Open auditions for the Utica Zoo’s Teen Exhibit will be held on Tuesday, July 8th. All are
welcome to attend the auditions. Back stage assistance may be needed as well for set construction,
design, props, costumes and make-up. Anyone interested in volunteering to be a part of the
production should plan to attend the open auditions or call Melissa Ellis at 315-738-0472 Ext. 22 or
Where: The Utica Zoo, One Utica Zoo Way, Utica NY
When: Tuesday, July 8th at 5:15pm
Cast needs:
2 young men (ages 16 – 21) per day
2 young women (ages 16 -21) per day
A possible total of 12 people
Production dates:
Friday, August 15, from 11am-3pm
Saturday, August 16, from 11am-3pm
Sunday, August 17, from 11am-3pm

Planned Giving Workshop with Drew Ward of The Ward Law Firm

The Ward Law firm will be presenting a program on how you can assist the Zoo during its hundredth anniversary while benefiting your own tax planning needs. The strategies to be discussed will include charitable trusts that will benefit not only the Utica Zoo currently and in the future, but you and your family. Such strategies allow you to donate money and receive tax benefits currently, all while benefiting the Zoo.  In addition, your family can receive benefits in the future that will assure a transfer of your assets in a secured manner, avoiding creditors and taxes.

Please join us to learn how to protect your family legacy for generations to come.

This one hour, complimentary program will be held Tuesday, July 8th from 4-5pm in the Utica Zoo auditorium.  Please call the Ward Law Firm to reserve a seat (315) 797-7300.

* Regular rate admission applies. The Utica Zoo will be open until 7pm on Tuesday, July 8th.


Looking for something to do this Father’s Day weekend? The Utica Zoo has a special Father’s Day gift for dads! Every father that visits the Utica Zoo on Father’s Day with
their family will receive FREE admission! Check out Porter the California Sea Lion father at the daily feeding show at 12:30am and 3pm. Voss’ is also open offering their famous hot
dogs, BBQ and more of your hometown favorites! With so much to do, don’t get dad a tie again this year! Go to the Utica Zoo where he is sure to have a wild time!
Bring the whole family and receive a discounted group admission! ( Minimum 10 people)

The Utica Zoo will offer extended hours on Tuesday nights again for summer 2014. Tuesday nights begin June 24th and feature extended hours from 10am to 7:00pm. The summer evening hours give guests the opportunity to enjoy the Zoo with the whole family and  see the animals in the light of the setting sun. In addition, Voss’ will  be open during these extended hours offering delicious dinner items and tasty treats.

The Zoo will also be offering a monthly free Tuesday night from 5-7:45pm one Tuesday a month June through August. The calendar is as follows:

EXTENDED HOURS:  Tuesdays- June 24th through August 26th Open 10am- 7:00pm

FREE NIGHTS (5 – 7:45pm): One Tuesday a month – June 24th, July 29th, & August 26th

With new exhibits and extended hours, the Utica Zoo has something for everyone!

Throughout the summer the Zoo also offers educational programs and special events, such as the Zoo’s 100th Birthday Party presented by Indium Corporation on Sunday, July 20th and the annual Brewfest on August 2nd.




Zoo day KristinFree admission to the first 500 kids! (12 & under)

Are you looking for a special way to spend Mothers Day, then look no further then the Utica Zoo. All Mothers will receive free admission to the zoo this Sunday May 11th 2014  from 10:00-4:45.

New Hartford Rotary Breakfast to benefit The Utica Zoo & other local charities!

Saturday, May 3 from 7:30-11:30am at the New Hartford First Baptist Church (across from the fire station) 7 Oxford Rd, New Hartford.

$8 ea. or 2 for $15. Kids under 5 free.

See the Zoomobile from 9-11am!

The annual Eggstravaganza is scheduled for Saturday, April 19th from 11am-3pm on the sprawling grounds of the Utica Zoo. Wander through the Zoo to find Easter Eggs in the age segmented egg hunts. Play Easter games while visiting some of your favorite animals during Docent lead animal presentations. Don’t forget to say hello to the Easter Bunny with photos available by Whitesboro Fun Pix! With so much to do, celebrate the season at the Utica Zoo!

Members receive free admission to zoo, $3 event wristband fee applies if participating in activities.

Group rate admission and event admission prices:

¨ Children $2.50

¨ Children participating in the event, $3 plus admission of  $2.50.  ( wristband* will be provided for admission into activities)

¨ Adults $4.25

¨ Seniors, college students with ID and veterans $3.50.


