Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox

The fennec fox is a member of the canidae family, which includes foxes, wolves, dogs, coyotes and jackals. Weighing an average of 3.3 pounds, the fennec fox is one of the smallest canids. Despite its small size, it has very large ears, which helps it hear predators and prey.

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Summer Camp

Please click here for camp offerings, dates, and prices.

Summer Zoo Camp is seven weeks of fun filled camp sessions geared toward specific age groups. At camp, kids participate in zoo tours, hands-on activities, games, and crafts and interact with animals and staff here at the zoo. Our Zoo Camp instructors are experienced, enthusiastic staff and each session has a 1:8 adult to child ratio. Zoo Camp offers your child a unique opportunity to experience all the Rosamond Gifford Zoo has to offer! These fun, educational camps fill up quickly, so don't delay!

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For general information about camp, please check out the Zoo Camp Info Sheet.

To read a brochure outlining the rights and responsibilities of campers, camp operators, and parents, please click here.

Camp Registration

 Registration for Zoo members begins on April 1 at 9 AM and open registration begins on April 15. We strongly encourage you to register online for the fastest service.  Members receive early registration and discounts for all Zoo Camp sessions. To learn more about membership, please click here.

If you would like to register via mail, please download a registration form here and mail it to the address at the bottom of the form. Mailed in registrations postmarked before April 1 will not be considered until all appropriately postmarked registrations have been processed. Mailed in registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Registration Tips:

Have you used our reservation site to purchase  tickets before? If not, please check out the site here, follow the directions on the log-in page to request your password, and make sure you are familiar with the registration process before  April 1. This will ensure your camp registration goes smoothly.  If you have used the reservation site before, please do a 'dry-run' by logging into your account to make sure you can log in smoothly before camp registration begins on April 1.

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Is your membership expired or do you plan to purchase a membership and camp session together?  To ensure a smooth process on registration day, please consider renewing or purchasing your membership at least a week before camp registration begins, and logging into your account ahead of time. To renew your membership or purchase one now, please click here.

Please Note: Your reservation is not complete (your 'spot' is not held) until you hit the "Accept" button at the end of your reservation, after you have entered your credit card info. Please know which camp/s you are interested in and have your credit card ready before you begin your purchase.

Cancellation Policy:

If your child is enrolled and you must cancel for any reason, your registration fee is nonrefundable unless a child on the waiting list can fill the space. In the event the cancelled slot is filled, a 25% processing fee will be deducted from your refund. If there is no waiting list for the program you are cancelling, no refund will be issued.

Camp Forms:

Please review Zoo Camp's Behavior Policy with your camper before camp begins.

The following summer camp forms must be on file at least one week before your child's camp session.

Forms can be hand delivered or faxed to Liz Schmidt at (315) 435-8517.  They can also be mailed to:

Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Attn: Camp Forms
One Conservation Place
Syracuse, NY  13204




Session Offerings and Prices

If the session you seek is full, please email lschmidt@rosamondgiffordzoo.org to be placed on the waitlist.

Entering Kindergarten

Dates

Hide 'n' Seek!
$120 Members/$140 Non-Members

Some animals are hard to see in the wild, while others stand out! From camouflage to mimicry to bright colors, come find out why blending in or standing out is so important to lots of animals in this easy to find camp!

Session A
July 21-July 25
9 am-12 pm

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Color Crazy!
$120 Members/$140 Non-Members

Have you ever seen a blue frog, a yellow fish, or a pink bird? Some animals at our zoo have crazy colors! Come find out why as we meet animals up close, create colorful crafts and spend lots of time cruising around the zoo in this bright camp!

 

Session B
July 21-July 25
1 pm- 4 pm

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Entering 1st & 2nd Grade


Feasts for Beasts!
$200 Members/$220 Non-members

Do you know what your favorite animals at the zoo eat? We'll explore animals'diets, take a tour of the diet kitchen, and eat like animals in this tasty camp

Session C
July 14-July 18
9 am- 4 pm

This camp is full.

Session D
August 4-August 8
9 am- 4 pm

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Animal Antics!
$200 Members/$220 Non-members

Do penguins play? Have you ever seen a frog wave at you? Why do the patas monkeys yawn? Animals have many different behaviors, and we’ll explore them all in this wild all day camp!

 

 

Session E
July 21-July 25
9 am- 4 pm

This camp is full.

Session F
August 11-August 15
9 am- 4 pm

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Entering 3rd & 4th Grade

 

Most Extreme Animals!
$200 Members/$220 Non-members

Do you know which bird is the fastest animal on earth? Which insect is the best problem solver? Which mammal eats half its body weight in blood? Come explore the animal world's most extreme animals, from bodacious bugs to marvelous mammals in this extreme camp!

 

 

Session G
July 14-July 18
9 am- 4 pm

This camp is full.

Session H
August 4-August 8
9 am- 4 pm

This camp is full.

Back by popular demand, with new projects this summer!
Wild About Art

$200.00 Members/$220.00 Non-members

Use our colorful zoo animals as your inspiration to create in this imaginative camp! You may find yourself sketching a squirrel monkey, painting a penguin, or sculpting a skink as we explore the animal world with hands-on projects to explore your inner Picasso! To help unleash your inner artist, we'll tour the zoo, attend animal demos and meet animals up close, and finish the week with our very own art show for your family!

Session J
July 7-July 11
9 am- 4 pm

This camp is full.

Session K
July 28-August 1
9 am- 4 pm

This camp is full.

Entering 5th & 6th Grade

 

Care of Magical Creatures
$200.00 Members/$220.00 Non-members

From blast-ended skrewts to flobberworms, you'll become an expert in 'magizoology' as we explore Harry Potter's world of magical creatures! Compare these storybook creatures to their real animal counterparts, meet live animals, and create your very own Book of Monsters in this wand worthy camp!

 

 

Session L
July 7-July 11
9 am- 4 pm

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Session M
August 18-August 22
9 am- 4 pm

This camp is full.

Survivor Planet Earth!
$200.00 Members/$220.00 Non-members


What does it take for animals to outwit, outplay, and outlast? Surviving is harder than you think when animals compete with each other, the elements, and people for their homes and food! Compete in challenges during the week to determine which animal team will be the sole survivor of this tricky camp!

Session N
July 28-August 1
9 am- 4 pm

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Session O
August 11-August 15
9 am- 4 pm

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Entering 7th 8th 9th Grade

 

These camps are full. We are no longer adding campers to the wait list.

 

Working earlier or later than Zoo Camp Hours?
Check out Play Care!

The Zoo is pleased to offer Play Care for parents who need to drop off their child early or pick up their child late for an additional fee. Play Care may include games, movies, or quiet reading and is not a part of the normal Zoo Camp curriculum. Morning Play Care runs 8:00 to 9:00 am and evening Play Care runs 4:00 to 5:00 pm. You may register your camper for one or both Play Care sessions. AM or PM care costs $25.00 per week per camper and both AM and PM costs $50.00 per week per camper. Play Care is not offered per diem; you must register and pay for a full week of Play Care. If you are late picking up your camper and are not registered for Play Care, regular late fees will apply. If you pick up your child after 5:00, regular late fees will apply. Preregistration is required, we cannot accommodate drop-ins.

Available throughout the summer

AM Hours:
8:00-9:00 am

PM Hours:
4:00-5:00 pm

Cost:
$25.00 for either AM or PM per child per week

$50.00 for both AM and PM per child per week

If the session you seek is full, please email lschmidt@rosamondgiffordzoo.org to be placed on the waitlist.

Severe Weather Policy

All education programs, including Edventure Academy, camps and overnights, 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.