Red Panda

Red Panda

Though their names are similar, the red panda and giant panda are only very distantly related by a common ancestor that can be traced back to tens of millions of years ago. Both species were identified as pandas as the word “panda” means “bamboo eater,” and bamboo is a primary part of both the red panda’s and the giant panda’s diet.

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Edventure Academy


Edventure Academy provides a unique opportunity for you and your child to learn more about the animals at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo! Each session is specifically designed for the age group indicated and includes a craft, snack, biofact (skulls, fur, feathers, etc.) presentation, a zoo tour, and may include an animal encounter or keeper talk.

Edventure Academy

A parent or guardian is required to attend preschool sessions with their child; parents are optional for 6-9 year old sessions. Class size is limited to ensure that your child has the most educational and fun experience we can offer! Please help us by leaving toddlers and infants at home. Pre-registration is required for all sessions; a minimum number of registrants is required to run all Edventure Academy programming.


  • Members: $18 per child/one adult pair per session
  • Non-members: $23 per child/one adult pair per session
  • $12 for each additional child or adult (member or non) in the same session

Hidden Himalayas!            

From snow leopards to red pandas, many animals call the Himalayas their home. Whether they're leaping from cliff tops or climbing up trees these amazing creatures are on top of the world! Join us as we explore this mysterious mountain habitat and discover all of the stealthy creatures who live there.

FR060515 3-5 with one parent June 5, 2015
10:30-12 pm
AM060515 3-5 with one parent June 6, 2015 10:30-12 pm
KA060515 6-7 parent optional June 6, 2015 1:30-3:00 pm
KB060515 8-9 parent optional June 6, 2015 1:30-3:00 pm


Twilight at the Zoo: Family Edition! Summer Solstice!

Friday June 19, 2015 from 6:30-8pm

Sprinklers, lawn mowers, and long sunny days can mean only one thing- summer's back! Join us as we celebrate the longest day of the year right here at the zoo! This evening event is fun for the whole family. Guests will enjoy a sunset stroll along the Wildlife Trails led by a zoo educator, create a fabulous craft, and enjoy a solstice-inspired snack!

Tuition per session
Members: $20 per child or child/adult pair
Non-members: $25 per child or child/adult pair

Consent and Waiver Policy

Every participant under the age of 18 without a parent or legal guardian on the premises during the education program must have a signed consent and waiver form on file with the education department. This form will be kept on file for one (1) year, so you only need to fill it out once. If your child's medical history, including food allergy or activity restrictions changes, please notify the education department to update your file at 435-8511 ext. 124. To download the education program consent and waiver form, please click here.

Cancellation Policy

If your child is enrolled and you must cancel for any reason, your registration fee is nonrefundable unless a child on the wait list can fill the space. If there is no wait list for the session indicated, we cannot issue a refund. In the event the cancelled slot is filled, a 25% processing fee will be deducted from your refund. We will not issue rainchecks or transfers/credit.

Please check the website throughout the throughout the school year for current Edventure Academy offerings!