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African Lion

Though lions used to live in most parts of Africa, they are now found only in the south Sahara desert and in parts of southern and eastern Africa. The lion population in Africa has been reduced by half since the early 1950s. Today, fewer than 21,000 remain in all of Africa.

Life span - 10 to 14 years

Did you know?!

  •  A lion’s roar can be heard for a distance of up to five miles.
  • Although lions readily drink water when available, they are capable of obtaining all their moisture needs from their prey, and even from plants.
  • Lions are unique among the cats, since they live in large social groups called prides. A lion pride frequently has 20 or more individuals.

Our Lions:
Donovan (Male) - DOB May 11, 2011
Murphy (Male) - DOB June 6, 2012
Coky (Female) - DOB June 6, 2012

All three of our lions were born at the Utica Zoo from the same parents.

Striped Hyena

Striped hyenas occur in grasslands, open woodlands, and bushy regions, usually in rugged terrain. While the striped hyena has no natural predators, it does often come into conflict with humans. They have been known to kill humans, especially children, and they are often poisoned and trapped for preying on livestock or raiding farms. Some of their body parts are also believed to have medicinal value. Striped hyenas have also become endangered through habitat loss.

Life Span - Up to 12 years in the wild, up to 25 years in human care

Did you know?!

  • A young hyena is called a 'cub, pup or whelp'. A striped hyena group is called a 'clan or cackle'.
  • This hyena could be called a "master scavenger", it is capable of digesting things other animals would not dare "touch". They can take in bones, while indigestible matters such as horns are regurgitated.

Our Hyenas
Kani (Male) - DOB May 15, 2012
Imara (Female) - DOB February 22, 2013

They were imported from a facility in Bahrain and came to the Utica Zoo on January 30, 2015.

They have had 2 litters, with 3 successful pups.

*Imara is larger than Kani*

Hartmann's Mountain Zebra

There are two species of mountain zebras, Cape and Hartmann's. Cape mountain zebras may occur up to 2,000 meters above sea level, but move to lower elevations in the winter. Hartmann’s mountain zebras occupy an arid region in a mountainous transition zone on the edge of the Namib Desert. Surface water is patchy in this area and as a result, must wander between the mountains and sand flats in order to find patches of grass.

Life Span - 20 years in the wild, up to 30 years in human care

Did you know?!

  • Hartmann’s mountain zebras are commonly found at play. Types of play include chasing, racing, play-fighting, and chal-lenge games. Challenge games usually consist of nose-to-nose contact followed by mutual grooming.
  • A zebra's night vision is thought to be about as good as an owl’s!

Our Zebras:

Rundu (Male) - DOB Dec. 28, 2011 (San Diego Zoo Safari Park)

Spent time at San Diego Safari Park and then went to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas. He came to the Utica Zoo on May 21, 2013.

Common Ostrich

Although Ostrich numbers have drastically declined over the last 200 years, they are still classed as ‘Least Concern’. In the 18th century, ostrich feathers were so popular in ladies’ fashion that the ostrich disappeared from all of North Africa. If not for ostrich farming, which began in 1838, the ostrich would probably be extinct. Today, ostriches are farmed and hunted for feathers, skin, meat, eggs, and fat.

Life Span - 50 to 70 years

Did you know?!

  • It can run at a top speed of 43 miles per hour for a short distance, but can keep up a pace of about 30 miles per hour for a good amount of time. This big bird can also defend itself with the 4-inch claw on each foot. A kick from an ostrich is powerful enough to kill a lion!
  • The Ostrich has the largest eye of any land animal. Its eye is bigger than the worlds smallest bird, the Bee Hummingbird. Their eyes measure 2 inches across.

Our Ostriches:
Boomer (Male) - DOB ~1999

Came to Utica Zoo Feb. 26th, 2011

African Painted Dog

Also known as the African Wild dog, Cape Hunting Dog, or simple Painted Dog, African Painted Dogs are an endangered canine native to  Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique. Their primary threats include human expansion, being hunted by farmers fearing for their livestock, and getting caught in traps left by poachers intended for big game animals (which coincidentally also happen to be Painted Dog prey).

Life Span - Up to 11 years

Did you know?!

  • African Painted Dogs are long-legged canines that have only four toes per foot unlike other dogs which have five on their forefeet.
  • African Painted Dogs hunt in formidable, cooperative packs of six to 20 (or more) animals. Unfortunately, this has become less common the as their populations have declined over the years.

Our Painted Dogs:
Charlie (Female) – DOB November 20th, 2018
Ada (Female) - DOB November 20th, 2018
Rosie (Female) - DOB November 20th, 2018

All of our Painted Dogs came from the Cincinnati Zoo.

Canada Lynx

Historically, the Canada lynx ranged from Alaska across Canada and into many of the northern U.S. states. The lynx’s gradual disappearance from the contiguous U.S. results from human activities that have compromised both the lynx and its habitat. Snowmobile trails and roads pose problems for lynx because these packed-snow pathways give high-country access to cougar and coyote (which can eat lynx), and bobcat (which compete with lynx)

Life Span - up to 14 years in the wild, 25 in captivity

Did you know?!

