Snow Leopard Soirée: Monte Carlo

Syracuse Zoo Snow Leopard Soiree Monte Carlo

Honoring Al Gough, Partner & CFO, Brine Wells Companies, LLC

Friday, February 8, 2019
6:30 p.m. – Cocktail reception and auction
8 p.m. – Dinner and live auction, followed by dessert stations and dancing

Friends of the Zoo’s annual winter fundraiser and gala features gourmet dining, entertainment, live and silent auctions, and animal greeters. Black tie attire and animal print are encouraged. Proceeds help benefit the zoo’s education programs, which connect more than 150,000 children and adults to the natural world.

For more information, call (315) 435-8511 x8518

$220/person, $1,750/table of eight; reservations required.

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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. Free goodie bags for the first 500 kids!

 

2017 Noon Years Eve

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Holiday Zoo Camps

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Education Kids Penguins

One-day Holiday Zoo Camps for Ages 6-11

Wednesday, December 26

Thursday, December 27

Friday, December 28

Join us one, two or all three days as we explore the zoo, play games, make crafts, and meet animals up close! This all-day program will help you find time to yourself while your children enjoy a fun-filled day at the zoo. Pizza party lunch included!

TUITION PER SESSION
Members: $55 per child or child/adult pair
Non-members: $65 per child or child/adult pair

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Classes fill quickly! Questions: call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email kcoons@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Holiday Zoo Camps

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Education Kids Penguins

One-day Holiday Zoo Camps for Ages 6-11

Wednesday, December 26

Thursday, December 27

Friday, December 28

Join us one, two or all three days as we explore the zoo, play games, make crafts, and meet animals up close! This all-day program will help you find time to yourself while your children enjoy a fun-filled day at the zoo. Pizza party lunch included!

TUITION PER SESSION
Members: $55 per child or child/adult pair
Non-members: $65 per child or child/adult pair

Reserve Now

Classes fill quickly! Questions: call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email kcoons@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Holiday Zoo Camps

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Education Kids Penguins

One-day Holiday Zoo Camps for Ages 6-11

Wednesday, December 26

Thursday, December 27

Friday, December 28

Join us one, two or all three days as we explore the zoo, play games, make crafts, and meet animals up close! This all-day program will help you find time to yourself while your children enjoy a fun-filled day at the zoo. Pizza party lunch included!

TUITION PER SESSION
Members: $55 per child or child/adult pair
Non-members: $65 per child or child/adult pair

Reserve Now

Classes fill quickly! Questions: call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email kcoons@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

A Season of Giving: Emma and Raeny

In this season of giving, I would like to give a shout out to two of our younger supporters for their generous efforts earlier this year on behalf of the zoo.

Emma Baker, 11, and Raeny Thompson, 12, are friends and students at Cazenovia Middle School. Every summer, these amazing girls hold a bake sale for charity – and this year they decided to support the zoo.

The girls made cookies, brownies, sea salt caramel cupcakes and chocolate mousse cups, among other goodies, and sold them in the Village of Cazenovia. They raised $200 for animal care and conservation at the zoo!

Emma and Raeny Bake Sale in CazenoviaThey said they chose the zoo because they both love to visit here. Most recently, they enjoyed seeing the snow leopard cubs and the red panda cubs born at the zoo this year.

We are truly grateful to Emma and Raeny for this generous gift. We are so fortunate to have a wonderful zoo family that supports our animals all year round.

My heartfelt thanks go out to Raeny, Emma and all of our zoo supporters.

Happy Holidays from your zoo!

Janet Agostini
President + CEO
Friends of the Zoo

Holidays with the Animals

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Holidays with the Animals Red Pandas

Help us celebrate the season with the animals as they receive enrichment “gifts” to engage them and enhance their well-being. Zoo-goers can watch the animals open their presents and play with their toys as they demonstrate natural behaviors.

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

Wild Wednesday

Syracuse Zoo RGZ American Bison

Hey parents… Do you need extra time to get your house ready or to prepare for Thanksgiving? Register your kids for this awesome one-day zoo camp. This all-day program will help you find time to yourself while your children enjoy a fun-filled day at the zoo. Campers will tour the zoo, see animals up close, play games and make awesome crafts. Pizza party lunch included!

TUITION PER SESSION
Members: $55 per child or child/adult pair
Non-members: $65 per child or child/adult pair

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Classes fill quickly! Questions: call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email kcoons@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Art Gone Wild! Reception, Art Sale & Auction

South Beach by Siri, Asian Elephant

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

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Support by:
Adapt CNY Public Arts Task Force