The Saturday after Thanksgiving is known as Small Business Saturday; a day created by American Express to highlight local retailers amongst the hustle and bustle of Black Friday’s big box stores. This year Small Business Saturday is on November 30th and the Utica Zoo Gift Shop has gifts and unique treasures sure to please those of all ages.Open from 10am-3pm daily throughout the winter season (Nov.1-March 31), the Gift Shop offers shoppers an array of items to fit every budget. From favorite Zoo animal plush, to educational books and activities; there is something for the child in everyone.
Looking for that special one of a kind gift for the one who has it all? Pick up a hand painted feather or behind the scenes Animal Encounter certificate! Create your own Utica Zoo gift bundle and pick out the perfect mix of apparel, hats, mugs, cups and more! And remember, membership to the Zoo offers a whole year of fun and is always the perfect fit!
The best thing about shopping at the Zoo is knowing every dollar you spend in the Utica Zoo Gift Shop stays at the Utica Zoo. It is only through community support that the Zoo can continue to improve and grow while keeping its animals happy and healthy. So this year, instead of fighting the crowds and waiting hours in lines, think local and shop the Utica Zoo Gift Shop!
The Utica Zoo accepts cash, checks, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and NOW ACCEPTING AMERICAN EXPRESS.
Utica based organization, The Utica Zoo has been named a winner in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which awards new vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public from Oct. 1 – Nov. 19, 2013.
Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program showcases five nonprofit organizations each day for 50 days at www.100carsforgood.com. Visitors to the page may cast up to two votes per day for different organizations to select the organizations they feel are most deserving of a new Toyota vehicle.
The Utica Zoo has received the most votes and has been named as a winner of a new Prius, which will be used to assist the Utica Zoo in meeting the requests for ZooMobile presence. The Utica ZooMobile is the zoo on wheels; bringing life and education to schools, nursing homes, public libraries, summer municipal programs, community events, and into areas of our region that are heavily populated with children who, for economic and other reasons, cannot come to the Utica Zoo.
Over the past two years of the program, Toyota has provided 200 nonprofits with new vehicles to support their work in the areas of disabled services, youth and educational programs, environmental services, veteran services, housing and disaster relief, among many others. For more information, visit www.100carsforgood.com.
About The Utica Zoo
The Utica Zoo has served the region for over 99 years. Located in Roscoe-Conkling Park, the zoo is part of a recreational complex made possible by the donation of land from Thomas R. Proctor in 1909. The Zoo has grown from its small beginnings in with three fallow deer in 1914, to its present collection of over 200 animals.
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $23 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.
Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed nearly $700 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.
For more information on Toyota’s commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/philanthropy.
The winter season, or the span between November 1st and March 31st, is a beautiful time at the Utica Zoo. The grounds are covered in a blanket of sparkling white snow. The crisp, cool air flows through the tall pine trees and sounds of native birds float along the breeze. With winter comes new ways to experience the Zoo through the ever so popular snow shoe rentals, or bring your own to get in touch with nature and the animals along the winding trails of the North Trek.
But what does this all mean for the animals you ask? For most, it means growing extra hair to keep warm and enjoying the opportunity to play in the snow. Nigel and Najla, the Bactrian Camels who call the Utica Zoo home, look noticeably different as their winter coats grow and grow!
Others, such as the African Crested Porcupines and Serval, are not acclimated to Upstate New York winter. With no built in utilities, there are no means of heating the African Alley. For some animals at the Zoo, winter is a time when they must be kept in their inside holding to assure they stay nice and warm. These animals will not be back on exhibit until warmer weather returns.The Utica Zoo strives to be a four season Zoo. As we look toward our future with visitor experiencebeing a priority, we envision exhibits where animals are viewed year round through climate controlled
and indoor viewing areas. For specific ways an immediate gift could begin improving the Zoo and help our animals today, visit www.uticazoo.org/give.
Individual and corporate support of the Utica Zoo through unrestricted contributions, annual membership, zoo animal adoptions and year round attendance is impactful because every dollar stays right here. It is through community support that the Zoo continues to improve, grow and become a Zoo for all seasons. Like us on Facebook and check out uticazoo.org. This season, get out and try something a little bit…wild!
Winter Admission Rates November 1-March 31:
Ages 0-2: FREE Ages 13-61: $4.25
Ages 3-12: $2.50 Seniors 62+: $3.50
Military & College Students w/ ID $3.50
Winter Hours: Admission Gate closes at 3pm, Zoo Gates close at 4pm.
Some animals off exhibit between 3-4pm for end of day cleaning.
We will be OPEN New Year’s Day!
The Utica Zoo is proud to announce we’ve been selected as a finalist in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good Program. Now we need your support! Vote for The Utica Zoo at www.100carsforgood.com on October 12, 2013.
The Utica ZooMobile is the zoo on wheels; bringing life and education to schools, nursing homes, public libraries, summer municipal programs, community events, and into areas of our region that are heavily populated with children who, for economic and other reasons, cannot come to the Utica Zoo. Always keeping animal safety and welfare foremost in mind, a Toyota Sienna would assist the Utica Zoo in meeting the requests for ZooMobile presence. In 2012, over 20,000 children and nearly 11,000 adults were presented to throughout 12 counties via the Utica ZooMobile. For the first six months in 2013, off premises zoo programs have been presented in 172 locations to 9,990 children and 8,800 adults. The importance of this grant is this; for all of the people listed above who received education, several program invitations had to be denied due to maximum use of our one current ZooMobile.
Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will award 100 vehicles over the course of 50 days to 100 deserving nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public. Winning organizations will use the Toyota vehicles to help expand their reach and missions within their communities.
Please support The Utica Zoo on October 12, 2013. Voting will take place at www.100carsforgood.com.
New York Power Authority Wildlife Festival
Saturday September 14
10 am to 4 pm
FREE PARKING • RAIN OR SHINE
FREE ADMISSION FOR THE FIRST 2,000 GUESTS
Mark Tyoe, Northeast Chainsaw-
Carving Champion • Face painting
by Smiley and Coco • Music and
Entertainment • Utica Zoo features
a collection of 70 exotic and domestic
animals from around the world
• Food by Voss’s at the Zoo
Military discount of $5 off memberships available at the Utica Zoo Gift Shop with ID!
* Not valid on Pass Packs
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)