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Board of Directors Update
So begins a New Year.  As many of us make personal resolutions, we submit that this is a year to add to your list, a few important community-based resolutions.  Support for valued and unique community assets are important for each of us to recognize and contribute to in ways that reflect our personal inclinations.  Certainly the hospital, our schools and community service organizations come to mind.  As well, it is our belief that a community commitment to conservation is also important beginning a new year.  Thompson Park and the Thompson Park Zoo are unique community assets highlighting the best that nature and conservation have to offer.

We want to offer special thanks to the Carthage Savings & Loan board of directors and staff for their generous donation of $25,000 for the upgrade and enhancement of the Zoo's premier Otter Exhibit.  Many in the community have also donated at a $50 level for this exhibit upgrade.  It is going to be expensive to get it done right and we appreciate any further donations that you might see fit to give.

We have new maintenance equipment for snow removal and Keeper transport this winter.  If we find that we can effectively keep our parking lots, visitor trails and animal holding areas safe and accessible this winter, we will be in a position to consider a fuller range of visitor opportunities in the 2016 year.  In addition to the weather being a safety hazard for visitors (and staff), the Zoo found that admissions in the winter did not match staff costs.  This may well change.  The Zoo's Little Tree Visitor Center is an amazing Event Space and is available for select gatherings such as wedding rehearsals, baby showers, company lunches or dinners.  Contact Lesley Clark, the Zoo's Director of Operations, to discuss in detail the possibility of arranging an event that meets your needs. 

As we begin the New Year it is important to remember that we have a unique mission to function as a wildlife refuge (for native New York species) and nature center.  This makes us a special kind of Zoo; one that celebrates our place-geologically, ecologically and socially - in the world.  We want to bring this into your life; your family and friends lives throughout 2016.  We all have plenty to learn about our small piece of the planet.  Join us because it is hard to do conservation until you have experienced it.
The 2016 Board of Directors

Wish Lists .

If you are looking to get rid of a live Christmas tree, we will take them! Christmas trees are useful for animal enrichment as  additions to the habitats of the exhibit animals. We also use these trees for our January enrichment program with our Roosevelt Elk, Aspen, who loves tossing them around with his antlers. 

Department wishlists are updated for the winter. Any of these items can be very helpful to us and may be something just lying around the house! Take a peak.
Monthly Volunteer Project Day

Saturday, January 9th will be our next monthly Volunteer Project Day.  Some of the projects may include painting, leave clean-up, snow removal, or exhibit maintenance.  We will be meeting up at 9 am in the Education Center (classroom) to talk about our plan of work for the day and to get everyone situated. If you have questions or would like to let us know that you are planning to come, please email elizabeth@nyszoo.org.  

Animal Adoptions

Animal Adoptions

Newest animal adoptions: 

Amanda Roberts - Mountain Lion
Rylee Mae Gardner - Mountain Lion

Thanks so much for supporting the animals! If you are interested in our adoption program, check out the options  here

Birthday Parties

Looking for a fun, unique, and safe place to hold your child's birthday party?  Consider having it at the zoo.  We have three different packages to meet your birthday needs.  Click here for more information or call 782-6192 to book.

Upcoming Events

As winter bears down on Upstate New York, the New York State Zoo is busy preparing for its 2016 events.  You can look forward to:

Earth Day

Butterfly Day
Military Appreciation Day

Symphony at the Park
Brew at the Zoo

Monarch Day

Boo at the Zoo

Twilight with the Wildlife

Breakfast with Santa

Education Programs for January

Adult Education Program 

Canvas and Conservation
Want to spend a fun night out creating a masterpiece on canvas while also experiencing our animals and contributing directly to our conservation programs? This new monthly program will be held on Thursday, January 14th  6pm-8pm.  $5 from each program fee will be put into our conservation projects fund for 2016. Canvas, paint and other materials needed are included in the program fee.  This month we will be brightening up the drearyness of January with a bright, fun sunflower. 

$25 Non Members/$20 Members Class maximum of 18 people, pre-registration required by noon the day of the event by calling 315.782.6180 and paying over the phone or registering online here for the 14th.

This program is available for private parties, FRG meetings or any other type of gathering by appointment. Please call 315.755.0896 or email  elizabeth@nyszoo.org  for more information or to register for the monthly program. 

Wild Tots: Friday, January 8th  10am-10:45am
Ages 2-5
Keep the smallest human critters occupied for 45 minutes with animals, sensory activities and crafts. This months topic is animals preparing for winter. 
$3.00 for Non-Members/ $2.40 For Members  
Pre-Registration is requested, please call 315.782.6180

Elk Enrichment: Saturday, January 9th at 10:30 am. 
Family Program
Aspen, our Roosevelt Elk gets to enjoy tossing around any donated Christmas trees that we receive. Come spend a morning checking out our largest animal, and his antics. 
$10/non-members, $8/members
Pre-registration is requested, please call 315.782.6180

Facebook Like, Comment and Share

Starting in January we will be holding monthly contests to win a chance to take part in one of our many special opportunities.  These opportunities can range from free memberships, free animal enrichments, or free birthday parties.  Visit our  Facebook page often to ensure you are able to take advantage of this exciting deal.

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