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MEMBERSHIP

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!

A Note

To Our Members...

To better server our members, the Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo offers 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.

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

Member Benefits:

  • Free admission 362 days a year (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)

  • Discounted admission to more than 150 other AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums nationwide

  • Discounts on education programs and zoo camps

  • Discounts on purchases at The Curious Cub Gift Shop

  • Discounted prices for zoo birthday parties and most special events

  • Free limited edition t-shirt (one per membership)

  • Free admission to our annual Member Appreciation Event

  • Subscription to our full color zoo publication, MyZoo Magazine (VIEW PAST ISSUES)

Membership Levels

Basic Level Memberships (starting at $42)


  • 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




Friends Level Memberships (starting at $145)


  • 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




Premier Circle of Friends (starting at $500)


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 Level Memberships (For our members 62 and up)


  • 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.

Membership FAQs

What does my membership include?


  • Free admission 362 days a year (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
  • Discounted admission to more than 150 other AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums nationwide
  • Discounts on education programs and zoo camps
  • Discounts on purchases at The Curious Cub Gift Shop
  • Discounted prices for zoo birthday parties (However, due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not taking birthday party reservations through the end of the year) and most special events
  • Free limited edition t-shirt (one per membership)
  • Free admission to our annual Member Appreciation Event
  • Subscription to our full color zoo publication, MyZoo Magazine




What do I bring when I come to the zoo?


Please bring your valid member card and ID for the fastest service. If you forget your member card please stop at the Membership Desk with your ID and we will issue a day pass.




At what age do I need to add my children/grandchildren to my membership?


At age three your children/grandchildren need to be included on your membership. Children two and under are admitted to the zoo free of charge.




How long can I include my children/grandchildren on my membership?


Children/grandchildren may be on your membership up to age 18.




Who can use my card?


Only the adult(s) named on the cards may use the card for admission. If your child is coming without you, please call ahead of time or stop at the membership desk for a child only pass.




What if my membership includes guests?


Guests must always accompany an adult named on the membership.




How will I know when to renew?


We will send a renewal notice for your convenience through the mail.




Can I use my membership at other zoos?


Yes. You will receive discounted admission at the institutions listed on your reciprocal list. Check the AZA website aza.org/reciprocity for an up-to-date list. If you have any questions regarding admission to another facility, please contact them directly.




What if I lose my card?


We offer reprints for $1 at our Membership Desk.




Are membership fees refundable or transferable?


Memberships are not refundable or transferable.




Can I purchase a membership as a gift for someone?


Yes. You can purchase a gift by phone, mail, online or at our membership desk. For details call us at 315-435-8511 x8503 or x8537.




Can I purchase extra t-shirts?


Yes. Members can purchase additional t-shirts for just $10 at the membership desk.





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