Parking & Accessibility
Ample parking is available free of charge at the zoo. If zoo parking lots are full, street parking is available throughout the Tipperary Hill neighborhood and in Burnet Park. Please observe all parking signs and abide by odd/even parking regulations. You will still need to enter the zoo through the main entrance.
Please note: The Rosamond Gifford Zoo does not refund admission or provide "rain checks" due to weather.
Accessible parking and restroom facilities are available. About 60% of zoo exhibits are indoors. Both indoor and outdoor pathways at the zoo are accessible. Wheelchairs are available free of charge at the membership desk on a first come, first served basis.
For more detailed information on accessibility at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, visit the New York State Inclusive Recreation Resource Center page for our zoo by clicking here.
Our large family bathroom is located off the lobby at the main zoo entrance. It offers a comfortable chair for nursing mothers who would like additional privacy.
Sensory Inclusion Hours take place on the first Tuesday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. and will run through August 2, 2022.
We strive to raise awareness of the needs and challenges faced by individuals with sensory processing disorders. Therefore, this event is sensory inclusive, not sensory friendly. What does that mean? Sensory friendly means removing stimuli all together. In the case of sensory inclusion, we will help provide accessibility tools to explain potential sensory in over stimulating areas. This ensures an accepting and inclusive zoo experience for all!
What to expect:
- A Social Story to study before you visit
- A sensory map outlining potential challenges as well as quiet areas
- Biofact carts and sensory sensitive activities at Explorer’s Outpost (*activities subject to change)
Download a social story that outlines the zoo experience before your arrival
Social stories help set the expectations for the event in a simple text and visual format. These stories are designed to benefit individuals who are neurodivergent but are also beneficial to anyone wanting to know more about what to expect at the zoo.
Service Animal Policy
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is dedicated to providing a safe, enriching environment for the animals in our care and all of our visitors. Service animals that are on-duty or in training are allowed in the zoo with the person they assist or the trainer, in compliance with the Onondaga County Title VI, ADA and LEP Plan. Service animals must be harnessed, leashed or tethered and under the control of their handler.
Please keep in mind that as an accredited (Association of Zoos & Aquariums) zoo, we are charged with caring for many critically endangered species, including individual animals that are extremely genetically valuable for survival of the species. As such, we are considered to be a quarantine facility that does not allow pets, comfort or emotional support animals, outside wildlife or even invasive plants to be brought into the zoo.
The majority of zoo exhibits are open and accessible to visitors with on-duty service animals. However, some indoor exhibits are restricted to any outside animal, including service animals, due to a history of animals housed in these areas responding fearfully or aggressively to the presence of an unfamiliar animal, or which could be perceived by the animals as prey or predator. In order to minimize distress to the animals, please note the following restricted areas: Diversity of Birds, Animal Adaptations and the Social Animals wing. We are happy to provide an escort to take visitors through these areas while another staff member waits outside the area with the service animal.
On arrival, guests with service dogs will be greeted by a senior animal staff member so any questions can be addressed prior to the zoo visit. Service animals are expected not to interact in any way with the animals that live at the zoo.
Please note: Therapy dogs and emotional support dogs are not covered by ADA regulations and are not allowed entry into the zoo. Service dogs in training are permitted with the same restrictions as listed above. If you wish, you can speak to our staff in advance of your visit by calling us at (315) 435-8511 x8512 and asking to speak to a Duty Officer.