COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

In an abundance of caution, the Utica Zoo will be closed to the public until further notice to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. We will have a core team of animal care professionals on grounds to continue to provide top level animal care to our animals. Please refer to our Facebook page for continuous updates. Thank you.

Red Panda Encounter

April 16, 2019




Go inside our Red Panda exhibit to hand feed them their favorite treats! Visitors travel from all over the country, and several foreign countries, to visit with Muse and Ming-Yue. Our Zookeepers will provide you with all the Red Panda information you could ever need, all while feeding them grapes, biscuits, and bamboo leaves.

Add on a Photo Package for only $45 to get lots of photos to remember your once in a lifetime experience.

$180 total for up to two people age 12+ and zoo admission is included.

Only two red panda encounters are offered per week via the Species Survival Plan. Scheduling Red Panda encounters is dependent upon the animal care schedule and the requirements of the Species Survival Plan. Guests must book their encounters by clicking the link below at least one week in advance.  Animal Encounters last approximately 30 minutes and are overseen by a member of our Animal Care Staff who can answer all of your questions. All encounter sales are final. Encounters may be rescheduled no less than 48 hours in advance of the encounter date.

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