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

Spring Break Activities

Friday, April 3-Saturday, April 12 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free with paid admission or zoo membership

Spring back into action at the zoo! Throughout the week, see animals up close, meet zookeepers and learn what happens "behind the scenes."

Animal Egg-Stravaganza

Saturday, April 4 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free with paid admission or zoo membership

Watch the zoo's animals as they enjoy their very own "egg-stravaganza." A variety of animals will receive eggs and egg-shaped enrichment items throughout the day. Don't miss this egg-citing event!

Party for the Planet

Saturday, April 18 | 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free with paid admission or zoo membership

Come to the zoo to celebrate Earth Day 2015! Learn about our efforts to sustain biodiversity and see how you and your family can make a difference, too! Chat with zoo staff at animal demonstrations and keeper talks featuring some of the zoo's resident endangered species and visit "green" booths and exhibitors.

Animal Demonstrations

Weekends only beginning Saturday, May 23 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Daily beginning Monday, June 29
| 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Ends: Labor Day, September 7
Free with paid admission or zoo membership

Don't miss our "In the Wings" bird show, the ever-popular Elephant Encounter, penguin feedings, keeper talks and various animal demonstrations.

World Oceans Day

Saturday, June 6 | 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free with paid admission or zoo membership

Life on earth depends on water, and oceans connect us all. From the air we breathe, to the food we eat and the climate we live in, the world's oceans are crucial to the survival of the planet. Enjoy feeding demonstrations and keeper talks featuring our aquatic residents, and learn how you can help make a difference. Together we have the power to protect the ocean.

Annual Member Appreciation Event

Wednesday, June 10 | 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Free for zoo members and Adopt parents only
Additional tickets may be purchased at the door
Questions? Contact: Membership, (315) 435-8511 x130/x129

Join us for an exclusive after-hours event at the zoo for our members and adopt parents! Enjoy live "Bubblemania" entertainment, keeper talks, animal encounters and complimentary refreshments.

Birdies Before Brew

Friday, August 7 | Shotgun start 1:45 p.m.
Burnet Park Golf Course, Syracuse
Registration required, $500 per foursome
Sponsorships begin at $750, hole and tee signs available
Contact: Jill Allen, (315) 435-8511 x108

Help raise funds for Friends of the Zoo's education programs (benefitting over 157,000 people of all ages each year) while golfing on Burnet Park's historic nine-hole course situated on a beautiful setting overlooking the City of Syracuse. After the tournament enjoy a VIP reception, parking and admission to the annual sell-out fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo!

Brew at the Zoo

Friday, August 7 | 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Tickets required
Advance: $50 per person
Group (6+): $45 per person
Door*: $60 per person
(*If available - this event sells out during advance sale every year!)

Enjoy a night out with friends at the 19th annual fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo! Guests will taste regional wines and beers and enjoy delicious food and music. Who knew philanthropic endeavors could taste so good? Anyone under 21, including infants and toddlers, will not be admitted. Sponsored by CXtec and TERACAI. Click event title for complete information, including how to purchase tickets.