Naked Mole Rat

Naked Mole Rat

Naked mole-rats appear to be bald, but they are not completely hairless. They have sensory whiskers on their face and tail, which allow them to move backward just as quickly as they can move forward.

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Catering at the Zoo

Animal Demonstrations

Saturdays & Sundays through September
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free for members and with admission

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

Weekend Schedule:

10:30 a.m. -- Meet the Keeper -- Domestic Animal Barn

11 a.m. -- Animal Myths -- Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

11:30 a.m. -- Elephant Keeper Chat -- Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve

Noon -- Penguin Keeper Chat -- Penguin Coast

1:30 p.m. -- Predator & Prey -- Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

2 p.m. -- Elephant Keeper Chat -- Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve

2:30 p.m. -- Meet the Keeper -- Wildlife Trails (Locations TBA: Listen for announcement)

3 p.m. -- Penguin Keeper Talk -- Penguin Coast

Party for the Patas Monkeys

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

Join us as we celebrate the birth of our patas monkey baby and our entire patas monkey family! Come see the new baby and learn all about these social primates in the wild and at the zoo. Enjoy morning and afternoon keeper chats, a coloring craft and monkey-themed specials in the Jungle Café.  Enter a raffle for a chance to win a fun patas monkey gift basket and suggest names for the new baby monkey.

Free monkey toy to the first 200 children. Monkey-themed attire encouraged!


10 a.m. – Free toy monkey to the first 250 children

11 a.m. – Patas Monkey Keeper Chat

2 p.m.  -- Patas Monkey Keeper Chat

All day – Coloring craft, monkey-themed food at Jungle Café, enter to win a monkey themed gift basket; suggest a name for the new patas monkey baby

3 p.m. -- Raffle drawing – winner announced

Zoo Boo

Saturdays & Sundays, October 21, 22, 28 & 29
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Enjoy Halloween fun in the daytime sun -- at a Halloween party at the zoo! Trick-or-treat with the animals as the zoo becomes a kid-friendly haunt with themed treats, creepy-crawly animal encounters, keeper talks, games and temporary tattoos.

This "kooky not spooky" event provides Halloween fun without fear. Wear your costumes and bring your treat bags, or purchase a reusable Halloween bag for $1 at the event. 

Zoo members get an extra treat!

Zoo Boo is held rain or shine.

Members: $8 per child (regular zoo admission is free to members)    

Advance sale tickets available to zoo members only at the zoo, online at, or by calling (315) 435-8511 x113.

Non-members: $8 per child at the door, in addition to regular zoo admission.

Squishing of the Squash

Saturday, November 4
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

What happens to the pumpkins when Halloween’s over? The squash get squished – by our zoo animals! Watch as lions, tigers, bears and elephants stomp, romp and chomp pumpkins of all sizes! Come out and have a “gourd” time at the zoo!

Art Gone Wild

Animal Art Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 1- Friday, November 17

View dozens of amazing works of art created by our animal artists as part of their enrichment training. The animals that enjoy interaction activities using non-toxic paint get rewards for putting paws -- or brushes -- to paper. The results are a unique reflection of each animal! 

Exhibit free with zoo admission.

Reception, Art Sale & Auction
6 - 8 p.m.
Friday, November 17

This event allows the public to purchase a piece of animal art created by their favorite residents of the zoo, as a gift or keepsake that helps support the RGZ chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

$8 in advance at
$10 at the door
Free for age 12 & under


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