Family Fun Run

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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!

Registration:
$20 per adult
$15 per child ages 4-12
Free for children 3 and under

Participants receive a free race T-shirt, access to the post-race party and zoo admission.
Register by September 10, 2019 to guarantee your free T-shirt.

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

Click here for full details on the Family Fun Run page

Asian Elephant Extravaganza

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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

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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.

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Brew at the Zoo & Wine, Too!

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Join us for the biggest-ever Brew at the Zoo and Wine, Too!

Brew at the Zoo attracts more than 2,000 guests for an evening of beer and wine, wonderful food and entertainment in the most exciting setting – the zoo! More than 50 stations positioned around the zoo, sampling beer, wine, cider, and more — there’s something for everyone. Who knew that philanthropic endeavors could taste so good?

Advance sale: $55 per person
SAVE! Advance group rate (6+): $50 per person
Advance sale ends Wednesday, July 31.
Tickets $65 per person beginning Thursday, August 1.
VIP: $95 per person – SOLD OUT
Tickets required; click here to purchase,
by phone at (315) 435-8511 x8589 
or purchase at the membership desk.
Anyone under 21, including infants and toddlers, will not be admitted.

VIP ticket holders get access to an exclusive reception at the zoo banquet room at 4 p.m. with food prepared by Catering at the Zoo, open bar (beer and wine only), special VIP-only tastings, early entry into Brew, animal greets, dedicated VIP comfort stations, more. For questions about VIP tickets, please call (315) 435-8511 x8518.

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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

World Oceans Day

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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

Weekend Animal Demonstrations

Weekends beginning Saturday, May 25 | 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Daily starting 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

Family Volunteer Cleanup Day

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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.

Mother’s Day Brunch

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We invite you to join us for a wildly unique Mother’s Day celebration. Indulge in our delicious brunch buffet along with a dessert table rich with pastries and a chocolate fountain. Our pint-sized guests will enjoy their very own buffet featuring items created just for them. A Bloody Mary and mimosa station will be featured. Round out your day with a meet and mingle with our animal “ambassador” and then enjoy free admission to the zoo. Make it the best Mother’s Day ever!

Tickets: $34.95 Adults| $15.95 Youth (ages 4-12);
Children 3 and under are free (must have a ticket and be included when making reservations).

Advance reservations required.

Sessions:

Time 
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.SOLD OUT
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.SOLD OUT

Easter Brunch

Easter Brunch

We invite you to join us for a wildly unique Easter Sunday celebration. Indulge in our delicious brunch buffet along with a dessert table rich with pastries and a chocolate fountain as well as a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar. Our pint-sized guests will enjoy their very own buffet featuring items created just for them.

Round out your day with a meet and mingle with our animal “ambassador” and enjoy free admission to the zoo.

Tickets: $34.95 adults, $15.95 youth age 4-12
Children 3 and under are free (must have a ticket and be included when making reservations).

Advance reservations required.

Sessions:

Time 
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.SOLD OUT
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.SOLD OUT

Menu:
Fresh fruit
Scrambled eggs
Egg bake frittata
Bacon
Waffle bar with toppings
French toast
Herb roasted chicken
Turkey with apple stuffing and gravy
Ham carving station
Cheese stuffed rigatoni with vodka sauce
Roasted red potatoes
Green beans
Field greens salad

Kids’ buffet:
Mac n cheese
Chicken tenders
Tater tots

Desserts:
Tiger brownies
Lemon bars
Mini mousse cups
Chocolate fountain with fixings

Mimosa bar and Bloody Mary station available for additional fee