Spotted Turtle

Spotted Turtle

Spotted turtles are omnivorous (eats both animal and plant foods) and feeds primarily underwater. Spotted turtles are active all day long in early spring. The sex of the hatchling is determined by nest temperature at specific times during the incubation period. Cooler temperatures produce males and warmer temperatures produce females.

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Catering at the Zoo

Amenities and Services

Zoo Events & Animal Demos

The zoo offers a variety of events throughout the year. During the summer months and school breaks, we offer animal demonstrations and keeper chats. Click here for more information.

Welcome Tour Groups!


The Rosamond Gifford Zoo welcomes tour groups of all sizes. With more than 700 animals and a beautiful, relaxed setting, your guests are sure to have an enjoyable day.

For your convenience, we ask that you make reservations prior to your arrival so that we may expedite the admission process, ensuring that the members of your group have all the time they need to visit our beautiful facility. Group discounts are available; click here for more information. Reservations can be made by calling (315) 435-8511 x8512.   

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is pleased to offer tours to visitors. Our team of education volunteers have a wealth of information about the zoo and its animals. Our specially-trained tour guides provide you with a great introduction to all the living things at the zoo. We also offer inclusive tours for large and/or school groups, which include biofacts (animal artifacts) to assist our visitors with a tactile and personal experience that will benefit all guests, especially visitors with visual challenges. Tours are $1 per person, plus admission for non-members. Reservations must be made at least two to three weeks in advance by calling (315) 435-8511 x8512.  


On-site at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, you will find the Jungle Café, which offers a wide variety of menu items and seasonal specials. Weather permitting, several outdoor concession stands are available around the park during the summer months.

There are indoor and outdoor seating areas. Outside refreshments are permitted, with the exception of alcohol. Please remember, however, that your food and beverage purchases at the zoo directly support the care and feeding of the animals!

If your group needs assistance with purchasing box lunches, please contact the Jungle Café at (315) 435-8511 x8504. You can also download our pre-order form for school group meals through the Café; click here.


For your convenience, wheelchairs, wagons and strollers are available for rent at the membership desk.

Single Strollers: $5.00

Wagons: $7.00

Wheelchair: No charge

 Please note, all rentals will require a collateral deposit (such as a driver’s license), which will be returned at the end of the rental’s use. 


Visitor Assistance: Accessible parking and restroom facilities are available. At least 60% of our exhibits are located indoors. Both the inside and outdoor pathways at the zoo are accessible. Wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis.  

For more detailed information on accessibility at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, visit the New York State Inclusive Recreation Resource Center page for our zoo by clicking here

Family Bathroom: Our large family bathroom is located off of the lobby at the main zoo entrance. It offers an adult-sized changing cot for our visitor’s convenience and a comfortable chair for nursing mothers who would like additional privacy.

Service Animal Policy: Service animals (dogs and miniature horses only) that are on-duty are allowed in the zoo with the person they assist per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. Please bring certification of service animal status.

There are some areas of the zoo to which service animal access is restricted. These areas include the free-flight aviary (Diversity of Birds), nocturnal animals (Adaptations), lion corridor and the primate building (Social Animals). This is due to the glass-fronted enclosure design which increases risk to zoo animals should they react to the service animal.

On arrival, guests with service dogs will be greeted by a senior animal staff member so that any questions can be addressed prior to the zoo visit.

Please note: Therapy dogs, service dogs in training (unless accompanied by a disabled person) and all other companion animals of any kind are not covered by ADA regulations and are not allowed entry into the zoo.


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