People who visit or take their families to Onondaga County’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo can make a day of it. The might not have been the case when it first opened 100 years ago. It’s grown a bit, from what Joanie Mahoney calls modest beginnings.
“A couple of bears and a few waterfowl, and it was four acres. To put that into perspective for you who are here to see the animals at the zoo, we’re now on 43 acres with 700 animals, so there has been a lot that has happened in the last 100 years.”
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.
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.