Blue Poison Dart Frog

Blue Poison Dart Frog

The blue poison dart frog was first discovered in 1968. It is a relic species living in a few isolated patches of relic rainforest habitat. Blue poison dart frogs can release toxins from the skin that are distasteful and potentially lethal to predators.

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Catering at the Zoo

Adult Programs

*NEW* Meet a Keeper Mornings

This new early-bird education series offers a unique opportunity for adults over 21 to learn all about our animals in a relaxed setting.  Enjoy light refreshments, specialty coffees and mimosas while participating in a class with up-close animal encounters and special keeper chat. 

Fee: $55 members, $65 non-members

Exploring the Cave

Learn about all the animals that live in our USS Antiquities exhibit; from eels to iguanas and meet some reptiles up close.  You will also learn to make sustainble choices that have a significant impact on the health of our oceans.  Then head to the exhibit to meet their keeper and a behind the scenes tour.

Thursday, January 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

Birds of Prey

Learn what a raptor is and about their vital importance to the health of our environment.  Meet live raptors up close and personal while learning about adaptations, their role in the food chain as apex predators, our local birds of prey and an introduction to falconry.  This program will give you a true connection and appreciation for all wildlife and the habitat in which we share.

Thursday, February 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m.


Join us for an exclusive experience featuring our amazing Asian elephants like you've never seen before!  This opportunity includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Asian Elephant Preserve with the opportunity to meet the elephants and their keepers.  Learn about our conservation efforts to save them in the wild and how the elephants in our care play a vital role in the SSP (Species Survival Plan).  Learn about the daily husbandry, enrichment, and how the keepers apply operant conditioning to their training using positivie reinforcement.

Thursday, March 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m.


Twilight at the Zoo

Join us for these unique opportunities for adults ages 21 and over to learn about the zoo and the animals under our care.

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!

Fee:  $55 members, $65 non-members

Twilight at the Zoo: Sloths

Join us for an after-hours experience with the zoo's sloths.  Senior animal staff will discuss our amazing sloth family.  Guests will have the opportunity to meet our zoo's sloths up close as we learn all about their unique adaptations.  Don't miss the opportunity to get up close and personal with your favorite animal!

Thursday, December 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m. 

Thursday, December 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m. - SOLD OUT

Note: Photography and videography are prohibited in non-public areas of the zoo.

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 x8559 or email 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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