Asian Elephant Extravaganza

Syracuse Zoo Asian Elephant Extravaganza Karina

Asian Elephant Extravaganza celebrates Asian culture and the zoo’s magnificent elephant herd. Join us for a day-long celebration that blends wildlife conservation education with the rich culture and heritage of the native countries of Asian elephants.

Activities include keeper talks and demonstrations at the Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve, education stations with elephant biofacts, information about the significance of elephants in Asian culture as well as performances of music, dance and artwork from Thailand, Bali, India and other South Asian countries. This event also features games and an elephant art raffle!

Events take place at the Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve unless otherwise noted

*Listen to zoo announcements for location
Subject to change, weather permitting

Schedule:

10:15 a.m. – Siri the Asian Elephant inaugurates the new Elephant Crossing

10:30 a.m. – Performance by the Buffalo Gamelan Club — Javanese percussion ensemble

10:45 a.m. – Painting enrichment with Siri the elephant artist

11 a.m. – Bharatanatyam Dance Performance (Classical Indian Dance)
Courtyard

11:30 a.m. – Sound Journey with Helena Zera
Yoga practitioner Helena Zera plays a crystal lyre and Tibetan singing bowls to take elephants and people on a half-hour Sound Journey, a meditative experience guided by tones and vibrations.

Noon – Elephant watermelon smash

12:30 p.m. – Gamelan music performance

12:45 p.m. – Elephant tunnel keeper talk – See elephants use their new tunnel!

1 p.m. – Bollywood ZOOmba dancing – come join in the fun!
Courtyard

1:30 p.m. – Gamelan music performance

2 p.m. – Spotlight on elephant foot care and training with Romani

2:30 p.m. – Gamelan music performance

3 p.m. – Raffle drawing winner announced; elephants receive a big ice treat!


In partnership with the Syracuse University South Asia Center.

CNYArts LogoThis project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

World Elephant Day

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Asian Elephant

Join us in observing World Elephant Day with some special keeper chats and elephant enrichment activities at Asian Elephant Preserve! Check the schedule in the zoo lobby on arrival.

2019 World Elephant Day Support Logo

World Oceans Day

Syracuse Zoo RGZ World Oceans Day

Join us in observing World Oceans Day, a day to appreciate our oceans and marine life!

The zoo will have keeper chats and animal demonstrations featuring marine animals, as well as activities and information about ocean creatures.

*Listen to zoo announcements for location

Schedule:

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Zoo Guides
Seafood Watch table in upper lobby
Octopus Zoopardy at Explorer’s PlaySpace

11 a.m. – Octopus Keeper Chat
Octopus Exhibit

12:30 p.m. – Plastics Pollution and Our Oceans
USS Antiquities Cave

1:30 p.m. – Reef Tank Fish Feeding
USS Antiquities Cave

2:30 p.m. – Penguin Keeper Chat
Penguin Coast

3:30 p.m. – Aquarium Keeper Chat
USS Antiquities Cave

Edventure Academy: Endangered Species

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Edventure Academy Endangered Species

Have you ever wondered why zoos exist? Come to the zoo to learn about what we do to help save endangered animals – and maybe even meet one face-to-face. You will learn how you can help save endangered species in your daily life!

Sessions:

AgesDateTime 
Ages 3-5 with parentFriday, May 3110:30 a.m.-noonRegister Now
Ages 3-5 with parentSaturday, June 110:30 a.m.-noonRegister Now
Ages 6-10 parent optionalSaturday, June 11:30-3 p.m.Register Now

TUITION PER SESSION
Members: $18 per child or child/adult pair
Non-members: $23 per child or child/adult pair
Additional seat (child or adult) $12

Classes fill quickly! Questions: call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email education@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Family Volunteer Cleanup Day

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Family Volunteer Cleanup Day AZA

Bring the family to participate in a volunteer cleanup of the Burnet Park side of the zoo’s perimeter. This event is designed for families of all ages to demonstrate community volunteerism. The first 200 participants who sign up and show up the day of the event will receive a free native plant. Those who post a photo showing they planted their plant by Memorial Day — tagging @syracusezoo with hashtag #SpringIntoAction – will be entered in a drawing for a special keeper chat at the zoo. Drinks and snacks will be provided at the end of the cleanup, and the first 100 people who registered will receive wristbands for free admission to the zoo the day of the event.

