Animal Encounters

red panda encounter

Utica Zoo visitor feeding a Red Panda

Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with some of the animals at the Utica Zoo? Well now you can! With our Animal Encounter packages, you can now make your Zoo visit extraordinary.

  • African Lions: Go inside our Cat building for a behind the scenes look at our Lions. See how our keepers use specialized training to feed and keep the cats healthy and happy. The Utica Zoo will provide you with an 8 x 10 of your encounter (photo for personal use only, no personal cameras allowed). Admission is included. $1,000
  • California Sea Lions: Go behind the scenes to visit our California Sea Lions and get your questions answered by their keeper. Bring your camera. Admission is included. $250
  • Red Pandas: Be on exhibit with our Red Panda as you go inside to them their favorite treat! Bring your camera. Admission is included. $125. This encounter is for 2 people. Red Panda Encounters are currently unavailable due to Red Panda breeding season. Check back in Spring of 2015 for updates, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Camels: Get behind the scenes and extra close to feed Nigel and Najla their favorite treat. Bring your camera. Admission is included. $75
  • Children’s Zoo Contact Yard: Be on exhibit with our Nigerian Dwarf Goats as you go behind the fence to get up close and personal. Bring your camera. Admission is included. $40

Email events@uticazoo.org for availability and booking or call (315) 738-0472.

Each encounter (other than Red Panda) includes up to 5 people. Additional $25 per person after 5 people. Number of groups per day is determined by staff.