Egyptian Fruit Bat

Egyptian Fruit Bat

Fruit bats are in the “megabat” family. Unlike most megabats, the Egyptian fruit bats uses echo-location for navigating in darkness. They produce sounds with their tongues that resemble a series of clicks to the human ear.

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How to Give

Thanks to our community and its generous individuals, companies and foundations, Friends of the Zoo has raised  $1,730,771  or 108% of its $1.6 million fundraising goal.

Thank you for helping us raise the final dollars to complete the Asian Elephant Preserve, Primate Park and Gatherings

The funds raised through Conserving What We Love:  The Campaign for Elephants and Primates at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo helped us;

1. Meet our education and conservation mission
Asian Elephant Preserve and Primate Park will offer dramatic improvements to the zoo's existing high-quality animal exhibits, incorporate best practice green initiatives and provide opportunities for visitors to learn about animals and conservation.

2. Improve quality of life in Central New York
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is a community asset that helps maintain and build a great quality of life for Central New York residents.  The zoo also serves as an economic engine for the community by attracting 345,000 visitors annually. The zoo's expansion projects are projected to increase zoo attendance by up to 15%.

3. Help critically endangered Asian elephants
Imagine:  there are fewer Asian elephants in the wild (approximately 35,000) than there are seats in the Carrier Dome.  There is no better way to understand why the wild Asian elephant population deserves our protection than to get to know them up close.  Our Nationally recognized Asian elephant breeding program contributes to species survival.


To make a general donation to support the zoo, make a secure online contribution by clicking below!

By check (payable to Friends of the Zoo), mail to:
Attn:  Conserving What We Love campaign
Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo
1 Conservation Place
Syracuse, NY 13204

By credit card, please call:
Friends of the Zoo Development Office at (315) 435-8511 x132