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WE ARE OPEN TO ALL VISITORS! After more than 100 days of being closed, we have finally re-opened and are welcoming visitors from 10 am-4 pm every day! We can’t wait to see you!

Masks will be required while on-grounds, as well as social distancing measures. Visit UticaZoo.org/prepare for full details.

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 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!


Thank you to our friends at First Source Federal Credit Union for their continued support of the Utica Zoo and our education programs.



*NEW* June 5, 2020 | Food Webs ft. Poe the Sumatran Chicken

Hello again everyone! Happy Friday!
 
Today, we will be looking at food webs and focusing on omnivores, or animals who eat both other animals and vegetation. Many animals are omnivores and they play a special role in the food web of their habitat. Our Sumatran Chicken, Poe, will be joining us today!
 
We encourage you to consider a contribution to our Emergency Operations Fund if you have been enjoying or finding value in our Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy videos. All donations to the fund in June will be matched, up to $20,000 by Dr. Joan Sinnott, PhD., and will help us continue to give our animals the absolute best care possible! Make your gift today at UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund


June 1, 2020 | Food Webs ft. Patagonian Cavies

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

 

Food Web Fact Sheet

Learn more about our animals from this week’s lessons and how they fall within their habitat’s food web.

Food_Webs_Fact_Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

Food Webs of the Utica Zoo

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.

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 May 29, 2020 | Habitat Week 2 ft. the Prism the Rainbow Boa

Hello again friends! Welcome back!
 
We are continuing our focus on Habitats today and will be meeting our friend Prism, our Rainbow Boa. Learn all about Prism and the variety of habitats that snakes like him live!
 
As we approach May 31st, we wanted to remind all of you about our Emergency Operations Fund and Dr. Joan Sinnott’s $20,000 matching donation challenge. Donations to the Utica Zoo help us continue to care for our animals and no contribution is too small. Please consider making your gift today at UticaZoo.org/EmergencyFund


May 27, 2020 | Habitat Week 2 ft. the African Lions

Hey there, Hi, Hello! Thanks for coming back for our newest Uti-kaZoo video!
 
Our focus on habitats continues with the Kings and Queen of the Utica Zoo, the feline siblings, Donovan, Murphy, and Coky, our African Lions. We will look at the lifestyle of wild African Lions and their habitat in the wild. Did you know that all 3 of our Lions were born right here at the Utica Zoo?
 
Over the past few months, Uti-kaZoo has been a source of education for the kids (and adults) who needed to leave their school environments. We hope that you have been enjoying and finding value in what we have put together for you. If so, we ask that you consider making a contribution to our Emergency Operations Fund to help us continue to care for our animals during this shutdown. Plus, until May 31st, all donations will be matched up to $20,000 by our incredible donor and supporter, Dr. Joan Sinnott Ph.D. Gifts can be made at UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund

 

 

Habitat Fact Sheet

Brush up on your Habitat info!

Habitat_Fact_Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


May 25, 2020 | Habitat Week 2 ft. Frieda the Red-Tailed Hawk

Hello again; Happy Memorial Day!
 
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!
 

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!

 

Habitat Week 2 Fact Sheet

Use this sheet to help learn about different animals and their unique habitats.

Habitat_Fact_Sheet_2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


May 22, 2020 | Habitat Week ft. Creamy and Peaches the White-naped Cranes

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!

 

 

Habitat Fact Sheet

Follow along to continue to learn about our White-naped Cranes and the other habitats we talked about this week.

Habitat_Fact_Sheet

 

 

 

Creamy’s Birthday

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 mark.simon@uticazoo.org and he will make sure Creamy gets your message!

