Prehensile-Tailed Skink

Prehensile-Tailed Skink

This skink gets its name from its tail which can be used curl around objects such as branches for balance.This is the only known species of skink with a prehensile, or grasping, tail.

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Catering at the Zoo

Seasonal Camps

Seasonal Zoo Camp

Kids Night Out

AGES 6-12
Friday, March 23
5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Members: $30 per child
Non-members: $35 per child

Hey parents... Looking for a night out? Drop your kids ages 6-12 yrs off at the zoo to party like an animal! Kids will enjoy pizza upon arrival as well as animal encounters, an after hours tour of the zoo, crafts and games throughout the night.

School Break Zoo Camps

Kids off from school and you don't know what to do? Have them join us for these exciting zoo camp experiences! Campers will tour the zoo, see animals up close, play games and make awesome crafts. Come for one day, or all week! 

Spring Break Zoo Camp! 

Monday, April 23 - Friday, 27 2018

Topics vary each day (see below). Come for one day or all week; activities such as animal encounters, tours, crafts, and games are different each day! Please make sure to bring a lunch and dress for the weather! 
*Campers in the 3-5 year old camps must be potty trained to attend camp!*


Monday:  Feasts for Beasts
Tuesday: Protective Detective
Wednesday: Creative Creatures
Thursday:  Engineering Enrichments
Friday:  Fake it to Make it






3-5 Year olds*


9 am - noon


1 pm - 4 

Members: $28 per child per day

Non-members: $38 per child per day

6-8 Year olds

Monday thru

9-4 pm

Members: $45 per child per day

Non-members: $55 per child per day

9-12 Year olds


9-4 pm

Members: $45 per child per day

Non-members: $55 per child per day


If you have any questions regarding camp, please send an email to

Camp Registration and FAQs

We strongly encourage you to register online. Registrations mailed in will be filled in the order in which they are received.

If the session you want is filled, please call (315) 435-8511 x357 to be placed on a wait list. All registrations received after camp sessions are full will be held on a wait list. If payment has been made with a personal check/money order, it will be returned to you after the date of the camp has passed. If space becomes available, you will be contacted immediately. Spaces that open will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

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 each program.  We reserve the right to cancel a program if the minimum number of registrants is not met. If the zoo cancels the camp session due to lack of enrollment or severe weather, a full refund or program credit will be given.

Cancellation Policy

If your child is enrolled and you must cancel for any reason, your registration fee is nonrefundable unless a child on the wait list can fill the space. If there is no wait list for the session indicated, we cannot issue a refund. In the event the cancelled slot is filled, a 25% processing fee will be deducted from your refund.

Consent and Waiver Policy

Every participant under the age of 18 without a parent or legal guardian on the premises during the education program must have a signed consent and waiver form on file with the Education Department. This form will be kept on file for one (1) year, so you only need to fill it out once. If your child's medical history, including food allergy or activity restrictions changes, please notify the Education Department to update your file at 435-8511 x357. To download the Education Program Consent and Waiver form, please click here.

Severe Weather Policy

All education programs, including Edventure Academy, camps, and Twilights 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.


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.