Area Zoos Offer Spring Break Activities

Sea lion at the Seneca Park Zoo

Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse

Spring Break is next week and the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is planning special animal-themed events to offer a variety of zoo experiences every day of the break.

Saturday, April 13 starts a week of daily Keeper Chats and Animal Demonstrations, so there are many opportunities to meet an animal or a keeper throughout each day. The full schedule is available at

Bactrian camel Patrick with keeper Tyler at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Here’s a list of other special events happening at the zoo for Spring Break:

  • Daily Animal Themes! The zoo will highlight a different species each day with a noon Keeper Chat. The chats will feature:
    • Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14. Important Invertebrates. Learn about creatures that have no backbone – like sea urchins, worms and insects like Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches – and see several up close!
    • Monday, April 15 – Wolf Awareness Day. The zoo has two species of wolves, red wolves and gray wolves. Monday’s noon chat will focus on our pair of critically endangered red wolves, Cheyenne and Waya, who are currently in temporary quarters where they can be seen up close.
    • Tuesday, April 16 – Birds of All Feathers. See some of the many species of birds that live at the zoo, and meet one up close!
    • Wednesday, April 17 – Tropical Oceans Day.  Visit the marine animals at the zoo, learn about sustainable seafood and come to a special Octopus Keeper Chat at noon.
    • Thursday, April 18 – Meerkat Madness. Did you know that a group of meerkats is called a mob? And that meerkat societies are matriarchal, run by the head female? Learn more about meerkats at Thursday’s noon Keeper Chat.
    • Friday, April 19 – Heritage Breeds Day. Who knew there were endangered breeds of livestock? The zoo’s conservation mission includes caring for domestic animals that were raised by our forebears but are now rare. Meet our San Clemente Island goats, including several new babies, and learn about this critically endangered breed.
  • Enter to win a Camel Feeding Experience! The zoo will hold daily drawings Monday through Friday of Spring Break Week for an encounter with Patrick and George, our two Bactrian camels. Come to the zoo to enter – the zoo will draw a winner and announce it by closing time each day. Need not be present to win. The five winners for the week will be able to schedule their camel encounter within the next six months.
  • Animal Egg-Stravaganza  – Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watch the animals as they enjoy their very own "Egg-stravaganza." A variety of animals will receive eggs and egg-shaped enrichment items throughout the day. Presenting unusual items to the animals is part of the zoo's enrichment program, designed to promote natural behaviors and enhance overall well-being. Pick up a schedule at the ticket booth on your way in to see the animals get their "eggs."

For more information about the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, please visit


Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester

Special programming four times per day, every day

Spring is finally here, and Seneca Park Zoo is celebrating with special programming for Spring Break when kids are out of school. From Saturday, April 13 through Sunday, April 21, the Zoo will have special programming four times a day, every day.

Feedings, keeper chats and enrichment experiences are a great way to learn more about the animals at the Zoo and their counterparts in nature. Guests will have the opportunity to talk with Zoo Keepers, Docents and Naturalists to learn more about the animals, their care, and their conservation status.

This is also a great time to see the new Animals of the Savanna expansion which opened last fall, featuring giraffes, zebras and much more.

The special programs are daily at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30 and 2:30. The schedule can be found at Now through October 31, Seneca Park Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with last entry at 4 p.m.

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