Utica Zoo Animal Encounters

Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with some of the animals at the Utica Zoo? With our Animal Encounter packages, you can now make your Zoo visit extraordinary!

Utica Zoo Sea Lion Encounter

A visitor throws another fish to a California Sea Lion at the Utica Zoo during an animal encounter.

Photo Packages: Looking to focus on your encounter and less on taking photos? Add-on a photo package with our staff photographer for photos of your animal encounter. Photo packages are $45 and must be booked at least 48 hours in advance. Subject to staff availability.

*NOTE: All 2019 Red Panda Encounter dates have been filled. 2020 dates will be made available in December. Check Utica Zoo’s Facebook page for updates on new openings.*

Email encounters@uticazoo.org for availability and booking. Guests must book their encounters at least one week in advance and a non-refundable deposit is required.  Animal Encounters last approximately 30 minutes and are overseen by a member of our Animal Care Staff who can answer all of your questions.


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photos of owl, chinchilla and porcupine with zookeeper hand feeding.

Ambassador Animal Encounter

Ambassador Animal Encounters allow visitors an up-close look at some of our education program animals. Whether you have just been ...
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Red Panda Encounter

*NOTE: All 2019 Red Panda Encounter dates have been filled. 2020 dates will be made available in December. Check Utica ...
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Nigerian Dwarf Goat Encounter

Be on exhibit with our Nigerian Dwarf Goats as you go behind the fence to get up close and personal ...
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Bactrian Camel Encounter

Get extra close to feed Najla and Furlow their favorite treats! You’ll be impressed by the size of our Bactrian ...
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California Sea Lion Encounter

 Go behind the scenes to visit our California Sea Lions! Feed them their favorite fish and learn to how to ...
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African Lion Encounter

Go inside the Lions Den for a behind the scenes African Lion Encounter! Meet our lions Donovan, Murphy, and Coky ...
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