Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish use their sense of taste as a primary means to detecting food. Taste buds are found over the entire external surface of the fish, as well as inside the mouth, pharynx and gill arches.

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Catering at the Zoo

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

Asian Elephant Extravaganza

Saturday, August 19
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free for members and with zoo admission

Our Summer of Siri culiminates with this year's Extravaganza, celebrating Asian culture and our beloved Siri's 50th birthday. Join us for a daylong party that blends wildlife conservation education with the rich culture and heritage of the native countries of Asian elephants. Activities include elephant demos at Asian Elephant Preserve, fun kids' crafts and games, as well as examples of Southeast Asian and Indian costume, art, music and dance with help from Syracuse University's South Asia Center and Cornell University's Southeast Asia Program.

Siri will have her face painted with the traditional native headdress and receive a special birthday treat, and we'll announce the results of our Pennies for Pachyderms fundraiser for elephant conservation in Siri's honor.

More info & schedule here.


Monday, August 21

Free for members and with zoo admission 

During a solar eclipse, humans are not the only ones to react to one of nature’s most impressive events. Some animals may begin their nighttime routines, among other reactions. While the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is not along the path of totality, our region will experience an exciting partial solar eclipse during the mid-afternoon hours and that’s enough for a party!

Join us for EclipseFest - Free eclipse glasses handed out to the first 150 children starting at 10:00 a.m. There will be face painting, keeper chats and enjoy a themed-dance party that will begin at noon - plus a chance to observe the animals during this rare celestial event!

A limited number of viewing glasses will be available for purchase while supplies last - located in the courtyard starting at 10:00 a.m.

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