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Holiday season at the Zoo!

As the seasons change and families prepare for the holidays, our Zoo hours, rates, member specials, programs, events and experiences are changing, too!

Gift certificateJust a reminder that November 1st through March 31st the gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. Visitors may stay on grounds until 4 p.m. Rest assured, our members will enjoy their benefit of entering the Zoo at 9:30 a.m. again next spring. However, their free admission benefit is a terrific savings all year long. Since general admission rates are discounted by $2 each in the off season, it’s a great time of year for members to bring guests. The Membership Booth will be closed during the off season so please visit the Admissions Booth daily and staff will assist you with any purchases, questions or concerns. The Zoo will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (gobble, gobble), Christmas Day (ho, ho, ho) and New Year’s Day (Happy 2014!). On the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29) as well as Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31), we offer ONE free youth admission with ONE paid adult admission. Again, these BOGO specials are one more reason to bring your holiday guests here and show off your Zoo’s adorable babies!

Since the holidays are upon us and many of you may be wondering what to give, we are pleased to offer Membership Gift Certificates at a $10 off discount. They are available for purchase at the Front Gate during Zoo hours, by phone at (585) 336-7212 or online. The lucky member family can active or renew their Zoo membership by simply redeeming the certificate. Give the gift of a Zoo this holiday season — it’s the gift that provides support for your local Zoo and year-round family fun!

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Photo by Kelli O’Brien

A popular activity, Book and Beast, is a member favorite. Join us at 11 a.m. each Wednesday (October through March) in the Z.O.T. Zone for a cuddly story and meet an animal from our education collection. This program is free with Zoo admission! Members shouldn’t delay registering for Breakfast with Santa. Sessions in December are filling up very quickly. Kids will enjoy a continental breakfast in a unique setting, meet with Santa and visit our fascinating creatures. And last, but not least, a cold weather day is a great time to experience a brisk walk through the Zoo; stop for hot chocolate at the Café and witness how active our animals can be as they explore the Zoo’s winter smells and sounds.

Enjoy the winter activities, programs, events and the changing seasons with your family and friends at the Seneca Park Zoo. Please pay special attention to our off season hours, rates and specials. And happy holidays!

– Natalie Lipton, Visitor Services Manager

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Happy Father’s Day!

Dad and kidsAre you looking for something for Dad or Grandpa who has everything? Please consider Zoo membership. Are you looking for a fun-filled day with Dad? Please consider a visit to the Zoo. Are you looking for a unique gift item for Pops or Papa? Please consider a gift from our ZooShop.

Visit the Zoo this weekend and create memories with that special man in your life. The Seneca Park Zoo is The Natural Place for Families, so make it part of your family outing and enjoy all that this special local attraction has to offer!

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photos by Kelli O’Brien

If you are looking for a gift that will make memories all year long, consider buying a membership gift certificate. We are offering certificates for 13 months for the price of 12 months. You may also qualify for $5 or $10 discount off based on where you are employed (or retired from). If wondering what to do with the whole family, a visit here will allow everyone to see our Zoo babies and celebrate with the animals’ fathers on this holiday weekend. Our newborn orangutan, sea lion pup, tiny golden lion tamarin and young goats are on exhibit. Our lion cubs will be on exhibit at 3:30 p.m. each day through the month of June. Your children or grandchildren will remember these experiences all year long.

Don’t forget that we offer unique gifts in our ZooShop. Ideal for last-minute shoppers, we have key chains, boxer shorts, coffee mugs, T-shirts and much, much more!

If you can’t visit this weekend, don’t worry. You can take advantage of the special on membership gift certificates through June 30 online or by calling (585) 336-7212. But don’t miss out on spending time at the Zoo with your family or shopping for a father or grandfather. You won’t regret it and they won’t forget it!

– Cassey Dickey, Data Coordinator

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Get 13 for the price of 12!

Photo by Kate Leipold

Photo by Kate Leipold

We are excited about our current “baker’s dozen” special for Zoo membership! Your family can get 13 months of Zoo membership for the price of 12 months. In addition, you may be eligible for $5 or $10 off as an employee or retiree of one of our Corporate Members.

If you join or rejoin, your family can take advantage of these specials in June.  We consider “join” as a brand new member and “rejoin” as being lapsed for 6 months or more. Instead of just a year of membership, we will give you an extra month. For our $85 Household Basic level, that extra month can be as much as a $7.08 value. For those who are employees or retirees of our Corporate Members, there are opportunities for an additional $5 or $10 off. These workers can be from companies that are generous sponsors of the Zoo, important Zoo Society partners like Monroe County, honored service providers like active military or fellow educators like area teachers. Check out the list of available discounts online or ask staff by phone or at the Zoo’s Front Gate to check the list for you. Membership is always a great value with wonderful benefits. We want to ensure that if you are eligible, you get all the savings you are eligible for at the time of purchase.

New this year, if you renew your current membership in the month before it is due to expire, the same 13 month offer is available for your family, too. We are pleased to offer this “renew early” option for our loyal returning member families. It can be combined with our traditional corporate employee and retiree. In addition, if you plan to purchase a gift for a friend or loved one, these specials will also apply. Don’t delay. All of these offers are currently valid only through June 30, 2013.

