, SC, and San Diego zoos respectively, with the commitment to build a new Amur leopard habitat for them and any cubs they might produce. On June 19, 2019, Tria gave birth to two cubs, a male and a female -- making our mission to create a new exhibit for this family even more pressing!

Please consider making a contribution earmarked for the Amur Leopard Project. Thank you!

Save the Snails!

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is working with many partners to save a tiny snail, the Chittenango ovate amber snail, that only exists in one small area in Central New York. The zoo is committed to helping these fascinating animals and their habitat in Chittenango Falls State Park.

The zoo has established a breeding colony as insurance against the species’ extinction. Snails are periodically released back into the wild. Zoo biologists also help study the wild population to assess their status and the threats they face. The decline of this snail is serious, but the good news is that you can help! You can donate to support the effort below. You can also volunteer to collect food for the captive snails or conduct other important work. Contact to sign up to help.

Make a financial contribution to help save the COAS HERE.  Please earmark it 'Save the Snails' in your note!



Thanks for your help in saving this tiny but important member of our local ecosystem!

Past Projects:

Conserving What We Love campaign


Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is pleased to announce that it has raised $1,730,771 for the Conserving What We Love campaign. That's 8% more than our campaign goal of $1.6 million!

Click here for more information about the Conserving What We Love campaign.

You may call our development department at (315) 435-8511 x8518 if you have any questions.



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