Prehensile-Tailed Skink

Prehensile-Tailed Skink

This skink gets its name from its tail which can be used curl around objects such as branches for balance.This is the only known species of skink with a prehensile, or grasping, tail.

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Catering at the Zoo

Winter Photo Contest Winners

The Fourth Annual Winter at the Zoo Photo Contest Traveling Winners Exhibition will take place at the following sponsoring organizations in 2017,

Syracuse Stage - April 5-23
Community Folk Art Center - June 3-17
Redhouse Arts Center - July TBD 

Batu's Birthday Bash

Saturday, May 27
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Free for zoo members and with zoo admission

Help the zoo celebrate Asian elephant baby Batu's 2nd birthday with a day-long party! There will be special elephant demonstrations and keeper chats, elephant craft and games, and a chance to sign Batu's card and see him enjoy his birthday cake!

Animal Demonstrations

Weekends beginning Saturday, May 27
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free for members and with admission

Don't miss our "In the Wings" bird show, elephant keeper chat, penguin feedings and various animal encounters.

World Oceans Day

Saturday, June 3
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Free for members and with admission

Life on earth depends on water, and oceans connect us all. From the air we breathe, to the food we eat and the climate we live in, the world's oceans are crucial to the survival of the planet. Enjoy feeding demonstrations and keeper talks featuring our aquatic residents, and learn how you can help make a difference. Together we have the power to protect the ocean.

Annual Member Appreciation Event

Wednesday, June 28
5:30 - 8 p.m.
Free for zoo members and Adopt parents only 
No RSVP required

Join us for an exclusive after-hours event at the zoo for our members and Adopt parents! Enjoy live entertainment, keeper talks, animal demonstrations and complimentary refreshments. Members and Adopt parents may purchase additional tickets for their guests at the door for $10 each. Questions? Contact the membership team at (315) 435-8511 x130 or x129.

Birdies Before Brew

Friday, August 4
Registration noon; shotgun start 1 p.m. 
Burnet Park Golf Course, Syracuse 
$500 per foursome
Sponsorships begin at $750
Hole sponsorships also available
Registration required
Contact: Catherine Cross, development manager, (315) 435-8511 x132 

Help raise funds for Friends of the Zoo's education programs (benefitting over 150,000 people of all ages each year) while golfing on Burnet Park's historic nine-hole course situated on a beautiful setting overlooking the City of Syracuse. After the tournament enjoy a VIP reception, parking and admission to the annual sell-out fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo! Click event title to register.

Brew at the Zoo

Friday, August 4
5:30 - 8 p.m.
Advance sale: $55 per person 
Group tickets (6+): $50 per person 

Day of the event: $65 per person (if available)
Tickets required
Purchase online, by phone at(315) 435-8511 x113 or on-site at membership desk

Special VIP access: $135 per person available by phone or on-site at membership desk

Enjoy a night out at the annual Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo! Taste regional beers and wines and enjoy delicious food and music. Who knew philanthropic endeavors could taste so good? Anyone under the age of 21, including infants and toddlers, will not be admitted.

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