Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn sheep are sure-footed animals and have rough pads on the bottom of their two-toed, spread-out hooves. These pads allow them added traction as they move across the rocky cliffs of their native habitat.

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The education department offers fun educational experiences for a wide range of visitors. Whether you are a family, teacher, general visitor or representative of a group, we offer programs to meet your needs and interests.


Reservations are required for all programs. There is limited space in each program so please register early.  A minimum number of registrants is required to run a program.

Winter Weather Policy

All education programs, including Edventure Academy, camps, and overnights, will run as scheduled unless the zoo has been closed by order of Onondaga County administration. Sorry, but no refunds or rain checks will be given for 'no-shows' for any reason.

Special Group Programs

Scout groups, Rotary, home school... if you belong to, or are active in any of these or other groups and would like to arrange a custom educational program on a specific topic, call the zoo's education department. We will work with your group to design a special program to meet your needs.

For on-site programs during a field trip to the zoo, call Liz at 435-8511 x205.

For off-site Zoo to You programs, call Alicia at 435-8511 x124.

Fees, times and availability depend on the program content, duration and materials needed. When considering such a program, please plan at least 6 weeks in advance.

Enter Our Snow Critters Sculpture Contest!

Wintertime in Central New York can mean snow--sometimes a lot of it! Make the most of it: gather the family, put on those mittens and enter our contest by crafting your very own snow critter!

Snow critters sculptures can be real or make-believe animals. Non-snow items can be used including clothes, sticks, stones and food coloring. Take a picture and send it to us to enter!

The winning family will score a VIP tour of one of the animal habitats at the zoo!

The top 3 snow critters will have their photos published in an upcoming MyZoo Magazine.

Contest rules:

  • Sculpture teams must consist of at least one child, 16 years-old or under
  • One entry per household
  • Maximum team size: 8

To enter:

  • Create sculpture and take photo
  • In body of email, include:
    • Name of critter
    • Family/team name
    • List members of sculpture team, including ages for those 16 and under
    • Parent contact information, including phone and email

Deadline for submissions: 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 8, 2015

Good luck!