Utica Zoo News

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Party for the Planet 2019

Posted on April 12th, 2019

Utica Zoo’s annual Party for the Planet/ Earth Day Celebration is Saturday, May 4th, 2019 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Utica Zoo. We will be celebrating our animals and how important they are to our world! Pine saplings will be given to the first 50 families in attendance, and animal meet and greets will Read More

Valentines Day

Animal Valentine Exchange

Posted on January 29th, 2019

Join the Utica Zoo Education Department for a fun-filled program complete with Valentines and enrichment items! We have also teamed up with Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester for an “Animal Valentine Exchange”! This event is FREE WITH ZOO ADMISSION! Bring the kids to the Utica Zoo Auditorium on February 16 and 17 and make a Valentine to Read More

School Break Camps 2019

Posted on December 24th, 2018

School Break Zoo Camps 2019 No school? Bring your kids to the Utica Zoo to learn all about animal habitats! Our school break Zoo camps are held from 10 am to 1 pm and are open to learners from 1st to 4th grade. Camp activities include animal meet and greets, enrichment projects, touring the zoo, Read More

Holiday Hoot

2018 Utica Zoo Holiday Hoot

Posted on October 24th, 2018

The Hartford and Utica Zoo presents the annual Holiday Hoot celebration! Great for all ages, the day includes many activities perfect for the winter holiday season. NEW THIS YEAR: BREAKFAST WITH SANTA! Enjoy breakfast with Santa, courtesy of A Moveable Feast by O’Connor’s! Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs. Sausage, Fruit, Juice, Milk, Coffee and of course SANTA! 2 Read More

2018 NYPA Wildlife Festival

Posted on September 3rd, 2018

Once again, the New York Power Authority Wildlife Festival has returned! On Saturday, September 8, enjoy FREE ZOO ADMISSION courtesy of the New York Power Authority! This family friendly event includes El Jefe’s Tacos & More, Holy Smoque’s BBQ Fusion, Voss’s At the Zoo, face painting, Jim Okey Magic Comedy, Champion Chainsaw Sculptor Mark Tyoe, Wolf Mountain Nature Center, Erie Read More

Spooktacular Harvest Festival 2018

Posted on September 1st, 2018

The 32nd Annual Utica Zoo Spooktacular Harvest Festival has returned! Save October 20th and 21st in your calendar! Sponsored by I LOVE NY, Empower Federal Credit Union, KISSFM, Talk 100.7, BUG Country, Roser Communications Network, and PJ Green. Bring the whole family for a weekend of fall fun and spooky good times! Live Music, fall Read More

Member Mornings-Winter

Member Mornings

Posted on August 10th, 2018

Member Mornings will start up again in the Winter of 2019. Each month’s program will feature a different topic and may include a guided tour, interactive animal presentations or animal enrichment activities. The family-friendly fun starts at 9:30 am and is open to members only. Member Mornings are free to Utica Zoo Members. Only 25 Read More

Posted on August 4th, 2018

Education Programs Zoo Adventures STEM Academy(3-5 Years) Young children are natural scientists; curious about the world and how it works. You can foster that sense of wonder and curiosity at the Utica Zoo’s preschool STEM Academy. We will introduce your little learners to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by engaging them in age appropriate Read More

Volunteers & Docents Wanted

Posted on August 1st, 2018

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 2018-2019: 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 the Utica Zoo. Read More

Member Appreciation Night/Annual Meeting 2018

Posted on June 28th, 2018

  Thank you for being a member of our pride! Please join us for a special members-only appreciation night on Monday, July 16th from 5 to 7pm at the Utica Zoo. Enjoy light fare, music by Anthony LaBarbera, and animal presentations. We are also partnering with the Utica Blue Sox! Come meet tomorrow’s pro baseball Read More

