Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park Syracuse
Where is it at?
Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park
One Conservation Place
Tel: 315 435-8511
Where are we going today?
Did you know that the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park has been voted among the top 10% of zoos in the entire country?
Well, why don't we visit and see for ourselves!
Established back in 1914, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo started out as 4 small acres. Today, it's grown to 43 acres, and is home to over 700 animals from all over the world! From the smallest reptile, to the largest of mammals, the zoo brings the amazing animals of the world right to your feet.
60% of the exhibits are indoors, so even on those cooler days you can still get out and have a WILD day.
Perhaps you want to start in the USS Antiquities exhibit, where reptiles, amphibians and fish can all be found. Kids can walk through the submarine cave to learn how life forms have changed over time, and even explore those plants and animals that are around today.
Don't miss the only giant Pacific octopus in the cave entrance - it's the only one in upstate New York!
Your adventure continues through the aviary, where you can spot birds of all different colors, sizes and shapes. It's also a free-flight aviary so you can really see them in their element!
Next on our adventure at Rosamond Gifford Zoo is Adaptation, where the family can learn all about nocturnal animals, and how they have inherited their features over time! Have you heard of a naked mole rate or sloth? Check them out!
Of course, what would a zoo be without those BIG mammals, so let's head to Africa! You can come face to face with those grand lions, and playful primates. Kids can see the wonders of Asia with the Asian elephants, and even see some playful penguins as the dive and swim in front of you.
Make sure you end your day at the fun Domestic Animal Barn where kids can really get up close to those familiar animals such as barn owls, bunnies and ponies.
So much animal fun to be had, it's a great reason to see for yourself why it's in the top 10% of zoos in the country! It's time to get WILD!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$8. $4 Jan & Feb
- Children$4. $2 in Jan & Feb (Ages 3-18)
- Free Under: 2 years
When can we go?
10am - 4:30pm daily
362 days a year. Shut Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day
They offer school group rates for K-12, so why not book at least 2 weeks in advance and have a wild field trip!.
It's not just the animals that need feeding! The Jungle Cafe is where you can grab a lunch or snack, from roganic coffee, to chicken nuggets, fries, hot dogs, burgers, ice cream and sandwiches!.
The cafe has healthy options including salads and soups!.
Any Top Tips?
Why not grab a tour! The zoo volunteers can give you a guided tour for $1, just book in advance.
Doing our bit
They are an accredited member of the AZA, and their conduct on site research, as well as participate in conservation programs .
Need a little extra help?
There are accessible parking spots and parking, and there are wheelchairs available for rent. Service animals are allowed too.
They have strollers and wagons for rent.
Can I get one of those?
Bring that pocket money kids, because there are a host of gifts and souvenirs for you! Lots of animal related items, as well as educational.
Take your camera!.
What people are saying?
by Barbara Thompson
Great zoo for a family-manageable size. More enjoyable than far bigger zoos like the Bronx Zoo. Just more fun and a more intimate learning experience for children.
by Marc Purdon
Although smaller than others like Granby or Toronto Zoos this is very good value for your money at under $30 for the entire family. Everything is clean and very well laid out.
by ArchAngel King
Great zoo lots of fun
by Frank Auge
This zoo is rather small when compared to some of the other big city zoos, that being said they do have a very diverse collection of animals.
We went on a Monday and being early in the school year there were no groups of school children, so the crowds were non existent. The zoo is very well laid out for easy navigation for wheelchairs or strollers.
I highly recommend it for a casual low stress getaway ternoon.
by Nancy W
My husband and I visited this zoo yesterday (hadn't been to a zoo in a while). We were very disturbed by what we saw. When we went past the Fisher cage (like a weasel), he/she was frantically pacing back and forth from gate enclosure to gate enclosure. Frantically, neurotically, clearly a behavioral disturbance from being enclosed. I am an RN and could see immediately what this behavior represented. It was sad, disturbing and upsetting. I contacted the zoo and they never responded. I asked them to give the animal a larger enclosure at least, maybe...Read More
by Nancy W
My husband and I visited this zoo yesterday (hadn't been to a zoo in a while). We were very disturbed by what we saw. When we went past the Fisher cage (like a weasel), he/she was frantically pacing back and forth from gate enclosure to gate enclosure. Frantically, neurotically, clearly a behavioral disturbance from being enclosed. I am an RN and could see immediately what this behavior represented. It was sad, disturbing and upsetting. I contacted the zoo and they never responded. I asked them to give the animal a larger enclosure at least, maybe put another animal in w/ it. Nothing, nada, no response. How many other animals display this behavior? I can't imagine my own pet living like this, let alone any animal or pet.