Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish use their sense of taste as a primary means to detecting food. Taste buds are found over the entire external surface of the fish, as well as inside the mouth, pharynx and gill arches.

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Upcoming Zoo Events

Centennial: 1914-2014

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park has had a wild adventure of growth and improvement over the last century. Once just a small four-acre facility, the zoo is now home to approximately 700 animals (more than 240 species) spanning 43 acres. Click event title for information on centennial-related activities and how you can take part in the celebration!

Squishing of the Squash 

Sunday, November 2  | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free with paid admission or zoo membership 

What happens to the pumpkins when Halloween is over? The squash get squished! Watch as animals throughout the zoo stomp, romp and chomp pumpkins of varying sizes! Don’t miss the 9th annual gourd-filled gala of fun.

Art Gone Wild!

Art Exhibition
Tuesday, October 28-Friday, November 21 | 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free with paid admission or zoo membership  

Dozens of extraordinary works-of-art created by the animals living at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will be on display—including pieces produced by trunks, paws, feet, hooves, scales, skin and, of course, brushes. Don't miss this limited engagement!

Reception, Art Sale & Auction        
Friday, November 21 | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
$5 per person | Children 6 and under are free

If you've ever wanted to purchase a piece of animal artwork, now's your chance! Dozens of pieces created by our zoo animals will be auctioned off in support of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Light refreshments and cash bar available.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturdays & Sundays, December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21 | 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Reservations required: $10 members | $14 non-members

Santa's elves will serve breakfast while Santa takes pictures and listens to last minute gift requests. Kids can make holiday crafts and decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus. Visit the membership desk for our special $25 Junior Keeper Adopt available ONLY at this event! Click event title for complete information, including how to purchase tickets.

Holidays with the Animals

Saturday, December 13 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free with paid admission or zoo membership 

In celebration of the holiday season, the animals at the zoo will be given "presents" as a way to enhance their well-being. Zoo-goers can watch the animals play with their new toys and demonstrate natural behaviors.

Noon Year's Eve

Wednesday, December 31 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Free with paid admission or zoo membership 

Ring in the "noon" year at the zoo with entertainment, games, crafts and more. It's an authentic New Year's Eve celebration that keeps bed time in mind, complete with ball drop and sparkling grape juice toast at noon.