Atlantic Porkfish

Atlantic Porkfish

Porkfish, like all grunts, produce grunt-like sounds by rubbing their teeth together. These sounds seem to be particularly associated with situations of duress. They are the only type of fish to do so in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Catering at the Zoo

Winter at the Zoo Photo Contest

Winning photos have been selected!
Click event title to view winners and for information about the traveling exhibit

Sponsored by Friends of the Zoo, CNY Arts, Community Folk Art Center, Everson Museum of Art, Redhouse Arts Center and Syracuse Stage

Spring Break Activities

Saturday, April 23-Sunday, May 1
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free for members and with admission

Spring back into action at the zoo! Throughout the week, see animals up close, meet zookeepers and learn what happens "behind the scenes." Click event title for schedule.

Animal Demonstrations

Weekends beginning Saturday, May 28
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.

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.

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.

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!

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 the 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.