Freinds of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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  Central New Yorkers who visit the Rosamond Gifford Zoo can once again see elephants playing in the water.  Officials opened the new pool area on Tuesday, and the elephants could already be seen taking a dip.  Zoo Director Ted Fox says many families and visitors have been very anxious to see what the new habitat will look like.

John Smith/WAER News

Supporters and employees of Syracuse’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo got to hear today about accomplishments over the past year…and plans for the future.  Anyone who hasn’t visited in the past year or so will find some changes.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is hoping visitors get in the spirit of their centennial celebration by supporting some of the animals’ native habitats.  Friends of the Zoo has launched a fundraising effort called “100 cents for 100 years” to conserve endangered species.  In exchange for a donation of a dollar or more, guests will receive a unique zoo wrist band.  Friends of the Zoo President Janet Agostini says they want to do greater good beyond our borders.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse's Rosamond Gifford Zoo is mapping out its future while celebrating its 100th anniversary.  Officials Tuesday unveiled a 20-year strategic master plan that includes a combination of short and long term projects and a business plan.  

 County Executive Joanie Mahoney says the zoo has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a four acre plot with a few animals to 43 acres with more than 700.