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Upcoming Events & News

Zoofari registration starts March 15th. Please check back for registration paperwork and more information at that time. 


This year we are starting off March Membership Madness alittle earlier than normal! Now through March 31st, when you buy a membership you will receive $5.00 off our normal pricing. To purchase online with this special pricing, click here. 

With great sadness, the staff at the Thompson Park Zoo and Conservancy announce the death of Mary the River Otter. Mary was born here at the Zoo in February of 2014. Cause of death has not yet officially been determined, though primary necropsy has revealed a lesion on the brain, as well as a possible lung infection which may have been to blame. 

We thank you for your thoughts at this difficult time. 



Have a special someone that loves animals? Get them truly special experiences and help us spread awareness of our native species in one grand gesture! Packages are below, and there is one to fit every budget.

Has your love had long held aspirations to work with animals, or would  just love to see the critters up close? Our Become a Zookeeper program is an unique experience that lets someone follow around a keeper here at the Zoo during their morning rotation. This program is scheduled on a case by case basis around your needs, so call 315.755.0894 for more information. The cost is $80/person. 
Animal Adoptions are another unique option!
The adoption form and payment options are available here. If you loved our animal art on sale last summer, you will love the option to engage in your own animal art experience at the $250 dollar level. 

 $50 Dollar Level-

  • Adoption Certificate, 5x7 Picture of the Animal, Fact Sheet about the animal to go out immediately
  • Name on the website/newsletter as animal parent
  • Monthly report on the animal sent in the mail for three months after the adoption.

$100 Dollar Level-

  • All of the above
  • Certificate for admission to an education department enrichment program for up to 4 people
  • Certificate for 50% off one item in the gift shop

$150 Dollar Level-

  • All of the Above
  • Behind the scenes tour of that animal*

$250 Dollar Level-

  • All of the Above
  • Painting encounter with the animal. This includes watching the animal "create" a masterpiece on canvas that the adoptive parent can take home.*

*Depending on the temperament or current training schedule of the animal, substitutions of animals involved may be required. 


Animals for adoption-

Wolverines ,Grey Wolves, Black Bears,Bobcat,Canada Lynx ,Roosevelt Elk,North American River Otter,Mountain Lion

The Zoo is excited to announce a new member of our zoo family. Pandora, our little bobcat, is now on exhibit! She will be alternating days with our longtime leading lady bobcat, Shadow. 

Bobcats, also known by their scientific name of Lynx rufus, are an interesting native species. These animals are usually a little larger than a normal house cat and have long hair on their faces. They are easily distinguished (with practice!) from the Canada lynx, who have much larger paws, a black tuft of hair on their ears and a black stripe on their tails. 

The best way to experience this furry new addition is with a Zoo family membership! The Zoo offers a variety of memberships to meet all budgets. Memberships are available online or at Guest Services. As always, stay tuned here on the zoo's website and our Facebook page for updates. 

*Update: The two cubs acquired this summer have officially been named Terra and Tilly. The bears should all be on exhibit together next spring.*

The Zoo is pleased to announce two new residents!

The Thompson Park Zoo is happy to announce the acquisition of two new Black Bear cubs which arrived from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Montana in mid-March.

The two female bears join Tess, the Zoo’s three year old bear cub,who has been at the Zoo since the summer of 2013. 

American Black Bear, or Ursus americanus, are found throughout Canada and in parts of the United States and Mexico and reside primarily in forested areas.

After spending time in quarantine and acquainting themselves to Zoo staff, the bears are now sharing exhibit space with Tess. Visitors interested in seeing the new bear cubs should check with Guest Services during their visit to see if the bears are on exhibit at that time. The Thompson Park Zoo’s Black Bear exhibit is sponsored by Watertown Savings Bank.

The best way to experience these new bears is with a Zoo family membership! The Zoo offers a variety of memberships to meet all budgets. Memberships are available online or at Guest Services. As always, stay tuned to the Zoo’s website ( and Facebook page for updates on the bears.

Fun bear themed activities are planned at the Zoo all summer long. We invite you to join us on July 12th when the Zoo will be hosting its first annual Teddy Bear Picnic from 10AM-4PM. Details are available on the Zoo’s website.

Visit the New York State Zoo Today (315) 782-6180

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- Alan, Watertown, NY