Red Panda

Red Panda

Though their names are similar, the red panda and giant panda are only very distantly related by a common ancestor that can be traced back to tens of millions of years ago. Both species were identified as pandas as the word “panda” means “bamboo eater,” and bamboo is a primary part of both the red panda’s and the giant panda’s diet.

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Reciprocal Zoos

One of the great benefits of being a member of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is free or discounted admission to other AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums that participate in the AZA Reciprocal Admissions Program.

The zoos and aquariums listed on the AZA list offer free or discounted entrance admission to current Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo members.

Click here to access the current list in PDF format.

It is important to note that these arrangements are subject to change, so we recommend calling ahead to confirm this information before you travel. Phone numbers and contact names are provided on AZA's list for your convenience.

When visiting these institutions, please present your current Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo membership card and proper ID. If you encounter any difficulties in receiving reciprocal benefits, please advise our membership team.

(Note: We also reciprocate with African Lion Safari in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.)

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is not responsible for admission fees incurred at other zoos.

If you have any questions, please contact our membership team at (315) 435-8511 x129 or x130.