General Information

We are open 10am-4:30pm everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas! Reservations are NOT required!

Utica Zoo Team

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

Board of Trustees

Board President: Kevin Conway

Vice President: David Paciello

Secretary: Kevin Wiegand

Board Members: Adam McLain; PhD, Alaine Canestrari, Ben Saltzman, Crystal Guzzardo, Dan Brockway, Donald Reese, Drew Ward; Esq, Jack Spaeth, Kristen Skobla, Marolyn Wilson, Michele Hummel, Victoria Cataldo

Executive Director: Andria Heath E-mail


Director of Animal Care, Conservation, and Education: Jay Pratte E-mail

Marketing & Visitor Experience Manager: Kari Procopio E-mail

Operations Manager: Kyla Jacobs E-mail

Bookkeeper: Carol Heburn

Visitor Experience Coordinator: Chris Jakubowski E-mail

Membership Coordinator: Theresa Weir

Gift Shop: Theresa Weir, Lucy Fuentes, MacKenzie Posello, Lily Bauder

Education Program Coordinator: Kathleen McGill E-mail

Education Department: Kallen Muste, Justin Horender

Veterinarian: Dr. Ellen Hilton

Vet Tech & Registrar: Jackie Gregory

Zoo Area Manager: Mike Bates

Keeper Staff: Krystin Aranda, Melanie Entelisano, Elizabeth Slabaugh, Jessica Lindsay, Marley Ueland, Leanne Higby, Caleb LaRocca, Stephanie Hylinski, Grace Gustke, Katelyn Chatterton, Emma Stofferahn

Buildings and Grounds Superintendent: Gary Mundschenk E-mail

Buildings and Grounds: Mikhail Naryvonchyk, Durahin Yasin, Rayne Scott

Custodial Technician: Harmonica