Our Story

Quentin “Skip” Lockwood
Interim Executive Director

Ted Fox, Ex Officio
Director, Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Brian Kelley, Ex Officio
Acting Commissioner of Parks and Recreation

Heidi Holtz, Chair
Al Gough, Vice Chair
Jamie Card, Treasurer
Peter Belyea, Secretary

Timothy Barnhart
Dr. Zina Berry
Andrew Bobrek
John C. Dougherty
Ryan Elliott
Ellenrose Galgano
Terry Hopkins
Jaime Hunsicker
Benjamin Hussong
Laura Iorio
Carl Isley
Margaret Martin
Kathy O’Connell
Melissa Piper
James Rowley

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is a non-profit organization that provides special benefits for its members, including free admission to our zoo and discounted or free admission to reciprocal zoos across the nation. A membership to the zoo is one of the best entertainment values in Central New York and pays for itself in less than three visits.  

Each year, more than 370,000 visitors view our animals and take advantage of the many ways to learn about our amazing collection. There is Zoo Camp in the summer, Zoo to You and Edventure Academy bringing exciting educational programs directly to you, and on-site animal demonstrations. One of our newest programs is the Twilight series, which offers behind-the-scenes experiences for adults. The knowledge of our dedicated professional staff will amaze and delight you.

The Friends organization exists to provide financial support to the zoo through funds dedicated to the welfare of our animals, our educational programs and our family-friendly facilities.  It is the generous support of our sponsors, donors, members and zoo visitors that enable us to meet this mission. You can be certain that your membership dollars are invested with care and in support of the zoo. We extend our heartfelt appreciation for your support.

Friends of the Zoo is honored to partner with Onondaga County in support of a community resource that contributes to the quality of life in the Central New York area. We pledge our efforts to work tirelessly to help sustain the quality and diversity of the animal collection at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park.

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are elected by Friends members. Officers of the Board are elected by members of the board. Members are elected to serve three-year terms and may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

Our volunteer  board plays an essential role in the organization’s leadership, and its members bring skills, experience and talents to assist our partnership efforts with the zoo.

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo Annual Report

(Available as a downloadable pdf)

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo 2019 Annual Report
Friends of the Zoo 2019 Annual Report

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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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