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Utica Zoo News

Holiday Shopping


Posted on November 17th, 2017

Looking for the perfect gift for your animal loving family and friends? Shop local and support the Utica Zoo Gift Shop! Gift Shop hours: 10am to 4pm daily. (Utica Zoo & Gift Shop are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas). Limited Edition Animal Adoption Boxes: From now, until December 24, 2017 we are offering a special animal Read More

Holiday Hoot 2017


Posted on November 9th, 2017

Holiday Hoot 2017 at the Utica Zoo is Saturday, 16th from 1 to 3pm in the Auditorium. Bring the whole family to have pictures taken with Santa! Printed photos are an additional fee, but you are welcome to bring your own camera. Kids can enjoy meet & greets with our educational animals. Free hot drinks, Read More

School Break Programs 2017


Posted on October 19th, 2017

Looking for something new to do with your kids during school break? Join us for one of our zoo-rific education programs! There’s something for kids of all ages at the Utica Zoo! Space is limited and preregistration is required by emailing kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org or calling (315) 738-0472 ext. 36. Join us on Friday, November 10th at 1:30pm for our Read More

Zoo Camps


Posted on October 14th, 2017

Zoo Camp Registration 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 your slot has been saved, please download the registration form and e-mail or mail it to the address found at the bottom of the form. Registration is on a Read More

Wild Weekends


Posted on October 3rd, 2017

Join us this fall at the Zoo for fun and educational animal interactions! Drop in anytime during the two hour period. These programs are free with zoo admission. Download a PDF of the schedule by clicking here. When: Saturday 10:30am to 12:30pm, and Sunday 1:00pm to 3:00pm Where: Children’s Zoo Discovery Cottage October  –  The Read More

Spooktacular 2017


Posted on September 24th, 2017

Utica Zoo’s 31st annual Spooktacular fundraiser is rain or shine on October 28 & 29 from 11am to 5pm each day at the Utica Zoo. For those of you that have enjoyed Sunday of Spooktacular in the past, we are doing both days of the event similar to that. Spooktacular takes place during the daylight hours this 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

Education Programs


Posted on September 6th, 2017

Upcoming Utica Zoo Education Programs. Pre-registration is required. All classes begin at 10:30am (unless noted) in the auditorium and cost $5.00 per child for Utica Zoo members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Families are welcome to arrive at 10:00am to enjoy coffee while your kids play! There will be activities and games provided before 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

New Digital Sign & Sculptures


Posted on July 31st, 2017

Utica, NY – Utica Zoo has installed a massive sculptural sign at the entrance featuring popular animals and native landscapes. Incorporated into this steel structure is a LED video board which allows for dynamic visual programming. This art installation was designed and created by Joel Grimaldi of Metallogix. The original idea was spearheaded and fully Read More

Annual Meeting


Posted on July 6th, 2017

Utica Zoo’s 102nd Annual Meeting is Monday, July 17th. Zoo is open from 10am to 7pm. Live Music from 5:30 to 7pm. Business meeting starts at 6pm in the Rotary Pavilion. Join us for a look back at 2016, brief business, member voting, awards, celebration of volunteers, animal meet & greet, and light refreshments. To Read More

Utica Zoo Mondays!


Posted on July 4th, 2017

Utica Zoo is open until 7PM on every Monday during July and August of 2017. Each Monday from 4-7pm will feature a Food Truck from the Utica Food Truck Association, and an activity or entertainment. All activities are included with zoo admission unless noted. Utica Zoo Mondays are presented by Mix 102.5. Check back to Read More

We’ll Miss You Aztec


Posted on June 23rd, 2017

On Thursday, June 22 we made the difficult decision to euthanize Aztec our Mexican gray wolf. We discovered a large tumor on her front left leg on June 7th. On June 8th we brought Aztec into surgery and sent a biopsy of the tumor to the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University. The results Read More

Wine in the Wilderness FAQs


Posted on June 1st, 2017

Here are the frequently asked questions for Utica Zoo’s Wine in the Wilderness on Saturday, June 3rd from 6 to 9pm at the Utica Zoo. Where can I get tickets? Save $5 when buying tickets in advance at the following locations: UticaZoo.org/wine, Eventbrite.com, Utica Zoo Gift Shop. Retail locations accept cash or check only: Bremer’s Wine Read More

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 HR@uticazoo.org 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

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 hors d’oeuvres. Only 300 Wine Enthusiast Tickets will be sold. Attendees will be able to sample 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

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