Rosamond Gifford Zoo’s Annual Squishing of the Squash

Posted on October 27, 2023

Rosamond Gifford Zoo’s Annual Squishing of the Squash

WHAT: The Rosamond Gifford Zoo will distribute post-Halloween pumpkins to its animals Saturday, November 4, at the Squishing of the Squash animal enrichment event. The public is invited to watch as animals from tigers to camels to elephants romp, stomp and chomp pumpkins of all sizes throughout the day. The event is free for members and with paid zoo admission.

WHERE: Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse, NY 13204

WHEN: Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Full schedule below.

Media window is 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Media must be escorted per county policy.            

NOTE: The elephant herd will receive their enormous ‘Great Pumpkin’ at 12:15 p.m.

WHY: Opportunity to photograph/videotape animals receiving pumpkin enrichments at an event that spotlights the zoo’s enrichment program. Enrichment means offering the animals new sights, sounds, smells and experiences to elicit their natural behaviors.


10:30 a.m.      Siamangs, Golden Lion Tamarins (Social Animals Wing)

10:45 a.m.      Amur Leopard (Zalie and Bob Linn Amur Leopard Woodland)

11:15 a.m.      Contact Barn and Outdoor Birds (Outdoor Zoo)

11:30 a.m.      Bactrian Camels, Gray Wolves (Wildlife Trail)

11:45 a.m.      Sichuan Takin & Turkmenian Markhor (Wildlife Trail)

Noon              Amur Tigers (Wildlife Trail)

12:15 p.m.      Asian Elephants (Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve)

12:45 p.m.      Snow Leopard (Wildlife Trail)

1 p.m. —        Red Panda (Wildlife Trail)

1:15 p.m.        Andean Bear (Wildlife Trail)

1:30 p.m.        Komodo Dragon (Social Animals Wing)

1:45 p.m.        North American River Otters (Animal Adaptations)

2 p.m.             Southern Tamandua (Animal Adaptations)

2:30 p.m.        Hoffmann’s Two-Toed Sloths (Animal Adaptations)

2:45 p.m.        Meerkats, North American Porcupine (Social Animals Wing)

3 p.m.             Giant Pacific Octopus (Upper Lobby)

*Schedule subject to change

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