Clownfish and certain damselfish are the only species of fishes that can avoid the potent poison of a sea anemone. This is due to a layer of mucus on the clownfish’s skin that makes it immune to the fish-eating anemone’s lethal sting.

Catering at the Zoo

Hours and Admission


Open 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 362 days a year
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

Note: The zoo is a year-round facility, with 60 percent of exhibits indoors. Outdoor exhibits remain open for the winter and include species chosen for their ability to adapt to our region's climate.


Cash, personal checks with valid ID, Visa, Mastercard and Discover are accepted.


Snow Leopard Days
January & February
General Pricing
      (2 & under)     
$2.00 $4.00
$4.00 $8.00
$2.50 $5.00
Veterans &
Active Military*


*Effective April 1, 2015: Present military I.D., Onondaga County FAVOR card, discharge papers or another form of official military identification. Discount applies to the veteran or military member OR military spouse and up to 3 family members, for a maximum of 4 people. Veteran must be present to receive the discount.

**Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or over) during their zoo visit.

School Group Rates

School Groups of 20 or more paying individuals with a prior reservation; for K-12 only. One chaperone is required for every 7 students.

  • Youth (3-18) - $1.25
  • Adult chaperones exceeding the required number- $5.25
  • Seniors - $4.00
  • Children 2 and under - Free

School groups must make reservations at least two weeks in advance and may do so by calling (315) 435-8511 x100.

Non School Group Rates

Groups of 20-100 paying visitors

  • Youth (3-18) - $3.25
  • Adults (age 19 to 61) - $5.25
  • Seniors (62+) - $3.75
  • Children 2 and under - Free

Groups of 101-250 paying visitors

  • Youth (3-18) - $2.75
  • Adults (age 19 to 61) - $4.50
  • Seniors (62+) - $3.25
  • Children 2 and under - Free

Groups of 251+ paying visitors

  • Youth (3-18) - $2.50
  • Adults (age 19 to 61) - $4.00
  • Seniors (62+) - $2.75
  • Children 2 and under - Free

There are several ways to purchase group rate tickets:

Option 1: All members of the group arrive at the zoo at the same time on the same day.  One form of payment is required at the ticket booth at the time of arrival.  Please make reservations for your group by calling (315) 435-8511 x100 at least two weeks prior to your visit.

Option 2: A representative for the group will take pre-orders and will purchase the exact number of tickets needed by the group.  The ticket price is based on the total number of tickets purchased and no refunds will be issued for unused tickets.  Payment is received in advance of the visit in exchange for tickets which are then distributed to members of the group.  Tickets may be used at any time and do not have an expiration date.  To purchase advance sale group rate tickets, call (315) 435-8511 x100 at least two weeks prior to your visit.


Ample parking is available free of charge at the zoo. If zoo parking lots are full, street parking is available throughout the Tipperary Hill neighborhood and in Burnet Park. Please observe all parking signs and abide by odd/even parking regulations. You will still need to enter the zoo through the main entrance.

Please note: The Rosamond Gifford Zoo does not refund admission or provide "rain checks" due to weather.

Onondaga County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability in employment or the provision of services. Links: Onondaga County's policy, complaint process, and language assistance or disability access issues.