Rosamond Gifford Zoo

11:51 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Syracuse Zoo Turns 100 and Officials Credit Community Support

The improved Asian Elephant Exhibit is one of the new additions that has helped attendance reach 350,000 to 370,000 visitors a year.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  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.”

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6:43 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Zoo Visitors Encouraged to Help Endangered Species' Native Habitats

The fundraiser supports conservation efforts for animals in the wild like the Asian Elephant.

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.

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11:47 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Rosamond Gifford Zoo Plans Ahead While Marking 100 Years

Director of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo Ted Fox and County Executive Joanie Mahoney announce a 20-year strategic master plan Tuesday.
Credit 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. 

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4:32 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Former Elephant Yard will now host shows and displays at County Zoo

Crowds will be able to gather at a new show and display area at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.
Credit John Smith

Visitors to the Rosamond Gifford zoo have a new display to discover. The Zoo unveiled an Animal Encounter amphitheater and show yard today in the old elephant exhibit

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