  • Lynx have excellent eyesight: they can spot a mouse at 250 feet! Also, the black tufts of hair at the tops of their ears serve to enhance their already phenomenal hearing.
  • Lynx can only sustain populations where there are adequate snowshoe hare populations.

Our Lynxes:
Breton (Male) - DOB May 3rd, 2013
Denali (Female) - DOB May 15th, 2018

Breton came to the Utica Zoo on December 10, 2013 from the Thompson Park Zoo in Watertown while Denali came from the Erie Zoo.

Mexican Wolf

After being wiped out in the U.S. and with only a few animals remaining in Mexico, Mexican gray wolves were bred in captiv-ity and reintroduced to the wild in Arizona beginning in 1998. There are only about 300 Mexican wolves total in captivity and approximately 109 in the wild.

Life Span - up to 15 years in captivity

Did You Know?!

  • The Mexican gray wolf is about half the size of its cousin, the North American gray wolf
  • Wolves are carnivores and have 42 teeth
  • Each spring, the alpha female gives birth to a litter of pups in a burrowed-out den. She’s the only pack member who has pups, but the whole pack helps raise them by bringing food to the den in their own stomachs and regurgitating it for the pups.

Our Wolves:
Alexander (Male) – DOB May 8th, 2016
Ah Tabai (Male) - DOB May 8th, 2016
Fenrir (Male) - DOB May 8th, 2016
Maitland (Male) - DOB May 8th, 2016

All of our wolves came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS).

Arctic Fox

As the red fox's range expands into that of the arctic fox, these two species compete for food. The larger red fox also preys on the smaller arctic fox. Polar bears and wolves also threaten the arctic fox in two ways. When larger predators decline in numbers, they leave behind less carrion for the scavenging arctic fox. Bears and wolves also prey upon the arctic fox as a source of food. Despite all these hazards, arctic foxes are remarkably successful in most areas of their range.

Life Span - 3 to 8 in the wild; 6 to 10 in human care

Did You Know?!

  • Arctic foxes have a great sense of smell and excellent hearing. Their small, pointy ears can hear their prey moving around in underground tunnels. When an Arctic fox hears its next meal scurrying under the snow, it leaps into the air and pounces, breaking through the layer of snow right onto the prey underneath.
  • The arctic fox has a unique system of heat exchange that will not let her start shivering until the temperature drops to an astounding −70 °C (−94 °F).

Our Foxes:
Athena (Female) - DOB May 20th, 2012
Mariah (Female) - DOB May 20th, 2012

Came to the Utica Zoo on April 10, 2014 from the Como Zoo in St. Paul, MN.

Red Panda

Red Pandas are usually found in the northern to west provinces of China, Nepal, India and Tibet. They can easily be distinguished by its unique ruddy red coat color. Their coat helps them blend into the canopies of Fir trees where the branches are covered in reddish-brown moss and lichens. Adult Red Pandas weigh be-tween 8 to 13 pounds and are usually 22 to 24 inches long in-cluding their tail. Red Pandas consume virtually every above-ground part of the bamboo culm (including the woody stem). Bamboo constitutes 85% to 90% of their diet. In human care, red pandas can be active anytime of the day but they are primarily crepuscular (most active at dawn and dusk).

Life Span - They may live up to 22 years but don’t show symptoms of old age until they are around 12 to 14 years.

Did You Know?!

  • Red pandas share the giant panda's "thumb", a modified wrist bone, that is used to help grasp bamboo when feeding.

Our Red Pandas:

Muse (Male) - DOB June 20, 2011

Mexican Spider Monkey

The survival of spider monkeys and trees are intertwined. Spider monkeys are almost entirely arboreal. This means, they live on canopy trees. They require large tracts of primary forest to survive, and are vulnerable to deforestation. They are some-times hunted by humans for meat and captured for the pet trade. Because of low reproductive turnover, they cannot quickly replenish their numbers when affected by these events. As a result, Geoffroy's spider monkey has disappeared from some areas where it was once common.

Life Span - 45 years

Did You Know?!

  • A spider monkey’s arms are longer than its legs.
  • The spider monkey has a prehensile (grasping) tail, which it can use to pick up items as small as sunflower seeds.
  • Spider monkeys are quite noisy. They send forth a variety of loud calls which are easy to hear for about 1000m on the ground and 2000m above the canopy. These loud calls and screeches are used to alert members of the troop.

Our Spider Monkeys:
Manuel - D.O.B - June 13, 1996
Negra - D.O.B - 1997

Manuel was confiscated by NFWS and sent to the Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas in June 1997. He came to the Utica Zoo in 1998. Negra came to the Utica Zoo November 12, 1998

White-Handed Gibbon

The white-handed or Lar Gibbon is considered endangered. This is due, in part, to the flourishing illegal pet trade in Thailand in which they are hunted, captured, traded, and exploited. The deforestation of their forest habitat is also a threat and is becoming more of a problem. Protected conservation areas provide the greatest survival rates for populations of this species, although the ongoing agricultural development through these areas increases both fragmentation and access for hunters.

