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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Catering at the Zoo


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, zoo tour and may include an animal encounter or keeper talk.

Sand Boa

A parent or guardian is required to attend preschool sessions with their child; parents are optional for sessions for kids ages 6-10. 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

Currently Coastin'

Let’s sit seaside and go with the flow as we burrow our way into the captivating world of the Humboldt penguins, and dive deep into the life of our successful colony at Penguin Coast. 

Ages 3-5 with parent
Friday, May 18
10:30 a.m.-noon

Ages 3-5 with parent
Saturday, May 18
10:30 a.m.-noon

Ages 6-10 parent optional
Saturday, May 18
1:30-3 p.m.

Twilight at the Zoo: Family Edition

Family Twilight: Parental Care

Friday, May 11
6:30-8 p.m.
Members: $20 per child/adult pair
Non-members: $25 per child/adult pair

Where would we be without our parents? Let’s celebrate all the amazing moms (and dads!) out there animal kingdom style! From mammals to birds and reptiles, amphibians to arthropods, we’ll learn about some of the incredible ways, extraordinary lengths and amazing sacrifices animal parents go through to take care of their children.

Ages 3-10 with parent

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