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Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf

Wolves have long legs and large heel pads that enable them to run through snow and cover large distances in search of food. They trot along at 5 mph, but can obtain speeds of 45 mph for short distances.

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Support Your Zoo


Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo offers you many ways to support your local AZA-accredited zoo! Our membership in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) requires us to meet the highest standards of animal care and welfare, wildlife conservation and education.

Our AZA accreditation also allows us to participate in the fundamental mission of AZA institutions, saving endangered species! We are currently raising funds for Amur Leopard Woodlands, a new habitat for our Amur leopards as part of our participation in the Species Survival Plan for this most endangered species of big cats.

Our new Amur leopards recently became parents to two cubs, a male and a female, so we now have a family of four to support!

For more information, please contact our development office at (315) 435-8511 x8518. Or donate below and earmark your contribution "Amur Leopard Project."

To learn more about Friends of the Zoo, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports the zoo, and to view our board of directors list, our annual report and our most recent IRS form-990 filing, please click here.

Financial support from individuals, small businesses and corporations helps Friends of the Zoo continue to provide the level of excellence that makes the Rosamond Gifford Zoo a national leader in animal care, conservation education and visitor experience.

Make a secure online contribution now by clicking below:

Please be sure to add a note to earmark your donation, eg. For Amur Leopard Project.

You may also mail a check payable to "Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo" to:

Attn:  Development Department
Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo
1 Conservation Place
Syracuse, NY 13204

Or feel to call us at (315) 435-8511 x8518 to make a contribution by credit card over the phone.

Gift Matching: Many companies offer a matching-gift benefit to their employees to inspire charitable giving. Sometimes the gifts of retirees and spouses are also eligible. Please contact your employer to determine if your contribution is eligible for a company match, which will provide an additional gift to support your zoo.


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