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Utica Zoo News

Find our news archive below for past news and posts. New posts added regularly.

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Thank you to Utica College Center for Historical Research for digitally archiving all of our newsletters, news articles, and photos from the 1960s until now.

Mid-Winter Break at the Utica Zoo


Posted on February 8th, 2021

Mid-Winter School Break has arrived again and the Utica Zoo has in-person and virtual options to keep your kids active and learning! Check out our Guided Expeditions and Virtual ZooMobiles! In-Person Guided Expeditions The Utica Zoo wants to keep you active! From Monday, February 15-Friday, February 19, we will be offering guided zoo expeditions to Read More

Valentine’s Adoptions at the Utica Zoo


Posted on February 8th, 2021

The season of LOVE is here and we think that special someone in your life deserves to receive a WILD Valentine! This year, we have put together a fun way to show that special someone how much, or little, you care about them! Have you and your significant other been together for years? Our White-handed Read More

Super Bowl 2021 Animal Predictions


Posted on February 6th, 2021

Utica, NY-   The Big Game is around the corner and the animals at the Utica Zoo are casting their picks for who will win the Lombardi Trophy. From Red Pandas Mei-Lin and Ming-Yue, to Bactrian Camels Najla and Furlow, the various animals will be making their picks Saturday through Sunday morning on the Zoo’s Facebook Read More

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide


Posted on February 3rd, 2021

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and let’s be honest; after all the flowers, chocolates, and jewelry over the years, sometimes you want to give a unique gift that is sure to surprise your special someone. We have a few options that are sure to not only bring a smile to their face, but Read More

Happy National Hedgehog Day


Posted on February 2nd, 2021

Today, February 2, 2021, is National Hedgehog Day! We care for 3 female Hedgehogs named Rachel, Patty, and Violet. A hedgehog is a small spiny mammal found in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and was also introduced to New Zealand. There are believed to be 17 different species of hedgehog, none of which are native to Read More

Snowshoe Rentals


Posted on January 19th, 2021

Snowshoe at the Zoo! Bring your own, or rent a pair of ours. With wooded trails and amazing scenery, come see the zoo in a whole new way. The last snowshoe rental occurs at 3:00 pm. Snowshoes and poles must be returned to the Gift Shop before 4:00 PM. Photo ID required for rentals. Snowshoeing Read More

Call with the wild graphic featuring 8 animals

“Call with the Wild” Virtual Animal Encounters available for booking!


Posted on January 7th, 2021

“Call with the Wild” Virtual Encounters Spice up your morning conference call or invite friends and family to a video call with one of our many amazing animals. Want to see a red panda snack on camera or have our sea lions bark at your boss? Then this is for you! Have a Call with Read More

2020 Wrap-Up


Posted on December 31st, 2020

Take a look back at some of our favorite memories from 2020. We didn’t get as much time at the Zoo this year as usual, but we hope 2021 will be the best year yet! Thank you to our staff, Animal Care Team (many of these photos came directly from them, so double thank you!), Read More

Year-End Message from Executive Director Andria Heath


Posted on December 18th, 2020

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Utica Zoo! We wish you and yours peace, joy, and great health this holiday season and a prosperous 2021! We are thankful for so much this year and we hope that we were able to bring some light into your life as an escape from an overall Read More

Utica Zoo Holiday Gift Guide


Posted on December 16th, 2020

We all know the struggle of trying to decide what to get everyone on your holiday shopping list. But have no fear, your Utica Zoo friends are here to help solve that problem! Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for some gift suggestions for folks of all ages and give the gift that also supports Read More

2021 Utica Zoo Calendar Now Available!


Posted on December 8th, 2020

The 2021 Utica Zoo calendar is now available for purchase at the Zoo’s gift shop. In October, the Zoo began looking for submissions from the community to develop the calendar as a way to generate revenue. After receiving many submissions, an independent panel of judges chose their top entries to be included in the calendar. Read More

Utica Zoo Brewfest Box


Posted on December 8th, 2020

UNFORTUNATELY, BREWFEST HOLIDAY BOXES ARE NO LONGER BEING SOLD! HOWEVER, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION TO DIRECTLY SUPPORT OUR ANIMALS, PLEASE VISIT OUR DONATION PAGE! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   Like many events in 2020, Brewfest had to be canceled due to COVID-19. Not only did our community miss out on Read More

Utica Zoo Bright Nights | CANCELLED


Posted on November 5th, 2020

UPDATED December 3, 2020: Due to several conditions pressed upon the zoo from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Utica Zoo has made the difficult decision to cancel the remaining “Bright Nights at the Utica Zoo” dates, effective Thursday, December 3, 2020. Due to the increased local infection numbers, it is safest for the zoo to take Read More

Spooky Season at the Utica Zoo


Posted on October 23rd, 2020

Spooky Season is upon us at the Utica Zoo! Bring the family to enjoy the fall season and spend a day at the Zoo. We will be doing Pumpkin Smash enrichment for our animals, the Zoo will be decorated for the season, we will have food trucks on hand for all of your concession needs, Read More

2021 Utica Zoo Calendar Contest


Posted on October 12th, 2020

The Utica Zoo has been blessed over the course of our history with many things. 2 of those amazing blessings have been the beauty of the animals in our care and the talented photographers who visit throughout the year to photograph our animals. As we get closer to leaving 2020 behind, our 2021 calendar is Read More

Beaversprite Haunted Trail


Posted on October 9th, 2020

  Join in on the fun at Beaversprite Conservation Education Center on Saturday, October 17th from 3 pm-7 pm for their very first Haunted Trail! Hit the Beaversprite trails and view spooky, animal-themed decor with Halloween stations along the way to guide you through the trails and keep the hairs on the back of your Read More

Night Prowl at the Utica Zoo


Posted on September 11th, 2020

Have you ever wondered what the Utica Zoo is like after dark? Night Prowl is your chance to experience the Utica Zoo in a different light; pun intended. Night Prowl is a great way to enjoy an evening at the Utica Zoo; fun for the whole family! Small groups will be lead on an excursion Read More

2019 Utica Zoo Annual Report


Posted on August 31st, 2020

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Why do White-handed Gibbons sing?


Posted on August 13th, 2020

Yoda and Snowflake can regularly be heard vocalizing, or “singing”, in their exhibit near our entrance. Visitors are welcomed from the parking lot by their call and is a well-known sound around the Utica Zoo. But the question begs to be asked; why? We will look at the basic reasons Gibbons vocalize and how despite Read More

Utica Zoo Annual Meeting


Posted on August 7th, 2020

  As a member of the Utica Zoo, you are cordially invited by the Utica Zoological Society Board of Directors to attend our 105th Annual Utica Zoo Business Meeting. For the first time in our history, the annual business meeting will take place digitally for the safety and health of our staff, board of directors, Read More

Welcome African Painted Dogs!


Posted on July 31st, 2020

  The Utica Zoo announced today (July 31)  a new species of animal under their care; a pack of African Painted Dogs. The all-female trio of dogs recently made the trip from the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio and are named Charlie, Ada, and Rosie. The pack can now be found on African Ridge in the Read More

Zoo Camp Counselors Wanted!


Posted on July 7th, 2020

Are you a college student interested in pursuing a career in education? Gain experience this summer at the Utica Zoo! Our education team is looking to hire an outgoing individual to assist with our seasonal Zoo Camp programs. As a Zoo Camp counselor, you will have the opportunity to teach children of all ages in Read More