Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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The Honey Bee Cafe will be closed today. The Hofman Dog Haus will be open and Dippin' Dots are available in the Animal Health Center.

Our Story

The Friends organization exists to provide financial support to the zoo through funds dedicated to the welfare of our animals, our educational programs and our family-friendly facilities. It is the generous support of our sponsors, donors, members and zoo visitors that enable us to meet this mission. You can be certain that your membership dollars are invested with care and in support of the zoo. We extend our heartfelt appreciation for your support.

Friends of the Zoo is honored to partner with Onondaga County in support of a community resource that contributes to the quality of life in the Central New York area. We pledge our efforts to work tirelessly to help sustain the quality and diversity of the animal collection at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park.

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are elected by Friends members. Officers of the Board are elected by members of the board. Members are elected to serve three-year terms and may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

Our volunteer board plays an essential role in the organization’s leadership, and its members bring skills, experience and talents to assist our partnership efforts with the zoo.


Senior Staff

 

Allison Angona, Membership Manager

 

Chuck Anthony, Director of Food and Beverage

 

Kim Arnold, Director of Education

 

Andrew Brazill, Director of Marketing and Communications

 

Joel Fire, Gift Shop Manager/Buyer 

 

Sherry Jones, Director of Finance

 

Carrie Large, Executive Director

 

Rachel Leonardo, Director of Human Resources

 

Gina Rapasadi, Director of Philanthropy

 

Heidi Strong, Director of Development

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