Life Span - up to 30 years in the wild and 50 in human care.

Did You Know?!

  • The gibbon’s swinging movement is called brachiation. It saves energy by maintaining momentum, using the body as a pendulum.
  • On average they spend ten hours a day grooming each other, (social or allo-grooming) Allo-grooming probably serves more as a hygienic activity than a social function for this species
  • At night, white-handed gibbons sleep sitting up in groups in "sleeping" trees

Our Gibbons:
Snowflake (Female) - D.O.B January 22, 1988
Yoda (Male) - D.O.B. - June 14, 1994

Snowflake came to the Utica Zoo from Burnett Park Zoo in Syracuse October 5, 1994. Yoda came to the Utica Zoo from Columbus Zoo in November 1999.

Jacob Sheep

Jacob Sheep is a domestic breed of sheep found in the United Kingdom. They typically have a more spotted pattern to their wool and 4 horns. While Jacob Sheep were originally used to decorate the yards and gardens of large estates, today Jacob Sheep are primarily for wool and meat.

Life Span: 15 to 20 years

Did You Know?!

  • Jacob Sheep Rams can have horns as long as 30 inches or more.
  • The name Jacob Sheep is in reference to the Bible (Genesis 30) when it states that when Jacob moved from Mesopotamia to Egypt he brought with him a flock of spotted sheep. Since the Jacob Sheep's spots are unique to them, it is likely that they are the what the Bible is referring to.
  • Because of a Jacob Sheep's black spots on their white wool, one fleece can spin up the entire spectrum of colors from white to gray-lilac to black.

California Sea Lion

The California Sea Lion can be found along of the western coast of North America. Their diet consists of fish and squids. They weigh from 610 to 860 lbs. They can be measured from 5ft to 7ft. Sea lions usually live in groups called Colonies or Rookeries. Male sea lions gather harems of females in competition to sire young pups, which are typically born on land. In the water a California sea lion can reach up to 25 miles per hour making them the fast-est sea lion.

Life Span - up to 30 years in the wild

Did You Know?!

  • California Sea lions can hunt up to 30 hours straight.
  • When diving deep they can slow their heart rates to allow them to remain underwater for nearly 10 mins before surfacing to breathe again.

Our California Sea Lions:
Munchkin (Female) - Estimated DOB June 9th, 1998

Pallas's Cat

Named after naturalist Peter Pallas, Pallas's Cats are found in the Eurasian grassy steppes living everywhere from the Mongolian deserts to the Himalayas. Called the most expressive cats in the world because of their snaggily teeth, the main reason is their pupils. Unlike other species of small cat, Pallas cats don't have vertical slits for pupils and instead have round ones just like us. Unfortunately, their populations have been declining due to human expansion shrinking their habitats and limiting their food supply.

Life Span: 11 years in human care

Did You Know?!

  • Their fur is the densest fur of any cat in the world! Their fur coats help to keep them warm in the extreme temperatures that they live in.
  • Like most wild felines, Pallas cats are solitary and only come together for breeding. Kittens will stay with the mother for about 6 months and then they are ready to go out on their own.

Our Pallas Cat:
Tate (Male) - DOB March 28th, 2017

Tate came to the Utica Zoo from the Hogle Zoo in Utah.

Red Fox

Red foxes can be found throughout the Northern Hemisphere in a variety of areas from suburbs to deserts to tundras. They are quite common and its easy to know if a fox is in your area due to their strong and powerful odor. They use scent in order to mark their territory as well as to communicate with other foxes.

Life Span: 10-12 years in human care

Did You Know?!

  • When hunting is good and food is prevalent, red foxes are known to cache excess food to return to later when needed!
  • When a fox is pouncing a mouse, it jumps straight up in the air and points all 4 legs straight down to pin the mouse to the ground as the fox lands.
  • When a fox sleeps, it curls up and wraps its tail around its face to keep its nose warm.

Our Red Foxes:
Sherlock (Male) – Estimated DOB April 25th, 2007
Moriarty (Male) – Estimated DOB February 14th-April 1st, 2016

Both Sherlock and Moriarty came to the Utica Zoo from rehabilitation facilities.

Alpaca

There are no wild alpaca in the world anymore since they have become and entirely domesticated species. This process into complete domesticity began around 6,000 years ago in South America. Unlike the closely related solitary Llamas, Alpacas are herd animals and feel the safest while they are in groups.

Life Span: 15-20 years

Did You Know?!

  • Alpacas create a community bathroom spot to keep poo away from their grazing areas.
  • Alpacas have soft, padded feet that don't damage delicate grasses as they graze and walk around.
  • Alpacas are part of the camel family while also includes llamas, guanacos, and vicunas.

Our Alpacas:
Rocky/Roque– DOB September 5th, 2005
Paqo– DOB June 13th, 2008
Kachay– DOB September 20th, 2008
Ozomatli– DOB September 20th, 2008

Zebu

Zebu are a domesticated bovine from the jungles of South Asia that are valued for their milk, meat, leather, and horns. They are one of the oldest breeds of cattle that we know of dating back as far as 6000 BC. Today, reports show that there could be up to 70 different Zebu cattle types in the world.

