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Ball Python

Ball Python

Due to heat sensing pits located along the upper jaw, ball pythons can easily find prey in complete darkness. The pits open at different angles which allows the snake to tell what direction warmth is coming from.

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Catering at the Zoo

NOTE: The below information applies to normal zoo operations without COVID-19 restrictions. Please visit for current visitor information.

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. 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 guests of all ages and abilities. Tours are $1 per person, plus admission for non-members. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by calling (315) 435-8511 x8512.  


NOTE: We currently have no food services available at the zoo. Visitors are welcome to bring their own refreshments (except for alcohol).

On-site at the zoo, The Jungle Café offers a variety of menu items and seasonal specials. Weather permitting, outdoor concession stands operate during the summer months.

There are indoor and outdoor seating areas. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink, except for alcohol. Remember that any food and beverage purchases at the zoo directly support the care and feeding of our 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.


Visitor Assistance: Accessible parking and restroom facilities are available. About 60% of our exhibits are indoors. Both 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 a comfortable chair for nursing mothers who would like additional privacy.

Service Animal Policy: Please see our policy here.

Donations from the Zoo

NOTE: Due to the recent COVID-19 shutdown, the zoo is not able to donate free passes at this time.


The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is a highly visible public institution and receives hundreds of requests for complimentary admission passes each year.

The zoo is able to donate one Family 4-Pack Day Pass (one per year) to non-profit organizations that meet our criteria. The Family 4-Pack is good for one-time admission for 2 adults and 2 youths (a $28 value) and expires one year from issue date.

Donation criteria:

  • We can only consider requests from non-profit organizations (501c3, 301c3) that will use the pass for fund-raising purposes.
  •  Priority goes to organizations that support the zoo’s missions of education, conservation and/ or youth.
  • Preference also given to organizations within the CNY/Upstate NY area, as well as to zoo members or contributors making the request.

The following are NOT eligible to receive complimentary pass donations:

  • Individuals or families for personal use or fundraising
  • For-profit organizations
  • Political parties

Non-profit organizations wishing to request a donation should send a request letter, proof of non-profit status, event flyer and a legal size or larger self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Attn: Donation Request

1 Conservation Place

Syracuse, NY 13204

Thank you!



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