March 25, 2020
Be sure to consider a donation to the Utica Zoo during this difficult time. While much of our staff is working remotely, our dedicated team of animal care professionals has continued to be our boots on the ground at the Zoo, caring for the more than 200 exotic and domestic animals that call the Utica Zoo home. Generally, the Utica Zoo requires an investment of $5000 per day to operate the Zoo. With the closure of the Utica Zoo, our expected revenue through admissions, events, and on-grounds programming is not possible. Through contributions to the Utica Zoo Emergency Operations Fund, our animals continue to receive excellent care from the essential staff on zoo grounds. We need your support now more than ever! So if you find value in the Uti-kaZoo program, love our animals, and have enjoyed our digital content throughout the shutdown, please consider a donation to the Utica Zoo Emergency Operations Fund.
Thank you to our friends at First Source Federal Credit Union for their continued support of the Utica Zoo and our education programs.
Hello and good morning! Thanks for joining us once again for today’s Uti-kaZoo!
This week, we will be discussing food webs and their importance to habitats and the animals that live within them. If you need a refresher on habitats or want to continue the learning fun, check below for additional videos, lessons, crafts, and activities!
Since March 23rd (71 days ago), we have been bringing Uti-kaZoo to you three times a week to help educate and entertain while we have all been at home. We sincerely hope that you have found value and have enjoyed our videos as something to look forward to. If so, we humbly ask you to make a contribution to our Emergency Operations Fund. During the past 71 days, the Utica Zoo has faced nearly $355,000 in expenses while our revenue has slowed to the generosity of our community’s support.
Thankfully, our guardian angel, Dr. Joan Sinnott, Ph.D. has once again offered a match up to $20,000 for donations to the Utica Zoo for the month of June. No contribution is too small and will help our team continue to provide the best possible care for our animals during this tough time. Contributions may be made at UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund
Learn more about our animals from this week’s lessons and how they fall within their habitat’s food web.
We have many animals at the Utica Zoo, many of whom would be within a particular food web. Learn more about these animals and see how our animals make up their food web.
Brush up on your Habitat info!
Thanks for coming back for our next episode of Kazoo! Today, we are continuing Habitat Week and will be meeting our Red-Tailed Hawk, Frieda! Make sure you head over to UticaZoo.org/kazoo for more information and fun!rations Fund to help us continue to care for our animals! Visit UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund to make your gift today!
Use this sheet to help learn about different animals and their unique habitats.
Happy Friday and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Our Habitat Week focus marches on with Wetlands and some of everyone’s favorite wetland birds! Learn all about these unique animals and then make sure to head over to UticaZoo.org/Kazoo to make Creamy an extra special 39th birthday card! Make sure to post a picture of your card for Creamy in the comments and we’ll make sure he sees it!
There are only a few days left to have your donation to the Utica Zoo Emergency Operations Fund be matched by Dr. Joan Sinnott’s $20,000 Donation Match Challenge! Make your contribution at UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund to help us continue to care for our animals!
Follow along to continue to learn about our White-naped Cranes and the other habitats we talked about this week.
May 23rd is Creamy’s 39th birthday! Can you make him a special birthday card? We would love to see your card and we know Creamy would also love to see it! Have your parents help you send a picture of your card to our Facebook page at Facebook.com/uticazoo or you can email it to our Marketing Guy at email@example.com and he will make sure Creamy gets your message!
Additional facts and information to look back on. We will also be using this on Friday.
Learn about different habitats and the animals who call them home. We will be referencing back to this sheet throughout the week and will re-post on Wednesday and Friday.
Today is Endangered Species Day-a day to appreciate Endangered animals and to reflect on the impact we leave on the world and the different flora and fauna who occupy it. The Utica Zoo is proud to care for many Critically Endangered and Endangered Species, including Cotton Top Tamarins, Golden Lion Tamarins, Mexican Gray Wolves, Mexican Spider Monkeys, Wood Turtles, Spotted Turtles, White-handed Gibbons, Red Pandas, Chinese Alligators, Visayan Warty Pigs, Ring-tailed Lemurs, Chinchillas, and Hyacinth Macaw. In conjunction with other Association of Zoos and Aquariums member institutions, with the help of Species Survival Plans (SSP) and Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) programs, the Utica Zoo has provided a home and top-level care to protect these animals from extinction so that future generations may enjoy their presence on our planet.
