Family Fun Run

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Join us for the zoo’s first family race on Saturday, September 28. Families are encouraged to participate in the 2.5K (1.5 miles) child-friendly run/walk through a portion of Burnet Park and the zoo’s Wildlife Trail. The course will bring participants past animal exhibits and end in the zoo courtyard with cider and donuts, music and giveaways – including free zoo admission for the day. Strollers are permitted on the course while four-legged friends are not. Wear an animal print on race day to be entered in a raffle for a special animal experience!

Registration:
$20 per adult
$15 per child ages 4-12
Free for children 3 and under

Participants receive a free race T-shirt, access to the post-race party and zoo admission.
Register by September 10, 2019 to guarantee your free T-shirt.

Proceeds support the Amur Leopard Project at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Click here for full details on the Family Fun Run page

International Red Panda Day

Syracuse Zoo International Red Panda Day

Come to the zoo to celebrate International Red Panda Day with a focus on supporting global awareness and conservation of this endangered species! Join us for keeper chats at the red panda exhibit, biofacts and info boards. Enter raffles for a red panda plush and a piece of artwork created by a red panda to help support red panda conservation in the wild and animal care at the zoo.

Free for members or with zoo admission.

Asian Elephant Extravaganza

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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!
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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.

World Elephant Day

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Join us in observing World Elephant Day with some special keeper chats and elephant enrichment activities at Asian Elephant Preserve! Check the schedule in the zoo lobby on arrival.

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Brew at the Zoo & Wine, Too!

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Join us for the biggest-ever Brew at the Zoo and Wine, Too!

Brew at the Zoo attracts more than 2,000 guests for an evening of beer and wine, wonderful food and entertainment in the most exciting setting – the zoo! More than 50 stations positioned around the zoo, sampling beer, wine, cider, and more — there’s something for everyone. Who knew that philanthropic endeavors could taste so good?

Advance sale: $55 per person
SAVE! Advance group rate (6+): $50 per person
Advance sale ends Wednesday, July 31.
Tickets $65 per person beginning Thursday, August 1.
VIP: $95 per person – SOLD OUT
Tickets required; click here to purchase,
by phone at (315) 435-8511 x8589 
or purchase at the membership desk.
Anyone under 21, including infants and toddlers, will not be admitted.

VIP ticket holders get access to an exclusive reception at the zoo banquet room at 4 p.m. with food prepared by Catering at the Zoo, open bar (beer and wine only), special VIP-only tastings, early entry into Brew, animal greets, dedicated VIP comfort stations, more. For questions about VIP tickets, please call (315) 435-8511 x8518.

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Birdies Before Brew

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Birdies Before Brew is Better than Ever!

Join us for Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo’s golf tournament with the richest prizes ever, exclusive beer tastings and VIP treatment at our annual Brew at the Zoo and Wine, Too!

HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN:
$10,000 cash for a hole in one!
$5,000 cash for a 50-foot putt in our putting contest
A 50-inch Ultra-high definition TV
$500 VISA gift card
Calloway golf clubs

Reserve your spot and join us
Friday, August 2, 2019
Registration 1 p.m.
Shotgun start at 1:30 p.m.

$200 per golfer includes
9 holes of golf at Burnet Park Golf Course
Golf cart and greens fees
Our exclusive plush zoo animal golf club covers
Beer tastings on the clubhouse deck
Hole-in-one and putting contests with great prizes
Exclusive VIP reception and early entry to Brew at the Zoo!

This event sells out – sign up today!

For details contact the development office at (315) 435-8511 x8518 or
email cguthrie@rosamondgiffordzoo.org.

Brew at the Zoo & Wine, Too – plus Big Bugs, NY Trail and a baby elephant!

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Janet Agostini Friends of the Zoo President & CEO

The Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo’s biggest summer fundraiser — Brew at the Zoo & Wine, Too! – celebrates its 23rd year on August 2, and it has aged well. Every year it features something new, and this year is no different!

Exciting accompaniments to this year’s brew fest include a New York Beer & Wine Trail spotlighting local craft beers and wines along a section of the zoo’s newly renovated scenic walkway, as well as our summer exhibit of Big Bugs! – seven giant animatronic insects that promise to inject fun photo ops into the mix.

Brew-goers also get to enjoy animals on evening exhibit, music, games, a silent auction including animal-inspired items and experiences, and more. Proceeds from Brew at the Zoo benefit the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and all the creatures that call the zoo home.

A couple enjoys Brew at the Zoo

The 2019 event takes place 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, and advance sale tickets are available through Wednesday, July 31. Advance sale tickets are $55 per person and $50 for groups of six or more. Tickets will be $65 as of July 31 and also will be sold at the door if available. Advance tickets are on sale now at syracusezooevents.org/event/brew-at-the-zoo-2019.

For the VIP treatment, purchase our VIP ticket for exclusive access to a 4 p.m. reception with delicious food, open bar, animal greeters, pre-event VIP-only tastings and desserts — as well as dedicated VIP comfort stations and early access to Brew. VIP tickets are $95 each.

Brew at the Zoo is a CNY summer tradition that often sells out. Recent renovations to improve the zoo’s Wildlife Trail past Asian elephants, white-lipped deer and red wolves will make this year’s event even more enjoyable, especially with the chance to see our 8-month-old baby elephant, Ajay (Ah-JYE).

