Zoo Boo

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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

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Aspiring MagiZOOlogists, Professors and Aurors alike are invited to spend Columbus Day at our Wizards Unite event at the zoo. Launch your Wizards Unite app and get started casting spells, discovering mysterious artifacts, and encountering iconic characters and legendary beasts from the Harry Potter Universe! 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 encouraged! Share your best AR photos. Please respect zoo signage, barriers and other visitors and stay safe. Free spell books for all wizards!

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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!

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

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

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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.

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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