Asian Elephant Extravaganza

Syracuse Zoo Asian Elephant Extravaganza Karina

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.

Party for the Planet

Party for the Planet Syracuse Zoo RGZ Earth Day

Presented by Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in partnership with Greening USA

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.

Visit “green” activity stations representing Seafood Watch, Save the Rain, Cornell Master Naturalists and many more!

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!

Schedule:
10:30 a.m. – Sharing Space with Snakes
Upper Lobby

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
Upper Lobby

1:30 p.m. – Mythbusters: Bats!
Classroom

2 p.m. – Species at Risk Talk: Red Wolf
Lion Corridor

2:30 p.m. – Camel Talk*
Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

3 p.m. – Ask an Educator!
Classroom

Schedule subject to change
*Outdoor activities are weather-dependent. Announcements 5-10 minutes prior to activity will confirm occurrence.


Party for the Planet Spring into Action AZA Syracuse Zoo

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.

 

Abe and Fatima: a Love Story

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Siamang Apes Abe and Fatima

Please allow me to share with you a love story that has unfolded at your zoo over the past year — the story of Abe and Fatima.

Abe, our male siamang ape, is a longtime zoo resident who turns 40 on February 12. He was in need of a companion after his mate of 10 years passed away.

If we were to write an online dating profile for Abe, it would read something like:
Ruggedly handsome, distinguished male siamang, 39, seeks female counterpart to share Primate Park. Active, extroverted, engaging. Likes babies, rope swings, sun-bathing, painting, eating oranges, singing duets. Dislikes difficult puzzles, wet feet. Prefers outgoing, playful type for friendship, grooming, camaraderie.

In his 32 years in Syracuse, Abe fathered and raised four babies and outlived two mates. He has won thousands of hearts with his spirited personality, great love for babies – human and siamang – and boisterous vocalizations that bring zoo-goers running toward Primate Park to see him put on a show.

But in recent years, Abe found himself single – not a natural condition for siamangs. The largest of the lesser apes, siamangs are social animals that mate for life. If one of a pair dies, the survivor will seek another love interest. That’s why our animal care staff were on a mission to find a match for Abe.

As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), our zoo participates in Species Survival Plans for many endangered species – including siamangs. We asked the siamang SSP to find a female for Abe.

If we imagined his perfect match, her profile might read:
Petite, attractive female siamang seeks mature male companion to share golden years. Laid-back, easygoing, great hair. Enjoys climbing, grooming, hugs, dried fruit, toys, singing duets. Dislikes puddles, wet feet. Prefers affectionate, fun-loving type for company, perhaps romance?

Fatima, 34, fit this description exactly, but she lived 2,000 miles away at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Luckily, the SSP located her in their database and recommended pairing her with Abe.

After Fatima arrived in late 2017, our staff started introductions. At first, Abe tried to get a reaction by beating against the mesh barrier between them – but she was unfazed. By Day 2, they clearly wanted to meet. Soon they were grooming each other through the mesh. I am happy to say they have been a couple ever since. Now they are never more than a few yards apart.

I see their story as one example of many such love stories at the zoo, stories that show how invested our staff is in the health, welfare and, yes, happiness of every single animal in our care.

Your contributions enable us to treat each animal here as an individual personality, a life, a soul. If you would like to support our efforts, you can do so HERE.

My Best,

Janet Agostini
President + CEO
Friends of the Zoo