Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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Many Central New Yorkers might not think winter is a good time to visit the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.  But zoo officials beg to differ, and are offering incentives to get visitors through the gates during the typically slower months.   Zoo Director Ted Fox says a mild, snowless December certainly boosted attendance…

"We've had lots of extra people coming in, enjoying the sunny days, getting close to the animals.  Unlike summer, with the leaves off the trees, the animals are much more visible."

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On the first really nice Sunday of the spring season, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo drew in 5,000 people. The Friends of the Zoo are looking to build on many successes with new animals and exhibits by drawing in more crowds as part of a 20 year master plan. Today they took a look back on the past year and what’s ahead. President and C.E.O. Janet Agostini says 362,000 visitors came in 2014.

Tina Norris of Cicero

A number of people remembered to bring their camera to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. And now, some of those photos will appear on a billboard. 

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  People who visit or take their families to Onondaga County’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo can make a day of it.  The might not have been the case when it first opened 100 years ago.  It’s grown a bit, from what Joanie Mahoney calls modest beginnings.

“A couple of bears and a few waterfowl, and it was four acres.  To put that into perspective for you who are here to see the animals at the zoo, we’re now on 43 acres with 700 animals, so there has been a lot that has happened in the last 100 years.”

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is hoping visitors get in the spirit of their centennial celebration by supporting some of the animals’ native habitats.  Friends of the Zoo has launched a fundraising effort called “100 cents for 100 years” to conserve endangered species.  In exchange for a donation of a dollar or more, guests will receive a unique zoo wrist band.  Friends of the Zoo President Janet Agostini says they want to do greater good beyond our borders.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse's Rosamond Gifford Zoo is mapping out its future while celebrating its 100th anniversary.  Officials Tuesday unveiled a 20-year strategic master plan that includes a combination of short and long term projects and a business plan.  

 County Executive Joanie Mahoney says the zoo has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a four acre plot with a few animals to 43 acres with more than 700. 

John Smith

Visitors to the Rosamond Gifford zoo have a new display to discover. The Zoo unveiled an Animal Encounter amphitheater and show yard today in the old elephant exhibit

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