Today, we’ll meet our Utica Zoo wolf pack. Mexican Wolves are listed as critically endangered, but through numerous conservation efforts, their numbers have increased over the past few years. These wolves are part of a managed Species Survival Plan (SSP) Program who oversees the direct care, husbandry, and breeding of these animals. As you will learn, in 1980, Mexican Gray Wolves were declared extinct in the wild. Thanks to SSP programs, managed breeding, and Zoological institution’s care, the Mexican Gray Wolf has been re-introduced to the wild. Allow that thought to sink in for a moment: An Extinct Animal Was Re-Introduced to the Wild. Wow!
On this Endangered Species Day, please consider a contribution to our Emergency Operations Fund so we are able to continue to provide the best possible care for all of our animals, and be part of the dedicated mission to continue to save animals from extinction at the Utica Zoo. Until May 31st, your contribution will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000 by a generous contribution from Dr. Joan Sinnott, Ph. D. No matter the size, your contribution will help save our planet’s animals.
Learn more about our pack of Mexican Gray Wolves at the Utica Zoo!
The Utica Zoo cares for more than a dozen Critically Endangered and Endangered species. Do you have a favorite of them? Use our drawing sheet to draw your favorite Critically Endangered and Endangered species. We would love to see your drawings! Send us your drawings on Facebook and we will share them on our Facebook page!
If you can’t print the sheet out, no problem! Draw on your favorite type of paper!
Hi again everyone! Thanks for coming back to check out today’s video!
PLUS, our lovely donor, Dr. Joan Sinnott, PhD. has put forth a $20,000 matching gift for all donations through the month of May-every little bit helps and is greatly appreciated! Make your contribution today at UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund
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Learn more about Joe and Hyacinth Macaws in the wild.
An additional lesson and activities about Ecosystems to discover more about the cycle of an ecosystem and the importance of keeping ecosystems intact.
Trees are an important part of many ecosystems and especially important to Hyacinth Macaws. Make your own tree from snack foods! Can you identify the different parts of your tree? Do you know which parts of your tree are Joe’s favorite snack?
Brush up on your knowledge of Endangered and Invasive species. Can you name different species that fall into either category? Are only animals endangered/invasive, or can plant become endangered or invasive?
Learn more about our resident on-exhibit Burmese Pythons, Sunshine and Spot.
Make your own Cootie Catcher featuring different invasive species.
Throughout the week, we have been talking classifications and adaptations. Different animals have different adaptations that help them survive, no matter what part of the day or night they may be most active. Learn more about some of these adaptations and how some animals have adapted to be most efficient in the dark.
Do you hear that? It’s the galloping of a herd of Zebra Finger Puppets across the Back of the Couch Plains! Make your own herd of Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras to gallop across whatever Plains you see fit.
Hi there! Thanks for joining us for today’s episode of Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy! Today we will be continuing our lessons on adaptations with Daisy, our Virginia Opossum!
Learn from Kathleen all about Daisy’s adaptations, and find out what a nocturnal or crepuscular animal is, then check out our fun activities below!
Teachers and parents; we salute you! You are doing a great job! If our videos and activities have been helpful to you during these times, consider supporting our animals via our Emergency Fund. Your support helps our team continue to provide the absolute best possible care while we are closed to the public temporarily. We appreciate you! Thanks to our friends at First Source Federal Credit Union for their continued support of educational programs at the Utica Zoo.
Use our Google SlideShow to refer back for helpful information.
Learn everything you would want to know about Daisy and Virginia Opossums.
Grab your craft supplies and a used toilet paper roll to make your own Virginia Opossum friend!
Hello again Zoo Friends, we hope you enjoyed the gorgeous weekend!
Join Kathleen for exploration around Classifications on today’s episode. Learn all about the different ways different species are classified and what makes classifications so important. Be sure to see below for some additional lessons and activities to keep the educational fun rolling.
Parents/Teachers: Once again, our hats off to you! We hope our videos, crafts, and activities have been valuable to you during this time we are forced to be apart. If you would care to support the Utica Zoo, and help our team continue to care for our animals, visit UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund to learn how you can support!
Thank you to our friends at First Source Federal Credit Union for their continued support of our educational programming.
