Rosamond Gifford Zoo
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July 1st, 2007 – by: smhirsch
Admission into the zoo is at most $6.50 (for 16-61) and they have a student discount that knocks off $2, so we were pretty thrilled with that. The zoo is laid out very nicely, and it's pretty easy to stay on track and keep heading in the right direction (no walking around in circles here). You first head into the "U.
From the aviary, it's into Adaptations, where visitors can watch two-toed sloths climb along the ceiling, take a close up look at naked mole rats (if you've never seen them before, they're pretty ugly), bats, seahorses, clouded leopards and otters. The sloths were pretty interesting to watch...I have seen them in the wild in Costa Rica, but there, they weren't really moving very much.
After Adaptations, you head into what was definitely my favorite exhibit. In the "Social Animals" exhibit, visitors can smile at mandrils (they will actually smile back if you do it the right way), check out adorable meercats, as well as lemurs (both grey and black), laugh at the golden lion tamarins and the squirrel monkeys, and watch the lions bask in the sun. Every animal has a great set up and all seem to be enjoying themselves.
As you leave the Social Animals exhibit, there are a bunch of hands on activities and play areas for the children who come to the zoo...including ropes to swing on, and a fun flip-up-the-stomach-flap-on-the-picture-and-see-what-this-animal-eats area.
One of the best things I found with the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is that every single animal in every exhibit is labeled. If there are crickets in with a snake, there's a sign letting you know the crickets' latin name and other information about them. It's a really organized and wonderful zoo...and definitely something fun to do while in Syracuse, New York.
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