 


 May 20, 2020 | Habitat Week ft. Leo the Leopard Tortoise

Hidey Ho there Zoo Fans! We hope your Wednesday is off to a great start!
Our Habitat Week continues with our good buddy Leo the Leopard Tortoise! Learn from Kathleen all about Tortoises, the differences between turtles and tortoises, and learn how those differences play into Leo’s natural habitat. Don’t forget to check out our full collection of Kazoo videos, fact sheets, crafts, and activities below.
Our “May $20,000 Dr. Joan Sinnott, Ph D. Matching Donation Challenge” (we need a better name) is still ongoing. All donations to the Utica Zoo before May 31st will be matched up to $20,000! Give a dollar, it counts as $2. Give $100, BOOM-$200. No gift is too small. Make your contribution today at UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund

Habitat Fact Sheet

Additional facts and information to look back on. We will also be using this on Friday.

Habitat_Fact_Sheet

Habitat Crafts

Learn to build your own special habitats at home-whether out in the yard or in the house, habits are where it’s at!
Habitat_Crafts

 In case you missed it, we are holding a Family Monkey Paint Party with our friend Angela Johnson from BB Designs on Friday evening!

Sign up today-only $20 per family + supplies! Get all the information HERE


May 18, 2020 | Habitat Week ft. Kenicke the Long-tailed Chinchilla

Hello again friends! We hope you enjoyed your sunny weekend!
 
We are kicking off Habitat Week at UtikaZoo Kid’s Academy and will be talking about several of our animals and their unique habitats and the adaptations of the animals that make their habitats perfect for them.
 
Today, we will meet Kenickie, our Long-tailed Chinchilla, and learn all about chinchillas in the wild. Be sure to check back on Wednesday to learn about our Sulcata Tortoises and Friday to learn about our White-naped Cranes. Be sure to catch up on all of our past episodes, crafts, and activities below
 
There are a few more days to our “Dr. Joan Sinnott Ph.D. $20,000 Matching Donation Challenge” whereas our lovely donor, Dr. Joan Sinnott Ph.D., has put forward a challenge to match donations to the Utica Zoo until the end of May up to $20,000! WOW! No contribution is too small and will count for double until May 31st! Visit UticaZoo.org/EmergencyFund to make your gift today!

Habitat Fact Sheet

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.

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 May 15, 2020 | Endangered Species Day | Mexican Gray Wolves: A Success Story

Hello and welcome back!

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.

 

Mexican Gray Wolf Fact Sheet

Learn more about our pack of Mexican Gray Wolves at the Utica Zoo!

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Endangered Species Day Drawing Sheet

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!

Endangered Species Day-Drawing sheet


 May 13, 2020 | Endangered Species-Joe the Hyacinth Macaw

Hi again everyone! Thanks for coming back to check out today’s video!

Did you know that 25% of the world’s parrots are threatened with extinction? Today, we’ll have a chat with Sloppy Joe, our Hyacinth Macaw. Hyacinth Macaws are the largest parrot species in the world! You’ll have a chance to see Joe practice his training and learn a little bit about how we care for him at the zoo. After the video, be sure to look below for some fun activities and further lessons on endangered species and Hyacinth Macaws.
Parents and teachers: Here is your daily reminder that you are amazing and we give you SOOOO much respect for all that you are doing right now to keep your kids entertained and educated. If our content has been helpful to you and your kids, please consider a donation to our Emergency Operations Fund to help us continue to care for our animals while we are temporarily closed.
 

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 

CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE CENTER OF THE VIDEO TO PLAY.

 

Hyacinth Macaw Fact Sheet

Learn more about Joe and Hyacinth Macaws in the wild.

Hyacinth_Macaw_Fact_Sheet

 

 

 

 

Ecosystem Lesson and Activities

An additional lesson and activities about Ecosystems to discover more about the cycle of an ecosystem and the importance of keeping ecosystems intact.

Ecosystem Lesson and Activities

 

 

 

 

 

Build Your Own Tree Snack-tivity

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?

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Friday is Endangered Species Day! We are proud to be an accredited member of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums and an active participant in Species Survival Plans (SSP) and

AZA Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE).