Learn more about the classifications of animals in our Google SlideShow presentation.
Animals have a host of different adaptations that have evolved over time and help animals function and also helps with their classifications. Learn more about Adaptations.
Learn more about Artie, our Three Banded Armadillo
Make a Cootie Catcher and learn about classifications all at the same time. This classic game will keep you having fun and guessing!
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Learn more about the wide variety of different invertebrate creatures found throughout the world.
All of the information you need to know about Rosie.
Make a glider to zip around the skies like a Dragonfly. Be careful when throwing your glider and make sure no people or animals are in your field of view. We would love to see your glider in action! Send us a video on our Facebook page!
Learn more about what goes into becoming a Veterinarian or Veterinarian Technician.
You may have noticed our Canada Lynx Breton in the video. Breton, and his brother Logan who recently moved to another Zoo, were part of an important study to gather genetic material and study the reproduction of Canada Lynx. Learn some more about this majestic, large cat.
Put together a DIY Pet First Aid Kit to always be prepared if your pet at home ever gets hurt or sick.
Not all injuries or illnesses need to be handled by a veterinarian and many can be addressed right at home. However, it is always a good idea to communicate with your veterinarian about any change in your pet’s health, including a minor injury. Just like our Zoo Keepers, Veterinarians keep detailed records about every facet of your pet’s life and open communication is very important.
“These are the days, you wish your bed was already made; it’s just another manic Monday…”
Welcome back Zoo fans! Today we are going going back back to Cali Cali with Porter and Munchkin, our California Sea Lions! Hear from Cowboy Chris all about our favorite Pinnipeds and then check out our additional information and activities below.
In case you missed it, our lovely donor, Dr. Joan Sinnott, PhD. has put forth a $20,000 MATCHING DONATION CHALLENGE until the end of April. If you are able, please consider a donation to our Emergency Fund to help us continue to provide the best possible care for our animals and to also have your donation matched! Visit UticaZoo.org/EmergencyFund to learn more about how you can help!
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Learn more about Porter and Munchkin and their lives here at the Utica Zoo!
Did you know that plastic bottles kill over 100,000 marine mammals per year? Reuse your plastic bottles for flowers that last forever!
Thanks to our friends at Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Seafood Watch program helps consumers make informed choices when deciding to purchase seafood. Commercial fishing has placed a strain on the ocean ecosystem and has, in some cases, threatened marine life by devastating their food supply. Seafood Watch provides helpful tips, including a handy pocket guide, to make responsible and sustainable choices when purchasing seafood. Visit SeafoodWatch.org to learn more.
This week, we will be focusing on our Endangered Species and some species who are considered invasive species in the wild. Brush up on Endangered and Invasive Species through our Lesson Slideshow below. If you have any questions, feel free to send us a message on our Facebook page. Click below to access the slide show:
Hello again! Thanks for coming back to see us for another episode of Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy!
Today, we will be celebrating International Pallas Cat Day one day late with a video all about our Pallas Cat, Tate! Tate is also known as “Utica’s Grumpy Cat” and has become a visitor favorite since he arrived at the Utica Zoo last winter. Keeper Jessica will teach you all about Pallas Cats, including their diet and natural habitat, and will also fill you in on some of the threats to Pallas Cats in the wild. Be sure to take part in our fun crafts and activities below after the video!
Teachers/Parents: We just wanted to remind you again of how great of a job you are doing! We know how difficult these changes can be and we applaud your efforts to keep your children learning. If our videos, crafts, and activities have been helpful to you and you would like to help support the Utica Zoo at this tough time, we encourage you to visit our Utica Zoo Emergency Fund page to give us a helping hand. Your support will help our team not only continue to produce our Uti-kaZoo content but also help our Animal Care team continue to provide the best animal care possible. PLUS, thanks to our beloved donor, Dr. Joan Sinnott, Ph D., all donations made to the Emergency Fund until April 30 will be MATCHED up to $20,000! Your donation could be doubled! Please offer your support by April 30 to take advantage of this opportunity!
AND NOW ON TO THE VIDEO!
More fun facts about Pallas Cats and Tate
Make your own Pallas Cat from origami paper! Can you make a full family of Pallas Cats? Or does your Pallas Cat live in solitude in the forest? Make sure to send us a picture of your Pallas Cat on our Facebook page!
