North/ American River Otter

North/ American River Otter

River otters are excellent swimmers and divers and are usually found no more than 10 yards from water. They can remain underwater for six to eight minutes.

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Adopt An Animal

Become a Zoo Parent!


Funds raised through our Adopt an Animal program support a variety of projects, including habitat improvement, animal enrichment, research and training.

Adopting an animal makes a unique gift, perfect for any birthday, holiday, special occasion or commemoration. Give the perfect present to the person who has everything!

(Senior Keeper level pictured above, items subject to change based on availability)

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Groups Can Adopt, Too!


Your group can become a proud zoo parent. Your group's name will be inscribed on your official Adopt Certificate and be displayed on the Adopt Parent board.

Become a Young Philanthropist! Adopt an animal.


You can register your birthday, graduation or other occasion with the zoo and we can accept donations on your behalf toward a special animal adoption of your choice. In addition to the listed benefits, we will recognize your commitment to the zoo in a special listing in MyZoo Magazine. After you have registered, just ask your friends and family to make a donation of $5 or more to your animal adoption by phone, by mail, or in-person at the zoo's membership desk.

Donations must total $40 or more to participate. We request a $5 minimum donation per person toward your animal adoption.

To register contact us at 315-435-8511 x130 or jmoffit@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

If you choose to collect donations for an animal adoption on your own, please let us know that you are a Young Philanthropist so that we can include you in the special listing in MyZoo Magazine.

Adopt an Animal Levels


There are several different adoption levels. Each level comes with its own set of benefits, as indicated below.

Keeper:
$40

Certificate of adoption

Animal fact sheet

4x6" color photo of your animal

Name on Adopt Board for 1 year

Special zoo parent gift

2 people admitted to annual Member Appreciation Event

Senior Keeper:
$60

Certificate of adoption

Animal fact sheet

4x6" color photo of your animal

Name on Adopt Board for 1 year

Special zoo parent gift

Animal plush*

4 people admitted to annual Member Appreciation Event

Collection Manager:
$100

Certificate of adoption

Animal fact sheet

4x6" color photo of your animal

Name on Adopt Board for 1 year

Special zoo parent gift

Animal plush*

2 passes to the zoo

6 people admitted to annual Member Appreciation Event

Curator:
$250

Certificate of adoption

Animal fact sheet

4x6" color photo of your animal

Name on Adopt Board for 1 year

Special zoo parent gift

Animal plush*

4 passes to the zoo

12 people admitted to annual Member Appreciation Event

 

*Note: Plush availability for some animals may not be available. In these cases a substitute plush will be provided.

All of the animals at the zoo are available for adoption!

Visit the Animals section of our website and select categories from the drop down menu to view lists of the species in our animal collection.

All adopted animals remain in the care and custody of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and no ownership rights are conferred. Should your adopted animal be removed from our collection, your sponsorship can be transferred to another animal for the remainder of the year. Due to their popularity, some animals may have multiple "parents."

Click here to download an Adopt an Animal application.

For more information, call (315) 435-8511 x129 or x130.

Note: You can visit your favorite adopted animal more frequently if you become a member!