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.

Fun facts:
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)

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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

Dec
19
Fri
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Forever Antlers
Zoo Adventures – Forever Antlers
Dec 19 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Forever Antlers
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
23
Tue
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Dec 23 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Holiday Special
Join us for a special holiday Zoo Adventures. Story, craft and of course, animals! Free for Members, $5.00/ child for non-members, adults free.
Dec
27
Sat
10:30 AM Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dec 27 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dangerous Defenses - Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses-December programs will focus on the different ways animals keep themselves safe. Antlers and Horns and Prickly Thorns! Animals protect themselves in an amazing array of ways. Join zoo educators as we learn about animal defenses. We will meet a few of our education animals and tour the zoo. This program is free with your admission and recommended for ages 5 and up.
Dec
31
Wed
11:00 AM Happy Zoo Year
Happy Zoo Year
Dec 31 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Happy Zoo Year
On New Years Eve (Wednesday, December 31st) the Utica Zoo will be celebrating “Happy Zoo Year” from 11 to 1 pm in the Auditorium. Madagascar the movie will be shown on a projector screen. Kids will be able to participate in arts & crafts, and animal meet & greets. There will be a Hot Chocolate toast at Noon with free cookies on the side. Regular Winter Admission. Free for Members. The Utica Zoo is open on New Years Day.

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Zoo Blog

  • Santa takes a photo with a child at the Utica Zoo Holiday Hoot.
    Holiday Hoot 2014

    December 14th, 2014 – The Utica Zoo welcomed Santa Claus and visitors to the annual Holiday Hoot today. Children were able to get their pictures taken with Santa by Whitesboro Fun Pix, and also let Santa know what they wanted for Christmas. Chuck E. Cheese stopped by to give tokens to kids, and take photos as well. Docents and educational staff brought out animals that the whole family could interact with. The mild temperatures made it a perfect day to walk around the Utica Zoo and see all the animals on exhibit. Children participated in arts and crafts in the Auditorium. Visitors enjoyed hot chocolate and coffee, along with free cookies and candy. People brought gifts for our animals from Read More

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