Oldest Spider Monkey In The World at Fort Rickey

Len CrossFort Rickey, Spider Monkey

Gummy the world's oldest spider monkey lives at Fort Rickey Zoo

“Gummy” came to Fort Rickey in 1981 from The Rare Feline Breeding Compound in Florida. At that time, she was 19 years old. For the previous 18 years, she had lived at The San Diego Zoo who had acquired her as an infant from the Tarpon Zoo. She was presumed to have been wild born in 1962. She was shipped, … Read More

Smallest and Fiercest Predator Attacks

Len CrossFort Rickey, Uncategorized

Life with animals can be hard. Two weeks ago, while doing morning chores, I discovered 12 of my animal friends dead. I really like our chickens. Most have names and distinct personalities. I have often said that, if I had  a small farm, the one thing I would want most to have would be chickens. So, it was disheartening to … Read More

Zoo for Sale Update

Len CrossZoo For Sale

Fort Rickey Children's Discovery Zoo Front Sign

Fort Rickey for Sale, Update, Jan. 22, 2017 Three years ago, we shared the news with our customers that we would begin the search for the next family to take over the operation of our wonderful, little zoo. After thirty-eight years, Bobbie and I would like to retire while at the same time, we hope to preserve this special family … Read More

Free Child Pass Discontinued

Len CrossFort Rickey

Why Has the Free Child Pass Been Discontinued? Fort Rickey is very proud of the fact that, for several years, we have been able to offer our families one free child for every paying adult. The savings for Central New York families has been considerable. Equally, the cost to Fort Rickey in terms of lost revenue has been considerable. Just ... Read More

Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo Looking for New Owners

Len CrossFort Rickey, Zoo For Sale

Fort Rickey Children's Discovery Zoo Front Sign

Why are we selling Fort Rickey? Bobbie and I have owned Fort Rickey since we were twenty-eight years old. We are now approaching our mid-sixties. Owning and living at a zoo has provided us with a rich and full lifestyle filled with adventure, challenge, great friendships, (animals and humans), and most important of all, enormous personal fulfillment. Our three sons … Read More

Fall Fun Festival at Fort Rickey

Len CrossFall Festival, Family Fun, Wagon Rides

Take a Wagon Ride during the Fall Fun Festival

Fort Rickey has a thirty-five year history of providing the best in summer family fun to Central New York families. Now, we are expanding our season to include a Fall Fun Festival. As always, the emphasis will be on families, children and healthy, outdoor fun. We are offering pumpkin painting, wagon rides, a hay bale maze, oat-filled activity center, weaving … Read More

Focus on the Mission

Len CrossFamily Fun, Fort Rickey

Animal Interactions at the Fort Rickey Zoo

The mission statement at Fort Rickey for over twenty years has been…. “We, at Fort Rickey, are committed to the belief that children, who experience the joy of kind and gentle interaction with wild animals, are more likely to grow up to be adults who care about protecting wildlife.” For the Owners, Len and Roberta Cross, the key words in … Read More

New Wolf Exhibit Opens at Fort Rickey

Len CrossFort Rickey, Wolves

Wolves at the Fort Rickey Zoo

The word “wolf” elicits powerful images. For some, the image is that of a fierce and cunning predator. For others, the image is that of a gentle, social member of a pack. Both images are powerful and often conflicting. Regardless of the image, all would agree that the word “wolf” symbolizes the untamed northern wilderness. Man and wolf have competed … Read More