If the parking lots are full, where should I park?
If needed, street parking is available throughout the Tipperary Hill neighborhood and in Burnet Park. Please observe all parking signs and abide by odd/even parking regulations. You will need to enter through the front of the zoo.
What is the purpose of the construction work in the parking lot and at the entrance?
Parking Lots - The work on the parking lots serves two purposes. First, the improvements will offer our guests a better experience with safer access to the zoo and ease of entry for those using strollers and wheel chairs. Secondly, we are doing work to minimize the water entering the municipal sewer system. The project includes installation of porous pavement and will divert much of the water to the rain gardens at the zoo entrance.
Entrance - In the spring and summer months, large groups frequent the zoo on a regular basis. The improvements we are making will improve efficiency for these groups, providing them with shaded staging areas to gather in prior to entering the zoo. Over the years, we've heard from our guests that additional seating at the entrance of the zoo would be helpful. To address those concerns, we are installing natural boulder seating and several benches. Additionally, we are improving the water collection systems that gather runoff from the roofs with an enhanced water system, which will include an interactive water feature and site-appropriate gardens.
When will the front end construction be completed?
We estimate the work will be complete later this summer.
How will the work inside the zoo impact my visit?
From time to time, some pathways may be obstructed. Please observe all construction signs and notices at ticket booths and throughout the zoo.
What is the purpose of the construction work inside the zoo?
The zoo is the focal point of Onondaga County's "Save the Rain" campaign. These projects are designed to reduce the amount of water entering the municipal sewer system in a number of ways:
RECIRCULATION OF WATER: The three ponds at the zoo will be connected and the water will recirculate among them. A shallow stream will connect the main pond to the swan pond and the wetlands pond. A cascading water feature will flow into the wetland pond to help add oxygen to the water. The surrounding public walkways will be resurfaced and the outdoor exhibit space for the barn animals will be modified to give those animals additional space.
COLLECTION OF RAIN WATER: A 5,000 gallon underground cistern will collect rainwater which will then be diverted to the bear exhibit, where enhanced water features will be constructed, giving the bears shallower pools, more appropriate for their species.
In addition to saving the rain, these projects will add greatly to the overall visual appeal of the zoo.
When will the work inside the zoo be completed?
We estimate the work will be complete in September 2013.
Where are all the birds that used to live in the pond?
The birds have been relocated to temporary housing around the zoo. Many of the birds are off exhibit at this time, and will return for viewing once the project is complete and the new plants have had time to become established.
When will the octopus exhibit open?
Ophelia is here! Her exhibit is located just outside of the entrance to USS Antiquities, across from Jungle Café.
Are there any zoo babies and can I see them?
Chinese muntjac - The muntjac fawn is on exhibit with his mother and father.
Markhor - The male and female babies are on exhibit with their parents on the Wildlife Trail.
Patas monkey - The baby is currently on exhibit with its mother and the patas monkeys, alternating between Primate Park and the Social Building.
Penguin chick - The penguin chick has been weaned and is on exhibit with the rest of the colony at Penguin Coast.
Reindeer - The baby is currently on exhibit with her mother and father, on the Wildlife Trail (across from Penguin Coast).
Snow leopards - The snow leopard cubs are now one year old and spend the day on exhibit. (If they are resting, you may have to do some searching, as their fur tends to camouflage into the exhibit.)
Tigers - The tiger cubs are now two years old. The two males spend time on exhibit alternately with the mom and her daughter.