Life Span: 20 years

Did You Know?!

  • Zebu are very hardy and healthy due to being both parasite AND disease resistant.
  • Just like in camels, a Zebu's hump serves as a reservoir of fat that can be used as a source of energy when regular good is not available.
  • Both male and female zebus have horns.

Our Zebu
Zeke (Male)– DOB April 9th, 2008
Zack (Male) – DOB September 23rd, 2018

Zack came to the Utica Zoo from the Washington Park Zoo.

Zack is a domestic/dwarf Zebu and is noticeably smaller than Zeke.

Patagonian Cavy

Also called the Patagonian mara or Patagonian hare, Patagonian cavies are a small species of mammal found ONLY in southern and central Argentina. They typically reside in arid desert and scrubland habitats. Unfortunately, due to habitat loss, increased competition for food with domestic sheep and the European hare, Patagonian cavies are now considered near threatened as their population have started to decline.

Life Span: 14 years

Did You Know?!

  • Although they are often mistaken as being rabbits or deer, Patagonian cavies are in the same family as the guinea pig.

 Our Patagonian Cavy:
Han– DOB June 16th, 2016
Indie– DOB June 9th, 2018
Bess– DOB September 9th, 2017

Indie was born at the Utica Zoo and is the son of Bess and Han. Bess came to the Utica Zoo from the Erie Zoo.

North American Beaver

While beavers are the largest rodent in North America, there are actually 2 species that can be found in North America, Europe, and Asia. While in North America beavers were almost hunted to extinction due to the high demand for beaver pelts, meat, and castoreum (or scent glands) among early European colonists, beavers have since made a comeback. They are typically found in protected dams near bodies of water, the entrances of which are typically underwater.

Life Span: 20 years

Did You Know?!

  • Beaver's front teeth are orange because their enamel contains iron to strengthen them and allow them to self sharpen as they gnaw on wood.
  • Beavers can shut their nose and ear valves to keep out water while submerged AND they have a set of transparent eyelids that function as goggles so that they can see underwater. These traits allow them to stay below the surface for 15 minutes without surfacing.
  • Beaver castoreum (or scent glands) were used as a tincture in some perfumes and occasionally as a food additive into the early 1900s.

Barn Owl

Barn Owls are one of the most common species of owls and birds in the world being found everywhere except polar and deserts regions and on a few islands. They are distinguishable by their white heart-shaped face, white chest, and small brown spots adorning their feathers. Like all owls, Barn Owls are nocturnal and use their excellent vision and hearing to swoop down upon unsuspecting prey in the dead of night.

Life Span: While some only live for 2 -4 years, Barn Owls in human care live anywhere between 15 and 20 years

Did You Know?!

  • Barn Owls - like many owls - fly silently because the shape of their soft feathers dulls the noise that they make.
  • While a Barn Owl is around the size of a cat, they only weight about 1 pound.

Our Owls:

Ollie - DOB July 7th, 2003
Squiggles - DOB May 13th, 2012

Bantam Chicken

While the word Bantam comes from the Indonesian seaport Bantan, Bamtam is a word given to any small fowl. These small chickens that you see here grew in popularity among European sailors looking to restock their food supplies while in Southeast Asia. The small size of the chickens allowed sailors to fit larger numbers of chickens onto their ships. Today, you can find Bantam chickens in many parts of the world where people want to have chickens but have limited space to house them.

Lifespan: 5-7 years

Did You Know?!

  • The American Bantam Association lists over 400 varieties of Bantam birds.
  • Bantam chicken eggs are typically about half the size of an average chicken egg.

Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig

Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs are a native swine of Southeast Asia and since the 1980s have been imported into the United States as pets. In the wild, these pigs tend to form herds of considerable numbers. While in these herds, the pigs communicate with a variety of squeaks, grunts, gurgles, sneezes, and other sounds.

Life Span: 12-18 years

Did You Know?!

  • Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs' skin lacks hair, so they are very sensitive to the sun. In the wild, they wallow in the mud to stay cool and protect their skin.
  • Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs use their snouts to forage for food! See if you can spot our pigs digging in the dirt with their nose!
  • Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs have poor vision but excellent senses of smell and hearing.

Our Pigs:
Bacon (Male) - DOB September 1st, 2017
Piggy Sue - DOB March 13th, 2009

Nigerian Dwarf Goat

Nigerian Dwarf Goats derive from a variety of small goats imported from Africa to the United States between 1930 and 1960 for display in zoos. While initially used as a show breed due to their appearance and docility, Nigerian Dwarf  Goats eventually became valued for  their milk production as well. Today, they are recognized by the American Dairy Goat Association!

Lifespan: 15-20 years

Did You Know?!

  • A Nigerian Dwarf Goat doe can produce up to 2 quarts of milk per day that is higher in butterfat and protein than milk from most dairy goat breeds.
  • Nigerian Dwarf Goats are often beneficial to pastures because they eat weeds and plants that many other livestock species won't touch. These weeds and plants include blackberry bushes and ivy (including poison ivy and poison oak).