You can either print out this or trace it to make your own Pallas Cat Face Mask! Can you explore the same way a Pallas Cat does?
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Happy Earth Day!
On Earth Day, April 22, and throughout the month of April, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across North America will host events to raise awareness about conservation, sustainable living, and making our Earth a better place to live. Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this amazing environmental movement.
Be sure to check out all of our activities and crafts for a day full of fun activities and learning how to take good care of Mother Earth! And if you have been enjoying our Uti-kaZoo content, we invite you to consider a contribution to our Emergency Fund to help us continue to provide the best possible care for our animals!
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Learn about some of our other Endangered Species at the Utica Zoo!
Some great resources to expand your knowledge and teaching about Earth Day, along with some additional activities to enjoy.
A great activity to observe the impact that our choices can make on an Ecosystem. Thank you to our friends at The Association of Zoos and Aquariums for this great resource!
From our friends at The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a list of great resources, activities, and programs to be used at home to help make good choices when it comes to our planet and wildlife.
Learn how to make bat boxes out of reclaimed wood. Bats are vital to controlling insect populations and prey on many of the nuisances we may find in our own yards.
Hello again everybody! Welcome back for our latest edition of Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy! We have heard your requests and have delivered! Today we will be learning about one of our most well-known animals, who also happen to be endangered, our Red Panda family! Learn about Ming Yue, Muse, Xiaobo, and Mei Lin from Keeper Krystin and get a glimpse into their world. Red Pandas are endangered in their natural habitats and are very elusive, so we hope you enjoy this opportunity to learn all about our Red Pandas.
Be sure to enjoy our additional educational materials and crafts, including a slideshow about endangered and invasive species, below. And parents, if you and your kids are enjoying our Kazoo videos and activities, consider heading over to UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund to help support our mission and help our animal care team continue to provide the best care for our animals possible!
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Brush up on your knowledge of Red Pandas and learn more about our resident Red Panda family!
Make your own Red Panda friend from your handprint! Make sure to send us a picture of your Red Panda on our Facebook!
HELLO HELLO HELLO! We are so happy to see you again!
Welcome back for our final video in our Herpetology Week series! This week, we learned all about Herpetology as a field of study, met some new frog and turtle friends, and made some fun crafts. The fun continues today when we learn about lizards!
Meet Plexi, the Glass Lizard, learn all about what makes Lizards so unique and important, and a special visit from our friend Spike. Make sure to go to UticaZoo.org/Kazoo for our entire library of Kazoo content, crafts, and activities, including a really fun Bead-ed Lizard craft!
Parents/Teachers: Has our Kazoo content been helpful for you? Are your kids popping out of bed excited to watch the newest Kazoo videos? We ask you to please head over to UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund to help us continue to provide the best animal care possible and create new videos for you every week.
Did you know that it costs the Utica Zoo $5000 a day, every day, to properly care for our animals? Did you also know we have not brought in a single dollar of revenue since March 14th; over a full month ago? Despite our lack of revenue, our expenses keep coming. Please help support the Utica Zoo during this difficult time!
NOW, ON TO THE GOOD STUFF!
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Learn more about the various lizards who call the Utica Zoo home as well as what makes Lizards unique.
Bust out the craft supplies for this fun craft activity. Make a gecko keychain from beads and craft lacing to always have your favorite Lizard with you. Send us a picture of your Gecko on our Facebook page so we can show all of our Zoo friends!
Welcome back for our next episode of Uti-kaZoo! We are continuing our focus on Herpetology and will be talking all about Turtles today!
Learn from Kathleen about the different types of turtles that call the Utica Zoo home, then, learn even more and make your own Turtle Rock Pet with our included lesson and activity! Be sure to catch up with Herpetology week by watching our Frogs Lesson below, and check back on Friday to meet our Glass Lizard!
Parents: If you and your kids are enjoying our Kazoo videos, consider showing your support at UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund to help us continue to create this content and caring for our animals in the best possible fashion.
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Learn all about the different turtles that call the Utica Zoo home!
Make yourself a brand new Turtle Rock Pet! Follow the instructions and use the attached cut outs to make your new friend! Can you make any other animals from rocks? Make sure to send us a picture on our Facebook page so we can see all of your new rock pets!
