Snow Leopard Days Half-Price Admission

 Visiting the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is easier than ever during the months of January and February: guests enjoy half-price admission during the zoo’s annual Snow Leopard Days! Adult tickets (ages 19-61) are $4, youth (ages 3-18) are $2 and seniors (ages 62+) are $2.50.

The zoo is open year-round, and winter is a fantastic time to visit. Outdoor exhibits feature animals chosen for their ability to adapt to the region’s climate. Prefer warmer temps? Sixty percent of the zoo’s exhibits are indoors, making it a great destination even on cold and snowy days.

An additional perk to visiting the zoo this month is the annual Winter at the Zoo Photo Contest, celebrating its 11th year. The contest runs through January 31. Photographers of all abilities, ages 5 and up, are invited to enter for a chance to win fantastic prizes.

The winter season is perfect for photography. Cold weather means active, easier to find animals and interesting backdrops.  Photographers must follow zoo rules, stay on all zoo paths and obey posted signs. Flash photography is prohibited where indicated.

Complimentary admission is offered to participants who show their camera at the ticket booth. (Please note: mobile devices are not accepted as cameras for the contest.) There is a limit of one entrant per household per day.

All photo contest entries are due by 4 p.m. on February 1. Late entries will not be accepted.  Entries will be judged by a panel of representatives from sponsoring organizations. Winners will be announced Friday, February 19 at 3 p.m. during a reception at the zoo. The public is invited to attend.

The third annual Winter at the Zoo Photo Contest Traveling Winners Exhibition will take place at sponsoring organizations in the community beginning in March.

Complete photo contest information, rules and entry forms are available at

Sponsors of the 2016 Winter at the Zoo Photo Contest are Friends of the Zoo, Onondaga County Parks, CNY Arts, Community Folk Art Center, Everson Museum of Art, Redhouse Arts Center and Syracuse Stage.


Posted On: January 11, 2016
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