Defend the Ice Night

The Zoo’s annual partnership with the Rochester Amerks to raise awareness of polar bear conservation and Defend the Ice Night.

Defend the Ice Month

Seneca Park Zoo is partnering once again with the Rochester Americans to help create awareness for polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. As part of Defend the Ice Month, Zoo members receive special pricing on tickets for Amerks home games in February. The ZooMobile will also be making an appearance at select home games throughout the month.


Online bidding for this year’s exclusive Zoo-inspired jersey will open the week of the game. Bid often and fast to secure your favorite player’s custom jersey. You’ll get it following the Defend the Ice Night game on Friday, February 24! All proceeds benefit Seneca Park Zoo Society and Polar Bears International.

Friday, February 24: “Defend the Ice Night”, when the Amerks host the Laval Rockets at 7:05 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena.

The Amerks will wear special polar bear-themed jerseys in support of polar bear awareness. Get Tickets

For members, get tickets here.

Polar Bear Awareness Weekend

Feb. 25 & Feb. 26: Enjoy special enrichment demonstrations with polar bear Anoki, donate to support polar bear conservation, and learn about the importance of sea ice for polar bears. Simple actions you can take to help polar bears. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!

2. Use educated consumerism – buy local products, follow the Seafood Watch Guide.

3. Turn off lights when not in use. Replace old light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs.

4. Use proper trash receptacles for things that can’t be recycled. Don’t litter!

5. Eliminate styrofoam – it doesn’t decompose!6. Walk, cycle, carpool, or take public transportation.

7. Save water by turning off taps when not in use and take shorter showers.

8. Unplug appliances (toaster, hair dryer, laptop, etc.) when not in use.

9. Turn off vehicles while waiting rather than idling.

10. Turn your thermostat two degrees down in the winter and two degrees up in the summer.11. Avoid the dryer and hang your clothes to dry.

12. Donate to the Zoo’s conservation partner, Polar Bears International.

13. Assist in a community recycling event.

14. Avoid single-use plastics such as straws, grocery bags, utensils, water bottles, and to-go drink lids.

15. Plant a tree or garden.Your participation helps save polar bears!

16. Throughout the month, the Zoo and Amerks will be collecting donations for Polar Bears International.

Every day is a great day to visit the Zoo. Experience life on the wild side, enjoy up-close animal interactions and support global conservation efforts—right here at the Zoo. Reserve your tickets now for quick and easy entry, and enjoy more time connecting with wildlife.

November 1 through March 31

Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. for our Zoo members.
Open all year long. Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.