Memorial Day & Wine in the Wilderness

Utica Zoo is open from 10am to 4:45pm on Memorial Day. On June 3rd we are open from 10am to 1pm - closing early to prepare for Wine in the Wilderness.

Utica Zoo News

Porcupine Babies Born

Posted on May 24th, 2017

Utica, NY – Utica Zoo is excited to announce the birth of two African Crested Porcupines (Hystrix africaeaustralis) to parents, Kutarna and Darius. The delightful offspring, known properly as “porcupettes” were discovered on May 1 with their parents. At their neonatal vet exam, they appear to be a male and a female. They have not Read More

Educator Job Opening

Posted on May 15th, 2017

Organization: Utica Zoo/Utica Zoological Society Location: Utica, NY, United States Job Title: Educator Utica Zoo is seeking a creative and energetic educator to join our team. The Educator reports to the Director of Education and Visitor Experience. To apply, please email resume to or stop by the Zoo’s gift shop to fill out an application. Interviews will Read More

Wine in the Wilderness 2017

Posted on May 10th, 2017

Click here to win two Wine Enthusiast Tickets. Brought to you by Business Machines and Equipment. Utica Zoo’s 18th annual Wine in the Wilderness fundraising event is Saturday, June 3rd from 6 to 9pm at the Utica Zoo. New for 2017 is the Wine Enthusiast Ticket, featuring early entry at 4pm, wine-tasting education, and heavy Read More

Project Aquatic WILD

Posted on May 2nd, 2017

Two Day Workshop: May 11 & 12 from 6pm to 8pm. Take your classroom outdoors through Project Aquatic WILD! Join Utica Zoo educators for an engaging workshop that will provide you with all you need to teach students of any grade level about aquatic wildlife and ecosystems. Participants are introduced to Aquatic WILD through hands-on Read More

Member Appreciation Night 2017

Posted on May 2nd, 2017

Thank you for being a member of our pride! Please join us for a special members-only appreciation night on Monday, May 22nd from 5 to 7pm at the Utica Zoo. Enjoy light fare, music, and animal presentations. Please register to attend by May 16th in the Eventbrite form below. Event is rain or shine in the Read More

FrogWatch USA Workshop

Posted on April 17th, 2017

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 becoming a citizen scientist and joining FrogWatch USA at the Utica Zoo. FrogWatch USA is a citizen science project which aims to collect data on amphibian Read More

Summer Zoo Camps 2017

Posted on April 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 to reserve your slot. Once Read More

Zoo Keeper Job Opening

Posted on April 7th, 2017

Organization: Utica Zoo/Utica Zoological Society Location: Utica, NY, United States Job Title: Zoo Keeper The Utica Zoo is seeking a dynamic team member to join our Animal Care Department. Essential job functions and responsibilities may include but are not limited to animal care, habitat/enclosure maintenance, behavioral enrichment, special projects, recordkeeping, training, and assist in safe captures, restraint, Read More

Yoga for Yoda: Saturdays in May

Posted on April 6th, 2017

Each Saturday in May (6, 13, 20, 27) from 9am to 10 am, the Utica Zoo will host yoga sessions to benefit Yoda the white-handed gibbon and all of the primates at the zoo. Location of the classes within the zoo will be determined by the weather and instructor. All levels of yoga, and all Read More

Eggstravaganza 2017

Posted on March 20th, 2017

Utica, NY – Utica Zoo’s annual Eggstravaganza event is Saturday, April 15 from 10am to 3pm at the Utica Zoo featuring the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg Hunt throughout the zoo. Visitors can also participate in an educational quest to find and learn about the animals at the zoo that lay eggs. Are you Read More

Earth Day 2017

Posted on March 10th, 2017

Utica Zoo’s annual Earth Day Celebration is Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 11am to 3pm at the Utica Zoo. Pine saplings will be given to the first 50 families in attendance, and animal meet and greets will occur throughout the day. Earth Day will feature earth-friendly vendors, locally made goods, and family friendly services including: Oneida Herkimer Read More

Paint Classes at Utica Zoo

Posted on March 7th, 2017

Utica Zoo is offering two paint classes with the help of Easels on the Gogh! Paint Class for Adults: March 22 from 1 to 3pm at Utica Zoo Wednesday, March 22nd from 1pm to 3pm. $35 to paint a giraffe on a 16 x 20″ canvas. Price also includes admission to the Utica Zoo, coffee, Read More

Utica Zoo Brewfest 2017

Posted on March 6th, 2017

Utica Zoo’s 19th annual Brewfest Fundraiser is Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 6-9pm at the Utica Zoo. Utica Zoo Brewfest 2017 is sponsored by Townsquare Media.

Spring Education Programs

Posted on February 27th, 2017

Utica Zoo’s Spring Education Programs for 2017 are listed below. All classes begin at 10:30am in the Auditorium. 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 for your toddler or infant! Each safari includes an interactive tour and an up close Read More

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

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.  Read More

Spring Zoo Camps 2017

Posted on February 13th, 2017

Preregistration for all zoo camps is required. Please register by emailing   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 0 of 15 slots available  —  CAMP SESSION 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

  CURRENT UTICA ZOO JOB OPENINGS: Educator Zoo Keeper INTERNSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE: Animal Care Internships, Educational Docents & Interns, Business Internships It is the policy of the Utica Zoological Society to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual Read More

New Male Bactrian Camel

Posted on January 27th, 2017

$12,743.85 raised! Donate $25 or more before 5pm on March 3rd and be entered to win a Utica Zoo Family Membership or renewal. Goal: $14,998 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 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, 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