 

May 11, 2020 | Endangered of Invasive Species-Burmese Pythons

Hi again everyone! Welcome back for another episode of Uti-kaZoo!
 
One of our missions is to help with the conservation of animals. This week we will be exploring Endangered Species, that is, animals that without direct intervention from people could face extinction! Each day we’ll be exploring a different species and talk about ways that we can all help them to survive.
 
Today, we will meet our Burmese Pythons, Spot, and Sunshine, and learn all about Invasive Species! An invasive species is an organism that causes ecological or economic harm in a new environment where it is not native. Don’t forget to take a moment to review the slide show on invasive and endangered species and today’s activities.

Endangered or Invasive Species Google Slide Show

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?

Endangered of Invasive Slide Show

In case you didn’t hear, our wonderful donor Dr. Joan Sinnott, PhD. has put forth a matching donation challenge of $20,000 for the month of May. All donations to our Emergency Operations Fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $20,000; no contribution is too little! Visit UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund to learn more and contribute today!

 

Click the PLAY button in the center of the frame to play the video.

 

Burmese Python Fact Sheet

Learn more about our resident on-exhibit Burmese Pythons, Sunshine and Spot.

Burmese_Python_Fact_Sheet

 

 

 

 

Invasive Species Cootie Catcher (with Invasive Species Cootie Catcher)

Make your own Cootie Catcher featuring different invasive species.

Invasive Cootie Catcher

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invasive Species In The Northern Forest

 

 

 

 

 

 


May 8, 2020 | Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy: Adaptations in Diurnal Animals ft. Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras

Happy Friday Zoo fans! Thanks for coming by to watch our latest episode of Uti-kaZoo. Your support means so much to us and the animals; it gives us that warm and fuzzy feeling knowing we are loved!
 
We continue our focus on Adaptations this week with our Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras, the father and son duo of Kasane and Rundu. Cowboy Chris will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about our Mountain Zebras and how they use their adaptations to survive in the wild. Be sure to see below for more interesting information and some fun crafts!
 
If you have been enjoying our Uti-kaZoo videos, love animals, or love the Utica Zoo, we would greatly appreciate you making a contribution to our Emergency Operations Fund. This fund allows us to continue to ensure our animals have everything they need and provides stability during an unstable time. PLUS, until the end of May, thanks to our wonderful donor, Dr. Joan Sinnott, PhD., all donations to the Emergency Operations Fund will be matched up to $20,000! AMAZING! Visit UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund to learn more and donate today!
 
As always, thank you to First Source Federal Credit Union for putting education FIRST and supporting our educational programs.

Click the PLAY button in the center of the video to play.

 

Diurnal, Nocturnal, Crepuscular Info Sheet

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.

Diurnal,_Nocturnal,_Crepuscular

 

 

 

Zebra Finger Puppet

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.

Zebra Finger Puppet

 

 

 

 


May 6, 2020 | Nocturnal and Crepuscular Animals ft. Daisy the Virginia Opossum

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.

Click the Play Button in the center to play the video

 

 

Classifications Google SlideShow

Use our Google SlideShow to refer back for helpful information.

Classifications SlideShow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Opossum Fact Sheet

Learn everything you would want to know about Daisy and Virginia Opossums.

Virginia_Opossum_Fact_Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Opossum Craft

Grab your craft supplies and a used toilet paper roll to make your own Virginia Opossum friend!

Virginia Opossum_Craft

 

 

 

 

 

 


May 4, 2020 | Classifications ft. Artie the Armadillo

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.

Click the Play Button in the center to play the video

 

 

Classifications Google SlideShow

Learn more about the classifications of animals in our Google SlideShow presentation.

Classifications SlideShow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Adaptations

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.

Animal-Adaptations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Banded Armadillo Fact Sheet

Learn more about Artie, our Three Banded Armadillo

Three_Banded_Armadillo_Fact_Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classification Cootie Catcher

Make a Cootie Catcher and learn about classifications all at the same time. This classic game will keep you having fun and guessing!

