Animal Care

Welcome to the Utica Zoo Animal Care page!  We will occasionally change the page with updates on new things happening at the zoo.

Spring may actually be here!  We are actively working to clean up from the winter that seemed to never end.  It was an exceptionally cold winter up on the hill and there are still patches of snow in shady spots.  But we are warming up and with the warmer weather comes new and exciting things for the zoo.  The animal department is preparing for some new additions coming soon!  2014 is the 100th anniversary of the Utica Zoo and it’s time to celebrate with us!  We would love to hear your memories of the zoo from your childhood or even new memories that you make this year!  You can share those memories by visiting our Facebook or Twitter pages or by sending an email to .

If you haven’t seen our press release, our newest additions to the zoo are two young Canada Lynx that recently arrived from the New York State Zoo in Watertown, NY.  The boys are getting used to their new exhibit and are still a little shy but as more people come to visit them, they will get more comfortable with visitors.  You can find them up on our North Trek Trail, just before the Snowy Owls.


Even though the lynx are still young, you can see many features on them that help them to hunt for their food.  Those large feet act like snow shoes to keep them from sinking deep.  Come visit them soon so you can see the changes as they grow into adult lynx.

Another new addition is two young female Arctic Fox.  They came to us from the Como Park Zoo in Minnesota.  These sisters are ready to greet visitors up on the North Trek Nature Trail.  They now live in the exhibit that formerly housed “Sherlock” the Red Fox.  He has since moved to a spiffy new home down in Children’s Zoo.

Remember, there’s lots to see and lots to do at the Utica Zoo.

Hours and Admisson

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

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

Upcoming Events

10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Dec 23 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Holiday Special
Join us for a special holiday Zoo Adventures. Story, craft and of course, animals! Free for Members, $5.00/ child for non-members, adults free.
10:30 AM Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dec 27 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dangerous Defenses - Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses-December programs will focus on the different ways animals keep themselves safe. Antlers and Horns and Prickly Thorns! Animals protect themselves in an amazing array of ways. Join zoo educators as we learn about animal defenses. We will meet a few of our education animals and tour the zoo. This program is free with your admission and recommended for ages 5 and up.
11:00 AM Happy Zoo Year
Happy Zoo Year
Dec 31 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Happy Zoo Year
On New Years Eve (Wednesday, December 31st) the Utica Zoo will be celebrating “Happy Zoo Year” from 11 to 1 pm in the Auditorium. Madagascar the movie will be shown on a projector screen. Kids will be able to participate in arts & crafts, and animal meet & greets. There will be a Hot Chocolate toast at Noon with free cookies on the side. Regular Winter Admission. Free for Members. The Utica Zoo is open on New Years Day.
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Over and Under ...
Zoo Adventures – Over and Under ...
Jan 8 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Over and Under the Snow
Join our monthly preschool program as we explore the world of animals through storybooks! Each session includes a story, animal meet and greet, snack, and activity. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Child admission included and Adults are free. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.

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Zoo Blog

  • Santa takes a photo with a child at the Utica Zoo Holiday Hoot.
    Holiday Hoot 2014

    December 14th, 2014 – The Utica Zoo welcomed Santa Claus and visitors to the annual Holiday Hoot today. Children were able to get their pictures taken with Santa by Whitesboro Fun Pix, and also let Santa know what they wanted for Christmas. Chuck E. Cheese stopped by to give tokens to kids, and take photos as well. Docents and educational staff brought out animals that the whole family could interact with. The mild temperatures made it a perfect day to walk around the Utica Zoo and see all the animals on exhibit. Children participated in arts and crafts in the Auditorium. Visitors enjoyed hot chocolate and coffee, along with free cookies and candy. People brought gifts for our animals from Read More