One of the highlights of Brew is an elephant demonstration at Asian Elephant Preserve, and with baby Ajay on hand, we think this will be the best Brew ever. Add to that our Big Bugs and the New York Beer & Wine Trail and there are a lot of new elements to celebrate this year.

Beer and wine distributors Spirit & Sanzone and TJ Sheehan and our catering sponsor, Tops, are returning with over 45 beverage stations and 10 food stations around the zoo. The New York Beer & Wine Trail will include Stout Beard Brewing Company, Empire Brewing, IBU Brewery, and Anything But Beer of Syracuse, WT Brews of Baldwinsville, 1911 Distillery of Lafayette and Zugibe Vineyards of Geneva, among others.

The event features music by Black Tie Entertainment and a silent auction whose prizes include animal artwork, gift baskets, sports memorabilia and donated excursions such as a hotel staycation and a craft beer and wine Thousand Islands boat tour. The silent auction will be conducted via mobile bidding, so Brew-goers can bid on their cell phones while enjoying the party.

Brew at the Zoo runs 5:30 to 8 p.m. August 2, with early entry for VIP ticket holders starting at 4 p.m.

For more information and updates, please visit syracusezooevents.org/event/brew-at-the-zoo-2019.

My best,

Janet Agostini
President + CEO
Friends of the Zoo

BREW TICKETS:

Advance sale: $55 per person
Advance group rate (6+): $50 per person
Advance sale ends Wednesday, July 31.
Tickets $65 per person beginning Thursday, August 1.
VIP: $95 per person
Tickets required; click here to purchase,
by phone at (315) 435-8511 x8589 
or purchase at the membership desk.
Anyone under 21, including infants and toddlers, will not be admitted.

VIP ticket holders get access to an exclusive reception at the zoo banquet room at 4 p.m. with food prepared by Catering at the Zoo, open bar (beer and wine only), special VIP-only tastings, early entry into Brew, animal greets, dedicated VIP comfort stations, more. For questions about VIP tickets, please call (315) 435-8511 x8518.

New at the Zoo – a Jellyfish Exhibit!

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Janet Agostini Friends of the Zoo President & CEO

I am happy to share that we have just unveiled a new exhibit at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo – moon jellyfish!

I am even more happy to share that the new exhibit was fully funded by the Friends of the Zoo in partnership with our zoo professionals who designed and installed it.

The Friends invested $20,000 to purchase two 100-gallon hexagonal tanks outfitted to house 25 moon jellies each that the zoo acquired from the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT.

Moon jellies are translucent sea creatures with short, fringy tentacles and we have them lit with blue filters that show off their unique structure. The exhibit represents a new, first-time species for the zoo. It is located near the zoo’s other marine exhibits in the USS Antiquities cave.

After months of work to install the tanks and infrastructure for water filtration and cycling, temperature control and lighting, the jellies arrived about two weeks ago. The windows to the tanks were covered while the animals acclimated.

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon and Onondaga County Legislature Chair Dave Knapp came to the zoo to help unveil the new exhibit – which became a focal point for many of our younger guests as soon as we pulled the curtain!

Zoo Director Ted Fox said the new exhibit will be a great addition in support of the zoo’s conservation and education missions. “Not only are jellyfish an iconic and popular species, they are indicators of the health of our oceans, so they give us added opportunities to talk about things like climate change and plastics pollution,” he said.

Jellyfish are invertebrates that use a form of jet propulsion to move through the water. They are famous – and feared — for their stinging cells, which they use to stun prey. However, moon jellies eat plankton and are the least dangerous jellyfish to humans.

Our moon jellies are relatives of another invertebrate species, upside-down jellyfish, that can be found in the Garden Eel tank right across the way from the new exhibit.

We hope you enjoy our newest additions to your zoo!

My best,

Janet Agostini
President + CEO
Friends of the Zoo

Summer Daily Animal Demonstrations

Daily 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

Summer is Finally Here – and so are Animal Demos, a Carousel and Big Bugs!

Janet Agostini Friends of the Zoo President & CEO

The warm weather is finally upon us, the zoo is awash in color from our beautiful flowers, the animals are out and it’s a special time to be at the zoo – especially with some new attractions to enhance your visits!

The Friends of the Zoo has installed an 18-horse carousel in the idyllic green space across from the Outdoor Birds exhibits that looks and feels magical. It’s been open on weekends since Memorial Day and our younger guests love the galloping ponies. Rides are $3 each, ride tokens can be purchased nearby and proceeds benefit the animals that call the zoo home. The carousel will be open every day starting on June 22.

Our summer exhibit of Big Bugs! also has descended on the wooded section of our Wildlife Trail between Amur tiger and Asian Elephant Preserve, and the bugs will operate daily through Labor Day starting on Member Appreciation Night June 12. Just as with last year’s dinosaurs, we built the Big Bugs! exhibit to be included in zoo admission — free for members!

Our animal care staff have started their summer animal demonstrations and keeper chats throughout the day on weekends, and they go daily starting June 22. You can see the full schedule here.

We also have a new walkway built by our county partners with support from the Friends. Stay tuned to our social media for updates on when we’ll hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

With all this to offer, it’s a great time to consider becoming a zoo member! Your membership supports the zoo’s missions of conservation and saving species and comes with free year-round admission plus many other perks. It’s the best deal in town for the best cause aroundSee the options at syracusezooevents.org/members – and we’ll see you at the zoo!

My best,

Janet Agostini
President + CEO
Friends of the Zoo

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