Membership FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Purchasing a Membership

When will my membership start?

Your membership starts immediately upon purchase. If you wish to visit the Zoo before your membership cards arrive in the mail you may present your photo ID at the Zoo’s Front Gate to use your membership.

How long is my membership valid?

Your membership is valid for one full year and will expire at the end of the month in which it was purchased. For renewals, a year is added on to the current expiration date.

How can I purchase or renew a Zoo membership?

We offer four easy options:

  1. Online: Complete information on our online membership system.
  2. By phone: Call the Member Office at 585.336.7212 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to charge by phone.
  3. In person: At the Zoo’s Front Gate seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April 1 to October 31, and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. from November 1 to March 31. We will process your membership and give you a temporary card for free admission that day.
  4. By Mail: Seneca Park Zoo Society Member Office 2222 St. Paul Street Rochester, NY 14621. Please make checks payable to Seneca Park Zoo Society.

Can I apply my admissions for the day to a membership purchase?

Yes. Within three days of your visit you may present your receipt at the Front Gate or call the member office at 585.336.7212 to apply admissions to a membership purchase. The amount spent on admissions that would have been covered by your membership will be deducted from the membership price. You can only apply one receipt.

Can I purchase a gift of membership?

Yes. Any membership can be made a gift.

If you are unsure about the gift recipient’s membership status, please call the Member Office at 585.336.7212.

What if I don’t have a second named adult for my membership?

If there is no second adult in your household, you are welcome to add another named adult who would use the membership instead.

There is no option to add an unnamed guest in place of a named cardholder.

If there is not a second adult that you would like to add to the membership, you are welcome to keep yourself as the only adult.

How old must I be to have a membership in my name?

You must be at least 18 years or older to have a membership in your name.

Can my group, daycare or organization purchase an annual membership?

No. Annual memberships are for individuals and households only. We do offer group rates on general admission for parties of 10 or more. Call 585.295.7399 to learn more.

Are membership dues tax-deductible?

Seneca Park Zoo Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and your membership payment may be tax-deductible. Consult your tax advisor for more details.

Are membership dues refundable or transferable?

No.

Renewing Your Membership

How will I know when to renew my membership?

You will receive a renewal notice one month in advance of your membership’s expiration date. You will also receive reminder notices. Any of these notices can be used to renew your membership by mail or in person at the Front Gate. No matter when you join or renew, you will always receive one full year of membership.

What happens to my expiration date if I renew early?

A year is applied to your current expiration date, you will not lose any time.

However, if you are changing levels or named adults on the membership, those changes will take effect immediately.

How do I renew my membership online?

In our online membership system, click on the purchase button for the level you want, and we will match up your order with your current record in our database.

If you have any changes to your contact information upon renewing, it is helpful if you e-mail members@senecazoo.org with this information.

Membership Cards and Benefits

How long will it take to receive my membership cards?

If you buy your membership at the Zoo, you will immediately receive temporary cards. If you submit your application online, in person, by mail or by phone, your permanent membership cards will be processed and mailed to you within one week.

How many cards will I receive?

One card for Individual level memberships, two cards for all other levels.

Can I loan my membership card to a family member or friend?

No. Your membership card(s) and associated privileges are not transferable to any other family or individual. You will be asked to show your ID every time you use your membership.

What do I do if I lose my membership card?

You may request a replacement card by calling submitting a request online, calling the Member Office at 585.336.7212, or filling out a form at the Zoo’s Front Gate.

If you wish to visit the Zoo before your replacement cards arrive in the mail you may present your photo ID at the Zoo’s Front Gate to use your membership.

How do I get my member T-shirts?

Member T-shirts are always available for sale for $10 each at the Zoo’s Front Gate.

Two complimentary member T-shirts are included at the Penguin Circle, Otter Circle, and Partner in Conservation membership levels. If you do not take your t-shirts with you when you purchase your membership, then a voucher will be sent with your permanent cards, which you can redeem at the Front Gate.

Can I use my membership at other zoos?

Your membership card grants you 50% off admission at over 150 institutions accredited by the Associaton of Zoos and Aquariums. Check out our full list of participating zoos and aquariums.

We make every effort to keep our list current. These agreements are determined by the other establishment and can change at any time. We recommend that you call ahead to plan your visit with their latest information.

Updating Your Membership

How do I update my contact information?

You may update your contact information by submitting a form online, calling the Member Office at 585.336.7212, or filling out a form at the Zoo’s Front Gate.

Can I change the second member on my membership?

We ask that the named adults at the time of purchase remain the same throughout the membership’s annual term.

You are welcome to change members at the time of renewal.

If I want to upgrade or add a guest midway through my membership term, do I get a discount?

No. Membership upgrades are not pro-rated. You will pay the difference between the cost of your current and desired membership level.

Guests, Children, and Caregivers

I have a guest on my membership. Must I accompany my guests?

Yes. At least one of the named members must accompany guests for all memberships that have guest privileges.

Do I need to accompany the children on my membership when they visit the Zoo?

We offer several options if you would like your children to visit without you and not pay general admission:

You may purchase or upgrade to the Family + Caregiver or Otter Circle level. Both allow a caregiver to bring the member children to the Zoo without the named cardholders being present. This covers one caregiver per visit. Your member card must be presented at time of visit and your caregiver must be accompanying the member children. Any additional visitors not covered by the membership would need to pay general admission.

Alternately, you may purchase a $5 child card for any child 18 and younger included on your membership, which they may use for general admission. This card must be presented by the child at the time of the visit. This personalized card is available for purchase by phone or in person. It is not available on Individual and Couple levels.

What is the difference between adding a Guest or a Caregiver to my membership?

Guests are unnamed and must be present with at least one of the named members during the visit. The member cards will say “Plus Guest” and cannot be lent out for the guest to use without the member being present. Guests are great for members that want the option to bring a different person with them each visit.

You can add one guest per membership on Individual, Couple, Family and Grandparent levels. Penguin Circle and Otter Circle levels include two guests each visit.

Caregiver is able to bring the member children to the Zoo without the named cardholder being present by presenting the member’s Family + Caregiver or Otter Circle membership card. The Caregiver feature is available at the Family + Caregiver or Otter Circle levels only.

I have a Couple membership and a 2-year-old child. Do I have to pay admission for my child?

Couple memberships do not include children; however, admission for children two and younger is always free.  When your child turns three, you can either pay admission for their visit or upgrade to a membership level that includes children.

I have a membership and my child is coming on a school visit. Can they get in under the membership?

No. Group and school visits are not considered a general admission visit and are not covered by membership. They are coordinated through the school/organization with our education staff.

Adults who are covered by a membership and are accompanying the school group as a chaperone are welcome to use their membership to cover their admission, but they are required to check themselves in at the Front Gate separately from the school group.

I have a membership and require a 1:1 aide. Does my aide have to pay admission?

All guests including members who require an aide may bring in their aide free of charge.  We ask that the aide identify themselves as such and let us know what agency they are employed by.

Contact Us

Call 585.336.7212 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or stop at the Zoo’s Front Gate during Zoo hours.