Domestic Donkey

Donkeys were first domesticated around 3000 BCE in the Middle East, but have since spread all around the world. In some areas such as Sardinia in Italy and California in the United States, Donkeys have become feral and have earned a protected status. Feral Donkeys can be problematic in areas where equine are not native because their invasive nature can disrupt local environments. In 2006, it was reported that there were approximately 41 million donkeys worldwide.

Life Span: 25 - 30 years

Did You Know?!

  • Donkeys are very versatile as domestic animals and can be kept as pets and/or be used for a multitude of tasks including carrying cargo, leading carts, guiding hikes on rough terrain, and guarding and herding livestock.
  • Donkeys are incredibly smart! They can be taught a wide range of commands, are excellent problem solvers, and can even recognize animals, people, and landmarks that they haven't seen in years.
  • Like many desert animals, donkeys have large ears which help to regulate their temperature. This is very useful in keeping them cool on hot days.
  • A male donkey is called a Jack while a female donkey is called a Jenny.

Our Donkey:

Eeyore (Male) - DOB 1998

White Naped Crane

White Naped Cranes are native to northern Mongolia, southern Siberia, Korea, Japan, and central China. They are distinguishable from other cranes because they are the only species with pinkish legs and a dark gray and white striped neck (hence their name).

Life Span: 40-60 years in human care

Did You Know?!

  • White naped cranes have a special dance! Mated pairs of cranes engage in unison calling, which is a complex and extended series of coordinated calls. The birds stand in a specific posture, usually with their heads thrown back and breaks skyward, during the display.

Our Cranes:

Creamy - DOB May 23rd, 1981
Peaches - DOB June 2nd, 2002

Creamy is one of the oldest cranes in human care!

Reeves's Muntjac

Found widely in southeastern China and Taiwan, Reeves's muntjac are the oldest deer species known to man with fossil records dating back to somewhere between 15-30 million years ago. They are sometimes referred to as "barking deer" due to the deep bark-like sounds they are known to make when on alert. Today, Reeve's muntjacs are considered to be a species of least concern and are actually classified as an invasive species due to their introduction to Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Japan.

Life Span: 15-18 years in human care

Did You Know?!

  • Male muntjacs have a set of downward pointing canine teeth used for fighting. These are sometimes - although wrongly - referred to as "tusks."
  • All muntjacs have 2 pairs of very visible glands on their face for marking their territories.

Our Muntjacs:

Matthew (Male) -DOB November 3rd, 2012
Xiao Yi (Female) - DOB May 26th, 2013

Bennett's Wallaby

Native to Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania, wallabies are one of the most common "pests" in their habitats. Not only do they continuously have offspring, but there are also no big threats to them in the wild. In fact, local governments sometimes issue licenses to kill wallabies in order to prevent them from devastating crops or pastures. Occasionally, wallabies are also harvested for their meat.

Life Span: 12-15 years in human care

Did You Know?!

  • A baby wallaby will stay in its mother's pouch for about 7 months, completely weaning between 10-12 months.
  • Wallabies have stomachs with chambers. When they eat, they regurgitate food which is chewed and swallowed again.
  • Wallabies cool off by licking their paws and forearms when they are nervously excited or in hot weather.

Our Wallabies:

Chrissy (Female) - DOB January 1st, 2011
Janet (Female) - DOB January 1st, 2011
Yapa (Female) - DOB March 6th, 2019
Djalu (Male) - DOB March 6th, 2019
Dexter (Male) - DOB January 9th, 2016

Chrissy and Janey came to the Utica Zoo from New Zealand, Dexter from Chicago. Both Yapa and Djalu were born here at the Utica Zoo.

Black Swan

The Black Swan is a protected species of swan that resides primarily in Australia but also have small pockets in New Zealand and Japan. They have a long 'S'-shaped neck that - relative to their size - is the longest neck among the swan species. While they tend to prefer being in smaller groups or even solitary, but they can sometimes form loose groups of hundreds or sometimes thousands. While they tend to be a sedentary bunch, swans will migrate and become nomadic if food in their current location becomes scarce.

Life Span: 40 years

Did You Know?!

  • Black Swans are the least territorial swan species!
  • Black Swans are monogamous and tend to only have one mate for their entire life.
  • Black Swans only swim with one foot because it allows them to change directions while swimming much faster in order to catch food or escape predators.

Emu

Although originally present on islands surrounding Australia, today Emus are only found on the Australian mainland. They are the second largest flightless bird (the first being the ostrich).

Life Span: 15-20 years in human care

Did You Know?!

  • An emu has 2 pairs of eyelids: one is for blinking and the other is to keep dust out.
  • A group of emus is called a mob.
  • Emus swallow pebbles and small rocks to assist in the grinding of food and to accelerate digestion.
  • Male emus build the nest, incubate the eggs, and voraciously defend their chicks, all without the help of the female.
  • Emus are fast runners that can reach speeds of up to 31 miles per hour.

