Spotted Turtle

Spotted Turtle

Spotted turtles are omnivorous (eats both animal and plant foods) and feeds primarily underwater. Spotted turtles are active all day long in early spring. The sex of the hatchling is determined by nest temperature at specific times during the incubation period. Cooler temperatures produce males and warmer temperatures produce females.

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Animal Demonstrations

Daily, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Ends: Labor Day, September 7
Free with paid admission or zoo membership

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Zoo Boo

Saturdays & Sundays, October 17, 18, 24 & 25
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$8 per child plus the cost of zoo admission
Advance sale tickets available for members only

Halloween fun in the daytime sun! The zoo will be transformed into a bustling bash with hauntingly hilarious activities for kids and families.

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Squishing of the Squash

Sunday, November 1
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free for members and with paid admission

What happens to the pumpkins when Halloween is over? The squash get squished! Watch as animals throughout the zoo stomp, romp and chomp pumpkins of varying sizes! Don't miss the 10th annual gourd-filled gala of fun.

Art Gone Wild! Art Exhibition

Sunday, November 1-Friday, November 20
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free for members and with paid admission

Dozens of extraordinary works-of-art created by the animals living at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will be on display-including pieces produced by trunks, paws, feet, hooves, scales, skin and, of course, brushes. Don't miss this limited engagement!

Art Gone Wild! Reception, Art Sale & Auction

Friday, November 20
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
$5 per person, children 6 and under are free

If you've ever wanted to purchase a piece of animal artwork, now's your chance! Dozens of pieces created by our zoo animals will be auctioned off in support of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Light refreshments and cash bar available.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturdays & Sundays, December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20
9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
$13 members, $17 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. Reservations required.

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Holidays with the Animals

Saturday, December 12
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free for members and with paid admission

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 new toys and demonstrate natural behaviors.

Noon Year's Eve

Thursday, December 31
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Free for members and with paid admission

Ring in the "noon" year at the zoo with entertainment, games, crafts, a dance party 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.