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Red Wolf

Red Wolf

Red wolves are critically endangered. Measures are being taken to protect this species throughout its range and through captive breeding and reintroduction programs.

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Catering at the Zoo


The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is home to more than 700 animals representing over 250 species. From our smallest invertebrate to our largest mammal (Asian elephant), the zoo offers unique viewing opportunities for its guests.

The zoo is open year-round. About 60 percent of exhibits are indoors. Outdoor exhibits remain open for the winter and include species chosen for their ability to adapt to our CNY climate. (Note: In cases of extremely inclement weather, outdoor animals may not be on view) 

Begin your journey in the U.S.S. Antiquities cave, home to a variety of fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Walk through the submarine cave to learn how life forms changed over time and explore present day habitats of the plants and animals that live here. Stop at the cave entrance to check out the lair of the only Giant Pacific octopus in Upstate New York as well as and several species of sea stars and anemones.

Continue through the Diversity of Birds aviary where you will glimpse the colors, shapes, sizes and lifestyles of our diverse world of birds.  This free-flight aviary is home to dozens of birds from nearly two dozen different species.

Continue left to visit the Nocturnal Animals/Adaptations exhibits. Many of these animals are nocturnal, so this area of the zoo is on a reverse light cycle to keep them active during zoo hours.  Here you may see animals that have inherited unique features over time to help them survive and reproduce - including sloths, fennec foxes, naked mole rats and North American river otters.

To the right of the aviary is the Social Animals wing. You'll see critically endangered Amur leopards, meerkats and playful primates like lemurs, siamang apes and patas monkeys (among others) that live here.

As you venture outdoors, you'll see dozens of birds residing on the main pond and in several exhibits.  Members of the Outdoor Birds community include a variety of waterfowl, raptors, flamingos, blue cranes and other species.

At Penguin Coast, watch the Humboldt penguins as they dive, swim and waddle about.  There are six viewing windows offering a number of angles to see the birds in action, including underwater!

Continue around the half-mile Wildlife Trail and encounter gray wolves, Amur tigers, Turkmenian markhor, takin, red wolves, white-lipped deer, red pandas, snow leopards, Andean bears and more!

Don't forget to experience the pachyderm residents at the Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is home to a herd of eight Asian elephants: Siri, Doc, Romani, Kirina, Targa, Mali, 4-year-old Batu and baby Ajay (pronounced "Ah-JYE").

Complete your visit at the Domestic Animal Barn where you can meet and pet barnyard animals including alpacas, donkey, chickens and rabbits, as well as endangered Heritage Breeds of including San Clemente Island goats and Black Welsh Mountain sheep.  You might even catch a training demonstration with our Guinea hogs, Gus and Briggs.


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