Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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


Support Your Zoo

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo offers you many ways to support your local AZA-accredited zoo! Our membership in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) requires us to meet the highest standards of animal care and welfare, wildlife conservation and nature education.

There are many ways for individuals, families, clubs, civic groups and corporations to support your local accredited wildlife conservation center. Please feel free to contact Friends of the Zoo Director of Philanthropy Gina Rapasadi at (315) 435-8511 x8534 to discuss ideas, or see some options at

Financial support from individuals, small businesses and corporations helps Friends of the Zoo continue to provide the level of excellence that makes the Rosamond Gifford Zoo a national leader in animal care, conservation education and visitor experience.

Pictured here is snow leopard cub Marcy, born May 18, 2020 and diagnosed with Swimmer Syndrome, a condition affecting her hind legs, at 3 weeks old. Our animal care and veterinary teams treated her with an intensive schedule of physical therapy while still allowing her to remain in the care of her mother, Daania. Marcy has made a full recovery and can walk, climb and leap thanks to the high level of care she received as an infant.

Gift Matching

Many companies offer a matching-gift benefit to their employees to inspire charitable giving. Sometimes the gifts of retirees and spouses are also eligible. Please contact your employer to determine if your contribution is eligible for a company match, which will provide an additional gift to support your zoo.


You can help us care for our animals and connect visitors of all ages to wildlife and wild places by making a tax-deductible contribution to Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.  A donation of any size makes a tremendous difference!

  • Donations of $125 or more will be recognized in the Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo annual report. 
  • Donations of $500 or more will be recognized on signage in the zoo's lobby. 

Make a secure online contribution HERE. You may earmark it for a specific purpose with a note in the comments.

You may also mail a check payable to "Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo" to:

Development Department
Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo
1 Conservation Place
Syracuse, NY 13204

Or feel to call us at (315) 435-8511 x8534 to make a contribution by credit card over the phone.


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