Spectacled Bear

Spectacled Bear

The spectacled bear gets its name from the distinctive rings of white or beige fur around its eyes. These markings stand out against the rest of the bear, which is usually black or dark brown, and look like eyeglasses (or spectacles).

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Catering at the Zoo

Adult Programs

Twilight at the Zoo

Each adult education program (ages 21 and over) begins with a meet and greet with zookeepers and light hors d'oeuvres followed by a tour with zoo educators and senior animal staff.

Please let us know if a member of your party has special needs or mobility concerns when registering.

Pre-registration is required. These opportunities will fill up fast!

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes: Penguins
Thursday, April 13
6:30-8 p.m.


$50 members, $55 non-members

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 of the equipment needed to maintain a delicate 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.


To be added to the waitlist, please email Nate at nkeefe@rosamondgiffordzoo.org with the total number of spaces desired.

Twilight at the Zoo: Wonders of the Himalayas
Thursday, May 11 at 6:30pm


$50.00/member; $55.00/non-member

Wildlife in the Himalayas has long been regarded as elusive and mystical; snow leopards and takin are no exception. Don't miss this opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at these exhibits and learn more about how the zoo takes care of these fascinating animals. Senior animal care staff and education staff will lead a discussion regarding the role individuals living at the zoo play in conservation of their species. Keepers will also discuss the daily care of both snow leopards and takin.

Twilight at the Zoo: Elephant Behind-the-Scenes Exclusive
Thursday, June 8 at 6:30pm


$60.00/member; $70.00/non-member

Join us for an exclusive experience featuring our amazing Asian elephants including a behind-the-scenes tour of Asian Elephant Preserve. Guests will have the chance to see our elephants up close and learn about the training and management of these majestic animals. We will also discuss the role the Rosamond Gifford Zoo plays in breeding Asian elephants to support conservation of this endangered species. This program will be an excellent opportunity to ask your questions about elephants for the staff who work with them firsthand.

romani & karina


Twilight at the Zoo: Free-Flight Raptors
Thursday, July 20 at 6:30pm


$50.00/member; $55.00/non-member

From a majestic Eurasian eagle owl to swift Harris's hawks, the zoo is home to a variety of birds of prey. Join us to tour the zoo's newly renovated raptor facility, meet some birds up close and even have the chance to see a raptor in free flight on zoo grounds. Senior animal care staff will lead a discussion on care of these birds, and share details about the training process to keep our free-flight birds in top condition. Bring a sense of adventure and a need for speed!


Cancellation Policy:

If you are enrolled and you must cancel for any reason, your registration fee is nonrefundable unless a patron on the waiting list can fill the space. In the event the cancelled slot is filled, a 25% processing fee will be deducted from your refund. If there is no waiting list for the program you are cancelling, no refund will be issued.

Wait List:

We often add programs based on the length of the wait list. If the program you are interested in is full, please call (315) 435-8511 x206 with the program name and the number of tickets you require. If a space becomes avaliable or we open another program, we will contact you.

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