Spectacled Bear

Spectacled Bear

The spectacled bear gets its name from the distinctive rings of white or beige fur around its eyes. These markings stand out against the rest of the bear, which is usually black or dark brown, and look like eyeglasses (or spectacles).

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Catering at the Zoo

Summer Camp

Please visit syracusezooevents.org/summer-camp for camp offerings and registration.


Summer Zoo Camp is 8 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. Summer 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!

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.

To be placed on a wait list for any sold out camps, please send a email with the name of the camp and your contact information to kcoons@rosamondgiffordzoo.org.

Camp Registration

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 March 21 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  March 21. 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 March 21.

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.

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. No refunds or rain checks will be given for "no-shows" for any reason.

Camp Forms

Please review our Behavior Policy with your camper before camp begins.

The following summer camp forms must be on file at least 2 weeks before your child's camp session. Please note, these are NOT the same forms for winter or spring break camp. These forms are summer-specific.

Forms can be hand delivered to the zoo or faxed to the education department at (315) 435-8517.  They can also be mailed to:

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


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