Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

Snow leopards are very reclusive and are found in the high, rugged mountains of Central Asia. Illegally hunted for the fur trade, snow leopards are very rare. It is estimated that there are only 3,500 to 7,000 remaining in the wild.

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The Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park appreciates the support it receives from local, regional and national media. Media representatives are invited to tour the Rosamond Gifford Zoo with the director of public relations by calling (315) 435-8511 x110.

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The Rosamond Gifford Zoo invites members of the media to contact us with questions about our animals, facilities and latest news.  Interviews and visits to the zoo can be arranged by contacting:

Jaime Alvarez
Director of Public Relations
Office: (315) 435-8511 x110


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For general inquiries or information about zoo hours, tickets and directions, please call (315) 435-8511.

Press Releases



January 4, 2016
Snow Leopard Days Half-Price Admission, 11th Annual Photo Contest Begin at Rosamond Gifford Zoo

January 21, 2016
Friends of the Zoo Hires New Director of Development


December 9, 2015
Rosamond Gifford Zoo Adds Male Bison, Female Red Wolf to Wildlife Trails Exhibits

November 23, 2015
Rosamond Gifford Zoo Acquires Male African Lion

November 12, 2015
Friends of the Zoo Announces New Board Members

November 2, 2015
Rosamond Gifford Zoo Hosts Sixth Annual ‘Art Gone Wild!'

October 26, 2015
Rosamond Gifford Zoo Receives AZA Quarter Century Award

October 12, 2015
Come Trick-or-Treat with the Animals During Zoo Boo!

September 11, 2015
Rosamond Gifford Zoo Collaborates with Critz Farms as Part of Fall Harvest Celebration

September 10, 2015
Red Panda Cubs Born at Rosamond Gifford Zoo

July 8, 2015
Markhor Baby Boom at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo

June 18, 2015
Rosamond Gifford Zoo Acquires Pair of American Bison

June 16, 2015
Zoo Announces Winner of Elephant Calf Naming Contest

May 26, 2015
Baby Elephant Makes Public Debut at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Naming Contest Begins

May 12, 2015
It's a BIG Boy! Successful Elephant Birth at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo

May 7, 2015
Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo to Hold Annual Meeting

April 14, 2015
Zoo Announces Winners of Penguin Chick Naming Contest

April 6, 2015
Zoo Invites Community to Vote on Penguin Chick Names

April 3, 2015
Rosamond Gifford Zoo Announces Birth of Two North American River Otter Pups

March 23, 2015
Community Invited to Enter Penguin Chick Naming Contest

March 19, 2015
Friends of the Zoo Announces New Board Members

February 4, 2015
County Executive Joanie Mahoney Announces New Penguin Chicks at the Zoo

January 5, 2015
Zoo Offers Discounted Admission During Snow Leopard Days, Announces 10th Annual Photo Contest



December 30, 2014
Longsnout Seahorse Newest Aquatic Resident at Rosamond Gifford Zoo

December 16, 2014
Violet Turaco Chick Hatches at Rosamond Gifford Zoo

November 3, 2014
Rosamond Gifford Zoo Hosts Fifth Annual ‘Art Gone Wild!'

October 13, 2014
Zoo Boo Offers Halloween Fun for Children and Families

October 2, 2014
Muntjac Fawn Born at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo

September 12, 2014
Friends of the Zoo Announces New Board Members

August 27, 2014
Snow Leopard Cub Born at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo 

August 26, 2014
Friends of the Zoo Hires Finance Manager

August 14, 2014
Rosamond Gifford Zoo Expecting ‘Big’ Delivery in 2015

July 18, 2014
Explorer’s Outpost Opens at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo

July 8, 2014
County Executive Announces Centennial Activities, Rededicates Zoo

June 30, 2014
Friends of the Zoo Launch Conservation Fundraising Effort in Honor of Zoo’s Centennial 

June 3, 2014
County Executive Joanie Mahoney Introduces New Penguin Chick, Invites Community to Enter Naming Contest

May 16, 2014
Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo to Hold Annual Meeting

May 6, 2014
Rosamond Gifford Zoo Celebrates Centennial Year, Unveils Compelling Vision for its Future

March 24, 2014
Friends of the Zoo President Janet Agostini Among Those To Be Honored At Sixth Annual Nonprofit Awards 

January 2, 2014
Discounted Admission Offered During Snow Leopard Days, 2014 Photo Contest Announced