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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Corporate Sponsorship

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo offers several ways for your company to partner with the zoo to benefit your company, your employees and your community. . .

For more information on partnering with the zoo, please contact our development department at (315) 435-8511 x108 or jallen@rosamondgiffordzoo.org.

Become a Corporate Member of the Zoo

You can help support the zoo, a popular community destination that attracts 345,000 visitors annually, while receiving benefits for employees, invitations to special events and exhibit openings, zoo passes and more.  Please contact our development department at (315) 435-8511 x108 to learn more about becoming a Corporate Member of the zoo.

All Corporate Members receive:

  • Zoo guest passes (consider donating to the nonprofit of your choice)
  • Acknowledgment in and subscription to MyZoo Magazine, the zoo's quarterly full color publication - sent to 9,000 member households, elected officials, corporations, and foundations as well as numerous distribution sites
  • Recognition on signage in the zoo lobby and in the Friends annual report
  • Year round recognition as a zoo partner on our website (including logo placement)
  • Certificate of support to display at your company's office
  • Exclusive invitation to donor recognition event
  • 10% discount on basic zoo membership for employees

Sponsor a zoo exhibit

Put your company name in front of more 345,000 visitors each year by sponsoring an exhibit at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Ranked among the top 10% of zoos nationwide, our audience is your audience at this premier Central New York destination. 

Exhibits are available based on level of support. Sponsorships range from $500 to $15,000 per year. You will be given the opportunity to renew your exhibit sponsorship on an annual or multi-year basis.

All exhibit sponsors receive:

  • Prominent signage at the selected exhibit for one year
  • Opportunities for employees or your customers/clients to go "behind the scenes" at the zoo
  • Complimentary subscription to MyZoo Magazine, the zoo's quarterly full color publication - sent to 9,000 member households, elected officials, corporations, and foundations as well as numerous distribution sites
  • Recognition on signage in the zoo lobby and in the Friends annual report
  • Year round recognition as a zoo partner on our website (including logo placement)
  • Sign to display at your company recognizing your support of the zoo
  • Exclusive invitation to donor recognition event

Sponsor an event

Recognition includes (as applicable):

  • Business name and logo on invitations, e-blasts, posters, event programs and Web site
  • Promotion in member newsletter (circulation of 12,000, 4x/year)
  • Prominent signage on zoo grounds in advance of and during event
  • Prime media placement (print, television and radio)
  • Billboards throughout Central New York
  • Complimentary event tickets
  • On-site exhibit booth at event

For more information on the benefits of event sponsorship and to find an event that is a good fit for your company, please contact our development department at (315) 435-8511 x108. 

Other opportunities to partner with the zoo:


Hold your next function at the zoo:

Conduct serious business or celebrate a milestone in a festive setting

From company picnics to conferences, our full service catering team can accommodate groups of any size up to 3,000+ with gourmet meals and event planning. Click here to learn more

Recruit talented employees

Need to recruit a competitive candidate? We can provide specialized zoo tours to help you showcase the quality of life that our community has to offer.

Retain quality employees by helping them feel good about where they work:

Volunteerism Groups of any size love volunteering at the zoo - sign up to paint fences, work in the gardens, serve food at events and more. Click here to learn more

Leadership Development
We are looking for skilled people to join our board committees - an excellent opportunity to develop employee leadership and corporate visibility.

Employee Recognition
Give a one-of-a-kind gift from the zoo to thank your employees in a special way. (Adopt-an-animal; family memberships; tickets to events; unique gifts from our zoo shop)

Bring the "Zoo to You" Can't make it to the zoo? Our Zoo to You program brings live animals and biofacts (skulls, feathers, tusks, etc.) to your group gathering for a fun, hands-on experience. Click here to learn more

Support the zoo's education programs reaching 23,000+ people annually
Your support helps people of all ages - particularly children - connect to the natural world in meaningful, interactive ways that leave a lasting impact, including an awareness of how we can help protect the planet through conservation.