COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

In an abundance of caution, the Utica Zoo will be closed to the public until further notice to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. We will have a core team of animal care professionals on grounds to continue to provide top level animal care to our animals. Please refer to our Facebook page for continuous updates. Thank you.

Ambassador Animal Encounter

April 29, 2019


photos of owl, chinchilla and porcupine with zookeeper hand feeding.

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Ambassador Animal Encounters allow visitors an up-close look at some of our education program animals. Whether you have just been dying to touch a chinchilla, see an owl up close, or want to surprise a friend or family member with a unique gift – an ambassador animal meet and greet is the perfect thing to add to your zoo visit! Small groups of 8 or less will get to interact with up to three (3) of our ambassador animals, with an included unique and educational talk by a zoo educator about each animal.

$30 + admission fee for one animal interaction + $15 for each additional animal (up to 2 can be added, for a total of 3 animals). Please fill out the form below to begin scheduling your Ambassador Animal Encounter. Contact Nicolette Hajadasz at nicolette@uticazoo.org or 315-738-0472 x. 34 with any questions

Guests must book their encounters by clicking the link below at least one week in advance.  Animal Encounters last approximately 30 minutes and are overseen by a member of our Animal Care Staff who can answer all of your questions. All encounter sales are final. Encounters may be rescheduled no less than 48 hours in advance of the encounter date.


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