The Syracuse Zoo
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo, located in central New York’s Burnett Park is also known as the Syracuse Zoo and was established in 1914. Today it is playing a leading role in education about the natural world, as well as providing both young and old with fascinating insights into the 700 animals from 275 species that are found in habitats across the globe. It is a leading voice in the promotion of conservation and is home to many species that are endangered or threatened.
It is among the top 10% of zoos in the United States that has received recognition from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) – a tribute to its commitment to conservation education and the care of the animals it houses – and the quality of its facilities.
The sheer variety of the species at the zoo, including amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds, fish, and invertebrates make it an absolute delight for both young and old. Various species are housed both indoors and outdoors. Guests can explore the Wildlife Trail where animals can be viewed at exhibits that closely mimic their natural environments. Majestic Grey Wolves, Amur tigers, endangered Red Pandas and many others make this trail an adventure and an education. Younger visitors will be awed by the majesty of Asian Elephants at the Helga Beck Elephant Preserve and wonder at the antics of Penguins at the Penguin Coast exhibit and Primates at Primate Park. And that is just scratching the surface of the outdoor wonders at the zoo.
Indoor exhibits include fascinating aquarium experiences and the opportunity for visitors to explore the social structures that govern the lives of many animals. There are also numerous opportunities for members of the public to view zoo employees providing excellent presentations using some of the most fascinating and personable animals under its care.
For those who wish to pause for refreshments the zoo provides for ample opportunities to enjoy some great meals and food on the go.
The wonderful gift shop also provides a great opportunity for visitors to purchase a huge variety of momentoes to commemorate their visit to the zoo.
The Syracuse zoo is a place where all ages can enjoy an insight into the fascinating lives of the many animals that populate diverse ecosystems across the world. However the zoo also serves another function – and that is educating the public about the role that human beings can play in protecting the planet and the many lifeforms that call it home. Its contributions to conservation allow visitors to play their part in making sure that our vital flora and fauna are there to enrich the lives of future generations.