Classification Cootie Catcher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


May 1, 2020 | Invertebrates and Rosie, the Rose Haired Tarantula

Hello and happy…..what day is it?
Kathleen is back to talk about Invertebrates with our special guest Rosie, the Rose Haired Tarantula. We also have an extended lesson today with a Google SlideShow to help you learn about the wide variety of invertebrate creatures throughout our planet, plus some fun crafts and activities to kick-off your Friday! Make sure you check out today’s activities and our full catalog of Uti-kaZoo videos and activities at UticaZoo.org/kazoo. We have amassed 6 full weeks of video content, so now you can even binge-watch Uti-kaZoo videos!
 
And if you have been enjoying our videos and activities over the past 18 episodes, perhaps consider a contribution to our Emergency Fund to help us continue to provide our animals with the best possible care! Visit UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund to learn more!
 
Thank you to our friends at First Source Federal Credit Union for their continued support of our educational programming.

Click the PLAY button in the center of the video to play.

 

Invertebrates Google SlideShow

Learn more about the wide variety of different invertebrate creatures found throughout the world.

Google SlideShow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosie, the Rose Haired Tarantula Fact Sheet

All of the information you need to know about Rosie.

Rose_Haired_Tarantula_Fact_Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dragonfly Glider Craft Activity

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!

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April 29, 2020 | Veterinarians and Veterinarian Technicians

Hello again! Thanks for coming back to see us again!
Now more than ever, we are relying on our medical workers to help keep us safe and healthy. Just like people, animals rely on our keepers to help them stay safe and healthy, but sometimes they need a little extra special care. Cue our Veterinarian and Veterinarian Techs.  Learn from Cowboy Chris the importance of veterinarians and veterinarian technicians and the important role they play in the Zoological community. Whether it’s your pet cat or one of our big cats, Veterinarians play a crucial role in ensuring our animals are healthy. Be sure to scroll below the video for more fun information and a great activity to keep your pets at home healthy.
Join us in sending a special THANK YOU to Dr. Hilton, our veterinarian, and Jackie Gregory, our Veterinarian Technician. All of us, including our animals. owe you a debt of gratitude for the care you provide to our animals.
Please consider contributing to our Emergency Fund, including our $20,000 MATCHING DONATION CHALLENGE from Dr. Joan Sinnott, Ph.D., to help us continue to provide impeccable care to our animals. Visit UticaZoo.org/emergencyfund to contribute. The donation match challenge ends on April 30th!

 

Veterinarian and Veterinarian Technician Fact Sheet

Learn more about what goes into becoming a Veterinarian or Veterinarian Technician.

Veterinarian Fact Sheet

 

 

 

 

Canada Lynx Fact Sheet

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.

Canada_Lynx_Fact_Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do It Yourself Pet First Aid Kit

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.

DIY First Aid Kit

 

 

 

 

 


April 27, 2020 | Porter and Munchkin, the California Sea Lions

“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!

Click the PLAY button in the center of the video to play.

 

California Sea Lion Fact Sheet

Learn more about Porter and Munchkin and their lives here at the Utica Zoo!

Sea_Lion_Fact_Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plastic Bottle Flowers Craft Activity

Did you know that plastic bottles kill over 100,000 marine mammals per year? Reuse your plastic bottles for flowers that last forever!

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Seafood Watch

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.

 

 

 

 


Endangered/Invasive Species Week

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:

Endangered or Invasive Slide Show CLICK TO LINK


April 24, 2020 | Pallas Cat

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!

 

 

Pallas Cat Fact Sheet

More fun facts about Pallas Cats and Tate

Pallas Cat Fact Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pallas Cat Origami Craft

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!

Pallas Cat Origami

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pallas Cat Face Mask

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?

Right Click> Save Image As…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


April 22, 2020 | Earth Day

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!

