Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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Dragon Sensory Hours: The dragons will be asleep from 2 to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Ways to Support

Conservation, Education, Saving Species

The Friends of the Zoo supports the vital work of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and offers many ways that you can help!

Your generous donation helps us support the missions of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. As an Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) accredited institution, the zoo is entrusted with the care of some of the most vulnerable species on earth and with the duty and honor to protect and care for them, educate visitors about them and help save them from extinction.

Join our Circle of Friends

Become a premiere member and combine all the perks of a Rosamond Gifford Zoo membership – plus additional exclusive benefits — with essential support for the zoo and its programs. For details, please call Director of Philanthropy, Gina Rapasadi at (315) 435-8511 x8534.

Leave a Lasting Legacy

Join the Elephant Society and be among an integral group of donors who have joined our Planned Giving program. Your planned gift will create a secure future for the zoo for many years to come through a bequest in your will, a gift of stock or other tax-free means of leaving a legacy through your estate.

Make a Memorial Contribution

You can remember a loved one or pay tribute to someone special through a tax-free contribution to Friends of the Zoo. Options include dedicating a leaf on our Tree of Life horticulture fund, supporting a zoo exhibit, tribute garden or bench.


Sponsor an Event

Whether in-person or virtual, events at the zoo are memorable and unique. Best of all, your meeting, social or team-building event benefits the animals of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo!

Sponsor an Exhibit

Corporate sponsors may choose to fund a zoo exhibit for a period of years, extend support for an exhibit feature or even name an exhibit.

Sponsor an Education Program

Whether on-site, mobile or virtual, zoo education programs reach thousands of children and adults each year with lessons on wildlife, nature and conservation. Sponsor a class, program or education activity that speaks to your company.

Become a Zoo Partner

Our corporate partners have long-term relationships with the Friends of the Zoo that are tailored to highlight the interests of both parties. Let’s discuss how we can work to benefit our community together!

Host an Event at the Zoo!

From company picnics, holiday parties to conferences and workshops our events experts will assist you every step of the way. LEARN MORE

Employee Recognition

Give a one-of-a-kind gift from the zoo to thank your employees in a special way. (Adopt-an-animal; family memberships; tickets to events; unique gifts from our zoo shop)

Join our Board

We are looking for skilled people to join our board committees - an excellent opportunity to develop employee leadership and corporate visibility.


Groups of any size love volunteering at the zoo - sign up to paint fences, work in the gardens, serve food at events and more. LEARN MORE



Unite your scout troop, sports club, veterans’ group or civic group around a shared cause on behalf of the zoo.

Make a Memorial Contribution

for a departed member.

Contribute as a Group 

to make a bigger impact.

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