A Note to our Members:

To better serve our members during our phased reopening, the Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is now offering express phone reservations for members only.

All active zoo members, as well as those holding valid zoo guest passes, may now call the Member Reservation Line at (315) 435-8511 x8589 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to book your time slot to visit the zoo.

Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upon calling, simply give your name, group size and desired date of visit and we will be happy to make your reservation. We will not need to verify your membership until you arrive for your reserved time slot. On arrival, we will check your membership card and ID. If you don’t have your card, we can look up your account at the zoo membership desk.

This service is for active zoo members and those holding valid guest passes only.

Non-members seeking to make a paid reservation must book with Onondaga County Parks at onondagacountyparks.com/parks/rosamond-gifford-zoo.

Members can no longer book through this site to gain free admission.

Please remember to follow the zoo’s safety protocols currently in place


When every dollar counts, a zoo membership pays for itself in just a few visits. Become a member and you’ll see how the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is the best family entertainment value around!

With your membership, you’ll enjoy unlimited zoo admission for a full year, savings on special ticketed events, birthday party packages, zoo camps, educational programs, and more. Members also receive exclusive admission to members-only events, such as our Member Mornings and our annual Member Appreciation Event!

Benefits include:

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Adventure Awaits at Summer Zoo Camp 2020!
Another great reason to join! As a member, you get to book your camp sessions 2 weeks before the general public! It’s the easiest and most affordable way to provide your child with a learning adventure of a lifetime!

Membership Levels

  • Individual $42: One named adult
  • Dual $58: Choose one of the following at time of purchase: two named adults OR one named adult PLUS one guest
  • Family $75: Two named adults and their children or grandchildren between the ages of 3-18
  • Family +1 $90 BEST VALUE: Same as above PLUS one guest per visit

  • Patron $145: All the benefits of a family membership, plus
    • 1 free guest per visit
    • 2 single-use guest passes
    • Friends level member exclusive gift
    • Recognition in the annual report
    • Invitation to exhibit previews
    • VIP access at the Annual Member Appreciation Event
  • Supporting $265: All the benefits of a patron membership plus
    • 1 additional free guest per visit (2 guests total)
  • Sustaining $375: All the benefits of a supporting membership plus
    • Docent led tour of the zoo

Combine the best of a Rosamond Gifford Zoo membership with essential support to the zoo and its programs by joining Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends members support the zoo and our animals while enjoying exclusive benefits, including all the privileges of membership plus VIP animal encounters, additional guests per visit and more. Click here to learn more.

  • Senior Dual $48: Choose one of the following at the time of purchase: two named adults OR one named adult PLUS one guest (at least one named adult must be age 62 or older)
  • Senior with Children $65 (Formerly “Grandparent” Level): Two named adults and children between the ages of 3-18 (At least one named adult must be age 62 or older)

AAA benefit!

Join the zoo or renew your membership with a current AAA card and receive two single-use guest passes (Valued up to $18)! Call today with your AAA club information, include a copy of your AAA card when renewing by mail, or enter your club information in the “notes” section when purchasing online to receive these benefits.

Gift Memberships

A zoo membership makes a great gift! To purchase a gift membership, click here.

If you are having trouble finding a membership level that works for you, or have any questions about zoo membership- please call us at (315) 435-8511 x8503 or x8537 during zoo hours 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m and we would be happy to assist you!

Memberships make great raffle prizes! (Membership purchase required.)

For more information, or for help finding a membership level that works for you, call us today at (315) 435-8511 x8503 or x8537.

If you would like to mail in your payment click here for your membership application today!

Please note that only the named adults on the membership may use the membership card for admission. Valid ID for each named adult must be presented at admission.

Annual Member Appreciation Event

This Summer
FREE for members and Adopt parents only
No RSVP required

Join us for a free after-hours event at the zoo exclusively for our members and Adopt-an-Animal parents. There’s so much to do and enjoy at this popular event!

Early-Bird Member Mornings

Early-Bird Member Morning Syracuse Zoo RGZ

Enjoy special early access to the zoo! On Saturday, September 12, 2020 the zoo opens for members only at 9 a.m.

Walk the trails before the general public arrives. You will have the opportunity to see the animals emerge in the quiet of the morning and watch our zookeepers prepare for opening. Enjoy specialty coffees and breakfast specials in the Jungle Café and early-morning shopping at The Curious Cub Gift Shop.

Members will enjoy an extra 10% OFF in the gift shop from 9-10 a.m.!
You asked for early opening days—and we listened.
We hope you take advantage of this special member benefit!


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Syracuse, NY 13204

Our Hours

10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Sunday

Contact Us

(315) 435-8511

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