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.

Utica Zoo Team

Meet the Utica Zoo team! We employee over 40 people from the Greater Utica area. We are dedicated to top-level animal care, creating unique experiences for our visitors, and fostering an appreciation for wildlife through education, conservation, and recreation.

Board of Trustees

Board President: Robert Jubenville, PhD

Vice President: Andrew F. Biernat

Vice President: Robert Heins

Secretary: Kevin Wiegand

Treasurer: Jim Viggiano

Board Members:

Adam McLain; PhD, Alaine Canestrari, Ben Saltzman, Christoper Powers; MD, Christopher Henry,  Crystal Guzzardo, David Paciello, Donald Reese, Drew Ward; Esq, Jack Spaeth, Kevin Conway, Marolyn Wilson, Michele Hummel, Victoria Cataldo

Executive Director: Andria Heath E-mail


Director of Administrative Operations: Nikki Sheehan E-mail

Marketing Coordinator: Mark Simon E-mail

Events and Rental Coordinator: Mark Piersma E-mail

Development and Community Outreach Coordinator: Heather Wasielewski E-mail

Administrative Assistant: Kyla Jacobs E-mail

Bookkeeper: Carol Heburn

Gift Shop: Daniel Gaska, Leanne Higby, Theresa Weir, Christopher Jakubowski, Lucy Fuentes, Meaghen Gape

Education Director: Mary Hall E-mail

Education Program Coordinator: Kathleen McGill

Education Department: Nicolette Hajdasz, Justin Horender, Ben Oudekirk, Zowie Auger

Veterinarian: Dr. Ellen Hilton

Vet Tech & Registrar: Jackie Gregory

Zoo Area Managers: Mike Bates, Beth Ricci, Jonathan Miller


Buildings and Grounds Superintendent: Gary Mundschenk E-mail

Buildings and Grounds: Chris Donohue, Mikhail Naryvonchyk, Durahin Yasin

Janitorial Technician: Harmonica Washington