General Information

 

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is a unique and exciting venue for all your social events. Planning a wedding or other special celebration is simple: just pick a date and a menu, and collect your RSVPs. We will make sure that you have everything you need to make your special event fun and memorable.

Preparation is the key to success. Planning and preparation will ensure that your event runs smoothly. Please make sure to call one of our event coordinators five days prior to confirm the number of guests attending your event and to finalize the details.

 

For information or to make reservations contact:

Julie Briggs, Events Manager, (315) 435-8511, ext. 180

To fill out an online form, please click here.

 

PARKING

For directions and a site map visit the zoo website at rosamondgiffordzoo.org.

 

DECORATIONS

We can arrange for decorations, floral centerpieces and special linen rental. You may also provide your own decorations. Due to the of the sensitive nature of our exhibits and animals, and to safeguard the environment, no confetti, balloons, sand, live fish, sea shells or dried marine life, glitter, rice, bird seed, adhesive tape or Mylar ribbon are allowed in the zoo. We require that nothing be posted, nailed, screwed, or otherwise attached to the walls, floors, exhibit graphics or other parts of the buildings, furnishings, or surroundings.

 

FOOD & BEVERAGE

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo requires that all food and beverage for special events be solely catered by Catering At The Zoo (CATZ). Substitutions due to dietary restrictions can always be arranged. Placement of food and beverage stations in the Zoo is based on lighting availability, exhibit restrictions and fire code requirements. Your catering contract will develop a floor plan that suits your needs.

It is policy that CATZ supply all liquor, wine, and/or beer. We consider it our responsibility to enforce all alcohol service laws of the state of New York.

 

DEPOSITS & PAYMENTS

Dates can be held for a maximum of two weeks without a deposit. Once a contract is generated, a $500 deposit will be required. All deposits will be applied to the final bill. Full payment is due the day of the event.

 

SERVICE CHARGE & TAX

All food and beverage functions are subject to a 19% service charge and an 8% sales tax. All prices quoted are exclusive of service charge and tax. Sales tax is calculated on food, beverage, rentals and service charge. New York state law states that the service charge is subject to state tax. For tax-exempt organizations, a completed tax exemption form (ST-119) must be submitted two weeks prior to the function.

 

WEDDING PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

• $500.00 deposit, along with signed contract to confirm your event date

• $1,500 due six months prior to event date

• An additional $1,500 due three months prior to event date

• Remaining balance to be paid in full on the day of event

CANCELLATION POLICY:

In the event of cancellation by Client, any of the above payments or deposits made to CATZ will be non-refundable.

 

 

If needed, zoo security personnel will be on-site during your event. The zoo does not assume responsibility for the damage or loss of any merchandise or articles brought into the Zoo, or for any item left unattended.

Note: Smoking is only allowed in designated areas.

 

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