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Donate/ Become a Utica Zoo Partner

November 15, 2014

Donate to the Utica Zoo

As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we rely on donations from our supporters to continue to provide the top-level animal care that our animals deserve. Below are the current projects and funds we are looking to earn support for, and links to donate directly.

Are you looking to donate physical items to the Zoo? Visit our Wish List!

COVID-19 Coronavirus Emergency Fund

The Utica Zoo, like the rest of our country and world, is responding to the COVID19 virus in the most responsible, and caring way possible.  The Utica Zoo animals are being cared for on-grounds by our specialized, passionate keeper staff and the zoo is being maintained by our caring facilities staff.  They are quite lonely without you, our visitors, and friends.  This temporary, yet required zoo closure will ​devastate the zoo’s income! ​As a not-for-profit, all of our income goes back to our animals, facilities, and our staff.  We ​were days away from our peak season ​when COVID19 hit our community; we’ve already postponed 2020 Spring events, and the loss of ​this critical fundraising, admission and gift shop ​revenue will have a devastating negative impact ​on the Utica Zoo’s future.

Your generous gift today will ensure an amazing visit to the zoo when we can re-open.  Please help us care for the animals and envision a bright future for our region’s ​one and only Utica Zoo.

Canada Lynx Exhibit Renovation Campaign

The Utica Zoo recently welcomed a 2-year-old female Canada Lynx named Denali to join a 7-year-old male Breton. The pair were recently recommended to breed and could increase their family size by 2021. This renovation campaign will allow us to renovate the older Canada Lynx exhibit and provide ample space for Denali to raise her kit(s) and allow the family unit to be comfortable for an extended period of time.  We have already received a leading gift in memory of a remarkable man in the amount of $7,414.12, with additional funds allowing us to facilitate a more detailed expansion. Gifts made to this campaign prior to October 31st will be matched, dollar for dollar, by Dr. Joan Sinnott, Ph.D. Contributions may also be made by clicking below, by mail, or by calling 315-738-0472 x44


International Red Panda Exhibit Campaign

Two newborn Red Panda Cubs

With the birth of our new Red Panda cubs, we have also kicked off our fundraising campaign for our International Red Panda Exhibit which will bring 4-season, multi-zone climate control to a brand new open-air Red Panda exhibit at the Utica Zoo. Additionally, this new exhibit will allow us to bring the second sub-species of Red Panda to the Zoo which will not only bring a new species to the Utica Zoo but will also allow us to offer additional Red Panda encounters. Encounters with Red Pandas are our most popular encounter and regularly bring a boost to the local tourism economy of the Greater Mohawk Valley.

The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida counties have already provided a lead gift of $70,000 to begin the planning phase of this new, state-of-the-art exhibit. This lead gift is approximately 10% of the total funds needed to fully fund the exhibit. Help us reach our goal and donate today!



Be a Utica Zoo Animal Hero

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Utica Zoo Animal Heroes answer the call of duty to provide impactful support to the animals of the Utica Zoo on a monthly basis. When you become an Animal Hero, your monthly symbolic adoption support will help provide food, enrichment, veterinary care, exhibit upgrades, or anything else our animals may need throughout the year. Every Utica Zoo animal is available to be symbolically adopted and Animal Hero status is an incredible gift that continues to give throughout the year.

CLICK HERE to become an Animal Hero!


Make a General Operations Fund Donation

The Utica Zoo spends an average of $4,000 per day to operate. That includes caring for and feeding our animals, utility bills, staff payroll, maintenance, and every other expense that comes with operating a Zoo. This is not an easy feat, especially during the cold weather months when our costs outweigh our revenue. You can help take some of the cost burdens off our shoulders by making a donation to the Utica Zoo General Operations Fund. Your tax-deductible donation will be earmarked specifically for the General Operation of the Zoo and will likely be used the same day we receive it; you can really make that immediate of an impact.

Support the “Excitement is Building!” Campaign

Our primate building was originally built in 1927 and was one of the first original structures on the Zoo grounds. Over 90 years later, the building needs to be renovated, exhibits updated, and more of the space converted to be usable. Your support will allow us to continue with our current work and provide new exhibits for our Primates, add new species, develop new Keeper care areas, and generally bring the building into the 21st century.

Animal Care Fund

Our general donation fund specifically for the needs and care of our animals. Includes food, enrichment, bedding, veterinary care, or anything our animals may need.

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Be a Utica Zoo Partner

As a registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization, the Utica Zoo is proud to partner with numerous community businesses and organizations. If your business is interested in partnering with the Utica Zoo and finding out more information, contact Executive Director Andria Heath at a.heath@uticazoo.org. Here are just some of our long-standing partners in our community: