Red Panda

Red Panda

Though their names are similar, the red panda and giant panda are only very distantly related by a common ancestor that can be traced back to tens of millions of years ago. Both species were identified as pandas as the word “panda” means “bamboo eater,” and bamboo is a primary part of both the red panda’s and the giant panda’s diet.

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Catering at the Zoo

Winter Photo Contest Exhibit

The 2016 Winter at the Zoo Photo Contest Winners Traveling Exhibit can be seen at the following sponsoring organizations in 2017:

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

Animal Demonstrations

Daily beginning Saturday, June 24
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.

Daily Schedule:

10:30 a.m. -- Meet the Keeper -- Domestic Animal Barn

11 a.m. -- Animal Myths -- Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

11:30 a.m. -- Elephant Keeper Chat -- Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve

Noon -- Penguin Keeper Chat -- Penguin Coast

1:30 p.m. -- Predator & Prey -- Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

2 p.m. -- Elephant Keeper Chat -- Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve

2:30 p.m. -- Meet the Keeper -- Wildlife Trails (Locations TBA: Listen for announcement)

3 p.m. -- Penguin Keeper Talk -- Penguin Coast

Dairy Day

Saturday, June 24
Noon - 2 p.m.
Free for members and with admission

Zoo partner Byrne Dairy will celebrate National Dairy Month by offering free ice cream samples and Dairy Trivia at Byrnsie "The Real Milking Cow" exhibit, which they sponsor. Byrnsie is located near the entrance to the Contact Barn.

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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