Press Room

Welcome to the Utica Zoo Press Room! Here you will find press releases and stories featuring the Zoo. Click on the links below to view PDF releases and news sites.

MEDIA: Please contact MikeBeck, Communications Coordinator at or 315-738-0472 Ext.49

Utica Zoo Presents Sinnott Award 1/10/2014

Utica Zoo Seeks “Green” Vendors for Earth Day Event 1/3/2014

Utica Zoo Welcomes New Canada Lynx 12/12/2013

Holiday Hoot at the Utica Zoo 12/4/2013

Think of the Utica Zoo When Shopping This Small Business  Saturday 11/18/2013

Utica Zoo Named Winner in Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program 11/15/2013

Changing Seasons at the Utica Zoo; What to Expect 11/4/2013

Utica Zoo Presents Pumpkin Play Day! 11/1/2013

Utica Zoo Announces 2013 Fall Docent Class 10/29/2013

Utica Zoo Named Finalist in Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program 10/9/2013

26th Annual Spooktacular 10/7/2013

Utica Zoo Seeks Candy Station Sponsors for the 26th Annual Spooktacular! 9/27/2013

A Zoo of a Summer!  8/12/2013

Utica Observer Dispatch – 15th Brewfest adds beer tent, attracts more people

Brewfest 2013  7/26/2013

WKTV – New line-up of animals at Utica Zoo

The Utica Zoo Announces New Exhibits and Additions! 7/17/2013

WKTV – Leftover food from Boilermaker post-race party donated to zoo

Rome Observer – Boliermaker leftover produce donated to Utica Zoo

WIBX – Boliermaker and Utica Zoo Combine To Go Green

Runner’s World – Utica Boliermaker Donates Leftover Fruit to Zoo

Boilermaker Sustainability Supports the Utica Zoo 7/15/2013

CBS Philly – History and Adventure Travel Guide: 48 Hours in the Mohawk Valley

Utica Observer Dispatch – Zoo welcomes local agencies

Zoo Days Tuesdays for June 18 2013 6/14/2013

Father’s Day at the Utica Zoo 6/13/2013

CNY Central – ‘Bucket List’ items to be crossed off this week by Utica teen with life threatening illness

Little Falls Times – Zoo observes cubs, pups birthdays

Utica Observer Dispatch – 2 lion cubs and sea lion celebrating first birthday at zoo

WKTV – Utica Zoo celebrates trio of one-year birthdays

Utica Zoo Celebrates First Birthdays for Coky, Murphy & Zoey 6/4/2013

Wine in the Wilderness 2013 5/23/2013

Mother’s Day Weekend at the Utica Zoo 5/9/2013

Utica Observer Dispatch – Vintage vehicles sought for event

WKTV -Waster Bunny shows up at Utica Zoo

Utica Observer Dispatch – iSpy Eggstravaganza at Utica Zoo

Utica Observer Dispatch – With plenty of events, no need to hunt for fun at Easter event

Eggstravaganza 2013 3/25/2013

WKTV -Snowshoe at the Zoo

WKTV -Utica Zoo participates in “Acts of Kindness” movement

WKTV -Donation Helps Boost Construction of Utica Zoo’s Red Fox Exhibit

WKTV -Santa visits Utica Zoo for special event

Madison County Courier -Utica Zoo Presents Sinnott Award

New Red Fox Exhibit 12/4/2012

Utica Zoo Celibates the Season with Pumpkins for Animals! 10/31/2012

WKTV- Utica Zoo Takes Preparations for Hurricane Sandy

Utica Observer Dispatch – Halloween Spirit Nestles in at Annual Utica Zoo Event

Utica Zoo Presents 25th Annual Spooktacular! 10/23/2012

WIBX – Utica Zoo Offering Edzoocation Courses This Fall

Utica Zoo Announces Fall Program Schedule 9/25/2012

WKTV- Keepers From Utica Zoo Among More Than 200 Worldwide to Attend Conference

Last Free Admission Night of the Summer 9/7/2012

WIBX- Utica Zoo Babies Make Their Public Debut

Utica Zoo African Lion Cubs and California Sea Lion Pup Now on Exhibit! 9/7/2012

Utica Zoo Presents Annual Brewfest! 7/31/2012

Palm Springs Golf to Give Utica Zoo All Proceeds of Days Business! 6/25/2012

Free Admission for Dads this Father’s Day Weekend! 6/15/2012

First Free Admission Monday Night of 2012! 6/8/2012

Utica Zoo Announces Extended Summer Hours 5/24/2012

Hours and Admisson

April 1 to October 31: Open 10AM until 4:45 PM
November 1 to March 31: Open 10AM, admission/gift shop closes at 3PM & Zoo gates close at 4PM

Admission 4/1- 10/31 11/1- 3/31 & Group
Child 3-12 $4.75 $2.50
Adult 13-61 $7.75 $4.25
Senior 62+, Military, College w/ ID $6.75 $3.50

Upcoming Events

10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Dec 23 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Holiday Special
Join us for a special holiday Zoo Adventures. Story, craft and of course, animals! Free for Members, $5.00/ child for non-members, adults free.
10:30 AM Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dec 27 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dangerous Defenses - Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses-December programs will focus on the different ways animals keep themselves safe. Antlers and Horns and Prickly Thorns! Animals protect themselves in an amazing array of ways. Join zoo educators as we learn about animal defenses. We will meet a few of our education animals and tour the zoo. This program is free with your admission and recommended for ages 5 and up.
11:00 AM Happy Zoo Year
Happy Zoo Year
Dec 31 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Happy Zoo Year
On New Years Eve (Wednesday, December 31st) the Utica Zoo will be celebrating “Happy Zoo Year” from 11 to 1 pm in the Auditorium. Madagascar the movie will be shown on a projector screen. Kids will be able to participate in arts & crafts, and animal meet & greets. There will be a Hot Chocolate toast at Noon with free cookies on the side. Regular Winter Admission. Free for Members. The Utica Zoo is open on New Years Day.
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Over and Under ...
Zoo Adventures – Over and Under ...
Jan 8 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Over and Under the Snow
Join our monthly preschool program as we explore the world of animals through storybooks! Each session includes a story, animal meet and greet, snack, and activity. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Child admission included and Adults are free. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.

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Zoo Blog

  • Santa takes a photo with a child at the Utica Zoo Holiday Hoot.
    Holiday Hoot 2014

    December 14th, 2014 – The Utica Zoo welcomed Santa Claus and visitors to the annual Holiday Hoot today. Children were able to get their pictures taken with Santa by Whitesboro Fun Pix, and also let Santa know what they wanted for Christmas. Chuck E. Cheese stopped by to give tokens to kids, and take photos as well. Docents and educational staff brought out animals that the whole family could interact with. The mild temperatures made it a perfect day to walk around the Utica Zoo and see all the animals on exhibit. Children participated in arts and crafts in the Auditorium. Visitors enjoyed hot chocolate and coffee, along with free cookies and candy. People brought gifts for our animals from Read More