Participants in the CYO Summer Drop-In Recreation program were introduced to some of the residents of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo when Zoo Educator Alicia Arcaro brought the Zoo To You program to Fulton.
Arcaro provided CYO participants with an informative presentation that gave them a close-up look at some of the zoo’s many animals.
While the Virginia opossum and the African pygmy hedgehog were interesting and cute, it was the African ball python that brought out the most interesting reactions, from wide-eyed excitement to cautious delight.
A traveling, inquiry-based educational program, Zoo to You makes approximately 300 visits each year to schools, libraries, community centers, senior centers, day care centers and scout groups, and serves as a bridge between the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and the community.
“It’s an opportunity for us to show community members some of the animals up close,” said Arcaro. “Our goal with Zoo to You is to increase awareness of the animal kingdom and encourage the participants to be environmentally conscious.”
Arcaro added that the zoo recently welcomed twin Markor babies: a male and a female named Sasha and Turgan. Their parents are Edith and Sunny.
Located at Burnet Park in Syracuse, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, when the zoo is closed.
For more information on the Rosamond Gifford Zoo or the Zoo to You program, contact the zoo at 435-8511, or visit rosamondgiffordzoo.org.
The CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation program is funded in part by the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the state Office of Children and Families, and the City-County Youth Bureau of Oswego County. For more information on the program, contact CYO Coordinator George Timmins at 598-3980, extension 254.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.
Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals, local companies and organizations.