Donate to the Utica Zoo

As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we rely on donations from our supporters to continue to provide the top level animal care that our animals deserve. Below are the current projects and funds we are looking to earn support for, and links to donate directly.

Are you looking to donate physical items to the Zoo? Visit our Wish List!


Make a General Operations Fund Donation

The Utica Zoo spends an average of $4,000 per day to operate. That includes caring for and feeding our animals, utility bills, staff payroll, maintenance, and every other expense that comes with operating a Zoo. This is not an easy feat, especially during the cold weather months when our costs outweigh our revenue. You can help take some of the cost burden off our shoulders by making a donation to the Utica Zoo General Operations Fund. Your tax-deductible donation will be earmarked specifically for the General Operation of the Zoo and will likely be used the same day we receive it; you can really make that immediate of an impact.

PLUS, between November 27th and December 31st, the PayPal Giving Fund will contribute an additional 1% to your donation.

CLICK HERE to make your donation today!

Support the “Excitement is Building!” Campaign

Our primate building was originally built in 1927 and was one of the first original structures on the Zoo grounds. Over 90 years later, the building needs to be renovated, exhibits updated, and more of the space converted to be usable. Your support will allow us to continue with our current work and provide new exhibits for our Primates, add new species, develop new Keeper care areas, and generally bring the building into the 21st century.

Watch our campaign video below and donate to the Campaign via GoFundMe!

Animal Care Fund

Our general donation fund specifically for the needs and care of our animals. Includes food, enrichment, bedding, veterinary care, or anything our animals may need.

PLUS, when you donate between November 27th and December 31st, the PayPal Giving Fund will add an additional 1% to all donations as part of #GivingZOOday!

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California Sea Lion Exhibit Renovations

Help us renovate our California Sea Lion exhibit! Donate today!


Bactrian Camel Exhibit Renovations

Help us renovate our Bactrian Camel exhibit! Donate today!