Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish use their sense of taste as a primary means to detecting food. Taste buds are found over the entire external surface of the fish, as well as inside the mouth, pharynx and gill arches.

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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!

Meet the Sloths
Thursday, February 16
6:30-8 p.m.

$50 members, $55 non-members


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

Did you know that over the years, nearly 50 Hoffmann's two-toed sloths have been born at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo? Shaggy and slow moving, these fascinating creatures have captured the hearts of animal lovers everywhere. Don't miss your chance to learn more about the zoo's sloth collection from senior animal staff who work with them firsthand. Guests will have the opportunity to meet a sloth up close and personal as we learn all about its unique adaptations.

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.

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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