Come to the zoo to celebrate Earth Day! Learn about our efforts to sustain biodiversity and see how you and your family can make a difference. Chat with zoo staff at animal demonstrations featuring some of the zoo’s resident endangered species and visit “green” activity stations representing Seafood Watch, Save the Rain, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Program, and many more!
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
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)
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!
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.
|This 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.|
Presented by Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in partnership with Greening USA
Learn about our efforts to sustain biodiversity and see how you and your family can make a difference.
Enjoy eco-friendly activities and giveaways as well as information on how you can help Planet Earth.
Chat with zoo staff at animal demonstrations featuring some of the zoo’s resident endangered species
Learn about the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Saving Animals from Extinction (SAFE) program and earn an endangered species trading card.
Engage in nature play at Explorer’s PlaySpace and receive a magnifier for examining bugs and flowers.
Make your own pollinator seed ball to plant in your yard to attract butterflies!
Attend mini-tours and demos about animals and conservation at the zoo!
10:30 a.m. – Sharing Space with Snakes
11 a.m. – Ocean Pollution Plastics
USS Antiquities Cave
11:30 a.m. – Guided Green Tour*
Meet at the Gazebo
Noon – The Dirt on Decomposers
1:30 p.m. – Mythbusters: Bats!
2 p.m. – Species at Risk Talk: Red Wolf
2:30 p.m. – Camel Talk*
Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter
3 p.m. – Ask an Educator!
Schedule subject to change
*Outdoor activities are weather-dependent. Announcements 5-10 minutes prior to activity will confirm occurrence.
Family Volunteer Cleanup Day
Sunday, May 18, 2019 | 9 – 11 a.m.
Registration is required; Click here to register or sign up at Party for the Planet.
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. If you submit a picture showing that you planted your plant, you will be entered to win a special keeper talk 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.