Planned Giving

What is Planned Giving?

The term “Planned Giving” encompasses a number of ways in which you can leave your legacy. The Utica Zoo wants you to understand and be comfortable with the decisions you make concerning the future. Your gift can take multiple forms and can help you address a variety of personal financial goals. We are ready to work with you and your advisers to craft the gift plan that best satisfies you.

Your Options

Bequests: When you leave a bequest to the Utica Zoo though your will or living trust, you can make a generous gift without reducing your current income. Through your bequest you can specify the program or project you wish your gift to benefit. You can also create special funds in your name or in memory of loves ones. Charitable bequests  are normally deductible in full for state tax purposes.

Life Insurance: If you have a life insurance policy that you no longer need, a gift of the insurance policy can be a way to combine charitable objectives with tax advantages for you. Life insurance proceeds would be paid to the beneficiary designated by the policy owner. You can choose a set dollar amount, a percentage or all the proceeds as the amount paid to the beneficiary ( Utica Zoo). You can also make a gift of a life insurance policy with a cash value by transferring ownership of the policy to the Utica Zoo.

Securities, Stocks & Bonds: Gifts of appreciated securities or stock can be the most advantageous was of giving. If your gift of stock is one you have owned for more than one year, you may deduct full fair market value of the stock as a charitable contribution, while bypassing all capital gains taxes.

Income-Producing Gifts-

Charitable Remainder Trusts: A charitable remainder trust makes periodic payments to one to eight persons for life or for a term of up to 20 years. Upon termination of the trust, the remaining assets are used for the charitable purpose you have specified. Two types of trusts are:

  • Unitrust: Income Adjusted annually is a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust, allowing you to participate in market gains.
  • Annuity Trust: Income payments are fixed and determined when the gift is made.

The benefits of charitable remainder trusts include income tax savings, if established during your lifetime, partial or complete bypass of capital gains taxes and cash flow to yourself.

Charitable Gift Annuities: A charitable gift annuity allows you to establish a gift with as little as $10,000 using cash, securities or, in some cases, property. In exchange for your gift, the Utica Zoo will pay a specified amount to two or more beneficiaries for life. All annuitants must be at least 55 years old when payments begin.

For more information on how you can leave a legacy to the Utica Zoo, please contact Andria Heath at (315)738-0472 Ext. 41

 

 

Hours and Admisson

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

Admission 4/1- 10/31 11/1- 3/31 & Group
Child 3-12 $4.75 $2.50
Adult 13-61 $7.75 $4.25
Senior 62+, Military, College w/ ID $6.75 $3.50

Upcoming Events

Dec
4
Thu
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Bundle Up!
Zoo Adventures – Bundle Up!
Dec 4 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Bundle Up!
Join our monthly preschool program as we explore the world of animals through storybooks! Each session includes a story, animal meet and greet, snack, and activity. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Child admission included and Adults are free. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.
Dec
6
Sat
10:30 AM Dangerous Defenses – Antler Anti...
Dangerous Defenses – Antler Anti...
Dec 6 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dangerous Defenses - Antler Antics Story Time
Dangerous Defenses-December programs will focus on the different ways animals keep themselves safe. Tarkington Moose is losing his antlers! What can he do? Find out as zoo educators read a fun story and introduce you to a couple of education animals. Free with admission. 10:30am in the Auditorium.  
Dec
11
Thu
10:30 AM Homeschool Program – All About B...
Homeschool Program – All About B...
Dec 11 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Homeschool Program - All About Birds
Our interactive classes help to further home school studies through group activities and animal interactions. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Child admission included and Adults are free . The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.
Dec
12
Fri
6:00 PM Night Prowl
Night Prowl
Dec 12 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Its dark and its cold and we are thinking about our warm beds! Many animals however are just getting up. Join zoo educators as they introduce you to nocturnal animals and then lead you on an exploration of the zoo after dark. The evening will end with hot chocolate and treats around a fire. $5.00 per person for members, $10.00 for non-members, under 2 free. Please pre-register.

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Zoo Blog

  • Zoo Keepers from the Utica Zoo feeding Camels.
    Utica Zoo adds new Camel Window
    November 15, 2014

    The Utica Zoo has a brand new window for the Bactrian Camels. Every day at 11:30am we open up the doors for a keeper talk and feeding. The window is at the bottom of the ramp going up to our overlook, so you are actually at face level with the camels. Visitors that come to this feeding get to see the camels eat their daily produce diet. Their snacks consist of bananas, carrots, lettuce, yams, and apples. You will be just a few feet away from them and be able to learn more about the Bactrian Camel species, and specifically about Nigel and Najla. We have gotten a wonderful response from everyone with this new window. Most people are shocked Read More

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    Utica Zoo celebrates Wolf Awareness Week
    October 14, 2014

    It’s Wolf Awareness Week at the Utica Zoo from 10/12 to 10/18. Although they are essential to the health of the ecosystem and keeping herbivore populations in check, wolves have been the subject of intense persecution throughout the centuries, and most species are either threatened or endangered due to myths and misunderstandings. Less than 100 individuals currently live in the wild. Mexican wolves are the most endangered gray wolf subspecies in North America, and our three females; Bella, Sierra and Aztec, are among the last of their kind. After becoming extinct in the wild during the mid-1900s, Mexican wolves are finally making a small comeback in Arizona and New Mexico, but there is still a long way to go. The Read More

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    Utica Zoo welcomes new female Red Panda
    October 10, 2014

    The Utica Zoo introduced a new female Red Panda today (October 8th, 2014). Her name is Ming Yue. She will join the male Red Panda Muse in the same exhibit. Q&A with Zoo Keeper Beth Ricci Why did we get a new Red Panda? We were recommended to bring Ming Yue to Utica as part of the Red Panda Species Survival Plan, which is a breeding and transfer plan. She was recommended to breed with our resident male, Muse. Where is Ming Yue from?  She came to us from the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, NY What is the breeding season?  Breeding occurs in winter, generally January-February. Breeding season is affected by photoperiod. Photoperiodism is the physiological reaction of organisms to the Read More

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