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, 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.

Fees:

  • 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

Eat or be Eaten

Hungry for some information? Let's "taco" 'bout food! Animals have to eat in order to survive, but no one wants to become dinner. We will prepare a delicious treat for an animal, explore the lunch boxes of some of our zoo animals, and compare their eating habits to our own. 

Ages 3-5 with parent
Saturday, January 6
10:30 a.m.-noon

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

Loungin' Around

Slow movin’ but groovin’. This class will be anything but sluggish as we explore the unusual slow-mo world of the sloth and possibly meet a keeper or one of our lovably lethargic mascots. 

Ages 3-5 with parent
Friday, February 2
10:30 a.m.-noon

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

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

Courageous Cats 

Got Courage? It takes a whole lot of it to learn about African lions, but dont worry -- you'll be in great company as we roar and explore these larger-than-life felines.

Ages 3-5 parent optional
Friday, March 9
1:30-3 p.m.

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

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

Elephant Maximus

Sound the trumpets and join us at your favorite local watering hole for some big fun as we learn about the largest land mammals on earth, elephants! We’ll compare our resident pachyderms to their African cousins, and cap it all off with an expedition to our Asian Elephant Preserve. 

Ages 3-5 with parent
Friday, April 6
10:30 a.m.-noon

Ages 3-5 with parent
Saturday, April 7
10:30 a.m.-noon

Ages 6-10 parent optional
Saturday, April 7
1:30-3 p.m.

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: Animal Artists

Friday, January 26
6:30-8 p.m.
Members: $20 per child/adult pair
Non-members: $25 per child/adult pair

Wild about art? Our animals use their trunks, paws, hooves and brushes to paint like Picasso. Roll up your sleeves, bring a smock and join us as we paint like animals and watch an animal artist create a masterpiece.

Ages 3-10 with parent

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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