Spectacled Bear

Spectacled Bear

The spectacled bear gets its name from the distinctive rings of white or beige fur around its eyes. These markings stand out against the rest of the bear, which is usually black or dark brown, and look like eyeglasses (or spectacles).

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Catering at the Zoo

Tributes and Memorials

If you would like to remember a loved one, or pay tribute to someone special, consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. A contribution of any size makes a tremendous difference.  Contributions will be recognized in Friends of the Zoo's annual report under the name of your honoree.  Please include a note indicating how your contribution should be recognized and to whom an acknowledgement should be sent.

Mail your tribute/memorial contribution payable to:

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Attn:  Development Department
1 Conservation Place
Syracuse, NY 13204

Or call (315) 435-8511 x108 to make a contribution by credit card over the phone.

Adopt an Animal

Adopting an animal is a special way to pay tribute to a special person or in memory of a loved one. Click here to adopt an animal.

Tree of Life

Contributions to the Tree of Life benefit the horticulture fund. Donors are acknowledged on a golden leaf on the Tree of Life located in the zoo's main lobby. Your donation to our horticulture fund will enable us to continue providing more naturalistic habitats for the animals. The fund also allows us to beautify the public areas of the zoo with flowering plants and trees, attracting native wildlife and ultimately enhancing our visitors' experience. For $500, a golden leaf in your name, or in tribute or memory of someone of your choosing, will be displayed in recognition of your support.

Commemorative Bench (limited availability)

A commemorative bench recognizes your gift to the Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo while providing a permanent improvement to the zoo grounds. Your bench will be placed at an available location of your choice. An inscribed plaque on the bench commemorates your contribution and can be customized as a memorial or tribute. Very limited quantities are available for purchase, beginning at $1,500. 

For more information on Tributes and Memorials please contact our development department at (315) 435-8511 x108.

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