Our Emus:
Didgeri (Female) - DOB March 2006
Doo (Female) - DOB March 2006

Visayan Warty Pig

Named for the three pairs of fleshy warts that appear on their face (which are thought to protect their face when fighting), Visayan Warty Pigs are one of the most critically endangered swine species on the planet. Today, these pigs are only found in the Philippines and are extinct from 98% of their original habitat due to habitat loss and hunting. In fact, no one is even sure how many Visayan Warty Pigs are left in the wild.

Life Span: 20 years in human care

Did You Know?!

  • Visayan warty pigs can raise the hairs on their backs to make them appear larger.
  • Visayan warty pigs were not recognized as a distinct species until the 1990s.

Our Pigs:

Axl (Male) - DOB June 12th, 2008
Ozzy (Male) - DOB June 10th, 2008
Ace (Male) - DOB September 9th, 2008

Ace was born at the Oregon Zoo, Ozzy and Axl were born at the San Diego Zoo.

Transcaspian Urial

Native to western central Asia from Iran to Kazakhstan to Pakistan to northern Inida, the Transcaspian Urial is the modern domestic sheep's ancestor as well as the oldest line of the Ovis species. Today they are considered vulberable due to their competition with livestock for resources and territory.

Life Span: 20 years in human care

Did You Know?!

  • Sheep - like the Transcaspian Urial - have great memories and can remember more than 50 individual sheep and people by using a similar part of the brain and neural process that humans use to remember.
  • Sheep - like the Transcaspian Urial - can self-medicate when they are ill by eating particular plants that can cure them of various ailments.

Our Urials:

Pyrai (Female) - DOB April 20th, 2021
Saimina (Female) - DOB April 11th, 2014
Aankhen (Male) - DOB May 10th, 2016
Clarice - DOB April 29th, 2019
Bundy - DOB April 29th, 2019

Pyrai and Saimina both came to the Utica Zoo from the St. Louis Zoological Park and Aankhen from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Clarice and Bundy were both born at the Utica Zoo.

Bactrian Camel

The 2 humped Bactrian Camels, unlike the single humped Arabian Dromedary Camels, are a critically endangered species with the only remaining wild camels existing in small herds in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and China. Bactrian Camels store fat in their humps - like many other humped animals - which is then converted to water and energy when sustenance is not available.  Today, there are thought to be fewer than 400 Bactrian Camels left in the wild.

Life Span: 50 years in human care

Did You Know?!

  • A very thirsty Bactrian Camel can drink 30 gallons of water in only 13 minutes.
  • Baby Bactrian Camels are born with their eyes open and can run when they are only a few hours old!

Our Camels:

Najla - DOB May 20th, 2005
Furlow - DOB February 26th, 2010

Furlow came from the Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens.

Bald Eagle

Once abundant in North America, Bald Eagles became rare in the mid-to -late 1900s—the victim of trapping, shooting, and poisoning as well as pesticide-caused reproductive failures. In 1978 the bird was listed under the Endangered Species Act. Since 1980, with the banning of DDT (the bird’s main pesticide threat) there has been a dramatic resurgence. By the late 1990s, breeding populations could be found throughout most of North America. In 2007, the bird’s recovery prompted its removal from the Endangered Species list.

Life Span: 30 to 35 years

Did You Know?!

  • Immature Bald Eagles spend the first four years of their lives in nomadic exploration of vast territories and can fly hundreds of miles per day
  • Eagles will wait for an osprey to return to its nest with a fish in its talons for its own young, then harasses the smaller raptor until it is forced to drop its prey for the eagle to retrieve

Our Eagles:

Ginger - DOB 1996 (in Alaska)
Colden - DOB 2005
Spirit - DOB 2003

 All of our eagles were born in the wild and injured. After they were deemed non-releasable due to being either partially flighted or unlighted from their injuries they came to the Utica Zoo. Spirit is usually on the ground (being unflighted) while Ginger and Colden are higher up (being partially flighted).

Eagle View Pavilion

The Eagle View Pavilion is one of the 3 pavilions at the Utica Zoo. This one borders the Bald Eagle and African lion exhibits and is located near the back end of the zoo. While it is often used for zoo camps, birthday parties, and other activities, if the pavilion is empty and the "reserved" signage is not present, feel free to use this location to take a break, have a seat, and maybe enjoy a bite to eat at one of the picnic tables.

All of our pavilions are available to be rented for your own personal events! To find out about availability and to inquire about renting the Eagle View Pavilion, Click here!

Zebra View Pavilion

The Zebra View Pavilion is one of the 3 pavilions at the Utica Zoo. This one is located just to the left and up a small hill from the zoo's entrance. It is nestled in-between the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra/Ostrich exhibit and the Striped Hyena Exhibit.  While it is often used for zoo camps, birthday parties, and other activities, if the pavilion is empty and the "reserved" signage is not present, feel free to use this location to take a break, have a seat, and maybe enjoy a bite to eat at on of the picnic tables.

All of our pavilions are available to be rented for your own personal events! To find out about availability and to inquire about renting the Zebra View Pavilion, Click Here!

