Animal Egg-Stravanganza

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Siamang Apes Egg-Stravaganza

Watch the animals as they enjoy their very own “Egg-Stravaganza.” A variety of animals will receive eggs and egg-shaped enrichment items throughout the day. Presenting unusual items to the animals is part of the zoo’s enrichment program, designed to promote natural behaviors and keep our animals engaged, curious and happy.

Sweet Treats

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Sweet Treats

Watch the animals receive special Valentine treats and heart-shaped items throughout the day as part of the zoo’s animal enrichment program.

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

Schedule:

10:15 a.m. – Primates, meerkats

10:30 a.m. – Golden lion tamarins, armadillo

10:45 a.m. – Amur leopards

11 a.m. – Outdoor waterfowl, cranes

11:15 a.m. – American bison, gray wolves

11:30 a.m. – Penguins

11:45 a.m. – Takin and markhor

Noon – Amur tiger

12:30 p.m. – Red panda

12:45 p.m. – Snow leopard

1 p.m. – Andean bear

1:30 p.m. – Turkey vultures, contact barn

1:45 p.m. – River turtles

2 p.m. – Desert lizards, Irwin the iguana

2:30 p.m. – River otters

2:45 p.m. – Diversity of Birds, Mortoise the tortoise

3 p.m. – Giant Pacific octopus

Thanks to our youth volunteers for helping prepare enrichment items!


Syracuse Zoo RGZ Adopt an Animal Logo

Winter Break Adopt Special

$25 Junior Keeper packages include a mini animal plush, adopt certificate, animal fact sheet, animal photo, copy of MyZoo magazine and admission for 2 to Member Event 2020! A variety of animals are available to choose from, while supplies last. All proceeds to benefit the animals at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Available at the zoo’s membership desk.

Holidays with the Animals

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Holidays with the Animals Red Pandas

Help us celebrate the season with the animals as they receive their enrichment “gifts” to engage them and enhance their well-being. Zoo-goers can watch the animals open their presents and play with toys and treats that elicit their natural behaviors.

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

Schedule:

10:30 a.m. – Patas monkey, Siamangs, golden lion tamarins

10:45 a.m. – Amur leopards

11:15 a.m. – Contact barn, outdoor birds

11:30 a.m. – American bison, gray wolves

11:45 a.m. – Takin and markhor

12:15 p.m. – Asian elephant

12:45 p.m. – Snow leopard

1 p.m. – Red panda, Andean bear

1:30 p.m. – Tamanduas (anteaters)

1:45 p.m. – River otters

2 p.m. – Sloths

2:15 p.m. – Giant Pacific octopus

2:30 p.m. – River turtles

3 p.m. – Diversity of Birds

Art Gone Wild! Reception, Art Sale & Auction

Family Twilight Animal Art

Art Gone Wild!

Reception, Art Sale & Auction

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a piece of animal art! Dozens of pieces created by the animals of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will be auctioned off to support the zoo’s chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). Light refreshments and cash bar available.

Advance sale tickets
$8 per person | $10 at the door
Free for age 12 & under

Reserve Now!

 

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Art Gone Wild Octopus Painting Sea Anemone
Sea Anemone by Ollie, Giant Pacific Octopus

Cancelled: Evenings with an Educator: Rosamond Gifford Zoo – Our Story

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Entrance Photo

Ages 18 and up!

Join us for a special trek down memory lane! Learn the hows and whys of the Burnet Park Zoo’s transformation over the last 105 years. Hear from Janet “J” Gramza what it was like to be a young reporter covering the opening of the “New Zoo” in 1987 — and then coming to work for Rosamond Gifford Zoo as the communications manager in 2017! What memories do you have to share? Bring your photos and special keepsakes from your favorite times at the zoo!

$30 members, $40 non-members

Reserve Now!

Pre-registration is required.
Please let us know if a member of your party has special needs or mobility concerns when registering.
Spaces fill fast — Questions? Call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email education@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Art Gone Wild! Art Exhibition

Family Twilight Animal Art

Art Gone Wild!

Art exhibition
Friday, November 1 – Friday, November 22 | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy extraordinary artwork created by our animals as part of their enrichment activities. Pieces produced by elephant trunks, red panda paws, penguin feet and octopus arms will be on display leading up to our reception and art auction on November 22.

Reception, Art Sale & Auction
Friday, November 22 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a piece of animal art! Dozens of pieces created by the animals of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will be auctioned off to support the zoo’s chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Light refreshments and cash bar available.

Advance sale tickets
$8 per person | $10 at the door
Free for age 12 & under

Reserve Now!

Evenings with an Educator: Animal Training and Enrichment

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Asian Elephant Ajay Enrichment

For Adults Only; Ages 18 and up!

Join us as we explore the creative ways our animal staff works to ensure the species in our care remain healthy in mind and body in this interactive lecture-style program. Animal enrichment is a regular part of the lives of animals here at the zoo. Each species can have its own unique forms of enrichment that stimulate natural behaviors and keep the animals active and engaged. Guests will meet some of our outreach animals face-to-face for an enrichment demonstration and even get to bring home a piece of animal-made art!

$55 members, $65 non-members

Reserve Now!

Pre-registration is required.
Please let us know if a member of your party has special needs or mobility concerns when registering.
Spaces fill fast — Questions? Call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email education@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Weekend Animal Demonstrations

Weekends through September | 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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

Schedule:

10:30 a.m. – Training with Cora the rescue dog
Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

11 a.m. – Contact Barn Keeper Chat
Domestic Animal Barn

11:30 a.m. – Red Panda Keeper Chat
Wildlife Trail

Noon – Camel Keeper Chat
Bactrian Camel Exhibit located in the Wildlife Trail

1 p.m. – Bird Demonstration
Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

2 p.m. – Elephant Keeper Chat
Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve

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

3 p.m. – Primate Keeper Chat
Primate Park

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

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.

Summer Daily Animal Demonstrations

Daily Monday, June 24 | 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. through Labor Day

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

Schedule:

10:30 a.m. – Training with Cora the rescue dog
Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

11 a.m. – Contact Barn Keeper Chat
Domestic Animal Barn

11:30 a.m. – Red Panda Keeper Chat
Wildlife Trail

Noon – Camel Keeper Chat
Bactrian Camel Exhibit located in the Wildlife Trail

1 p.m. – Bird Demonstration
Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

2 p.m. – Elephant Keeper Chat
Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve

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

3 p.m. – Primate Keeper Chat
Primate Park

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