Click the play button in the center of the video to start the video.

 

Endangered Species Fact Sheet

Learn about some of our other Endangered Species at the Utica Zoo!

Endangered Species Fact Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Earth Day Resources

Some great resources to expand your knowledge and teaching about Earth Day, along with some additional activities to enjoy.

Digital Earth Day Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Ecological Footprint: Landfill in a Bottle

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!

OEF: Landfill in a Bottle

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Habits at Home

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.

HealthyHabitatsAtHome

 

 

 

Reclaimed Wood Bat Boxes Activity

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. 

Reclaimed Wood Bat Boxes

 

 

 


April 20, 2020 | Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy: Red Pandas (Endangered)

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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Red Panda Fact Sheet

Brush up on your knowledge of Red Pandas and learn more about our resident Red Panda family!

Red Panda Fact Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Panda Craft Activity

Make your own Red Panda friend from your handprint! Make sure to send us a picture of your Red Panda on our Facebook!

Red Panda Craft Activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Herpetology Week April 13-17

April 17, 2020 | Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy: Lizards and Plexi the Glass Lizard

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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Lizards Lesson

Learn more about the various lizards who call the Utica Zoo home as well as what makes Lizards unique.

Lizards Lesson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bead Gecko Craft Activity

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!

Beady_Gecko Craft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 April 15, 2020 | Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy: Turtles and Donatella the Wood Turtle

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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Turtles at the Utica Zoo Lesson

Learn all about the different turtles that call the Utica Zoo home!

Turtles Lesson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turtle Rock Pet Activity

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!

Turtle Rock Pet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 April 13, 2020 | Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy: Frogs and Veruca the Bull Frog

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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.

Frog Activities

Herpetology Slide Show: CLICK HERE to view our Herpetology Slide Show and learn all about the study of Reptiles and Amphibians, and the Herpetology Field.

 

Frogs of Upstate New York

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?

Frogs of Upstate New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frogs at the Utica Zoo

Meet the frog species who call the Utica Zoo home!

Frogs_at_the_Utica_Zoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frog Origami Activity

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!

Frog_Origami

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 April 10, 2020 | Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy Zoo: Enrichment

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Enrichment Lesson

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!

Enrichment Lesson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enrichment Activity

Make some fun enrichment feeders at home! Make sure to send us some pictures of your enrichment on our Facebook page!

Enrichment Activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 April 8, 2020 | Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy Zoo: Utica Zoo History and Polly, the Salmon Crested Cockatoo

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!

 

 

 

 

Utica Zoo History

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.

History of the Utica Zoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salmon Crested Cockatoo Fact Sheet

Learn some more information about Polly and his wild counterparts out in the wild.

Salmon Crested Cockatoo Fact Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper Plate Parrot Craft Activity

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!

Paper Plate Parrot Craft

 

 

 

 

 

 



April 7, 2020 | Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy Zoo: North American Beavers

Hi again!

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!

 

 

 

Utica Zoo Beaver Fact Sheet

Learn about the Utica Zoo’s resident North American Beavers Capa, Lakoda, Frances, and Justin!

Utica_Zoo_Beaver_Fact_Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North American Beaver Fact Sheet

Learn a bit more about North American Beavers as a species!

Beaver Fact Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beavers as Keystone Species Activity and Craft

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!

Beavers_as_Keystone_Species

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 April 6, 2020 | Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy Zoo: Grace-Barred Owl

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!  

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

Birds of Prey Lesson

Learn all about the different birds and birds of prey that call the Utica Zoo home!
Raptors Lesson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Kind of Bird Are You? Activity

Using this quick reference sheet of the wingspans of different birds, can you figure out which birds you would be closest in size?

Wingspans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toilet Paper Tube Owl Craft

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!

Owl_Craft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birdy Bingo

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!?

Birdy_Bingo

 

 

 

 




 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!

Hedgehog_Activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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!

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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