Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Providing Guests "The Best Day Ever"

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Syracuse, New York 13204, United States

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The Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park is a zoo in Syracuse, New York. It is owned and operated by Onondaga County Parks with support from Friends of the Zoo. The zoo is home to more than 700 animals on 43 acres. Some of the more popular animals include Asian elephants, Humboldt penguins, Amur tigersand African lions. The zoo also houses a conservation education center, banquet/meeting space, Jungle Cafe and gift shop.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1987.

The first incarnation of the zoo was a small, four acre facility in Burnet Park owned and operated by the Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation. After opening in 1914, the zoo's first expansion began in 1916 with the construction of stone exhibits for bears and a waterfowl pond. By 1933, the zoo had doubled in size, and by in 1955 a children's zoo and monkey exhibit had been built.


Phone Number: (315) 435-8511

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According to TripAdvisor, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is ranked among top Syracuse area attractions! Providing Guests "The Best Day Ever" Founded in 1914, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park is among the top 10 percent of zoos in the coun... Read more
Little zoo visitors will rave about the chicken nuggets, parents will crave the salads, and everyone will have to try some of the fries! The Jungle Café is convenient, delicious and full of choices. Both outdoor and indoor eating areas are... Read more
An alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a domesticated species of South American camelid. It resembles a small llama in appearance. There are two breeds of alpaca; the Suri alpaca and the Huacaya alpaca. Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the lev... Read more
Flamingos are a type of wading bird in the genus Phoenicopterus, the only genus in the family Phoenicopteridae. There are four flamingo species in the Americas and two species in the Old World. Traditionally, the long-legged Ciconiiformes, ... Read more
The red-tailed hawk is a bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the "chickenhawk," though it rarely preys on standard sized chickens. It breeds throughout most of North America, from western Alaska and... Read more
The spectacled bear, also known as the Andean bear or Andean short-faced bear and locally as jukumari (Aymara), ukumari (Quechua) or ukuku, is the last remaining short-faced bear and its closest relatives are the extinct Florida spectacled ... Read more
Asian elephants are different from African elephants. They are smaller, have smaller ears, a more rounded back, and a fourth toenail on each of their back feet. They have thick, dry skin with a small amount of stiff hair, and are grey to br... Read more
The red wolf is a smaller and a more slender cousin of the gray wolf. It is gray-black, with a reddish cast that gives it the color for which it is named. The red wolf’s diet consists primarily of small mammals such as rabbits and rodents... Read more
The lynx is a solitary cat that haunts the remote northern forests of North America, Europe, and Asia. Lynx are covered with beautiful thick fur that keeps them warm during frigid winters. Their large paws are also furry and hit the ground ... Read more
The tiger is the largest member of the felid (cat) family. They sport long, thick reddish coats with white bellies and white and black tails. Their heads, bodies, tails and limbs have narrow black, brown or gray stripes. There were once nin... Read more
The markhor is a large species of wild goat that is found in northeastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan, some parts of Pakistani Controlled Kashmir and Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir, southern Tajikistan and southern Uzbekistan. The s... Read more
The gray wolf, also known as the timber wolf, or western wolf, is a canid native to the wilderness and remote areas of North America, Eurasia, and northern, eastern and western Africa. It is the largest extant member of its family, with mal... Read more


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