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Red Panda

Red Panda

Though their names are similar, the red panda and giant panda are only very distantly related by a common ancestor that can be traced back to tens of millions of years ago. Both species were identified as pandas as the word “panda” means “bamboo eater,” and bamboo is a primary part of both the red panda’s and the giant panda’s diet.

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A Rosamond Gifford Zoo membership pays for itself in just a few visits! We are open year-round, and members receive unlimited admission.

With a membership, you’ll enjoy savings on special ticketed events, birthday party packages, zoo camps, educational programs, and more. Members also receive exclusive admission to members-only events, such as our Member Mornings and our annual Member Appreciation Event!


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Benefits include:

If you would like to mail in your payment click here for your membership application today!

AAA benefit! Join the zoo or renew your membership with a current AAA card and receive two single-use guest passes (Valued up to $18)! Call today with your AAA club information, include a copy of your AAA card when renewing by mail, or enter your club information in the “notes” section when purchasing online to receive these benefits.

 Memberships make great raffle prizes! (Membership purchase required.)

For more information, or for help finding a membership level that works for you, call us today at (315) 435-8511 x8537.

Please note that only the named adults on the membership may use the membership card for admission. Valid ID for each named adult must be presented at admission.

Membership Categories

 Basic Levels

  • Individual $42: One named adult
  • Dual $58: Choose one of the following at time of purchase: two named adults OR one named adult PLUS one guest
  • Family $75: Two named adults and their children or grandchildren between the ages of 3-18
  • Family +1 $90 BEST VALUE: Same as above PLUS one guest per visit

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Senior Levels 

  • Senior Dual $48: Choose one of the following at the time of purchase: two named adults OR one named adult PLUS one guest (at least one named adult must be age 62 or older)
  • Grandparent $65: Two named adults and their grandchildren between the ages of 3-18 (At least one named adult must be age 62 or older)

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Friends Levels 

  • Patron $145: All the benefits of a family membership, plus
    • 1 free guest per visit
    • 2 single-use guest passes
    • Friends level member exclusive gift
    • Recognition in the annual report
    • Invitation to exhibit previews
    • VIP access at the Annual Member Appreciation Event
  • Supporting $265: All the benefits of a patron membership plus
    • 1 additional free guest per visit (2 guests total)
  • Sustaining $375: All the benefits of a supporting membership plus
    • Docent led tour of the zoo

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Circle of Friends 

  • Combine the best of a Rosamond Gifford Zoo membership with essential support to the zoo and its programs by joining Circle of Friends!

    Circle of Friends members support the zoo and our animals while enjoying exclusive benefits, including all the privileges of membership plus VIP animal encounters, additional guests per visit and more. Click here to learn more.

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The Rosamond Gifford Zoo's reciprocal admission policy applies only to facilities accredited through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Please check with your zoo regarding its AZA status or check online at

Annual Member Appreciation Event

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
5:30 - 8 p.m. (Rain or Shine)
FREE for members and Adopt parents only
No RSVP required

Join us for a free after-hours event at the zoo exclusively for our members and Adopt-an-Animal parents! There's so much to do and enjoy at this popular event!

  • Live entertainment
  • Keeper talks
  • Animal encounters
  • Crafts
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Jr. Keeper Adopt specials
  • Increased gift shop discount and Jungle Cafe specials
  • MEGA RAFFLE with an assortment of awesome prizes
  • and more!

Just bring your current membership card and photo ID for admission, or check in with your Adopt parent name.

Members and Adopt parents may purchase additional tickets for their guests at the door for $10 each.

Questions? Contact us at (315) 435-8511 x8537.

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