Utica Zoo News

Volunteers & Docents Wanted


Posted on February 16th, 2017

Utica, NY – Are you looking for a fulfilling way to help out your local community this year? Utica Zoo has a variety of volunteer opportunities available for 2017: Docent (Age 18+): A zoo docent is a trained volunteer, teacher, or guide who is dedicated to educating the public about the environment, wildlife, conservation, and Read More

Summer Zoo Camps 2017


Posted on February 14th, 2017

Utica Zoo Summer Zoo Camp Registration In addition to discounts off of all zoo camp registrations, members will receive early registration beginning February 14th. Registration will open for non-members on March 1st. If you are interested in registering for a zoo camp session, please email the Education Department at kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org to reserve your slot. Once Read More

Education Docents and Interns


Posted on February 14th, 2017

Utica Zoo Education Summer Interns Are you a college student interested in pursuing a career in environmental or outdoor education? Gain experience this summer at the Utica Zoo! Our hands on education internship offers students the opportunity to teach people of all ages about the importance of the natural world and promote positive conservation practices. Interns Read More

Spring Zoo Camps 2017


Posted on February 13th, 2017

Preregistration for all zoo camps is required. Please register by emailing kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org.   Wild Families Pre-Kindergarten to 1st Grade Learn all about how animals in the wild work together to survive and meet the many animal families that live here at the zoo! April 19th 9:00am-12:00pm   SINGLE DAY, HALF DAY SESSION 12 of 15 slots available Over in the Read More

Utica Zoo Snowshoe Rentals


Posted on February 13th, 2017

2/19/17 Update: conditions are poor. Please check back after the next snowstorm. Bring your own snowshoes or rent a pair of ours! With wooded trails and amazing scenery, come see the zoo in a whole new way. Last snowshoe rental occurs at 3:00pm. Snowshoes and gear must be returned to the Gift Shop before 3:45PM. Read More

Utica Zoo Career Opportunities


Posted on February 4th, 2017

Job Title: Zoo Area Manager Organization: Utica Zoo/Utica Zoological Society Location: Utica, NY, United States Utica Zoo is seeking a Zoo Area Manager. The Zoo Area Manager reports to the Director of Animal Operations. Under the direction of the Director of Animal Operations, this position provides day-to-day leadership in and management of one or more Read More

New Male Bactrian Camel


Posted on January 27th, 2017

$12,368.60 raised! Goal: $15,000 Utica, NY – Utica Zoo has acquired a 7-year-old male Bactrian camel from Ohio. The new male camel has joined 11-year-old female Najla, whose companion, Nigel, passed away in September of 2016. Najla and the new male serve as ambassadors to their counterparts in the wild who are critically endangered. “Camels, Read More

21 Species Survival Plans


Posted on January 12th, 2017

Utica, NY – Species Survival Plan (SSP) is a program that is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). According to AZA.org, Species Survival Plan oversees the population management of select species within AZA member institutions, and enhances the conservation of species in the wild. Each SSP program coordinates the individual activities of Read More

Utica Zoo 2017 Events


Posted on January 3rd, 2017

Saturday, April 1: Summer hours and admission start Saturday, April 15: Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 29: Earth Day Celebration Sunday, May 14: Free Admission for Moms Monday, May 22: Member Appreciation Day Saturday, June 3: Wine in the Wilderness (21+) Sunday, June 18: Free Admission for Dads July 10 through August 28: Open until 7pm on Read More

2016 Recycling Champion


Posted on December 20th, 2016

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority annually recognizes individuals, institutions or industries that have taken the initiative to reduce their solid waste stream through reduction, recycling and proper disposal. “This year, the Authority is honoring the Utica Zoo which continues to be an advocate for both the environment and its wildlife through their solid waste reduction, material re-purposing, recycling Read More

Staying Warm in Winter


Posted on December 15th, 2016

How do all the animals at the Utica Zoo stay warm in the winter? That is the question on everyone’s mind on a day when temperatures and wind chills are below zero degrees. The first question you should ask is: What country or region in the world does the animal originate from, and what is Read More

