Hoffmann’s Two-Toed Sloth

Hoffmann’s Two-Toed Sloth

Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth has the most variable and lowest body temperature of any mammal, ranging from 76 to 96 degrees. Its temperature fluctuates with that of the air temperature around it, sometimes varying as much as 10 degrees during a 24-hour period.

Upcoming Zoo Events

2014

Centennial: 1914-2014

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo 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!

Breakfast with Santa -- NOW SOLD OUT!

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 treats 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 juice toast at noon.

2015

Snow Leopard Days

Friday, January 2-Saturday, February 28 | 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Zoo goers enjoy half-price admission in January and February

Bundle up and visit the zoo! Wander the Wildlife Trails and see animals playing in the snow. For those who prefer to keep warm, indoor exhibits offer plenty of entertainment. Indoor and outdoor exhibits, an amazing gift shop, tasty meals from the Jungle Café and special events guarantee an entertaining, educational and memorable visit--the best day ever! The zoo is the perfect wintertime getaway for families and children, even in the coldest weather!

Winter at the Zoo Photo Contest

Monday, January 5-Saturday, January 31 | 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Complimentary admission for contest participants who show their camera (cell phones are not acceptable); Limit one entrant per household per day

Welcome the arrival of the New Year by entering the zoo's annual photo contest--celebrating 10 years in 2015! Photographers of all abilities, ages five and up, are invited to enter for a chance to win fantastic prizes.

Snow Leopard Soirée

Friday, February 6 | 6:30 - 11 p.m.
Reservations required: $175 per person


Join us for Friends of the Zoo's eighth annual black-tie gala and winter fundraiser, honoring Allen Naples and M&T Bank. The event features fun and festive gourmet dining, live music from The Critics, a live and silent auction and animal greeters. Proceeds from the event benefit the zoo's education programs. Click event title for complete information, including how to purchase tickets.

Sweet Treats

Sunday, February 8 | 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free with paid admission or zoo membership

A variety of the zoo's animals will receive Valentine's Day treats, including the lions, tigers and bears (oh my). Animals will be presented with heart-shaped items as part of the zoo's enrichment program to encourage natural behaviors found in the wild and enhance overall well-being. (Half-price admission is in effect for this event!)

Winter Break Activities

Saturday, February 14-Sunday, February 22 | 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free with paid admission or zoo membership

Beat the winter blues with a visit to the zoo! Enjoy animal demonstrations and meet the keeper sessions for a chance to learn what happens "behind the scenes." (Half-price admission is in effect for this event!)

Breakfast with the Bunny

Sundays, March 15, 22 & Saturdays March 21, 28 | 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Reservations required: $12 members | $16 non-members
Children 2 and under are free

Hop on down to the zoo and enjoy a delicious meal with the bunny! There will be food, fun, face painting and more!

Spring Break Activities

Friday, April 3-Saturday, April 12 | 10 a.m. - 4:30 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!