Naked Mole Rat

Naked Mole Rat

Naked mole-rats appear to be bald, but they are not completely hairless. They have sensory whiskers on their face and tail, which allow them to move backward just as quickly as they can move forward.

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Catering at the Zoo

Special Projects

In addition to making a general contribution to your zoo, you may elect to participate in a special fundraising project. 

Current Projects:

Save the Snails!

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is working with many partners to save a tiny snail, the Chittenango ovate amber snail, that only exists in one small area in Central New York. The zoo is committed to helping these fascinating animals and their habitat in Chittenango Falls State Park.

The zoo has established a breeding colony as insurance against the species’ extinction. Snails are periodically released back into the wild. Zoo biologists also help study the wild population to assess their status and the threats they face. The decline of this snail is serious, but the good news is that you can help! You can donate to support the effort below. You can also volunteer to collect food for the captive snails or conduct other important work. Contact to sign up to help.

Make a financial contribution to help save the COAS HERE.  Please earmark it 'Save the Snails' in your note!



Thanks for your help in saving this tiny but important member of our local ecosystem!

Past Projects:

Conserving What We Love campaign


Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is pleased to announce that it has raised $1,730,771 for the Conserving What We Love campaign. That's 8% more than our campaign goal of $1.6 million!

Click here for more information about the Conserving What We Love campaign.

You may call our development department at (315) 435-8511 x8518 if you have any questions.



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