Spring Zoo Camp

Habitats and Homes (K – 3rd)

Wednesday, April 16th  9am – 3pm

Just like us, animals need a place to call home, whether it be a tree, cave, or pond. Together we’ll explore how and why animals live indifferent habitats.

Spring Has Sprung! (2nd – 5th)

Thursday, April 17th  9am – 3pm

As the snow begins to melt and the temperatures rise, animals get ready for Spring!  Join us as we learn all about how animals make way for the spring season!

$30.00 per child members / $35.00 per child non-members

Spring Zoo Tales

Friday, April 18th 10:30am – 11:30am

Does your toddler love the zoo? Bring your young zoologist to the zoo and enjoy a special spring story, narrated with the help of some of our    animal friends! The program also includes a snack, activity, and admission to the zoo for the rest of the day!

$5.00 per child for members / $10.00 per child for non-members.

Pre-registration is required! If you have any questions or would like to pre-register, please call 315-738-0472 or email birthdayparties@uticazoo.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Our special Winter Zoo Adventures will be held tomorrow, Wednesday February 19th at 10:30am. To preregister, please contact birthdayparties@uticazoo.org or call 315-738-0472 ext. 36. We hope to see you there!

Check out more programs HERE

The Utica Zoo’s education department has Zoo Camps for kids of all ages. The Zoo environment and animal themed fun make these camps popular and a great addition to any child’s day. Please pre-register for camps by calling the Zoo at 315-738-0472 ext. 36 or e-mail birthdayparties@uticazoo.org or Mary.hall@uticazoo.org. The ages are determined by what grade children will be attending in school this fall. Summer camps include:

 

Feathers, Scales, and Furry Tails

Pre-Kindergarten

Some animals are sticky, others are fuzzy, but every animal has a special covering!  Learn all about the different coverings animals have and why they feel the way they do!

Session 1: July 21st – July 25th      9:00am-12:00pm HALF DAY

Session 2: August 4th – August 8th    9:00am-12:00pm HALF DAY

 

Slither, Strut, Soar!

Pre-Kindergarten

Climbing, walking, flying, swimming; All animals need to get around somehow!  Learn all about the ways animals move and where they’re going in this half week session!

June 30th – July 2nd 9:00am – 12:00pm HALF DAY / HALF WEEK

 

Barnyard Bash

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Down on the farm, there’s lots of animals to meet; some you might not even expect!  Discover how animals, plants, and people all connect together on the farm!

Session 1: July 7th – July 11th     9:00am – 12:00pm HALF DAY

Session 2: July 21st – July 25th     1:00pm – 4:00pm HALF DAY

 

Conservation Club

2nd & 3rd Grade

Taking care of the Earth is an important job that is shared by people all around the world!  Learn how even the  smallest of steps can make a big difference!

Session 1: July 14th – July 18th     9:00am – 3:00pm FULL DAY

Session 2: August 11th – August 15th 9:00am – 3:00pm FULL DAY

 

Animal Myths and Legends

3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade

Cultures all around the world have passed down stories for generations about animals.  Explore the different myths and legends behind the animals here at the Zoo!

Session 1: July 28th – August 1s 9:00am – 3:00pm              FULL DAY

Session 2: August 18th – August 22nd  9:00am – 3:00pm FULL DAY

 

Zoo Camp Prices:

Half Week Sessions: $60.00 per Child for Members;  $75.00 per Child for Non-Members

Half Day Sessions: $100 per Child for Members;  $125 per Child for Non-Members

Full Day Sessions: $150 per Child for Members;  $175 per Child for Non-Members

 

Family discounts available for multiple kids!

All camps MUST be pre-registered for.

 

 

The Utica Zoo’s own Toluca the Mexican Wolf has been chosen as genetically valuable to the species and will now be at the Wolf Conservation Center as part of the SSP (Species Survival Plan) We are very excited to be apart of the Mexican Wolf SSP! This is just one way we continue to foster the future of animals and their environments.

Read the full story and learn more HERE.

 

 

The Utica Zoo welcomes the newest addition to its animal collection, the Canada Lynx. The new Lynx will be on exhibit on Sunday, December 15th in conjunction with Holiday Hoot at the Zoo which is the Zoo’s annual holiday celebration. The pair of Lynx were recently acquired from a facility in Watertown NY and will now have a home on the Utica Zoo’s North Trek. In addition to the new Lynx, Snowy Owls, Mexican Wolves, and Red Fox can also be found on the Trek.

The Utica Zoo is open year round ( closed Thanksgiving and Christmas) and many of the animals can be seen out in the snow. During the winter months, the Zoo offers snow shoe rentals and trails on the North Trek for those looking to see animals in a new way. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own equipment as well and join the many that have taken advantage of the season’s beautiful landscapes.

 

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.

About Toyota.

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.

>>VOTING RULES<<

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

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

Nov
28
Fri
10:00 AM $5 OFF Memberships and Renewals
$5 OFF Memberships and Renewals
Nov 28 @ 10:00 AM – Dec 2 @ 3:00 PM
$5 OFF Memberships and Renewals
The Utica Zoo will be discounting Memberships and Renewals $5 off from Black Friday to Giving Tuesday (11/28 to 12/2). $5 discount only available at the Utica Zoo Gift Shop which is open from 10am to 3pm. View all Utica Zoo Membership options at http://uticazoo.org/membership/
Dec
4
Thu
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.
Dec
6
Sat
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.  
Dec
11
Thu
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.

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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

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