Utica Zoo Wish List

Besides the day to day cleaning and feeding of the animals, the animal keepers are also responsible for Environmental Enrichment and Training.  Environmental enrichment is the way we promote species-appropriate behavior, while giving the animals choice over their environment.  Check out the pictures below to see some examples of enrichment and training in action.  And if you are interested in being a part of our Enrichment program, you can help the animals by purchasing enrichment items for them.

Simply go to: Otto Environmental

There you will find a wishlist of items that we could use to better care for the animals here at the zoo.  You can purchase these items from Otto Environmental and they will be shipped directly to the zoo.  Keep track of your donations because they are completely tax deductible!

Wishlist Items:

  • Brazil nuts and peanuts (In the Shell)
  • Dried Cranberries/Craisins
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Bagged Cracked Corn
  • Gallon Bottles of Spring Water
  • 250 Watt Heat Light Fixtures
  • Digital Hygrometers
  • Pool/Water Thermometers
  • Max/Min Reptile Thermometers
  • Extreme Durability Kong Toys
  • Large Chinchilla Wheels
  • Chinchilla Dust
  • Extra Large Parrot Toys (For Cockatoos and Macaws)
  • Small Animal Toys and Chews (For Chinchillas, Rabbits, Ferrets, ect.)
  • Reptile and Small Animal Hides and Houses
  • Moss or Coconut Fiber Bricks
  • Animal Water Bottles
  • Rubber Grain Bowls
  • Kritter Keepers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Paper Towels
  • Non-Fragrance Clorox Bleach
  • Ziplock Bags
  • Cage Clips
  • 5, 10, or 20 gallon aquarium tanks with lids
  • Laser Jet Photo Paper
  • Copy Paper (8″ x 11″, white)
  • Colored Card Stock
  • Dry Erase Boards
  • Elmer’s Glue (Bottles)
  • Washable Paint
  • Craft Supplies for Kids (Pom Poms, Pipe Cleaners, ect. No Foam Please!)
  • Bubbles (Regular or Scented)
  • Kitchen Spices (Oregano, Nutmeg, Paprika, ect.) and Catnip for Enrichment

Can’t decide on a donation?  Gift cards to Petsmart, Price Chopper, Hannaford, Joann’s, Walmart, Target, Lowes, or Home Depot are always appreciated!