We’re Open!

WE ARE OPEN TO ALL VISITORS! Open daily from 10am-4:30pm

Properly worn masks will be required while on-grounds, as well as social distancing measures. Visit UticaZoo.org/prepare for full details.

Utica Zoo Team

Meet the Utica Zoo team! We employ over 40 people from the Greater Utica area. We are dedicated to top-level animal care, creating unique experiences 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

Treasurer: Jim Viggiano

Board Members:

Adam McLain; Ph.D., 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 Administrative Operations: Nikki Sheehan E-mail

Director of Animal Care, Education, and Conservation: Lisa Thompson E-mail

Visitor Experience and Marketing Manager: Mark Simon E-mail

Administrative Manager: Kyla Jacobs E-mail

Bookkeeper: Carol Heburn

Gift Shop: Theresa Weir, Christopher Jakubowski, Lucy Fuentes, Meaghen Gape

Education Program Coordinator: Kathleen McGill

Education Department: Justin Horender

Veterinarian: Dr. Ellen Hilton

Vet Tech & Registrar: Jackie Gregory

Zoo Area Manager: Mike Bates

Buildings and Grounds Superintendent: Gary Mundschenk E-mail

Buildings and Grounds: Chris Donohue, Mikhail Naryvonchyk, Durahin Yasin