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
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.
Dec
12
Fri
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

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