Spectacled Bear

Spectacled Bear

The spectacled bear gets its name from the distinctive rings of white or beige fur around its eyes. These markings stand out against the rest of the bear, which is usually black or dark brown, and look like eyeglasses (or spectacles).

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Seasonal Camps

School Break Camps

Want to chase away those mid-winter blues? Don't have anything to do over spring break? Join us for school break zoo camp! Camp topics will vary each day (see below). You can expect zoo tours, animal interactions, crafts, snacks, and activities as we explore the zoo. Come for one day or all week! Pre-registration is required; a minimum number of participants is needed to run all programs.

Wild Friday!

Friday, November 27, 9:00-4:00 pm

Hey parents... Do you need some extra time to start your holiday shopping or clean up from Thanksgiving? Bring your kids to the zoo for an exciting, educational event! Campers will tour the Zoo, see animals up close, play games, and make awesome crafts! A pizza party lunch is included! This all day camp for kids ages 6-11 will help you find some time to yourself! 

Holiday Camps

Monday December 28, 9:00-4:00 pm 
Tuesday December 29, 9:00-4:00 pm 
Wednesday December 30, 9:00-4:00 pm 

Join us for Holiday Camps at the Zoo! Campers will tour the zoo, see animals up close, make crafts, play games, and have a pizza party lunch! Each day will be different, so come for one day or all! Pizza party lunch is included! For campers ages 6-11. A minimum number of participants is required. 

Camp Registration and FAQs

We strongly encourage you to register online. Registrations mailed in will be filled in the order in which they are received.

If the session you want is filled, please e-mail Liz at Lschmidt@rosamondgiffordzoo.org to be placed on a wait list. All registrations received after camp sessions are full will be held on a wait list. If payment has been made with a personal check/money order, it will be returned to you after the date of the camp has passed. If space becomes available, you will be contacted immediately. Spaces that open will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Reservations are required for all programs. There is limited space in each program so please register early.  A minimum number of registrants is required to run each program.  We reserve the right to cancel a program if the minimum number of registrants is not met. If the zoo cancels the camp session due to lack of enrollment or severe weather, a full refund or program credit will be given.

Cancellation Policy

If your child is enrolled and you must cancel for any reason, your registration fee is nonrefundable unless a child on the wait list can fill the space. If there is no wait list for the session indicated, we cannot issue a refund. In the event the cancelled slot is filled, a 25% processing fee will be deducted from your refund.

Consent and Waiver Policy

Every participant under the age of 18 without a parent or legal guardian on the premises during the education program must have a signed consent and waiver form on file with the Education Department. This form will be kept on file for one (1) year, so you only need to fill it out once. If your child's medical history, including food allergy or activity restrictions changes, please notify the Education Department to update your file at 435-8511 ext. 205. To download the Education Program Consent and Waiver form, please click here.

Severe Weather Policy

All education programs, including Edventure Academy, camps, and Twilights will run as scheduled unless the zoo has been closed by order of Onondaga County administration. Sorry, but no refunds or rain checks will be given for "no shows" for any reason.

For questions about any camp or to check avaliability, contact Liz at (315) 435-8511 ext. 205.