Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park
Syracuse, New York
Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park Syracuse Reviews
Jul 01, 2007
With over 600 animals, and an admission price well under $10 (with a student discount of under $5), the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY is definitely worth a visit.
If you know the city of Syracuse, you wouldn't expect its zoo to be all that great. I was, however, extremely surprised. Although it's no Bronx Zoo, a trip to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo makes for a great day.
Everyone who works at the zoo is extremely friendly, the animals are all healthy and seem to be enjoying themselves, and the park is set up very nicely. A few weeks before visiting the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, I had taken a trip to the Pittsburgh zoo, and was shocked at the small enclosures the animals there were kept in. At the Syracuse zoo, however, all the animals seem to have ample space to roam around. Also, there are more than one of just about every type of animal at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, so that visitors can see how the animals interact together (and it probably prevents the animals from getting lonely :-P).
One of the things I really liked about the Syracuse zoo is that every animal in every exhibit is listed outside that exhibit. If there are crickets in with a snake, the crickets are on the exhibit's list of animals...Latin name and all.
If you take a trip to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, don't forget to check out the mandrils. There are instructions on the glass that tell you how to get them to smile at you...and it really works! My friend got one of them to come up to the glass and smile at her!
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