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

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

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.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Mother's Day Brunch

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

Animal Demonstrations

Weekends beginning Saturday, May 26 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Daily starting Monday, June 23 | 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. through Labor Day

Schedule:

10:30 a.m. – Training with Moakler, the elephant barn dog
Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

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

11:30 a.m. – Camel Demonstration
Wildlife Trail across from Andean Bear

Noon – Reptile Keeper Chat
U.S.S. Antiquities Cave

1:30 p.m. – Predator and Prey
Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

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

2:30 p.m. – Red Panda Keeper Chat
Wildlife Trail

3 p.m. – Penguin Keeper Chat
Penguin Coast

3:30 p.m. – Primate Park Keeper Chat
Primate Park