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Hello, and welcome back to Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy! This week is our Herpetology Week! What is Herpetology you ask? Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians.- Frogs, Turtles, and Lizards (Oh My!)
A quick Lizard joke…What did the mom chameleon say to her nervous kid on the first day of school? “Don’t worry…You will blend right in!
To kick off the week we will have a google slide show where you can learn facts about the study Reptiles and Amphibians. You will meet our Ambassador Frog Veruca (African Bullfrog) in today’s video, And you can make your very own Origami jumping frog!
On Wednesday we continue our journey about Reptiles and Lizards with a lesson on Turtles. In the video, you will meet Donatello (our wood turtle) and have some fun activities.
And on Friday we will meet Plexy the Glass Lizard for our lesson on Lizards, and you can make your very own beady gecko Lizard keychain! Enjoy!
If you have been enjoying our Uti-kaZoo videos and activities, head over to UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund to learn more about how you can help support our programs and help our team continue to provide the best possible care for our animals.
Learn all about the different Frog species who call Upstate and Central New York home. Have you ever seen these frogs out in the wild? What about near your house?
Meet the frog species who call the Utica Zoo home!
Learn to fold origami and make your own jumping frog. Make sure to send us a picture of your jumping frog on our Facebook page so we can show it to our team! They would love to see it!
Hello and Happy Friday! Thanks for joining us again for another episode of Uti-kaZoo! Today, we are talking about a very important part of animal care that also applies to your pets at home. Enrichment is a huge part of caring for animals and helps maintain natural behaviors, stimulates the mind and body, and provides a bit of fun as well.
Keeper Melanie, who is also our Enrichment Coordinator, talks about the importance of enrichment, the different types of enrichment, how you can provide your pets at home fun enrichment, and a craft break during the video to make paper mache feeder balls for your pets.
Be sure to enjoy additional crafts and lessons below, along with our full library of videos, crafts, and activities!
If you and your family are enjoying our Uti-kaZoo videos and would like to support our mission to continue to bring high-quality educational content into your home while providing top-level animal care, head over to UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund to learn more!
Learn more about enrichment, as well as fun ways to provide enrichment for your pets at home. You may already be providing your pets enrichment every day without even knowing it!
Make some fun enrichment feeders at home! Make sure to send us some pictures of your enrichment on our Facebook page!
Welcome back Kazoo fans!
Today we will be talking about some of the Utica Zoo’s rich history over the past 106 years and introducing you to our oldest resident, Polly, the Salmon Crested Cockatoo. Polly is in his mid-80s and has been at the Zoo for A LOOOONG TIME, and has seen much of our history with his own eyes.
Be sure to enjoy our crafts and activities below! Make sure to send us a photo of your craft on our Facebook page-we know Polly will love to see them!
And Parents, we know these past few weeks have been tough. Being a parent and an educator are two of the hardest jobs you can perform, so if our videos, activities, and crafts have lightened the load a bit for you, and you would like to support our mission and help care for our animals during this tough time, please take a visit to UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund for ways you can support. Hang in there; you are doing a fantastic job!
Brush up on some of the Utica Zoo’s history over the past 106 years. See how the Zoo has grown from our humble beginnings to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited facility we are today.
Learn some more information about Polly and his wild counterparts out in the wild.
Make your own Parrot and create your own aviary at home. How many different types of parrots or birds can you make? Make sure you send us a picture of your parrots so we can show them to Polly. We know he will love seeing them!
Welcome to a special International Day of the Beaver edition of Uti-kaZoo!
Today is a very special day for us at the Utica Zoo for 2 reasons: 1) We get to celebrate our family of North American Beavers, and 2) we just announced to the public that we have acquired the Florence J. Reineman Nature Center and Beaversprite Wildlife Sanctuary outside of Dolgeville, NY!
Hear all about the history of the North American Beaver and their importance to our ecosystem, the conservation efforts that saved them from extinction, and a bit about the NEW Beaversprite Conservation Education Center.
Make sure to head to UticaZoo.org/kazoo after the video for some additional information about our family of beavers, beavers in general, and some fun activities as well!
And parents/teachers, if you and your little learners are enjoying our Kazoo videos and would like to help support our efforts, please visit UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund to learn new ways to help support!