Gates open at 10 am with festivities starting at 11 am.  Voss’ will be open! Feel free to bring a picnic lunch.


*Limit 5 eggs per wristband purchased


All other visitors: Winter rate admission applies

For every “Like” on Gates-Cole Insurance Facebook Page, they will donate $3 directly to The Utica Zoo – up to $1000.

LIKE Gates-Cole Insurance HERE and support your Zoo, the Utica Zoo!

Hours and Admisson

April 1 to October 31: Open 10AM until 4:45 PM
November 1 to March 31: Open 10AM, admission/gift shop closes at 3PM & Zoo gates close at 4PM

Admission 4/1- 10/31 11/1- 3/31 & Group
Child 3-12 $4.75 $2.50
Adult 13-61 $7.75 $4.25
Senior 62+, Military, College w/ ID $6.75 $3.50

Upcoming Events

10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Bundle Up!
Zoo Adventures – Bundle Up!
Dec 4 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Bundle Up!
Join our monthly preschool program as we explore the world of animals through storybooks! Each session includes a story, animal meet and greet, snack, and activity. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Child admission included and Adults are free. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.
10:30 AM Dangerous Defenses – Antler Anti...
Dangerous Defenses – Antler Anti...
Dec 6 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dangerous Defenses - Antler Antics Story Time
Dangerous Defenses-December programs will focus on the different ways animals keep themselves safe. Tarkington Moose is losing his antlers! What can he do? Find out as zoo educators read a fun story and introduce you to a couple of education animals. Free with admission. 10:30am in the Auditorium.  
10:30 AM Homeschool Program – All About B...
Homeschool Program – All About B...
Dec 11 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Homeschool Program - All About Birds
Our interactive classes help to further home school studies through group activities and animal interactions. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Child admission included and Adults are free . The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.
6:00 PM Night Prowl
Night Prowl
Dec 12 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Its dark and its cold and we are thinking about our warm beds! Many animals however are just getting up. Join zoo educators as they introduce you to nocturnal animals and then lead you on an exploration of the zoo after dark. The evening will end with hot chocolate and treats around a fire. $5.00 per person for members, $10.00 for non-members, under 2 free. Please pre-register.

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Zoo Blog

  • Zoo Keepers from the Utica Zoo feeding Camels.
    Utica Zoo adds new Camel Window
    November 15, 2014

    The Utica Zoo has a brand new window for the Bactrian Camels. Every day at 11:30am we open up the doors for a keeper talk and feeding. The window is at the bottom of the ramp going up to our overlook, so you are actually at face level with the camels. Visitors that come to this feeding get to see the camels eat their daily produce diet. Their snacks consist of bananas, carrots, lettuce, yams, and apples. You will be just a few feet away from them and be able to learn more about the Bactrian Camel species, and specifically about Nigel and Najla. We have gotten a wonderful response from everyone with this new window. Most people are shocked Read More

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    Utica Zoo celebrates Wolf Awareness Week
    October 14, 2014

    It’s Wolf Awareness Week at the Utica Zoo from 10/12 to 10/18. Although they are essential to the health of the ecosystem and keeping herbivore populations in check, wolves have been the subject of intense persecution throughout the centuries, and most species are either threatened or endangered due to myths and misunderstandings. Less than 100 individuals currently live in the wild. Mexican wolves are the most endangered gray wolf subspecies in North America, and our three females; Bella, Sierra and Aztec, are among the last of their kind. After becoming extinct in the wild during the mid-1900s, Mexican wolves are finally making a small comeback in Arizona and New Mexico, but there is still a long way to go. The Read More

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    Utica Zoo welcomes new female Red Panda
    October 10, 2014

    The Utica Zoo introduced a new female Red Panda today (October 8th, 2014). Her name is Ming Yue. She will join the male Red Panda Muse in the same exhibit. Q&A with Zoo Keeper Beth Ricci Why did we get a new Red Panda? We were recommended to bring Ming Yue to Utica as part of the Red Panda Species Survival Plan, which is a breeding and transfer plan. She was recommended to breed with our resident male, Muse. Where is Ming Yue from?  She came to us from the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, NY What is the breeding season?  Breeding occurs in winter, generally January-February. Breeding season is affected by photoperiod. Photoperiodism is the physiological reaction of organisms to the Read More