Utica Zoo News

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! Bring the whole family for a weekend of fall fun and spooky good times! Live Music, fall favorite treats, food trucks, trick or treating, games and activities, pumpkin carving and painting contest, and of course over 200 Read More

*NEW* Member Mornings


Posted on August 10th, 2018

Member Mornings will start up again in fall of 2018. 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 9:30am and is open to members only. Member Mornings are free to Utica Zoo Members. Only 25 spots Read More

*NEW!* Fall Education Programs


Posted on August 4th, 2018

Fall 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 leaners 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

FrogWatch 2018


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

Earth Day 2018


Posted on March 10th, 2018

Utica Zoo’s annual Earth Day Celebration is Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 11am to 3pm 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 occur throughout the day. Meet Smokey Read More

School Break Programs 2018


Posted on February 1st, 2018

Earth Week – April 21st to April 28th Join us at the zoo and celebrate our Mother Earth! We will be celebrating Earth Day, Arbor Day and Environmental Education week with a variety of camps, classes and events. Visit the website for a full listing of programs.  Learn more. Do more. Share more. Celebrate #EEWeek2018 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 sits on approximately 80 acres, 40 of which are developed. The Zoo has over 200 animals from 80 different species and is striving towards AZA Accreditation. Currently, the Utica Zoological Society is not hiring.  We are always accepting resumes and will hold them for one year.  Should a position become available in which 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 2018 Events


Posted on January 3rd, 2018

Saturday, March 31: Eggstravaganza Sunday, April 1: Summer hours and admission start Saturday, April 28: Earth Day Celebration Saturday, May 5th: Girl Scout Day Sunday, May 13: Free Admission for Moms Saturday, June 2: Wine in the Wilderness (21+) Sunday, June 17: Free Admission for Dads Monday, July 16: Utica Zoo’s Annual Meeting Saturday, August Read More

Zoo Camps


Posted on January 1st, 2018

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, along with a Read More

Gift Shop


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). Animal Adoption Boxes: We are offering a special animal adoption box for $50. Adoption Box includes a 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

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

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