Closing at 1pm on June 1st for Wine in the Wilderness

Please be advised that the Utica Zoo will be closing at 1pm on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 for our Wine in the Wilderness fundraiser. We will re-open at 6 pm for Wine in the Wilderness. The Zoo will re-open for regular admission hours of 10 am-4:45 pm on Sunday, June 2nd, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Ambassador Animal Encounter

April 29, 2019

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


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 or 315-738-0472 x. 34 with any questions

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Check out the rest of our Encounter options here