Zoo Teddy Bear Clinic sponsored by St. Joseph’s Health

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Teddy Bear Clinic

Children of all ages and their favorite teddy bear or plush animal are invited to attend this special clinic. Bring your plush friend for a checkup at the zoo! Medical staff from St. Joseph’s Health, along with zoo volunteers, will give your favorite plush animal a full exam and offer any needed “first aid.” Treat yourself and your plush pal to fun giveaways. This fun event also educates kids about health care!

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Zoo Boo

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Zoo Boo Event Feature

Zoo Boo runs October 19, 20, 26 & 27!

Enjoy Halloween fun in the daytime sun – it’s a Halloween party at the zoo! Come and trick-or-treat with the animals! The zoo will become a kid-friendly haunt with themed treats, creepy-crawly animal encounters, keeper talks, games, and temporary tattoos. This “kooky not spooky” events provides Halloween fun without fear. Wear your costumes and bring your treat bags!

Only members may purchase advance sale tickets. Members: $8 per child
(regular zoo admission is free for members)
Purchase tickets at the zoo, online or call (315) 435-8511 x8589.
Non-Members: $8 per child, in addition to regular
zoo admission. Non-members may only purchase
tickets at the ticket booth on Zoo Boo days.

Reserve Today!

Zoo Boo

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Zoo Boo Event Feature

Zoo Boo runs October 19, 20, 26 & 27!

Enjoy Halloween fun in the daytime sun – it’s a Halloween party at the zoo! Come and trick-or-treat with the animals! The zoo will become a kid-friendly haunt with themed treats, creepy-crawly animal encounters, keeper talks, games, and temporary tattoos. This “kooky not spooky” events provides Halloween fun without fear. Wear your costumes and bring your treat bags!

Only members may purchase advance sale tickets. Members: $8 per child
(regular zoo admission is free for members)
Purchase tickets at the zoo, online or call (315) 435-8511 x8589.
Non-Members: $8 per child, in addition to regular
zoo admission. Non-members may only purchase
tickets at the ticket booth on Zoo Boo days.

Reserve Today!

Zoo Boo

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Zoo Boo Event Feature

Zoo Boo runs October 19, 20, 26 & 27!

Enjoy Halloween fun in the daytime sun – it’s a Halloween party at the zoo! Come and trick-or-treat with the animals! The zoo will become a kid-friendly haunt with themed treats, creepy-crawly animal encounters, keeper talks, games, and temporary tattoos. This “kooky not spooky” events provides Halloween fun without fear. Wear your costumes and bring your treat bags!

Only members may purchase advance sale tickets. Members: $8 per child
(regular zoo admission is free for members)
Purchase tickets at the zoo, online or call (315) 435-8511 x8589.
Non-Members: $8 per child, in addition to regular
zoo admission. Non-members may only purchase
tickets at the ticket booth on Zoo Boo days.

Reserve Today!

Zoo Boo

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Zoo Boo Event Feature

Zoo Boo runs October 19, 20, 26 & 27!

Enjoy Halloween fun in the daytime sun – it’s a Halloween party at the zoo! Come and trick-or-treat with the animals! The zoo will become a kid-friendly haunt with themed treats, creepy-crawly animal encounters, keeper talks, games, and temporary tattoos. This “kooky not spooky” events provides Halloween fun without fear. Wear your costumes and bring your treat bags!

Only members may purchase advance sale tickets. Members: $8 per child
(regular zoo admission is free for members)
Purchase tickets at the zoo, online or call (315) 435-8511 x8589.
Non-Members: $8 per child, in addition to regular
zoo admission. Non-members may only purchase
tickets at the ticket booth on Zoo Boo days.

Reserve Today!

Wizards Unite at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Wizards Unite

Spend Columbus Day at our Wizards Unite event at the zoo! Aspiring MagiZOOlogists, Professors and Aurors alike are invited to play Wizards Unite on zoo grounds. The zoo is home to two Fortresses, nine Greenhouses and 15 Inns, and we’ll be placing Dark Detectors throughout the day. Rapid charging stations will be available; bring your charging cable. Wizard attire optional. Share your best AR photos! Please respect zoo signage, barriers and other visitors and stay safe!

Family Fun Run

Syracuse Zoo Family Fun Run Header RGZ

Join us for the zoo’s first family race on Saturday, September 28. Families are encouraged to participate in the 2.5K (1.5 miles) child-friendly run/walk through a portion of Burnet Park and the zoo’s Wildlife Trail. The course will bring participants past animal exhibits and end in the zoo courtyard with cider and donuts, music and giveaways – including free zoo admission for the day. Strollers are permitted on the course while four-legged friends are not. Wear an animal print on race day to be entered in a raffle for a special animal experience!

Register now through September 28
$20 per adult
$15 per child ages 4-12
Free for children 3 and under

7:30 a.m. Check-in
8:30 a.m. Race Starts
10 a.m. Race Ends

Proceeds support the Amur Leopard Project at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Click here for full details on the Family Fun Run page

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.

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. Don’t miss this egg-citing event! 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.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Follow the white rabbit to the zoo for a very special tea party with Alice and the Mad Hatter! Feast on fantastical finger foods, fruits and pastries, sip Fairytale Punch and select teas, play flamingo croquet and join the Queen of Hearts and her magical soldiers for games! Meet one of our charming animal ambassadors, too! Wear your maddest hat and don’t be late for this enchanting garden party at the zoo! Ticket includes zoo admission.

Tickets: $18 members | $20 non-members;
Children 2 and under are free (must have a ticket and be included when making reservations).

Advance reservations required.

Sessions:

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