Learn about the Utica Zoo’s resident North American Beavers Capa, Lakoda, Frances, and Justin!
Learn a bit more about North American Beavers as a species!
Learn more about what a Keystone Species is and the importance of these types of species. Make sure to do the craft at the end of the sheet and send us a picture of your craft on our Facebook page!
Hello, hello, hello! Welcome back for a new edition of Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy! We hope you are looking forward to today’s episode as we are going to be meeting one of our most well known Education Ambassador Animals: Grace the Barred Owl!
Learn from Kathleen about the life of an Owl, how Grace is important to our Education Ambassador Program, and lots more about birds! Make sure to head to UticaZoo.org/kazoo for some great activities and crafts all about birds of prey and other raptors.
And parents, if you and your kids are enjoying our Kazoo content, and would like to help support our mission at the Utica Zoo, please head to uticazoo.org/emergencyfund to learn how you can support our efforts during this difficult time, or click below to support today!
Learn all about the different birds and birds of prey that call the Utica Zoo home!
Using this quick reference sheet of the wingspans of different birds, can you figure out which birds you would be closest in size?
Grab some craft materials from around the house and make your own Grace the Barred Owl to keep at home with you! Make sure to send us a picture of your owl on our Facebook page!
Use the attached BINGO sheet to locate different birds and bird related items around your yard or neighborhood. Can you be the first one to get BINGO!?
Hello again! Thanks for coming back to see us again for Uti-kaZoo: Kid’s Academy!
We tried something new today with a video all about our Mexican Spider Monkeys, Manuel and Negra! Learn about what makes Spider Monkeys special, hear the fascinating tale of how Manuel and Negra made it to the Utica Zoo from their native home in Mexico, and learn a bit about why it is important to only visit exotic animals in Zoos and Aquariums, and not keep them as pets.
Make sure to check out our fun activities and crafts below. Be sure to send us a picture of your crafts on our Facebook page so we can show all of our Zoo friends!
Hey parents, if you and your kids are enjoying our Uti-kaZoo videos and activities, and are wondering how you may be able to give us a hand during these tough times, head over to UticaZoo.org/EmergencyFund to lend your support or click below:
Learn all about the big differences between pets and wild animals, wild/exotic animals, tame vs. nondomesticated animals, responsibilities of a pet owner, where to properly locate your new pet, why wild animals are not OK to keep as pets, and lots more!
Read the stories of A Day in the Life of a Dog and A Day in the Life of a Squirrel, and then complete the attached craft to act out a day in the life of an animal.
What animals come to mind when you say “wild animal”? What are some wild animals
that you have seen or know about? Can you think of any animals that are not wild?
What do you think the difference is between a wild animal and one that is not wild?
Many people think of wildlife as the large animals of Africa, such as lions and elephants,
or the large animals of the North American forests, such as grizzly bears and elk.
However, wildlife includes any animal that has not been domesticated by people. In
contrast, domesticated animals, such as farm animals and pets, depend on people for
their needs. Wild animals provide their own food, water, shelter, and other needs.
Color the included animal cards and organize them on the chart below!
Hey there! Welcome back for our next episode of Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy! We hope you have been enjoying all of our videos so far!
Kathleen and Kristy are here to introduce you to the newest members of the Utica Zoo family, Willow and Juniper, our Flemish Giant Rabbits! Willow and Juniper are part of our Education Ambassador collection and will big parts of our education programs at the Zoo and out on the ZooMobile as well. They are still quite young, so they will be part of our programs in the future.
Learn about Willow and Juniper, interesting characteristics of rabbits, responsible pet ownership, and lots more!! Make sure to check out the rabbit themed activity and craft below too!
Use this packet of information to talk with your kids about the different types of rabbits at the Utica Zoo, as well as fun facts about Rabbits and information about Rabbit conservation.
Make your own rabbit from simple supplies from around the house! Make sure to decorate your Rabbit and send us a picture of yours on our Facebook page or bring them with you when you can come to visit the Zoo again!
Use the attached activity packet to create your own camouflage bunnies! What type of environment does your bunny blend into?
Make sure to send us a photo of your bunny on our Facebook page!
