Radiated Tortoise

Radiated Tortoise

The radiated tortoise’s shell has a pattern of yellow lines “radiating” from the center of the dark plate of the shell, hence the name. The shell also contains blood vessels and nerves, so a tortoise can actually feel when it is touched.

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Catering at the Zoo

Winter Photo Contest Winners

The Fourth Annual Winter at the Zoo Photo Contest Traveling Winners Exhibition will take place at the following sponsoring organizations in 2017,

Syracuse Stage - April 5-23
Community Folk Art Center - June 3-17
Redhouse Arts Center - July TBD 

Party for the Planet

Saturday, April 29
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free for members and with admission

Come to the zoo to celebrate Earth Day! 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" activity stations. Presented by Friends of the Zoo in partnership with GreeningUSA.

Friends of the Zoo Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 11
8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Open to zoo members and the public
Banquet Room

The Board of Directors and President & CEO Janet Agostini invite you to attend the Friends of the Zoo annual meeting. Agenda includes 2016 organizational highlights, financial report summary and special remarks. Please RSVP by May 8 to Catherine Cross at (315) 435-8511 x132 or ccross@rosamondgiffordzoo.org.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Saturday, May 13
10 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20 per person
Children 2 and under free

Follow the white rabbit to the zoo for a very special tea party with Alice and the Mad Hatter. Feast on fantastical finger foods, fruits and pastries, sip Fairytale Punch and select teas, play flamingo croquet and join the Queen of Hearts and her magical soldiers for games on the patio! Animal demos, keeper chats and a fun photo booth, too! Wear your maddest hat and don’t be late for this enchanting garden party at the zoo.

Please note: Highchairs and booster seats are available on a first come, first served basis only.

To reserve your tickets, click here
Questions? Call (315) 435-8511 x113 or x180

Mother's Day Brunch

Sunday, May 14
10-11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $29.95 Adults, $12.95 Youth (ages 4-12),
Children 3 and under free
Zoo admission included

We invite you to join us for a wildly unique Mother’s Day celebration.
Indulge in our delicious brunch buffet along with a dessert table rich with pastries and a chocolate fountain. Our pint-sized guests will enjoy their very own buffet featuring items created just for them.
A cash bar will be available highlighting a build-your-own Bloody Mary station as well as mimosas and Irish coffee.

Round out your day with a meet and mingle with our animal "ambassador" and enjoy free admission to the zoo.

To reserve your tickets, click here
Questions? Call (315) 435-8511 x113 or x180

Animal Demonstrations

Weekends beginning Saturday, May 27
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free for members and with admission

Don't miss our "In the Wings" bird show, elephant keeper chat, penguin feedings and various animal encounters.

World Oceans Day

Saturday, June 3
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Free for members and with admission

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 28
5:30 - 8 p.m.
Free for zoo members and Adopt parents only 
No RSVP required

Join us for an exclusive after-hours event at the zoo for our members and Adopt parents! Enjoy live entertainment, keeper talks, animal demonstrations and complimentary refreshments. Members and Adopt parents may purchase additional tickets for their guests at the door for $10 each. Questions? Contact the membership team at (315) 435-8511 x130 or x129.

Birdies Before Brew

Friday, August 4
Registration noon; shotgun start 1 p.m. 
Burnet Park Golf Course, Syracuse 
$500 per foursome
Sponsorships begin at $750
Hole sponsorships also available
Registration required
Contact: Catherine Cross, development manager, (315) 435-8511 x132 

Help raise funds for Friends of the Zoo's education programs (benefitting over 150,000 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! Click event title to register.

Brew at the Zoo

Friday, August 4
5:30 - 8 p.m.
Advance sale: $55 per person 
Group tickets (6+): $50 per person 

Day of the event: $65 per person (if available)
Tickets required
Purchase online, by phone at(315) 435-8511 x113 or on-site at membership desk

Special VIP access: $135 per person available by phone or on-site at membership desk

Enjoy a night out at the annual Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo! Taste regional beers and wines and enjoy delicious food and music. Who knew philanthropic endeavors could taste so good? Anyone under the age of 21, including infants and toddlers, will not be admitted.

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