The Utica Zoo is proud to announce its new animals and additions for 2013. Over the last six months, the Zoo has been and continues to build exhibits and acquire new animals for its collection. New animals include Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Bennett’s Wallaby, Ring-tailed Lemur, & female White-napped Crane. The Zoo also welcomes new additions, the Nigerian Dwarf Goat kid and California Sea Lion pup which are now periodically on exhibit. The Zoo also presents the new Mini Barn which can be found in the Children’s Zoo. This barn will replicate “A Day in the Life of a Farm” by featuring animals commonly found on the farm such as the Vietnamese Pot-bellied Pig, Barn Owl, multiple types of Chicken, and more.
The father and son pair of Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra came from the San Diego Safari Park, which along with the San Diego Zoo is run by the Zoological Society of San Diego.
The Bennett’s Wallaby came to the Utica Zoo from their native country of New Zealand.
The Zoo is now home to three Ring-tailed Lemurs; two of which are brothers. They came to the Zoo from St. Catherine’s Island, a 14,000 acre island owned by the St. Catherine’s Island Foundation. The island acts as a safe haven for endangered species and is off-limits to the public in an effort to revive the species’ dwindling numbers.
The Boilermaker is one of the most sustainable or “green” sporting events in the country. Being green is much more than recycling. It requires extracting the greatest value from any waste that is produced. Each year after the post race party there are some bananas and oranges left over. Because they are cut up they cannot be donated to a food pantry for human consumption.
Instead of simply composting, the Boilermaker will donate the fruit to the Utica Zoo. Fruits and vegetables are a large part of most of the animals’ diets at the Zoo, so every little bit helps. In one day alone, the Zoo uses approximately 30 pounds of fruit and vegetables so the gift is a win-win for the Zoo, the Boilermaker and the environment. The donation will be presented at 2PM on Boilermaker Sunday, July 14th at the Zoo. With the full cycle of recycling; from the Boilermaker, to the Zoo animals and back to the Earth, finding multiple ways to use and reuse is a simple way to go green.
Mountainside Medical Equipment press release below:
“June 28th, 2013 – Mountainside Medical Equipment and the Utica Zoo have officially decided to partner up together and form a lasting relationship that involves an initiative to aid in the revitalization of the nearly century old zoo.
In a recent visit to the Utica Zoo, the Mountainside Team was treated to a veritable wonderland of animals and exhibits. Executive Director Andria Heath and Communications Director Daniee Hurlbert led us in a comprehensive tour of zoo facilities, curators, animals, ongoing development, and dreams.
Currently, the Utica Zoo is home to a diverse array of species, as well as attractions including Zebras, Red Pandas, and California Sea Lions. Included in the list of offerings, the Zoo is also home to the record setting Watering Can sculpture donated by the Former Mayor of Utica, Ed Hanna.
Recent years have seen a revitalization of this historic local attraction, however, we believe the best is still yet to come. Facilitated by an amazing team of curators, the Utica Zoo is growing to include new exhibits, events, and promotions.
Mountainside Medical hopes to help the Utica Zoo achieve ambitious goals in education, community, and conservation. Partnering with Jackie (Veterinary Technician), Beth (Lead Keeper), and others, there is an opportunity to help support the local community and global ecosystem.
Resurgence in community interest has encouraged Heath to aim for new heights exclaiming, “It’s the year of the Zoo!” We couldn’t agree more. We are more than grateful for such an amazing opportunity and are honored to work with such a fascinating local attraction.
About Mountainside Medical Equipment:
Mountainside Medical Equipment is a wholesale medical supplies company that has been serving nursing homes, hospitals, and doctor’s offices for over 40 years. With combined experience of over 100 years, we are experts when it comes to innovative medical products and medical supply knowledge. We offer discounted pricing, quick deliveries and exceptional customer service.”
From left: Andria Heath (Executive Director, Utica Zoo) & Martin Zamock Jr. (Owner, Mountainside Medical Equipment)