COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

In an abundance of caution, the Utica Zoo will be closed to the public until further notice to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. We will have a core team of animal care professionals on grounds to continue to provide top level animal care to our animals. Please refer to our Facebook page for continuous updates. Thank you.

Uti-kaZoo: Utica Zoo Kid’s Academy

March 25, 2020



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Welcome to the Uti-kaZoo!

Enjoy our digital educational content at home when you can’t make it to the Utica Zoo! Our Education Department has been chartered by the NYS Department of Education since 1965, and we utilize STEM and STEAM-based education models to provide little learners with the best possible educational content!

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 temporary closure of the Zoo, we have brought in $0 in revenue to offset our $5000 investment on a daily basis. 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 Fund.

Thank you!


**NEW** April 3, 2020 | Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy Zoo: Manuel and Negra-Mexican Spider Monkeys

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:  

Pets vs. Wild Lesson

 

 

 

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!

Pets Vs Wild Animals Lesson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“What’s Wild” Activity and Craft

 

 

 

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.

Whats Wild? Activity and Craft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pets vs Wild Activity and Craft

 

 

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!

Pets vs Wild Activity and Craft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



 April 1, 2020 | Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy Zoo: Willow and Juniper-Flemish Giant Rabbits

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!

 

 

 

 

Rabbits Lesson Packet

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.

Rabbits Lesson Packet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rabbit Washcloth Craft Activity

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!

Rabbit Washcloth Craft Activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camo Bunnies Craft Activitiy

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!

Camo Bunnies Activity Packet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 March 30, 2020 | Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy Zoo: Violet and Rachel-African Pygmy Hedgehogs

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!

 

 

African Pygmy Hedgehog Facts and Lesson

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.

African Pygmy Hedgehog Lesson

 

 

 

 

 

 

African Pygmy Hedgehog Craft Activity

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!

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March 27, 2020 | Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy Zoo: Widget the North American Porcupine

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:

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Porcupines at the Utica Zoo Information and Lesson

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

Porcupine Lesson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leafy Porcupine Craft

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




March 25, 2020 | Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy Zoo: Nature Journaling

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!

 

 

 

 

Ideas to add to your Nature Journal

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature Journaling Activity Sheet

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!

Nature Journaling Activity

 

 

 

 




March 23, 2020 | Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy Zoo with Waylon the American Alligator

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


American Alligator Fact Sheet

 

Alligator Fact Sheet

 

Check out our Alligator Fact Sheet for additional fun facts about Alligators and what makes them unique!

AMERICAN ALLIGATOR FACT SHEET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Alligators and Crocodiles Worksheet

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!

Alligators and Crocodiles Worksheet

 

 


 

clothespin alligator activity

Clothespin Alligator Craft

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!

Clothespin Alligator Craft Activity

 

 

 

 

 


Paper Alligator Craft

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!

American Alligator Paper Craft