Animal Hero

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.

How Do I Become a Utica Zoo Animal Hero?

Every animal at the Utica Zoo, from our Brazilian Flying Cockroaches all the way up to our Bactrian Camels, have unique needs to be healthy and happy. By becoming an Animal Hero, you will be able to provide for these needs on a monthly basis. Using the form below, choose a monthly support level of $100/month (Super Hero), $50/month (Defender), or $25/month (Protector). Once you have chosen your support level, choose which animal you would like to symbolically adopt. Each animal is separated by species, then by name. Continue through the form and enter your billing details. Your payment method will automatically be charged on a monthly basis via PayPal, the leader in digital payment processing and security. Looking for a different adoption option? Make a one-time pay adoption or an adoption box.

Don’t see the animal you want to support? Try selecting a different support level! Giving as a gift? Make sure to indicate that this adoption is a gift for someone else.

NOTE: When processing your card information, PayPal will ask you to enter your PayPal login information or to PAY AND SUBSCRIBE. If you do not have a PayPal account, the PayPal Pay and Subscribe option will assist you in creating an account. This is necessary to securely process your monthly payment. Please contact with any concerns.

What is Included With My Utica Zoo Animal Hero Adoption?

  • Animal Adoption Certificate
  • Trading Card of your Adopted Animal (collect them all!)
  • Impact Statement
  • Holiday Cards from your Adopted Animal
  • Invitation to Utica Zoo Animal Hero Breakfast (must be active Hero to attend)
  • Additional gift after 6 months
  • Recognition in ZooNews, our quarterly newsletter
  • The knowledge that your support has positively impacted the life of a Utica Zoo animal

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The Utica Zoo will be closed at 1:00pm on 8/3 for BREWFEST and will reopen with normal hours on 8/4!