Rotary Pavilion

The Rotary Pavilion is one of the 3 pavilions at the Utica Zoo and is also the largest. This pavilion often acts as the heart of the zoo where most visitors sit down to eat their lunches. It is located right across from our gorgeous Watering Can Garden and directly between our *seasonal* concession stand Polly's and Wadas' Wild Play Park. While this pavilion is occasionally rented out, it is typically available to all guests during the zoo's normal operating hours.

All of our pavilions are available to be rented for your own personal events! To find out about availability and to inquire about renting the Rotary Pavilion, Click Here!

Wadas' Wild Play Park

Wadas' Wild Play Park is the recently expanded play area here at the Utica Zoo. It was constructed thanks to grant money and a generous donation from Wadas Eye Group. Here you can find fun for all ages!

Walmart Amphitheater

During certain events at the Utica Zoo, the Walmart Amphitheater is used to host various shows and attractions. These include story readings, magic shows, and lots of other fun-filled activities for all ages. If an event is going on at the zoo, take a look at the schedule to see if anything is going on at this lovely location!

Polly's Concession Stand

Need a bite to eat? Try a burger or chicken tenders or something equally tasty from our Concession Stand. Run by Creative Catering of Utica, Inc., our concession stand "Polly's" is open during the nicer weather months (typically from April through the end of September). They cook everything to order using only fresh ingredients. Currently, Polly's is open on weekends and during special events.

Restrooms

A much needed stop for most visitors! At the moment, it is the only public restroom on zoo grounds. If there is ever an issue that you have with this restroom, please bring it to the attention of our staff at the Tree Top Gift Shop and they will contact the appropriate staff members to resolve the issue.

New York Energy Zone

While not exactly part of the Utica Zoo, NYPA's New York Energy Zone is our next door neighbor here in the Roscoe Conkling Park and we collaborate on many projects. Here you can find various attractions on electricity! The following description was taken right from their website:

"The NY Energy Zone will introduce you to the dynamic world of electricity, past, present, and future, and New York State’s part in it. Interactive exhibits, activities, movies and videos meet you at every turn. Plus you will learn about NYS’s exciting electric history, its great electric companies and the important work at NYPA’s Frederick R. Clark Energy Control Center in nearby Marcy.
Are you ready? An electrifying experience awaits...

  • Activate and personalize your Power Pass with an avatar
  • Step into the zone with our 3-D immersive movie experience “Imagination!” in the Magi Theater
  • Travel back in time with Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison
  • Build a bulb, a power plant, microgrid, solar and wind installation
  • Become a control room operator
  • Explore the 'Future of the Grid' room and watch the sparks fly
  • "Fly" a drone over power lines
  • Plus enjoy photo op moments and more

This facility is typically open every day from 10am-4pm with FREE admission, however - due to the rising COVID infection rate in the area - they have temporarily closed their doors to the public.

Discovery Cottage

This cottage is typically used during events for show-and-tell educational purposes. If you ever see one of our Docents or staff members with an animal or display set up over here, feel free to go over and talk to them!

World's Largest Watering Can

Yes, you read that right! Right here in the center of the Utica Zoo, we have the World's Largest Functional Watering Can as determined by the Guinness Book of World Records. It weights over 2000 lbs., stands at 15.5 feet tall and 12 feet in diameter, and has a volume of 1,753 cubic feet. How did this Watering Can come to be at the Utica Zoo, you ask? Well, its an interesting story!

Originally commissioned by former Utica Mayor Ed Hanna as an addition to Utica City Hall's Hanna Park, plans were later altered and the Watering Can arrived at the Utica Zoo on December 5, 2000. It sported a solid gray color up until August 1, 2019 when the Utica Zoo logo was added to serve as a location marker for visitors to the Utica Zoo.

Today, it is one of the most photographed locations in the zoo!

Nature Play Area

Up on the North Trek Hiking Trail you will find a series of hands-on activities that you can give a try! Want to try balancing like a squirrel in the treetops? Want to try crawling through dense underbrush like a mouse? Want to learn about food webs? All of these and more are available for you up here on North Trek! And for anyone looking for a more relaxed nature experience, take a seat at one of our North Trek picnic tables and enjoy the natural surroundings!

*Currently, the North Trek Hiking Trail is the epicenter of an exhibit upgrade for our Canada Lynx AS well as a complete revitalization/overhaul project! Due to this, there will be a few construction areas and a few of the interactive activities will be unavailable!*

Auditorium

While normally closed to the public, our Auditorium is used primarily for events, zoo camps, and special occasions. However, it is always a useful landmark to have while navigating the zoo!

Attached to the auditorium there are 2 other buildings, however. On the left is the Scales & Tails wildlife hall that features a selection of snakes, lizards, and small primates. On the right is our veterinarian area and Ambassador Animal back holding both of which - are closed to the public as well. However, during the nicer weather months you may get to peek inside the Ambassador Animal back holdings through some small windows on the right side of the building (close to the restrooms).

Pangea Plaza

This is the central hub within the zoo. From here, you can find pathways leading toward any section of the zoo. Oftentimes during events, this is where you will find LIVE music and food trucks!

