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.

Dragons Reign!

Click here to Meet The Dragons!

2024 will truly be “the year of the dragon” at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo when, awoken from April’s solar eclipse, dragons descended on the zoo and begin their reign.

Dragons Reign! brings massive, animatronic dragons to the zoo from Memorial Weekend through Halloween. Zoo guests will encounter 10 magnificent “species” of dragon on exhibit as they explore the zoo. The dragon installations vary in size from five to 20 feet tall.

Some of the dragons are inspired by different cultures or regions; a Chinese Dragon pays homage to the Zodiac calendar, a pterodactyl-like species called a Quetzalcoatl references the feathered-serpent god of Mesoamerican mythos and folklore, and a Manticore dragon draws on Persian legends. A Wyvern represents the monsters of Anglo-French folklore, while the Western Dragon epitomizes the iconic, classic dragon prominent in Western media.

The Dragons Reign! exhibit is free with paid zoo admission; zoo members receive free admission. Those who plan to be frequent visitors to the zoo during the reign of the dragons are encouraged to purchase a zoo membership here.

Click here to Meet The Dragons!


Dragon Sensory Hours: The dragons will be "taking a nap" from 2 to 4:30 p.m. daily until their departure in October so guests can enjoy the dragons without them moving or making noises. Exceptions for special event days will be listed here.


 




Game Day Takeover Schedule

All Game Day Takeover events are located at the Chinese Dragon Exhibit

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 – Sponsored by: Unplugged Gaming

Learn to Play: Magic the Gathering, Pokémon & Lorcana
Tournament: Pokémon Preconstructed Deck

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 – Sponsored by: Unplugged Gaming

Learn to Play: Magic the Gathering, Pokémon & Lorcana
Tournament: Magic the Gathering Jumpstart Tournament

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 – Sponsored by: Unplugged Gaming

Learn to Play: Magic the Gathering, Pokémon & Lorcana
Tournament: Lorcana Started Deck Tournament

Wednesday, August 21, 2024 – Sponsored by: Unplugged Gaming

Learn to Play: Magic the Gathering, Pokémon & Lorcana
Adventure: DND LARP


Sponsorship Opportunities

Dragons Sponsorship Deck Cover
Download Sponsorship Deck
Download Sponsorship Deck

For more information, to sponsor or participate, please contact Heidi Strong, Director of Development at [email protected] or (315) 435-8511 x8526


Thank You to our Dragons Reign Sponsors!

Visions - Wyvern Sponsor

Wyvern Dragon Sponsor

https://www.visionsfcu.org/
Game Day Takeover Sponsor - Unplugged Gaming

Game Day Takeover Sponsor

https://unpluggedgamestore.com/
Cooke Trucking - Western Dragon Sponsor

Western Dragon Sponsor

C&S Companies Supporting Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

https://www.cscos.com/
AmeriCU Federal Credit Union

Supporting Sponsor

https://www.cscos.com/
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