149 years of Community

149 years of Community

Ross Park Zoo, a staple of the Binghamton community since 1875 is the fifth oldest zoological institution in the country behind Philadelphia, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Buffalo.

Today is our concluding day of our weekend long Grand Opening Celebration. A weekend full of fun including face painting, animal spotlights, bouncy houses, and so much more representing how many family memories are still made here everyday for almost 150 years.

Under the Southern Tier Zoological Society, Ross Park Zoo has undergone remarkable transformations. What were once expanses of asphalt, concrete, and steel bars now boast winding wooded paths adorned with naturalistic exhibits. A profound emphasis on conservation education has birthed an outreach program that extends its services to 7 counties in the Southern Tier. The tireless efforts of the zoo’s dedicated volunteers, including docents, gardeners, and various other roles, continue to uphold Ross Park Zoo’s status as a captivating and beautiful destination.

Our mission here at the Ross Park Zoo is dedicated to promoting awareness and stewardship of our natural world, in our community and globally, through education, conservation, and community engagement. The Southern Tier Zoological Society and its staff are dedicated to implementing cutting-edge zoological practices to enrich animal habitats and elevate the visitor experience. While we are not currently AZA Accredited, we are proud partners, actively participating in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) and numerous Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) programs alongside the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

We see a bright future here at the Ross Park Zoo and we hope to see you alongside us making many more memories and learning a little more along the way!

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