County Executive to rededicate Rosamond Gifford Zoo in recognition of its centennial

Next Monday, the Syracuse Zoo turns 100 years old and it is inviting the community to its centennial celebration.

Onondaga County is re-dedicating the zoo back to the community, and organizers want to make Monday, July 14, the zoo's best day ever.

It's lowering admission to just $1 dollar for that day.

Guests may enter a raffle drawing to win a behind the scenes tour at the zooâ??s popular tiger, penguin, or elephant exhibits.

The raffle drawings will be held later this month and in August.

A grand prize drawing will take place after Labor Day for a behind-the-scenes experience at all three exhibits.

When the zoo first opened in 1914, it was a red barn with just four acres of land.