Welcome back! We are so glad to see you again! On today’s episode of Utic-kaZoo: Utica Zoo Kid’s Acadamy Zoo we are going to learn all about African Pygmy Hedgehogs! Kathleen is here to introduce you to Violet and Rachel, our 2 African Pygmy Hedgehogs! Learn all about how Hedgehogs go about their daily life, the difference between hedgehogs and porcupines, and meet Violet and Rachel!
Make sure to do the attached activities and crafts! We would love to see all the great work you have been doing on these activities; make sure to send us a picture to our Facebook page!
Here are all of the facts that would ever want to know about African Pygmy Hedgehogs! Learn more about Violet and Rachel, as well as Hedgehogs in general.
Make sure to learn about conservation around Hedgehogs and some important things to know if you are considering getting a Hedgehog as a pet.
Make your own Hedgehog with this included fun activity! Follow the ingredients and instructions to locate a few items out in your yard to make your Hedgehog and be sure to send us a picture on our Facebook page so we can see also!
Welcome back for our next edition of Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy featuring Widget the North American Porcupine! Kathleen and Kristy talk all about Widget and his life here at the Utica Zoo, the different type of porcupine species, and the differences between them all. Make sure to take a look at the attached Porcupine lesson to help learn more about different Porcupines, a fascinating look at a long term cognitive development and enrichment project with our African Crested Porcupine Joey with Dr. Joan Sinnott, as well as a fun porcupine themed craft!
If you are enjoying our digital content, please consider making a donation to our Emergency Fund to help us continue to provide the best animal care possible during these uncertain times. Visit UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund to donate today or click below:
Learn all about the different Porcupines that call the Utica Zoo home, the variety of species around the world, and a closer look at a long term cognitive development and enrichment project with our African Crested Porcupine Joey with Dr. Joan Sinnott, Ph.D., Comparative Psychologist Emerita and Utica Zoo Docent
Follow the included instructions and material list to make your own Porcupine from natural items you may find in your yard. What kind of Porcupine did you make? Make sure to send us a picture of your Porcupine on our Facebook page for our team to see!
Jim is here to help you put together your very own nature journal! During these times at home, it’s important to be able to look back at all the things that were going on around you. Journaling is a great way to record what you saw, what the weather was, what animals you saw, or even how you were feeling that day. You can use anything to be a journal: a bound notebook, an old notepad, or make your own with construction and printer paper! After you watch the video, be sure to look at our other activities and get outside and record what your senses pick up!
Are you enjoying our Uti-kaZoo content? Please consider making a donation to the Utica Zoo Emergency Fund!
Check out this video on a great way to make your own journal! Video from Pumpkin Emily on YouTube; check out some other fun craft ideas also!
CLICK HERE to find some fun resources to add to your journal with some great activities to continue working on your journal.
Thanks to our friends from Nature Connection.
Head outside with your nature journal and record some of the things you see, hear, smell, or feel. What animals did you see?
What animals did you hear? What do you smell? How does everything going on around you make you feel? Record all of these things
in your journal and try to make new updates as often as possible.
Make sure to bring your journal to the Zoo when we re-open and record everything you see there too! We would love to see your journal
when we see you at the Zoo!
Kathleen and Kristy introduce Waylon the American Alligator in our first Uti-kaZoo Virtual Kid’s Academy Zoo video! Learn about different types of Alligators, including American and Chinese Alligators, the difference between Alligators and Crocodiles, and some interesting information about Waylon, the newest member of our Education Ambassador animal collection. Be sure to check out the attached activities and worksheets under the video! Click the play button in the center of the video below to watch!
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Video Production: Chris Jakubowski
Check out our Alligator Fact Sheet for additional fun facts about Alligators and what makes them unique!
Flex your knowledge of Alligators and Crocodiles and talk about their differences and similarities. Use the word bank at the bottom to decide whether that quality is exclusive to Alligators, Crocodiles, or if it applies to both of them! Be sure to send us your completed sheet in a Facebook message so we can show our fans how well you did!
Now that you have learned a ton of new Alligator facts, let’s make one! Click on the link below for the list of supplies to make these fun Clothespin Alligators! Make sure to send us a picture of your Alligatorsonce they are finished and we will share with our social media followers!
Here is another fun Alligator Craft you can make with all of your new knowledge about Alligators!
Make sure to send us a picture of your Alligatorsonce they are finished and we will share with our social media followers!