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Catering at the Zoo

Dinosaur Invasion!

101 Days of Dinoaurs
Friday, May 25 - Monday, September 3

Free to members and with zoo admission.

The Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo presents an exhibit of prehistoric proportions, free to members and with zoo admission all summer long. A dozen lifelike animatronic dinosaurs will be stationed throughout the outdoor zoo, including T. Rex, Brachiosaurus, and a couple of adult Parasaurolophus with a nest and babies!

This display is sure to spark an interest in science, paleontology, archeology and natural history in our younger guests by providing an experience that makes a big impression! We will be adding several fun, educational and exciting events built around a dino theme. Stay tuned for more info at syracusezooevents.org.

Animal Demonstrations

Weekends starting Saturday, May 26
Daily starting Saturday, June 23 

Free to members and with zoo admission.

Build your day at the zoo around animal demonstrations scheduled every half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Don't miss our Predator & Prey shows, camel demos, penguin and primate keeper chats, training with Moakler the elephant barn dog and more!

See the summer schedule HERE.

Member Appreciation Night

Wednesday, June 27
5:30-8 p.m. (Rain or Shine)

Free for current zoo members and 'Adopt' parents
Additional tickets may be purchased at the door

Join us for an exclusive after-hours party at the zoo for our members and Adopt-an-Animal parents. Enjoy live entertainment, raffles, special offers and discounts, keeper talks, animal demonstrations and complimentary refreshments. Don't miss this awesome event in your honor.

Exclusive invitation for our premier level members -- Friends of the Zoo invites Patron, Supporting, Sustaining and Circle of Friends members to visit the VIP room at our Member Appreciation Night. Enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by our Catering at the Zoo staff, meet special animal greeters and get zoo updates from Friends of the Zoo President & CEO Janet Agostini.

RSVP required for VIP Room. To RSVP, please contact Catherine Cross at 315-435-8511 x132 or email ccross@rosamondgiffordzoo.org.

Dinos at Dusk

Friday, June 29
5:30-8 p.m.

$33.95 members, $39.95 non-members
For adults aged 21 and older.

Chris DeLorey, aka “Dr.Dino,” is Director of Education at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, FL, and a well-known dinosaur expert. In this special Adult Twilight, enjoy his enlightening presentation on dinosaur reproduction before exploring our Dinosaur Invasion! after hours.

We’ll have a wide selection of food to choose from as well as a cash bar for refreshments in the zoo courtyard. Enjoy an up-close and personal encounter with our T. Rex and Edmontonia. Dress up in safari attire and get a special raffle ticket for the chance to schedule a behind the scenes opportunity with one of our animals for yourself and 3 guests! While some zoo animals may not be on exhibit, all the dinosaurs will be!

Reserve tickets HERE.

Meet Dr. Dino

Saturday, June 30
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Free to members and with zoo admission.

Chris DeLorey, aka Dr. Dino, director of education at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, FL, will spend the day with us leading dino-tours, holding special demos at the zoo's Northwestern Mutual Amphitheater, greeting guests and, yes, signing autographs. DeLorey serves as paleontological consultant for Billings Productions, the company that made our dinosaurs - so feel free to ask him all about how they are designed, built and painted based on what we know about real dinosaurs.

Dinos at Dawn

Sunday, July 1
8:30-10 a.m.

$29.95 members, $34.95 non-members
Children 2 and under free (but must be included when making reservations)

Join us for a special breakfast buffet in the zoo banquet room with a presentation by Chris DeLorey, aka Dr. Dino, Director of Education at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, FL, and a well-known dinosaur expert. Children receive a commemorative field guide and a Dino Activity Pass to participate in all our dino-themed games and crafts. Zoo admission for non-members is included in the ticket price.

Reserve tickets HERE.

Donuts with Dinos

Sunday, July 29
8:30-10 a.m.

$12.95 members, $17.95 non-members
Children 2 and under free (but must be included when making reservations)

Join us for special early access to the zoo for donuts with the dinosaurs! Enjoy donuts, coffee, juice, and our dancing dino mascots! Play a game of Dino Zoopardy and learn about how birds evolved from dinosaurs. See our T. rex and Edmontonia dinosaurs up close and take a #DinoSelfie! Embark on a self-led expedition through the zoo to see all our wonderful dinos before the heat and the crowds! Zoo admission for non-members included in the ticket price.

Reserve tickets HERE.

Brew at the Zoo & Dinos Too!

Friday, August 3
5:30- 8 p.m.

Advance Sale Tickets till July 20: $55 per person/ $50 each for groups of 6+
VIP Tickets: $95 per person (available by phone at (315) 435-8511 x113 or on-site at membership desk)

For adults aged 21 and older.

Enjoy a night out at Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo's annual summertime fundraiser. 
Taste regional and craft beers and wines, see animals on exhibit, enjoy delicious food and fun music, AND experience our Dinosaur Invasion! exhibit.

Brew features brew and wine stations as well as food samples throughout the zoo. Advance sale tickets are available now through July 20. More info and tickets available at rosamondgiffordzoo.org/brew-at-the-zoo.

Asian Elephant Extravaganza

Saturday, August 18
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Free to members and with zoo admission.

Celebrate our Asian elephant herd and Asian culture with an event that blends wildllife conservation with the rich heritage of the native countries of Asian elephants. Activities include keeper chats and elephant demos at Asian Elephant Preserve, education stations with elephant biofacts and examples of Southeast Asian music and dance. Presented in partnership with the Syracuse University South Asia Center.

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