African Lion

African Lion

The African lion is the second largest cat, with males weighing up to 550 pounds and females weighing between 260 and 400 pounds.

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Catering at the Zoo

Photo Contest Travel Exhibit

Third Annual Winter at the Zoo Traveling Winners Exhibition
Community Folk Art Center: June 7-21
Redhouse Arts Center: June 27-August 13

Sponsored by Friends of the Zoo, CNY Arts, Community Folk Art Center, Everson Museum of Art, Redhouse Arts Center and Syracuse Stage. Click event title to view 2016 contest winners and for information about the traveling exhibit.

Animal Demonstrations

Weekends beginning Saturday, May 28
Weekdays beginning Monday, June 27
Final day: Labor Day - Monday, September 5
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free for members and with admission

Don't miss our elephant keeper chat, penguin feedings, meet the keeper talks and various animal encounters. Click event title for schedule.

World Oceans Day

Saturday, June 4
10 a.m. - 4:30 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. Click event title for schedule.

Annual Member Appreciation Event

Wednesday, June 8
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.

Zoovies Summer Movie Series

The BIG screen comes to the zoo!

Rio - Thursday, June 23
Mr. Popper's Penguins - Thursday, July 21
Zootopia - Thursday, August 11

Zoo opens at 6 p.m.
Movie starts at dusk (approx. 8:30 p.m.)

Members: $5 per person
Non-Members: $10 per person

Children 2 and Under: Free
Tickets required
Ticket prices include zoo admission and movie screening

Bring the whole family to tour the zoo and enjoy an outdoor animal-themed movie experience on a beautiful summer night! Limited seating provided - bring your own blankets and/or chairs. Held rain or shine. In case of rain, movies will be shown in the zoo's banquet room at 8 p.m. Click event title for complete information and to purchase tickets.

Eighth Annual Zookeeper Open

Saturday, July 9
Foxfire at Village Green, Baldwinsville
Registration at noon; shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Captain and Crew - $85 per person, $340 per foursome
Sponsorship packages available
Registration required, deadline July 1
Contact: (315) 435-8511 x121 

Support the zoo's chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). A portion of this year's golf tournament proceeds will be donated to the Red Wolf Coalition which advocates for long-term survival of red wolf populations by educating the public about the endangered red wolf and fostering public involvement in red wolf conservation. Learn more at

Birdies Before Brew

Friday, August 5
Registration 1 p.m.; shotgun start 1:45 p.m.
Burnet Park Golf Course, Syracuse
$500 per foursome
Sponsorships begin at $750
Hole and tee signs available
Registration required
Contact: Catherine Cross, development associate, (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 5
5:30 - 8 p.m.
Advance sale: $50 per person
Group tickets (6+): $45 per person
Day of: $60 per person (if available)
Tickets required
Purchase online, by phone at(315) 435-8511 x113 or on-site at membership desk

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Friends of the Zoo's annual fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo...and Wine, Too! Taste regional beers and wines, see animals on exhibit, enjoy delicious food and music. Who knew philanthropic endeavors could taste so good? Anyone under 21, including infants and toddlers, will not be admitted. Sponsored by CXtec and TERACAI. Click event title for complete information and to purchase tickets.