Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is giving residents a way to support the rehabilitation of Australian wildlife decimated by the ongoing bushfires.  The Aid for Australia campaign was spearheaded by the zoo’s chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers, and includes the sales of t-shirts and sweatshirts.  The proceeds will benefit an emergency fund created by the Zoos Victoria, a partner institution.  Collection manager Ashley Sheppard says the devastation hits close to hom

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He arrived by Fed Ex cargo plane from Colorado.  He weighs 450 pounds and likes the smell of Prada perfume and fresh brewed coffee.  And he’s the newest addition to the Rosamond Gifford zoo.  WAER was one of the only media outlets on hand for Monday's introduction of Thimbu the Amur Tiger . 

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon tried to round up children to get a better look.

"Come on up, come on kids, come on up," he said.  

"Oh, here he comes," one visitor said.  "Here is is.  Oh my goodness.  Wow!"

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The president and CEO of Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is looking back at her 13 years with the non-profit with pride as she prepares to retire next month.   Janet Agostini  says the organization was $2 million in debt when she took the position in 2006.  She says it was paid off 12 years early.

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Children and adults alike could hardly contain their excitement earlier today at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo where officials had a surprise…

“I see it!  I see it! I see it!”  a little boy exclaimed when baby Asian elephant Ajay emerged into the yard, accompanied by his mother Mali and grandmother Targa. 

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A giant animated dragonfly was still waiting for its wings to be attached earlier Monday at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo… but soon they’ll be flapping  as part of a new animated display.  “Big Bugs” will feature seven colorful, larger-than-life insects ranging from a ladybug, a red-tailed bumblebee to a three-clawed spider, web included. 

Rosamond Gifford Zoo Welcomes Two Bactrian Camels

Mar 27, 2018
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The Rosamond Gifford Zoo introduced two new additions to their collection Tuesday.

“Although their not quite a year old, Patrick weighs 915 pounds and George weighs 750 pounds, so they’re big yearlings and they’ll certainly continue to grow,” said zoo director Ted Fox.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is starting the process of designing a $7 million animal hospital to replace its aging and undersized clinic and quarantine space.  Zoo director Ted Fox says it’s one of the first priorities in their master strategic plan to meet the needs of their growing collection, and to maintain accreditation.

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The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is preparing to celebrate the birthday of one of its oldest…and largest residents.

"This summer marks a milestone for one of the most beloved family members at the zoo.  Siri, the matriarch of our elephant herd, will turn 50 years old this year.”                                             

Zoo Director Ted Fox says Siri was first brought to the zoo in 1972 when she was 5, and is still one of the zoo’s biggest attractions.   He says the 9,000 pound pachyderm has thrilled generations of visitors.

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Syracuse's Rosamond Gifford Zoo has two recent reasons to celebrate International Red Panda Day Saturday.  Two red panda cubs named Ravi and Amirya were born on June 27th to second-time mother Tabei. But the tiny cubs aren't on exhibit to zoo guests just yet. 

   In a release, officials say they're inside nest boxes under the careful watch of their mother.  They have opened their eyes and are mobile, but are still tiny and nursing.  Zookeepers have been conducting regular weight and wellness checks to monitor the cub's growth and health.  

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Supporters and employees of Syracuse’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo got to hear today about accomplishments over the past year…and plans for the future.  Anyone who hasn’t visited in the past year or so will find some changes.