Registration is required; Click here to register

Participants are encouraged to visit the zoo and attend special Endangered Species Day Keeper chats and other activities.

Schedule for Family Cleanup and Endangered Species Day 

9 a.m. – Family Volunteer Cleanup participants report for cleanup in front of the zoo entrance.

9-11 a.m. – Volunteer Cleanup participants help with litter pickup on the Burnet Park side of the zoo perimeter.

11 a.m. – Drinks and snacks for cleanup participants.

11:30 a.m. – Endangered Species Keeper Chat: Ruffed lemurs
Social Animals Building

Noon- 3 p.m. – Zoo Curiosity Carts, Seafood Watch, Snailblazers in zoo lobby.

12:30 p.m. – Endangered Species Keeper Chat: Radiated tortoise
Diversity of Birds exhibit

1 p.m. – Endangered Species Keeper Chat: Humboldt penguin
Penguin Coast

1:30 p.m. – Meet a locally endangered animal: Eastern box turtle
Upper lobby

2 p.m. – Endangered Species Keeper Chat: Red panda
Wildlife Trail

2:30 p.m. – Endangered Species Keeper Chat: Bactrian camels
Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

3 p.m. – Bird Feeding
Diversity of Birds exhibit

The events are part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Spring into Action campaign, which leverages the resources of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to offer family-friendly opportunities to improve and protect our planet.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is among 233 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), which requires its members to meet the highest standards of animal care, wildlife conservation, education and guest experience.

AZA provided grants for 50 of its institutions to hold volunteer activities for the Spring into Action Campaign. The grant allowed the Syracuse zoo to purchase 200 native plants for the first 200 participants in the May 18 cleanup.

Party for the Planet

Party for the Planet Syracuse Zoo RGZ Earth Day

Presented by Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in partnership with Greening USA

Greening USA

Learn about our efforts to sustain biodiversity and see how you and your family can make a difference.

Enjoy eco-friendly activities and giveaways as well as information on how you can help Planet Earth.

Visit “green” activity stations representing Seafood Watch, Save the Rain, Cornell Master Naturalists and many more!

Chat with zoo staff at animal demonstrations featuring some of the zoo’s resident endangered species

Learn about the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Saving Animals from Extinction (SAFE) program and earn an endangered species trading card.

Engage in nature play at Explorer’s PlaySpace and receive a magnifier for examining bugs and flowers.

Make your own pollinator seed ball to plant in your yard to attract butterflies!

Attend mini-tours and demos about animals and conservation at the zoo!

Schedule:
10:30 a.m. – Sharing Space with Snakes
Upper Lobby

11 a.m. – Ocean Pollution Plastics
USS Antiquities Cave

11:30 a.m. – Guided Green Tour*
Meet at the Gazebo

Noon – The Dirt on Decomposers
Upper Lobby

1:30 p.m. – Mythbusters: Bats!
Classroom

2 p.m. – Species at Risk Talk: Red Wolf
Lion Corridor

2:30 p.m. – Camel Talk*
Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

3 p.m. – Ask an Educator!
Classroom

Schedule subject to change
*Outdoor activities are weather-dependent. Announcements 5-10 minutes prior to activity will confirm occurrence.


Party for the Planet Spring into Action AZA Syracuse Zoo

Family Volunteer Cleanup Day
Sunday, May 18, 2019 | 9 – 11 a.m.

Registration is required; Click here to register or sign up at Party for the Planet.

Bring the family to participate in a volunteer cleanup of the Burnet Park side of the zoo’s perimeter. This event is designed for families of all ages to demonstrate community volunteerism. The first 200 participants who sign up and show up the day of the event will receive a free native plant. If you submit a picture showing that you planted your plant, you will be entered to win a special keeper talk at the zoo. Drinks and snacks will be provided at the end of the cleanup, and the first 100 people who registered will receive wristbands for free admission to the zoo the day of the event.