Tree Top Gift Shop

Looking for a souvenir? Maybe a special and unique gift? Then stop by our Tree Top Gift Shop and take a look around! We have stuffed animals, magnets, post cards, jewelry, action figures, apparel, bottle openers, and so much more!

The Tree Top Gift Shop also functions as our visitor experience hub! So if you have any questions or concerns, please speak to our staff members here. They would be happy to help!

Entrance/Exit

Welcome to the Utica Zoo! Thank you for coming in for a visit today! Feel free to walk right up to our ticket window and we will be happy to help you!

Optical Viewers

Have extra quarters? Want a better look at our Lion Exhibit? Use this optical viewer to see our lions and their habitat up close!

Suggested Wheelchair Turnaround

Beyond this bridge lies uneven terrain and gravel roads! If you have a wheelchair or a stroller, it may prove difficult to navigate this trail!

Suggested Wheelchair Turnaround

Here begins our North Trek Hiking Trail! This half mile path is designed to emulate an Adirondack Trail and so it isn't paved. Consequently, visitors using wheelchairs or strollers may find it difficult to navigate.

Utica Zoo Adirondack Chair

Want to make some memories? Squeeze your whole group onto this gigantic, wooden Adirondack Chair and take a picture together! It's the perfect spot to capture a photo book memory!

Ambassador Animal Viewing

Our Ambassador Animals are animals who go off grounds to participate in outreach and education programs (such as ZooMobiles) around the greater Utica area. Because of their "job" here at the zoo, they are provided some more calm and quiet back-holdings for when they aren't "working" so that they can decompress and no get stressed out. However, during the warmer weather months you might be able to get a peek at some of these hard-working critters by glancing through these windows! Just remember to be kind and respectful towards them; it's their day off!

To see a list of our Ambassador Animals, Click Here!

If you are interested in meeting some of them, look into booking an Ambassador Animal Encounter Here!

Scales & Tails

Scales & Tails is one of the 6 sections of the Utica Zoo! Located inside our Wildlife Hall building (to the left of the auditorium), this building features a variety of scaly critters and a few small primates. From snakes to lizards to tamarins, to meet all of the animals that call this section home, Click Here!

Photo Booth

Make some memories at the zoo with your loved ones at our Apple Photobooth and get 2 photo strips for $5! This booth also allows you to email your photos to yourself AND post your photos directly to social media.

If you encounter any issues with this photobooth, go to PhotoRefund.com to inquire about refunds (the machine itself - while on zoo grounds - is owned and operated by Apple Industries)!

Picnic Area

Need to take a seat? Want a more secluded place than a pavilion to eat? Then feel free to use the picnic table in this area for just that!

Optical Viewers

Have any spare quarters? Why not use them to take a look at the Utica skyline through these optical viewers!

Utica Overlook

Pause here for a moment to get a beautiful view of Utica and central New York's landscape! Its perfect for a photo! And, while you're at it, try out one of our Optical Viewers to get an even better look!

North Trek Hiking Trail

The North Trek Hiking Trail is one of the 6 sections of the Utica Zoo. This half mile trail is set up to emulate an Adirondack hiking tail and on this trail you can find exhibits featuring local wildlife from Lynxes to Arctic Foxes. The trail is unpaved, however, and may prove difficult for some to navigate! To meet all of the animals who here in the zoo, Click Here!

African Ridge

African Ridge is one of the 6 sections of the Utica Zoo! Stretching from African Lions all the way down to African Painted Dogs, African Ridge is where you can find animals from the Savannahs and Deserts of Africa! To meet all of the animals who call this section home, Click Here!

Backyards & Barnyards

Backyards & Barnyards is one of the 6 sections of the Utica Zoo! Here, you will find animals that you could find in your own backyard (provided you live in the area) OR simply animals you might find on a farm! To meet all of the animals who call this section home, Click Here!

Asian Realm

Asian Realm is one of the 6 sections of the Utica Zoo! Here you will find a variety of animals from the Asian continent from China to Mongolia to the Philippines. To meet all of the animals who call this section home, Click Here!

Forever Forests

This is one of the 6 sections of the Utica Zoo! While the inside of the building is closed to the public, the exhibits featured here are entirely outside (with only back-holdings for each animals inside the buildings). Here you will find arboreal animals such as Spider Monkeys, Gibbons, and Red Pandas. To meet all of the animals who call this sections home, Click Here!

ATM

Need cash? Then use this ATM right here! A portion of the fee from this machine goes directly to the care of our animals!

FREE Parking

When you arrive at the Utica Zoo, feel free to park in any of our parking lots FOR FREE! If a day ever happens to be extremely busy, we will have staff in the parking lot to assist in parking. And occasionally - during some events - we will have shuttle buses running from the Rec Center and MVCC (if this is the case, we will specify on the relevant event page here).

Butterfly Garden

This gorgeous spot of the Utica Zoo is called out Butterfly Garden. Once every year, we release a roost of butterflies at this very spot to mingle among the flora. While the butterflies don't always stay around, it is still a nice spot to walk and get a picture!

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