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The Campaign for World-Class Animal Health Care at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park is a national leader in animal care, research, conservation and saving species. As stewards of threatened and endangered species, we are dedicated to ensuring the health and well-being of the creatures under our care – matching passion with expertise – and setting the standard for nationally and internationally accredited zoos in the 21st century.

To this end, we are embarking on the most critically important project undertaken at the zoo in over a decade -- a state-of-the-art health care center for zoo animals. The Animal Health Center will also encompass a teaching hospital for future zoo veterinarians, a forum for medical and behavioral research and public education opportunities for learners of all ages. We invite you to be a part of this transformational project.

GOAL: To raise $1.1 million

to equip the new Animal Health Center with the latest medical technologies for supporting collaborative innovation and individualized care on behalf of the precious animals at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.


  • be a free-standing complex exceeding 20,000 square feet – 10 times the size of the in-house clinic and quarantine rooms the zoo relied on for nearly 40 years

  • be a state-of-the-art health center that will exceed AZA standards for decades to come, cementing our reputation as a world-class animal care institution

  • nurture and expand our 22-year partnership with Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, allowing veterinarians from this leading veterinary school to practice at the zoo while their students, interns  and residents benefit from rotations through a premier zoological medical center

  • add far-reaching capabilities to become a center for conservation research dedicated to improving the health and well-being of animals at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and their wild counterparts

  • vastly increase our ability to provide the public with educational experiences and inside views of animal health and welfare in action

For more information please contact Heidi Strong, Director of Development | (315) 435-8511 x8526


“This project represents an important upgrade to our zoo’s ability to provide 
state-of-the-art diagnostic and medical treatment to every animal in our care and our ability to safely and comfortably quarantine new animals. 
We are 100-percent committed to maintaining our zoo’s status as a world-class institution where animal care and welfare is second to none.”

Onondaga County Executive

Ryan McMahon



After the devastating loss of our young Asian elephant calves, Ajay and Batu, to EEHV, we received hundreds of heartfelt condolences as well as messages asking for ways to honor them. In response, we have created the Ajay and Batu Memorial Fund.

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