Wine in the Wilderness 2018

Posted on March 21st, 2018

Utica Zoo’s 19th annual Wine in the Wilderness fundraising event is Saturday, June 2nd from 6 to 9pm at the Utica Zoo. Attendees will be able to sample and purchase New York State wines, including a limited edition “Luscious Lynx Peach Chardonnay” by Prospect Falls Winery. $2 of every bottle of Luscious Lynx Peach Chardonnay will be Read More

Eggstravaganza 2018

Posted on March 20th, 2018

Get ready for Eggstravaganza! With all the excitement and fun activities we have planned, we wanted to fill you in on what to expect. It’s all about the Egg!   The festivities begin at 10AM and end at 3PM Admission for Members is free (Additional fees apply for the Egg Hunt) The EGG HUNT is Read More

Frog Watch Class banner with picture of a frog, Frog Watch USA logo, Utica Zoo Logo, and "Frog Watch Class' on left side

2019 Frog Watch USA

Posted on March 17th, 2018

Frogs and toads need your help! These amphibians are an important part of local wetland ecosystems and their numbers are declining at an unprecedented rate. You can help by joining FrogWatch USA at the Utica Zoo! FrogWatch USA is a citizen science project which aims to collect data on amphibian breeding calls. This data is Read More

Snowshoe Rentals

Posted on January 25th, 2018

Snowshoe at the Zoo! Bring your own, 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 poles must be returned to the Gift Shop before 4:00PM. Photo ID required for rentals. Snowshoeing available at the discretion Read More

Utica Zoo Career Opportunities

Posted on January 19th, 2018

Utica Zoo Career Opportunities The Utica Zoo sits in the Roscoe Conkling Park in Utica, NY on over 80 pristine acres, 40 of which are currently developed. We care for over 200 animals from 99 different species and welcome over 100,000 visitors from all over the country every year. Our staff is one of many Read More

21 Species Survival Plans

Posted on January 12th, 2018

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

Accent Magazine Feature

Posted on January 5th, 2018

Click here for the PDF version of the Accent Magazine feature. Accent Magazine is a monthly magazine produced by the Observer Dispatch.  

Utica Zoo 2019 Events

Posted on January 3rd, 2018

February 14: Valentine’s for Animals April 1: Summer Hours and Admission April 20: Eggstravaganza May 4: Party for the Planet/Earth Day Celebration May 12: FREE Admission for Moms May 18: Girl Scout Day June 1: Wine in the Wilderness (21+) June 16: FREE Admission for Dads July 15: Utica Zoo Annual Meeting August 3: Brewfest Read More

Wild Winter Weekends

Wild Weekends

Posted on October 3rd, 2017

Utica Zoo Wild Weekends Join us every weekend at the Discovery Cottage in our Children’s Zoo for wild winter weekend fun!  There will be animals to meet, crafts to make, and lots more!   The Discovery Cottage will be open all day and education animal encounters will take place from 11am to 1pm on Saturday and Read More

Boolermaker Youth Run

Posted on September 11th, 2017

The first ever Boolermaker at the Utica Zoo is the event that shows our youth “getting fit isn’t scary”. This Halloween themed fun run is 100 % free and a part of the Boilermaker Urban Initiative. There are distances for all ages and abilities between the ages of 4-12. Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017 Start Time: Check-in Read More

Rainforest Roast Coffee

Posted on September 1st, 2017

Utica, NY – Utica Zoo has teamed up with Utica Coffee Roasting Company to create a limited edition coffee called “Rainforest Roast”. The matte black coffee bag features a cotton top tamarin from the Utica Zoo. Cotton top tamarins are one of the most endangered species of primates in the world. They are native to Read More

NYPA Wildlife Festival

Posted on August 10th, 2017

September 9, 2017 from 10am to 4pm: New York Power Authority’s annual Wildlife Festival at the Utica Zoo features free admission and parking, face painting, magic by Jim Okey, chainsaw sculpting by Mark Tyoe, animal shows, vendors and more! Vendors/Booths: Voss’, El Jefe’s Tacos & More, Holy Smoque’s BBQ Fusion, Willow Weaver, Wolf Mountain Nature Center, Erie Canal Read More