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Spectacled Bear

Spectacled Bear

The spectacled bear gets its name from the distinctive rings of white or beige fur around its eyes. These markings stand out against the rest of the bear, which is usually black or dark brown, and look like eyeglasses (or spectacles).

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Zoo to You

Traveling education program that visits you!


Zoo to You is a traveling, inquiry-based educational program that visits schools, libraries, community centers, senior centers/facilities, day care centers, scout groups, more. Zoo to You's mission is to increase awareness of the natural world and encourage participants to be environmentally conscious. Each program includes live animals such as birds, reptiles, and invertebrates, some of which may be touchable. We also use biofacts (animal-related artifacts) to create a hands-on experience for participants. All Zoo to You programs are presented by professional zoo educators. 

What subject matter does Zoo to You teach?

Zoo to You offers programs on many topics, including animal adaptations, habitats and endangered species. Our programs are designed for specified age groups and grades according to the New York State Learning Standards. We have programs available for ages 3 through adult. Zoo to You is not suited for children under age 3. Please see our curriculum list below for specific program details. Also, please note that most program themes can be adapted to suit both older and younger students. We can also design a program to your specific topic needs or on subject matter not included on our curriculum list. Simply mention your request when you reserve your Zoo to You program and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs.

  • For a list of program topics and descriptions, please click here.
  • Please click here to see our pricing structure and fees for all Zoo to You programs.


How many individuals may attend a Zoo to You program?

Programs are designed to foster hands-on, interactive learning. We recommend you reserve small group programs (fewer than 30 participants) for your group. We are happy to conduct consecutive programs for several small groups as well. If you are planning a group visit to the zoo, please click here for our Zoo Safari programs.


For questions or to reserve a Zoo to You Program:

Contact  (315) 435-8511 x8559 or e-mail

Interested in a zoo birthday party? Please contact our sales and events coordinator at (315) 435-8511 x8589 or click here for more information. 

Special thanks to the following for support of the Zoo to You Program:


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Want to Know More About Zoo to You?

Q: What are the operating hours of the Zoo to You program?

A: Zoo to You has a very flexible schedule: weekdays, evenings, and even weekends! Please call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email to check for availability.

Q: What is the duration of a Zoo to You program?

A: Each program lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. The educator adjusts the length of each program based on the interest of the participants. The educator will also shorten or cancel any program if the welfare of the animals is compromised in any way.

Q: How many participants are recommended for each program?

A: The zoo suggests no more than 30 participants per program. This group size allows a more hands-on and interactive approach to teaching about the animals. If the format of your program only allows for large group numbers, we have auditorium-style programs as well.

Q: How much does a Zoo to You program cost?

A: The price of each Zoo to You program depends on the size and location of each program. Click here to see the fee structure for Zoo to You. We request that payment be made in full two weeks in advance to keep your confirmation.

Q: How far in advance must I reserve my program?

A: We request that each program be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance and we recommend you reserve your program as soon as possible, as dates book quickly. Spring (April-June) and Summer (July-August) are the busiest times of year for Zoo to You, and these dates fill up weeks or even months in advance. Call the Zoo at (315) 435-8511 x8559 to reserve a program today!

Q: What types of animals are included in a Zoo to You program?

A: The outreach animals at thee zoo are mostly small animals specifically chosen for outreach programming. Some of the animals we bring may be touchable in a small group setting (30 or fewer participants). The types of animals we may use depend on the topic, group size and animal availability.  Due to Zoo protocol regarding animal care and scheduling, we are unable to make any guarantees on which animals will be brought to a program. However, we will strive to bring a variety of animals suitable for your group. If you are scheduling multiple Zoo to You visits for your group, please let us know if you would like us to bring different animals for each visit so we may give your group a unique experience each time.

Q: How many animals will visit my facility?

A: Generally, Zoo to You brings 3 or 4 animals to your facility. Our programs are designed to give the members of your group the chance to spend time learning about these amazing creatures and meet the animals up close.


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