Naked Mole Rat

Naked Mole Rat

Naked mole-rats appear to be bald, but they are not completely hairless. They have sensory whiskers on their face and tail, which allow them to move backward just as quickly as they can move forward.

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Summer Camp

Summer Zoo Camp is seven weeks of fun filled camp sessions geared toward specific age groups. At camp, kids participate in zoo tours, hands-on activities, games, and crafts and interact with animals and staff here at the zoo. Our Zoo Camp instructors are experienced, enthusiastic staff and each session has a 1:8 adult to child ratio. Zoo Camp offers your child a unique opportunity to experience all the Rosamond Gifford Zoo has to offer! These fun, educational camps fill up quickly, so don't delay!

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For general information about camp, please check out the Zoo Camp Info Sheet.

To read a brochure outlining the rights and responsibilities of campers, camp operators, and parents, please click here.

Camp Registration

 Registration for Zoo members begins on April 1 at 9 AM and open registration begins on April 15. We strongly encourage you to register online for the fastest service.  Members receive early registration and discounts for all Zoo Camp sessions. To learn more about membership, please click here.

If you would like to register via mail, please download a registration form here and mail it to the address at the bottom of the form. Mailed in registrations postmarked before April 1 will not be considered until all appropriately postmarked registrations have been processed. Mailed in registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Registration Tips:

Have you used our reservation site to purchase  tickets before? If not, please check out the site here, follow the directions on the log-in page to request your password, and make sure you are familiar with the registration process before  April 1. This will ensure your camp registration goes smoothly.  If you have used the reservation site before, please do a 'dry-run' by logging into your account to make sure you can log in smoothly before camp registration begins on April 1.

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Is your membership expired or do you plan to purchase a membership and camp session together?  To ensure a smooth process on registration day, please consider renewing or purchasing your membership at least a week before camp registration begins, and logging into your account ahead of time. To renew your membership or purchase one now, please click here.

Please Note: Your reservation is not complete (your 'spot' is not held) until you hit the "Accept" button at the end of your reservation, after you have entered your credit card info. Please know which camp/s you are interested in and have your credit card ready before you begin your purchase.

Cancellation Policy:

If your child is enrolled and you must cancel for any reason, your registration fee is nonrefundable unless a child on the waiting list can fill the space. In the event the cancelled slot is filled, a 25% processing fee will be deducted from your refund. If there is no waiting list for the program you are cancelling, no refund will be issued.

Camp Forms:

Please review Zoo Camp's Behavior Policy with your camper before camp begins.

The following summer camp forms must be on file at least one week before your child's camp session. Please note, these are NOT the same forms for winter or spring break camp. These forms are summer camp specific.

Forms can be hand delivered or faxed to Liz Schmidt at (315) 435-8517.  They can also be mailed to:

Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Attn: Camp Forms
One Conservation Place
Syracuse, NY  13204





Please check back in March 2015 for Summer 2015 offerings!

Severe 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.