Radiated Tortoise

Radiated Tortoise

The radiated tortoise’s shell has a pattern of yellow lines “radiating” from the center of the dark plate of the shell, hence the name. The shell also contains blood vessels and nerves, so a tortoise can actually feel when it is touched.

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Animal Demonstrations

Weekends only beginning Saturday, May 23 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Daily beginning Monday, June 29
| 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Ends: Labor Day, September 7
Free with paid admission or zoo membership

Don't miss our "In the Wings" bird show, the ever-popular Elephant Encounter, penguin feedings, keeper talks and various animal demonstrations.

World Oceans Day

Saturday, June 6 | 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free with paid admission or zoo membership

Life on earth depends on water, and oceans connect us all. Enjoy feeding demonstrations and keeper talks featuring our aquatic residents, and learn how you can help make a difference.

Annual Member Appreciation Event

Wednesday, June 10 | 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Free for zoo members and Adopt parents only
No RSVP required
Questions? Contact membership at (315) 435-8511 x130/x129

Join Friends of the Zoo for our annual after-hours event for members and Adopt parents! Enjoy live entertainment, keeper talks, animal encounters, raffles and complimentary refreshments.

Birdies Before Brew

Friday, August 7 | Shotgun start 1:45 p.m.
Burnet Park Golf Course, Syracuse
Registration required, $500 per foursome
Sponsorships begin at $750, hole and tee signs available
Contact: Jill Allen, (315) 435-8511 x108

Help raise funds for Friends of the Zoo's education programs (benefiting over 157,000 people of all ages each year) while golfing on Burnet Park's historic nine-hole course 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!

Brew at the Zoo

Friday, August 7 | 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Tickets required
Advance: $50 per person
Group (6+): $45 per person
Door*: $60 per person
(*If available - this event sells out during advance sale every year!)

Enjoy a night out at Friends of the Zoo's 19th annual fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo! Sponsored by CXtec and TERACAI. Enjoy regional wines and beers, delicious food, and music. Who knew philanthropic endeavors could taste so good? Anyone under 21, including infants and toddlers, will not be admitted.

Asian Elephant Extravaganza

Saturday, August 22 | 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free with paid admission or zoo membership

Celebrate Asian culture and honor the zoo's magnificent elephants. Enjoy elephant demonstrations, cultural performances, games and activity stations for all ages and puppet shows. Presented in partnership with the Syracuse University South Asia Center and the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.


Saturdays, October 17 & 24, Sundays, October 18 &25
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.