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Watch: your Zoo, this year and next

Happy holidays from your friends at Seneca Park Zoo! While the Zoo is closed for the holiday today, the animals will be cared for.

We are so grateful for your support in 2015. Take a look at what we accomplished with your help and how we plan to do even more in 2016.

Be a part of the Zoo’s future. Make a contribution to our Annual Appeal. Your gift will be used to educate and inspire. As a thank you, the first 50 donors of $150 or more will receive a distinctive abstract photograph of a Seneca Park Zoo animal. A limited number are still available!


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Zoo wins AZA Quarter Century Award

This month, the Seneca Park Zoo received the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Quarter Century Award. Established in 2015, this new award acknowledges facilities that have maintained AZA accreditation continuously for 25 years or more, highlighting their commitment to animal care, welfare, conservation, education, and more. The inaugural group of 119 awardees includes many facilities that have successfully achieved AZA accreditation well beyond the 25 year mark, including Seneca Park Zoo, which has maintained accreditation for 37 years.

The award recognizes a commitment to maintaining the highest standards in:

  • animal care
  • animal welfare
  • animal management
  • veterinary care
  • conservation
  • education
  • staffing
  • facilities
  • safety
  • guest services
  • and more

Seneca Park Zoo’s dedication to best modern zoological practices and philosophies is a hallmark of AZA accreditation, and we are proud to be honored for our continuous commitment to upholding AZA standards and policies.

Learn more about the AZA programs in which the Zoo participates.


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General Curator David Hamilton featured as Democrat & Chronicle ‘Hot Job’

Last week, the Democrat and Chronicle featured the Zoo in their latest “Hot Jobs” column. General Curator David Hamilton answered questions about his busy days, his favorite animals and how Zoos fulfill conservation goals around the world.

Photo by Mike Bradley

Photo by Mike Bradley

Polar bears seem to get all the attention in climate change debates, but David Hamilton wishes snow leopards, frogs, sturgeon and other animals threatened with extinction shared the limelight.

“People don’t always realize how intricate and involved the lives of animals are,” said Hamilton, general curator of the Seneca Park Zoo, which has about 180 species, “and how the whole world is tied together.”

Read the full story here.


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$10 off gift of membership and other ways to support your Zoo this month

Seneca Park Zoo Society supporters donated nearly $800 to conservation and education at the Zoo during ROC the Day on December 1, and the spirit of giving is continuing here all month long.

Now is the perfect time to finish up your holiday shopping list: through December 31, receive $10 off membership gift certificates and give the gift of discovery and adventure.

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo on December 12, 13, 19 & 20 is SOLD OUT, but we’re still looking for great volunteers to help us make the event a success. Contact volunteers@senecazoo.org or (585) 295-7354 to learn how you can give back by helping out during this magical event.

As December continues, there are more ways to support the causes you care about through the Zoo. Donate new, unwrapped toys to Toys for Tots at the ZooShop through December 17!

Support One Cubic Foot for three more weeks at the Genesee Brew House Pilot Brewery Tasting Bar, where a portion of proceeds from $2 flights of small-batch beers benefit this regional conservation effort.


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This weekend: support Seneca Park Zoo with the Amerks + check out new ZooClass

Tonight, join the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena for Star Wars Night, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Seneca Park Zoo Society. Purchase tickets at amerks.com/starwars and you’ll be supporting the Zoo’s conservation and education efforts. There will also be a limited number of Star Wars-themed Mystery Pucks for sale on the concourse, the proceeds from which will also benefit the Zoo Society.

The Amerks will offer a special Star Wars Bobblehead and Ticket package. For just $25, fans can purchase a best-available ticket and one of five different Star Wars character Bobbleheads (based on availability).

December is here and that means new ZooClasses for 2, 3, 4 and 5-year-olds. Check out Lovable Lizards, Animal Opposites or Awesome Amphibians and register online in advance to reserve your spot. Classes include a story, craft and an animal encounter!

Photo by Ceci Menchetti

This month also means Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo! We are still looking for volunteers to assist with this fun holiday event, so please contact volunteers@senecazoo.org or (585) 295-7354 if you are interested in helping out!

Photo by Kelli O’Brien


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Celebrate the season with your Zoo

Though the day after Thanksgiving is made for leftovers and rest, things at Seneca Park Zoo aren’t slowing down a bit!

Sleep in and shop smart this weekend. Today, receive one free youth admission with one paid adult at the Zoo. Tomorrow, take 15% off at the ZooShop for #SmallBusinessSaturday.

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

This Tuesday, December 1 is #ROCtheDay and the Zoo is participating for the fifth year in a row. Check out our page to learn more about how you can support the animals you love and the causes you’re passionate about during this one-day, community-wide event.

On Friday, December 4, join the Seneca Park Zoo Society at the Blue Cross Arena for Star Wars Night with the Rochester Americans. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and a limited number of Star Wars-themed Mystery Pucks will benefit the Zoo Society and its conservation efforts and education programs.

As we enter the next holiday season, Breakfast with Santa seatings continue to sell out. Reserve now before each time slot fills up!


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Breakfast with Santa and more holiday fun at your Zoo

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

Seating times are quickly filling up for the Zoo’s annual Breakfast with Santa on December 12, 13, 19 & 20. Reserve your spot now and enjoy a unique holiday celebration that only the Zoo can offer.

Enjoy breakfast in view of the Polar Bear and Sea Lion Exhibits and enhance your experience with crafts, animal encounters and hot beverages at the Elf’s Workshop. And as the holidays approach, we’ve got your shopping list covered with $10 off membership gift certificates through December 31.

Photo by Tina Fess

But before we celebrate in December, Thanksgiving is coming up in one week! Please note that the Zoo will be closed on Thursday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. But we’re open Friday, November 27, so you can skip the Black Friday lines and enjoy one free youth admission with one paid adult.

Mark your calendars for midnight on December 1, when the Zoo will #ROCtheDay along with the community for the fifth year in a row. Small gifts on this exciting day will have a big impact on the Zoo’s future.

Supporting the Zoo’s Annual Appeal is another way you can make a difference during this season of giving. The Zoo also participates in AmazonSmile, which allows customers to support the Seneca Park Zoo Society with .5% of every purchase. Find more information on ways you can support the Zoo here.

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