Enrichment

Besides the day to day cleaning and feeding of the animals, the animal keepers are also responsible for Environmental Enrichment and Training.  Environmental enrichment is the way we promote species-appropriate behavior, while giving the animals choice over their environment.  Check out the pictures below to see some examples of enrichment and training in action.  And if you are interested in being a part of our Enrichment program, you can help the animals by purchasing enrichment items for them.

Simply go to http://www.sanctuarysupplies.com/sanctuary_wishlist.asp?id=1212 .

OR  Wildlife Toy Box – Enrichment items

There you will find a wishlist of items that we could use to better care for the animals here at the zoo.  You can purchase these items from Sanctuary Supplies or Wildlife Toy Box and they will be shipped directly to the zoo.  Keep track of your donations because they are completely tax deductible!


We also accept tax deductible donations specific to enrichment which can be made using the DONATE PayPal button above, or by mailing:

The Utica Zoo, Donations Dept, One Utica Zoo Way, Utica NY 13501

Please write “Enrichment” in the memo.

Our Kinkajou, Thelma likes different types of food enrichment.

Our Kinkajou, Thelma likes different types of food enrichment.

Sometimes our sea lion, Munchkin, just likes to relax next to her ball.  This is a form of manipulative enrichment.

Sometimes our sea lion, Munchkin, just likes to relax next to her ball. This is a form of manipulative enrichment.

Our goats will jump and play on the old tractor tires in their exhibit.  This is an exhibit feature that never seems to get old for them.

Our goats will jump and play on the old tractor tires in their exhibit. This is an exhibit feature that never seems to get old for them.

Even training sessions can be enriching.  Porter is learning to play frisbee.

Even training sessions can be enriching. Porter is learning to play frisbee.

Sometimes enrichment can fall into different categories.  These mealworm filled eggs were food, sensory and manipulative items for the cotton top tamarins.

Sometimes enrichment can fall into different categories. These mealworm filled eggs were food, sensory and manipulative items for the cotton top tamarins.

Mixed species exhibits can be continuously enriching.  Our Golden-headed Lion Tamarin, Charlie, loves to share food with the Rhinoceros Iguanas, Stubby and Blackfoot.

Mixed species exhibits can be continuously enriching. Our Golden-headed Lion Tamarin, Charlie, loves to share food with the Rhinoceros Iguanas, Stubby and Blackfoot.

Hours & Admission

April 1- October 31: Open 10AM til 4:45 PM
November 1 - March 31: Open 10AM, admission/gift shop closes at 3PM & Zoo gates close at 4PM

Admission 4/1- 10/31 11/1- 3/31
Child $4.75 $2.50
Adult $7.75 $4.25
Senior, Military, College $6.75 $3.50

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