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 info@uticazoo.org .

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.

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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.

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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

Zoo Blog

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    Wolf Awareness Week 10/12 to 10/18
    October 14, 2014

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

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    New Female Red Panda – Ming Yue
    October 10, 2014

    The Utica Zoo introduced a new female Red Panda today. Her name is Ming Yue. She will join the male Red Panda Muse in the same exhibit.

Upcoming Events

Oct
22
Wed
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – A Hoot in the F...
Zoo Adventures – A Hoot in the F...
Oct 22 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - A Hoot in the Forest!
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. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am and lasts approximately an hour.
Oct
23
Thu
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – A Hoot in the F...
Zoo Adventures – A Hoot in the F...
Oct 23 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - A Hoot in the Forest!
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. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am and lasts approximately an hour.
Nov
7
Fri
10:30 AM Stroller Safari – North American...
Stroller Safari – North American...
Nov 7 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Stroller Safari - North American Trek
Load up your stroller and join the newest zoo adventure for your toddler or infant! Each safari includes an interactive stroller tour and an up close animal encounter. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for nonmembers. The class meets outside the auditorium at 10:30am.  
Nov
13
Thu
10:30 AM Homeschool Program – Digging for...
Homeschool Program – Digging for...
Nov 13 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Homeschool Program - Digging for Dinosaurs
Is your child a budding zoologist? Our interactive classes help to further homeschool studies through group activities and animal interactions. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.

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