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. 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

Paid registrations include a free race T-shirt, access to the post-race party and zoo admission.
Register by September 1, 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

Asian Elephant Extravaganza

Syracuse Zoo Asian Elephant Extravaganza Karina

At Asian Elephant Extravaganza, celebrate Asian culture and honor 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 herd member spotlights at Asian Elephant Preserve, education stations with elephant biofacts and information about the significance of elephants in Asian culture.

In partnership with the Syracuse University South Asia Center and the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University, this event also features performances of music, dance and artwork from Thailand, Bali, India and other South Asian countries.

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!

The annual Brew at the Zoo attracts over 2,000 guests for an evening of beer and wine, wonderful food and entertainment in the most exciting setting – the zoo! With over 60 stations positioned around the zoo, sampling beer, wine, cider, and more, there is something for everybody. Who knew that philanthropic endeavors could taste so good?

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.

Birdies Before Brew

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Registration 1 p.m.
Shotgun start 1:45 p.m.
Burnet Park Golf Course, Syracuse, NY

Help raise funds for the Friends of the Zoo’s education programs (benefitting over 150,000 people of all ages each year) while golfing on Burnet Park’s historic nine-hole course overlooking the City of Syracuse. After the tournament, enjoy a VIP reception, parking and admission to the annual Brew at the Zoo & Wine, Too! fundraiser!

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

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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World Oceans Day

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Join us in observing World Oceans Day, a day to appreciate our oceans and marine life!

The zoo will have keeper chats and animal demonstrations featuring marine animals, as well as activities and information about ocean creatures.

*Listen to zoo announcements for location

Schedule:

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Zoo Guides
Seafood Watch table in upper lobby
Octopus Zoopardy at Explorer’s PlaySpace

11 a.m. – Octopus Keeper Chat
Octopus Exhibit

12:30 p.m. – Plastics Pollution and Our Oceans
USS Antiquities Cave

1:30 p.m. – Reef Tank Fish Feeding
USS Antiquities Cave

2:30 p.m. – Penguin Keeper Chat
Penguin Coast

3:30 p.m. – Aquarium Keeper Chat
USS Antiquities Cave

Weekend Animal Demonstrations

Weekends beginning Saturday, May 25 | 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Daily starting 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

Family Volunteer Cleanup Day

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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. Those who post a photo showing they planted their plant by Memorial Day — tagging @syracusezoo with hashtag #SpringIntoAction – will be entered in a drawing for a special keeper chat 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.

Registration is required; Click here to register

Participants are encouraged to visit the zoo and attend special Endangered Species Day Keeper chats and other activities.

Schedule for Family Cleanup and Endangered Species Day 

9 a.m. – Family Volunteer Cleanup participants report for cleanup in front of the zoo entrance.

9-11 a.m. – Volunteer Cleanup participants help with litter pickup on the Burnet Park side of the zoo perimeter.

11 a.m. – Drinks and snacks for cleanup participants.

11:30 a.m. – Endangered Species Keeper Chat: Ruffed lemurs
Social Animals Building

Noon- 3 p.m. – Zoo Curiosity Carts, Seafood Watch, Snailblazers in zoo lobby.

12:30 p.m. – Endangered Species Keeper Chat: Radiated tortoise
Diversity of Birds exhibit

1 p.m. – Endangered Species Keeper Chat: Humboldt penguin
Penguin Coast

1:30 p.m. – Meet a locally endangered animal: Eastern box turtle
Upper lobby

2 p.m. – Endangered Species Keeper Chat: Red panda
Wildlife Trail

2:30 p.m. – Endangered Species Keeper Chat: Bactrian camels
Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

3 p.m. – Bird Feeding
Diversity of Birds exhibit

The events are part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Spring into Action campaign, which leverages the resources of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to offer family-friendly opportunities to improve and protect our planet.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is among 233 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), which requires its members to meet the highest standards of animal care, wildlife conservation, education and guest experience.

AZA provided grants for 50 of its institutions to hold volunteer activities for the Spring into Action Campaign. The grant allowed the Syracuse zoo to purchase 200 native plants for the first 200 participants in the May 18 cleanup.