Ball Python

Ball Python

Due to heat sensing pits located along the upper jaw, ball pythons can easily find prey in complete darkness. The pits open at different angles which allows the snake to tell what direction warmth is coming from.

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Catering at the Zoo

Zoo Boo

Saturdays & Sundays, October 21, 22, 28 & 29
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Enjoy Halloween fun in the daytime sun -- at a Halloween party at the zoo! Trick-or-treat with the animals as the zoo becomes a kid-friendly haunt with themed treats, creepy-crawly animal encounters, keeper talks, games and more.

This "kooky not spooky" event provides Halloween fun without fear. Wear your costumes and bring your treat bags, or purchase a reusable Halloween bag for $1 at the event. 

Zoo members get an extra treat!

Zoo Boo is held rain or shine.

Members: $8 per child (regular zoo admission is free to members)    

Advance sale tickets available to zoo members only at the zoo, online at, or by calling (315) 435-8511 x113.

Non-members: $8 per child at the door, in addition to regular zoo admission.

Squishing of the Squash

Saturday, November 4
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

What happens to the pumpkins when Halloween’s over? The squash get squished – by our zoo animals! Watch as lions, tigers, bears and elephants stomp, romp and chomp pumpkins of all sizes! Come out and have a “gourd” time at the zoo!

Teddy Bear Clinic

Sunday, November 5
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Children of all ages and their favorite teddy bear or plush animal are invited to attend a special Teddy Bear Clinic. Bring your plush friend for a checkup at the zoo! 

"Vets" will give your stuffed animal a full examination. Treat yourself to a temporary tattoo and your plush pal to a fun accessory. If your pal has received an excessive amount of love over the years, "medical staff" will be onsite to offer first aid.

Free for members and with admission.

Art Gone Wild

Animal Art Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 1- Friday, November 17

View dozens of amazing works of art created by our animal artists as part of their enrichment training. The animals that enjoy interaction activities using non-toxic paint get rewards for putting paws -- or brushes -- to paper. The results are a unique reflection of each animal! 

Exhibit free with admission.

Reception, Art Sale & Auction
6 - 8 p.m.
Friday, November 17

This event allows the public to purchase a piece of animal art created by their favorite residents of the zoo, as a gift or keepsake that helps support the RGZ chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

$8 in advance at
$10 at the door
Free for age 12 & under

Breakfast with Santa

Saturdays & Sundays, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17
9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Celebrate the season at this popular holiday event! Our elves will serve breakfast while our young guests meet Santa. Bring a camera for a photo opp with Saint Nick! Children can make a holiday craft and write a letter to Santa. Ticket includes post-breakfast zoo admission.

$14 members | $18 non-members
Children 2 and under are free
Reservations required; register online at or call (315) 435-8511 x113

Holidays with the Animals

Saturday, December 9
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Help us celebrate the season with the animals as they receive their enrichment "gifts" to engage them and enhance their well-being. Zoo-goers can watch the animals open their presents, play with toys and treats that elicit their natural behaviors.

Free for members and with admission.

Noon Year's Eve

Sunday, December 31
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Come ring in the "noon" year at the zoo with entertainment, a dance party and New Year's celebration that keeps bed-time in mind -- complete with a countdown and sparkling juice toast at noon.

Free for members and with admission.

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