Preserving the Legacy, Promoting the Future

Since 1875 the Binghamton Zoo has been supporting conservation in action to make a difference locally and globally. Show your support today!

A fundraising campaign for Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park

On August 27, 1875 the community came together to celebrate the creation of Ross Park.  144 years later, Ross Park continues to serve the residents of our community.  As home to the Binghamton Zoo, Ross Park serves to connect residents with the natural world around them and serves as a site for wildlife conservation efforts.  This includes the more than 20 species whose populations are being managed as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan Programs like our prehensile-tailed porcupines.

After challenges surrounding her last pregnancy, it was not expected that Zoey would ever give birth again.  We're excited Zoey has beaten the odds and continues to contribute to the health and sustainability of her species.  On Wednesday, August 21st, we welcomed the newest member to our family here at the Binghamton Zoo.  Zoey, our female prehensile-tailed porcupine, gave birth to a porcupette.  Because of supporters like you, we are able to engage in this important conservation work.



In 1875, the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park was built by local residents.  As our 144th season comes to a close, we celebrate the ongoing support our community has provided the zoo and look forward to a bright future.   We invite you to join us in preparing for our 145th season.  Your support, no matter how much, matters!

A great gift idea for Cyber Monday!

December 2, 2019

Today is Cyber Monday and I have a great gift idea for you!  Consider making a contribution to the Binghamton Zoo's Annual Appeal in honor of a loved one.  Be a part of preserving one of our area's greatest cultural assets and help promote a strong future for the Binghamton Zoo and Ross Park.

Did you know Ross Park is Binghamton's first public park and that it is one of the largest City Parks in Binghamton?  Ross Park is second in size to the Ely Park Golf Course.  Since 1875 Ross Park has served to connect residents with the natural world around them.  With more than 60 wooded acres to explore, Ross Park and the Binghamton Zoo provides a haven just minutes from downtown Binghamton for people looking to connect with nature.

This Cyber Monday as family and friends scramble to find that perfect Cyber Monday Deal, remind them of the gift Erastus Ross gave us back in 1875 and encourage them to give to our annual appeal to keep Ross Park and the Binghamton Zoo as a treasure for all to enjoy.

Thank you for your support!

Phillip A. Ginter

Executive Director, The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park

We're thankful for all of our supporters!

November 26, 2019


    Thanksgiving is this week and I wanted to take a minute to thank all of our supporters this year!  Thank you for helping make our 144th season such a huge success!

    We have so much to be thankful this year at the Binghamton Zoo.  From the birth of our newest pourcupette, Huckleberry, to increased attendance, to new partnerships and programs like Project VOICE for area Veterans.  But the one thing I am most thankful for this season is all of our supporters!

     I think about what's in store for our 145th season and I'm excited about the opportunities that await us.  I am thankful to have all of you joining us on our journey.  Now is an important time for the Binghamton Zoo, as the season winds down and we focus our efforts on our next season your support becomes critical.  I hope you will join me as we begin preparations for our 145th season by spreading the word about our annual appeal to all of your friends and family!

    Over the winter months, our annual appeal plays a important role in helping provide the financial resources needed to help provide quality care for our animals.  This year's annual appeal has been off to great start and we appreciate everyone who has given to support our work here at the Binghamton Zoo.  As we near the end of the year, we want to finish strong so  I encourage you to share our annual appeal with your friends and encourage them to show their support for the important work taking place right here at the Binghamton Zoo as we live our mission to educate, engage, and conserve.  For those who have already given, I encourage you to consider making a small monthly gift.  Just $5 a month means an extra $60 to help us provide care for our animals, an engaging environment for our visitors, and quality education programs in the community,

    Thank you for helping Protect the Legacy and Promote the Future of the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park! 


Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at the zoo!

Executive Director

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About the Organization

Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park

Established in 1875, the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park is America's 5th Zoo. Located on 60 wooded acres the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park serves as a portal to connect people with the world around them and is dedicated to promoting awareness and stewardship of our natural world, in our community and globally, through education, conservation, and community engagement. As a participant in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan Program (SSP), the Binghamton Zoo provides care to more than 20 species to promote their long term health and sustainability. The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park is a regional leader in wildlife education and provides both onsite and offsite educational programs serving residents across the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. Annually more than 20,000 individuals participate in educational programs offered by the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park.