Winter Zoo Camps


Posted on December 12th, 2016

Utica Zoo’s education department has Zoo Camps designed for kids of all ages. The zoo environment and animal themed fun make these camps a great addition to any child’s day. The ages of the camps are determined by what grade they will be entering in the Fall. For more information or to pre-register for camps by Read More

Primate Campaign Goal Reached


Posted on December 1st, 2016

Utica, NY – Utica Zoo’s campaign to improve the primate building has brought in $364,787.52, surpassing the goal of $350,000 for phase one. The campaign was announced on December 1, 2015 with the bold message “We Don’t Like It Either!”, a response to zoo visitors wanting to see a more naturalistic habitat for the primates. Read More

Holiday Deals 2016


Posted on November 17th, 2016

Looking for the perfect gift for your animal loving family and friends? Utica Zoo Gift Shop has just the thing for you! Gift Shop hours: 10am to 4pm daily. (Utica Zoo & Gift Shop are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.) Animal Adoption Holiday Special: From now, until January 15, 2017 we are offering a special Holiday Read More

Holiday Hoot 2016


Posted on November 14th, 2016

Holiday Hoot 2016 at the Utica Zoo is Sunday, December 11th from 1 to 3pm in the Auditorium. Bring the whole family to have pictures with Santa! (Printed photos are an additional fee). Kids can enjoy meet & greets with our educational animals. Free hot drinks, cookies, and candy will be available. Bring gifts for Read More

Sensory Sundays


Posted on November 9th, 2016

Sensory Sundays – Utica Zoo invites families with special needs children to join us for special sensory education programs. The programs will be interactive and hands on. The program is free for members and $5.00 / child for non-members. November 20, 2016: 9:30 to 10:30 AM – Owls. December 18, 2016: 9:30 to 10:30 AM Read More

Winter Education Programs


Posted on November 9th, 2016

Here are Utica Zoo’s Winter Education programs for 2016-2017. Pre-registration is required. See registration information after the list of classes. Homeschool (6 Years and Up): Is your child a budding zoologist? Our interactive classes help to further home school studies through group activities and animal interactions. Class begins at 10:30am in the auditorium. Thursday, December 15th Read More

Member Mornings


Posted on November 1st, 2016

Member Mornings will start up again in fall of 2016. These family programs are free for Utica Zoo members-only and will cover a variety of topics and activities such as animal presentations, tours and animal enrichment. The fun kicks off on November 13th at 9:30 AM with Birds! Only 30 spots are available per day, Read More

Spooktacular 2016


Posted on October 11th, 2016

Dress up in your favorite costume and bring the whole family trick-or-treating at Utica Zoo’s 30th annual Spooktacular fundraising event. Spooktacular is a three-day Halloween event on October 28th and 29th from 6 to 9pm and October 30th from 12 to 4pm. (Please note that the Utica Zoo will open at 12pm on Sunday the Read More

Utica Zoo “Dream BIG” Master Plan


Posted on September 27th, 2016

Click here to view the Master Plan Map. Click here to view the Full Master Plan Click here to see the Dream BIG Book. Utica Zoo released their new master plan on September 27, 2016 at a private party sponsored by First Source Federal Credit Union. The theme of the night was “Dream BIG with the Read More

Farewell Nigel


Posted on September 2nd, 2016

Utica Zoo is deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of their male Bactrian camel Nigel on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Although the cause of death is unknown, zoo officials are awaiting necropsy results from Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine. Nigel had been under veterinarian care for arthritis, and complications of aging over the last Read More

Fall Education Programs


Posted on August 24th, 2016

Here are Utica Zoo’s Fall Education programs for 2016. Pre-registration is required. See registration information after the list of classes. Stroller Safari (6 – 18 Months): Load up the stroller and join the wildest adventure in town with your toddler or infant! Each safari includes an interactive tour and an up close animal encounter! Friday, September Read More