Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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Rosamond Gifford Zoo Makes History - Asian Elephant Delivers Miracle Twins

Visitors will be able to see the elephant twins at the Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve Pachyderm Pavilion viewing windows daily from 11-11:30 a.m. and 2–2:30 p.m.

Plan Your Visit

What You Need to Know

Reservations are no longer required to visit the zoo, but e-tickets are recommended for speedy entry.

General public/Non-Members may purchase zoo admission e-tickets at onondagacountyparks.com/parks/rosamond-gifford-zooThose needing assistance with County Parks e-tickets may call (315) 435-8511 x8512 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

Zoo members need only check in at the membership desk.

The following modifications remain in place:

  • The USS Antiquities cave (aquariums, reptiles and amphibians) is now open.
  • Zoo hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wheelchairs are available at the membership desk.
  • Strollers are available for rent.
    • Double stroller: Member $7 | Non-member: $8
    • Single stroller: Member $5 | Non-member: $6
  • Hand sanitizer stations are distributed throughout the zoo and we ask that you refrain from touching glass viewing windows.
  • The HoneyBee Café is open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are also permitted to bring their own refreshments with the exception of alcohol.
  • Please do not pet the barnyard animals.

PLEASE NOTE: All Bird Exhibits, with the Exception of Penguin Coast, are Temporarily Closed.

Thank you for your patience during our temporary closures to protect the birds under our care from the risk of Avian Influenza.


The Avian Influenza virus has been detected in New York state this fall. As a precautionary measure to protect our bird collection, outdoor birds at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will be safely quarantined off exhibit and the Diversity of Birds exhibit area and the Domestic Animal Barn will be temporarily closed to the public. In addition, the courtyard pond will be drained to discourage migratory birds from landing.

Avian Influenza, or Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), occurs every year and spreads during the migratory season. Avian influenza is caused by an influenza type A virus that can infect poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese, and guinea fowl) and is primarily carried by free-flying waterfowl such as ducks, geese, and shorebirds.

Wild birds can be infected with HPAI and show no signs of illness. They can carry the disease to new areas when migrating, potentially exposing domestic poultry to the virus. Bird species residing at the zoo are also at risk.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recent HPAI detections in birds do not present an immediate public health concern.

We appreciate your understanding as we fulfill our mission of saving species and protecting the animals under our care.

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