That thirteenth bagel or donut is a thrill for a thrifty shopper, like me. But your entire family will enjoy the terrific benefits with more than a year of Zoo membership. The ability to visit for free and watch all our baby animals frolic and grow will once again make membership the best choice for area families this year. So join, rejoin or renew online, charge by phone at (585) 336-7212 or stop by the Zoo’s Front Gate during Zoo hours in June to take advantage of these “sweet” discounts!

– Karen Panosian, Visitor Services Director

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Time is running out!

SPZ Membership logoDon’t miss out. Our special offers to join or rejoin the Zoo end Friday, May 31. When purchasing a new Zoo membership, you can choose to take $10 off or get two free one-time-use guest passes. Whatever works best for you!

If you have been thinking about becoming a Zoo member, now is time to take advantage of these special offers. If you are a Zoo member, thank you! But you may have an upcoming celebration and are wondering what to get your friend or loved one. Please consider a Zoo membership gift certificate. It’s a great gift for a birthday, baby shower or Father’s Day. Members enjoy tremendous benefits for one full year — the greatest of which is free Zoo admission! We have levels for Grandma and Grandpa, too. They can bring all their grandchildren age 21 years and younger on any Zoo visit. This Zoo is truly The Natural Place for Families!

Photo by Brian Sheets

Photo by Brian Sheets

You may have heard there’s a baby boom at the Seneca Park Zoo. Today you can see our baby orangutan, tiny golden lion tamarin and adorable young goats. And we think everyone will want to be a Zoo member to visit for free and often once the lion cubs are also on exhibit for viewing later this summer.

Whether purchasing a membership for your family or as a unique gift, please hurry. These offers end very soon.  You can choose the option special that suits your family and a purchase option that is most convenient for you, as well. We offer sales online, by phone, by mail and at the Zoo’s Front Gate during Zoo hours. Hurry. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Time is running out. Do it today!

– Karen Panosian, Visitor Services Director

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Special offer for Mother’s Day!

fileThe first 200 people both Saturday and Sunday (May 11 & 12) to join, rejoin or renew a membership at the Zoo’s Front Gate will receive a free orangutan-themed nail file to pamper your mother or grandmother with!

Happy Mother’s Day!

– Karen Panosian, Visitor Services Director

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Season’s greetings from your friends at the Zoo!

Photo by Jeff Gerew

Photo by Jeff Gerew

As a reminder, the Zoo will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Zoo’s animals will continue to be cared for and we will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. the days following (on December 26 and January 2). This is also a reminder that we are open all year long! During our winter season, the gates close at 3 p.m., but visitors may stay on grounds till 4 p.m. Don’t forget that the Zoo is a wonderful activity for the whole family while children are on school break between Christmas and the New Year.

It’s also not too late to get last minute gifts for family and friends. Give the gift of a Zoo membership when you purchase a gift certificate. Act now and receive our holiday special of $10 off. This special ends December 31, so don’t delay. Our memberships are valid for one full year from date of activation and it “pays” to be a Zoo member. Enjoy special incentives and perks depending on the level of membership. Zoo members may enter the Zoo at 9:30 a.m. starting April 1, will receive 10% off every day in the ZooShop, can enjoy discounts or exclusivity to special events (like ZooBoo or Breakfast with Santa) and receive much more!

Don’t forget our popular story hour and visit with an animal each week during the winter season. “Book and Beast” is held October through March at 11 a.m. every Wednesday in the Z.O.T. Zone. Since it is free with Zoo admission, free access to this fun Zoo activity can be added to our long list of member benefits!

Bundle up the kids, grab a hot chocolate at our Crater Canteen (located in A Step Into Africa), and visit all of your animal friends at the Zoo. Winter weather allows some of our animals to be more active and curious about winter smells and sounds!

As always, from our Zoo family to yours, we wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

– Natalie Lipton, Visitor Services Manager

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A gift of the Zoo for the holidays!

Photo by Vasiliy Baziuk

Photo by Vasiliy Baziuk

We have holiday membership gift certificates available at the Zoo’s Front Gate, online or by phone. Staff will be happy to assist you with the purchase of a Zoo membership gift certificate — the gift that provides year round fun for relatives and friends.

The process is very easy. We sell you a certificate. You present the certificate to the member family; the member family will then activate or renew their membership by redeeming the certificate by mail or at the Zoo. Membership expires one year from the date of activation. A renewed membership expires one year after the current expiration date.

We are currently offering a $10 off special, so the Household Basic level is only $65, a $75 value! To ensure delivery for the holiday, please order by phone or online by 4 p.m. on Friday, December 14. Please call the Member Office at (585) 336-7212 or click here for more information about available levels or to make your purchase. In addition, you may stop by the Front Gate during Zoo hours. This special is valid through December 31, 2012.

Don’t miss out. Order a gift of the Zoo today!

– Karen Panosian, Visitor Services Director

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