Party for the Planet

Party for the Planet Syracuse Zoo RGZ Earth Day

Join us in celebrating Planet Earth! 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 WatchSave the Rain, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Program, and many more!

Party for the Planet offers eco-friendly activities and giveaways as well as information on how you can help Planet Earth. Make your own pollinator seed ball to plant in your yard to attract butterflies! 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. And you can attend lots of mini-tours and demos about animals and conservation at the zoo!

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!

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!

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

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.


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

Fresh fruit
Scrambled eggs
Egg bake frittata
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

Tiger brownies
Lemon bars
Mini mousse cups
Chocolate fountain with fixings

Mimosa bar and Bloody Mary station available for additional fee

Animal Egg-Stravanganza

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Siamang Apes Egg-Stravaganza

Watch the animals as they enjoy their very own “Egg-Stravaganza.” A variety of animals will receive eggs and egg-shaped enrichment items throughout the day. Don’t miss this egg-citing event! Presenting unusual items to the animals is part of the zoo’s enrichment program, designed to promote natural behaviors and keep our animals engaged, curious and happy.

Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Zoo Camp

Join us for spring break zoo camp. Choose one day or all week!
Topics vary each day. You can expect zoo tours, animal interactions, crafts, snacks and different activities each day as we explore the zoo.

April 15 – 19  |  Monday-Friday

Monday: Playful Primates
Tuesday: Cats & Dogs
Wednesday: Barnyard Friends
Thursday: Beautiful Birds
Friday: Exciting Elephants


Ages 3-5* Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m.-noon Members: $28 per child per day
Non-members: $38 per child per day
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Ages 3-5* Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Members: $28 per child per day
Non-members: $38 per child per day
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Ages 6-8 Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Members: $45 per child per day
Non-members: $55 per child per day
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Ages 9-12 Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Members: $45 per child per day
Non-members: $55 per child per day
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*Note: Activities will repeat in each daily session. Please note that supervision is not available for this camp between sessions from noon-1 p.m. All campers MUST be potty-trained to attend this camp.

Pre-registration is required; a minimum number of participants are needed to run all programs.
Classes fill quickly! Questions: call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email

Breakfast with the Bunny

Breakfast with the Bunny Syracuse Zoo RGZ

Breakfast with the Bunny
Saturdays and Sundays
April 7, 13, 14, and 20 | 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Come visit the Easter Bunny at the zoo and enjoy a fun-filled morning of delicious food and activities. Bring your camera for a photo with our special guest! Ticket includes post-breakfast zoo admission.

Tickets: $15.95 members | $19.95 non-members
Children 2 and under are free (must have a ticket and be included when making reservations).

Please note: Multiple parties that would like to be seated together must either make one reservation for the group or submit a seating request at time of purchase in the comments field in the online reservation system. We will try our best to honor these requests!

Advance reservations required.


Days Time  
Sunday, April 7 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. SOLD OUT
Sunday, April 7 11 a.m. – Noon SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 13 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 13 11 a.m. – Noon SOLD OUT
Sunday, April 14 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. SOLD OUT
Sunday, April 14 11 a.m. – Noon SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 20 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 20 11 a.m. – Noon SOLD OUT


Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Follow the white rabbit to the zoo for a very special tea party with Alice and the Mad Hatter! Feast on fantastical finger foods, fruits and pastries, sip Fairytale Punch and select teas, play flamingo croquet and join the Queen of Hearts and her magical soldiers for games! Meet one of our charming animal ambassadors, too! Wear your maddest hat and don’t be late for this enchanting garden party at the zoo! Ticket includes zoo admission.

Tickets: $18 members | $20 non-members;
Children 2 and under are free (must have a ticket and be included when making reservations).

Advance reservations required.


10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. SOLD OUT
12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Reserve Now


Kids’ Night Out

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Education Kids Night Out

Ages 6-12

Looking for a night out? Drop your kids off at the zoo to party like an animal! Kids will enjoy pizza upon arrival; meet animals up close, tour the zoo after hours, make crafts and play games throughout the night.

$30 members, $35 non-members

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Spaces fill fast — Questions? Call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email

Meet a Keeper Mornings: Penguins

Meet a Keeper Mornings: Penguins Syracuse Zoo RGZ

Meet a Keeper Mornings!
For Adults Only; Ages 21 and up!

Comical and captivating, the zoo’s Humboldt penguin colony is a joy to watch. Join us for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Penguin Coast led by senior animal care staff. We will visit the husbandry building, where penguins can spend time indoors, as well as the life support systems building which houses all the equipment needed to maintain a critical balance in the 50,000 gallon pool. Guests will have the chance to chat with the staff who care for the penguins firsthand, and learn about how the Rosamond Gifford Zoo contributes to the Humboldt penguin Species Survival Plan. Come see for yourself how your local accredited zoo is making a difference in the future of this endangered species.

Cost: $65 members, $75 non-members

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Pre-registration is required.
Please let us know if a member of your party has special needs or mobility concerns when registering.
Spaces fill fast — Questions? Call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email

Volunteering – A Richly Rewarding Experience!

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Volunteers
Janet Agostini Friends of the Zoo President & CEO

Did you know that many of the people you see helping to staff zoo events and education programs are volunteers? In fact, if it weren’t for our dedicated corps of volunteers, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo might not be able to offer some of our most popular events – like Zoo Boo, Brew at the Zoo, Breakfast with Santa and Asian Elephant Extravaganza, to name a few.

If you are looking to use your time and talents to make a difference, the zoo is the perfect place for you! We are always seeking dedicated, talented, reliable, energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to help with special events, assist in education programs, help maintain and beautify zoo grounds, and interpret zoo exhibits for visitors.

Here are ways you can volunteer at the zoo:

  • Zoo Events – Help the zoo host fun, educational events by greeting guests, staffing special event stations, assisting with arts, crafts, games and face-painting, help stage and decorate event spaces and more!
  • Be a Zoo Mascot – Represent the zoo at community events and onsite zoo activities as our elephant or penguin mascot! We’re seeking outgoing, entertaining people to don an animal costume and interact with the public just as a sports team mascot does.
  • Conservation Education – Assist our zoo education team with programs that promote public awareness of wildlife and nature conservation. Opportunities include assisting instructors of classroom education programs and staffing animal artifact and information stations.
  • Green Grounds and Gardens – Help us improve and maintain our beautiful zoo grounds through on-site projects that involve a team effort.

Zoo volunteer activities offer great experience for youth, college students, teachers, professionals, retirees, corporate groups and alumni associations, among many others. There are so many ways you can share your skills and give back to your community by helping the zoo with projects, programs, events and causes while getting involved in CNY’s premiere wildlife conservation center.

I invite you to consider joining our zoo family and to apply to be a zoo volunteer. To learn more, sign up for a Volunteer Information Night at or email volunteer services at

My best,

Janet Agostini
President + CEO
Friends of the Zoo

Pokémon Go Day!

Pokémon Go Day Syracuse Zoo RGZ

Pokémon Go enthusiasts can come ‘Catch ‘em all’ at the zoo, with lures throughout the zoo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See how many zoo-themed Pokémon you can catch! Rapid charging station will be available, bring your charging cord. All Pokémon will be in public areas of the zoo, so have fun, respect signage and play safely! The first 200 children at the zoo will receive a free Pokémon-themed gift.