Changing Seasons at the Utica Zoo; What to Expect

Posted by: Daniee Hurlbert


November 4, 2013



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!