Clownfish and certain damselfish are the only species of fishes that can avoid the potent poison of a sea anemone. This is due to a layer of mucus on the clownfish’s skin that makes it immune to the fish-eating anemone’s lethal sting.

Catering at the Zoo

Dinosaur Invasion!

101 Days of Dinoaurs
Friday, May 25 - Monday, September 3

Free to members and with zoo admission.

The Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo presents an exhibit of prehistoric proportions, free to members and with zoo admission all summer long. A dozen lifelike animatronic dinosaurs will be stationed throughout the outdoor zoo, including T. Rex, Brachiosaurus, and a couple of adult Parasaurolophus with a nest and babies!

This display is sure to spark an interest in science, paleontology, archeology and natural history in our younger guests by providing an experience that makes a big impression! We will be adding several fun, educational and exciting events built around a dino theme. Stay tuned for more info at

Animal Demonstrations

Weekends starting Saturday, May 26
Daily starting Saturday, June 23 

Free to members and with zoo admission.

Build your day at the zoo around animal demonstrations scheduled every half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Don't miss our Predator & Prey shows, camel demos, penguin and primate keeper chats, training with Moakler the elephant barn dog and more!

See the summer schedule HERE.

Asian Elephant Extravaganza

Saturday, August 18
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Free to members and with zoo admission.

Celebrate our Asian elephant herd and Asian culture with an event that blends wildllife conservation with the rich heritage of the native countries of Asian elephants. Activities include keeper chats and elephant demos at Asian Elephant Preserve, education stations with elephant biofacts and examples of Southeast Asian music and dance. Presented in partnership with the Syracuse University South Asia Center.

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