Prehensile-Tailed Skink

Prehensile-Tailed Skink

This skink gets its name from its tail which can be used curl around objects such as branches for balance.This is the only known species of skink with a prehensile, or grasping, tail.

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Upcoming Zoo Events

Centennial: 1914-2014

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park 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. 

Animal Demonstrations

Weekends beginning Saturday, May 24 |10:00 a.m. –  4:30 p.m.
Daily beginning Monday, June 30 - Monday, September 1
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.

Sixth Annual Zookeeper Open

Saturday, July 19 | Registration at noon; shotgun start 1:30 p.m.
The Links at Sunset Ridge Golf Course, Marcellus
$85 per person; teams of four
Sponsorship packages available
Registration required; call (315) 435-8511 x121 for more information 

Support the zoo's chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). Price includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, prizes and dinner/awards ceremony. Prizes awarded to top three teams; separate awards for male/female longest drive and closet to the pin.

Birdies Before Brew

Friday, August 1 |  Registration at 1:00 p.m.; shotgun start 1:45 p.m. 
Burnet Park Golf Course, Syracuse 
$500 per foursome
Sponsorships begin at $750; hole and tee signs available
Registration required; contact Jill Allen, director of development and membership, (315) 435-8511 x108 or jallen@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Help raise funds for the zoo’s education programs, benefitting over 23,000 children throughout the year, while golfing on Burnet Park’s historic nine-hole course situated on a beautiful setting overlooking the City of Syracuse. Post-golf, enjoy a VIP reception, parking and admission to the annual sell-out fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo

Brew at the Zoo

Friday, August 1 | 5:30 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.
Tickets required
Advance sale: $50 | Group tickets (6+): $45
Day of: $55, if available (this event sells out during advance sale every year!)
Anyone under 21, including infants and toddlers, will not be admitted

Enjoy a night out at Friends of the Zoo's 18th annual fundraiser. Taste regional beers and wines, enjoy delicious food and music. Who knew philanthropic endeavors could taste so good? Click event title for complete information, including how to purchase tickets.

Asian Elephant Extravaganza

Saturday, August 16 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Free with paid admission or zoo membership

Celebrate Asian culture and honor the zoo’s magnificent elephants.  Enjoy elephant demonstrations, cultural performances, games and activity stations for all ages. Presented in partnership with the Syracuse University South Asia Center and the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University. 

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Zoo Boo

Saturdays & Sundays, October 18, 19, 25, 26 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$8 per child, plus the cost of zoo admission (admission is FREE for zoo members)
All children participating in Zoo Boo must have a Zoo Boo ticket in addition to their regular zoo admission
Zoo Boo is held rain or shine 

Enjoy Halloween fun in the daytime sun! The zoo will be transformed into a bustling Halloween bash with hauntingly hilarious activities for kids and families to enjoy. The “kooky not spooky” theme provides Halloween fun without the fear! Kids (and parents) -- costumes are encouraged! Daytime hours means Zoo Boo participants can see the entire zoo and animal collection. Click event title for complete information, including how to purchase tickets.