The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is closed through May
Due to state and county public health directives in response to COVID-19, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is temporarily closing until further notice.
All zoo events and education programs are cancelled through April. Anyone who has already purchased admission to a paid event or program will be contacted by zoo personnel to discuss your options.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation! We look forward to seeing you again once this crisis subsides. As soon as the county reopens our doors, we’ll be back with a full slate of fun activities and educational opportunities to have the best day ever at your zoo.
Most importantly, the County Executive is reminding members of the public to come together, stay calm and not let the anxiety of the situation win. People are reminded to wash their hands and exercise responsible social distancing.
Are you planning a conference, company retreat, or employee picnic?
Our top-notch team will help you plan a memorable event in an extraordinary setting that is anything but a typical day in the office. We offer the unique mix of a professional setting for your meeting, including audio visual equipment and free WiFi, plus a highly social and fun venue for relaxing during breaks. You can even rent the entire zoo for your company picnic.
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is the only venue in Syracuse that gives your guests the chance to visit over 700 different kinds of animals – plus, your event helps support their care here at the zoo. Contact our team today to book your unforgettable event with Catering at the Zoo.
Schedule your next meeting, seminar or corporate gathering today!
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo offers plenty of convenient parking, free WiFi, and flexible room options.
Special Mid-Week Banquet Room Rental
Book your day or evening event on a
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
and receive this special rate on your banquet room rental.
Includes state-of-the-art audio visual equipment.
(50 person minimum with corporate breakfast or lunch package.)
Frequently Asked Questions
Parking is free and abundant at our facility. Frequently, events start before the zoo opens, ensuring available parking spots. In winter, lots are plowed and walkways are cleared prior to guest arrival.
The banquet room is located to the right of the lobby as you enter the zoo. The registration table is placed just outside the banquet room, clearly showing guests where to check in.
Organizers are welcome to arrive one hour prior to their event start time. If you believe you require more time to set up, please discuss this with the event manager during the planning stage.
The room can be set up with round tables of 6-8 people, theatre style or classroom style depending on your group size and event needs. White or ivory linen is included in the room rental fee, as is table setup.
You are more than welcome to set up an appointment prior to your event to test the audiovisual equipment and ask any questions you may have. On the day of your event, the event manager will be on hand to ensure everything works properly, test volumes and answer any questions that may come up!
Zoo admission tickets are offered at a discounted price of $3 per person for catering client guests. This can be added to your overall invoice.
What our clients say...
Thank you for a great evening at the Zoo!
Everything was wonderful and
the service was excellent!
Thanks for a great event, everyone keeps telling me how much fun they had! I will check our calendar and let you know the date we’d like to hold it again next year.
Thank you! You and your staff were amazing!
The zoo helps us continue to make our event a success, year after year.
Words cannot express how grateful I am for the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. I knew the moment I walked into your beautiful venue that it was the perfect place to make magic. On behalf of our counselors, campers and the Camp Kesem at Syracuse University Community, we thank you and your spectacular staff.