Noon Year’s Eve

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Noon Year's Eve

Come ring in the “noon” year at the zoo with entertainment, a dance party and New Year’s celebration that keeps bed-time in mind – complete with countdown at noon.

Art Gone Wild! Reception, Art Sale & Auction

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Art Gone Wild!

Reception, Art Sale & Auction

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a piece of animal art! Dozens of pieces created by the animals of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will be auctioned off to support the zoo’s chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Light refreshments and cash bar available.

Advance sale tickets
$8 per person | $10 at the door
Free for age 12 & under

Reserve Now!

Support by:
Adapt CNY Public Arts Task Force

Squishing of the Squash

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Squishing of the Squash Asian Elephant Feature

What happens to the pumpkins when Halloween’s over? The squash get squished – by our zoo animals! Watch as tigers, bears and elephants stomp, romp and chomp pumpkins of all sizes! Come out and have a “gourd” time at the zoo!

Art Gone Wild! Art Exhibition

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Art Gone Wild!

Art exhibition
Wednesday, November 1 – Friday, November 16 | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy extraordinary artwork created by our animals as part of their enrichment activities. Pieces produced by elephant trunks, panda paws, penguin feet and octopus arms will be on display leading up to our reception and art auction on Friday.

Reception, Art Sale & Auction
Friday, November 16 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a piece of animal art! Dozens of pieces created by the animals of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will be auctioned off to support the zoo’s chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Light refreshments and cash bar available.

Advance sale tickets
$8 per person | $10 at the door
Free for age 12 & under

Reserve Now!

Support by:
Adapt CNY Public Arts Task Force

Zoo Boo

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Zoo Boo Event Feature

Zoo Boo runs October 20, 21, 27 & 28!

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 20, 21, 27 & 28!

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!

World Snow Leopard Day

Syracuse Zoo RGZ World Snow Leopard Day Featured

World Snow Leopard Day began in 2014 to raise awareness of one of the world’s most endangered wild cats. Enjoy keeper chats about these amazing animals and help support snow leopard conservation at your zoo.

Zoo Boo

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Zoo Boo Event Feature

Zoo Boo runs October 20, 21, 27 & 28!

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 20, 21, 27 & 28!

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!

We are AZA-accredited –again!

In case you haven’t heard the big news, your zoo has once again been accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums! This is a very important achievement, as it means that we remain one of only 232 facilities to be approved as a top-tier institution by AZA.

This seal of approval lets our guests, members and donors know that they are directly supporting a zoo that provides the highest standards of animal care and is actively engaged in wildlife conservation, both locally and globally.

As AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe put it, AZA accreditation is “the gold standard within the zoological profession.”

“By achieving accreditation, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo demonstrates a commitment to protecting animals around the world and inspiring their guests to do the same,” Dan said.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo has been continuously accredited since 1987 through a rigorous process that we go through every five years. This year’s cycle began over 8 months ago, when we submitted records to AZA on everything from animal care and welfare; keeper training; safety for visitors, staff and animals; educational programs; conservation efforts; veterinary programs; financial stability; risk management; and visitor services.

Then we underwent a three-day inspection by a team of AZA professionals who examined our facility from top to bottom. We also attended an in-person hearing at the recent AZA National Conference in Seattle, where we learned that we are once again accredited through 2023.

I’d like to thank you for your support in making this happen. Every visit you make to the zoo, every purchase from the gift shop or café, every donation you make to one of our fundraisers directly supports wildlife conservation. I’m thrilled to say “We are AZA,” and we couldn’t have done it without you!

My Best,

Janet Agostini
President + CEO
Friends of the Zoo

Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums