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.
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.