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Blue Poison Dart Frog

Blue Poison Dart Frog

The blue poison dart frog was first discovered in 1968. It is a relic species living in a few isolated patches of relic rainforest habitat. Blue poison dart frogs can release toxins from the skin that are distasteful and potentially lethal to predators.

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Catering at the Zoo

Board of Directors

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are elected by Friends members. Officers of the Board are elected by members of the board. Members are elected to serve three-year terms and may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

Our volunteer  board plays an essential role in the organization's leadership, and its members bring skills, experience and talents to assist our partnership efforts with the zoo.

  • Heidi Holtz, Chair - Stillwork Consulting
  • Al Gough, Vice Chair - Widewaters Development
  • Peter Belyea, Secretary - CXtec/TERACAI
  • Jamie Card, Treasurer - The Bonadio Group
  • Ellenrose GalganoVolunteer Liaison - North Syracuse School District, Retired
  • Dr. Zina Berry - Berry Good Dental Care 
  • John C. Dougherty - SRC
  • Ryan Elliott - Byrne Dairy
  • Terry Hopkins - C&S Engineers
  • Jaime J. Hunsicker - Hancock Estabrook LLP
  • Benjamin Hussong - Alliance Advisory Group
  • Laura Iorio - Community Volunteer & Zoo Supporter
  • Carl Isley - M&T Bank
  • Margaret Martin - Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation
  • Kathy O'Connell - Radiant Abilities
  • Melissa A. Piper - National Grid 
  • James Rowley - Onondaga County Legislature
  • Quentin "Skip" Lockwood III, Friends Interim Executive Director
  • Ted Fox, Ex Officio - Director, Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  • Brian Kelley, Ex Officio - Acting Commissioner, Onondaga County Parks



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