Utica Zoo Mourns the Loss of Red Panda

UTICA – The Utica Zoo is mourning the unexpected loss of one of its beloved red pandas, Ming Yue, on Monday, October 11. The female red panda showed no signs of illness or distress leading up to Monday. Zoo officials do not yet have a cause of death. A necropsy is being performed at Cornell […]

Bittersweet: The Zoo Wishes Farewell Along with a Warm Welcome this Fall

Utica Zoo Prepares for Decommission of Sea Lion Exhibit, Welcomes New Female Zebra from Disney Visitors to see future expansion and updates in the coming year Much like the 2015 “We Don’t Like it Either!” renovation campaign for the White -handed Gibbon pair, the Utica Zoo recognized that the California Sea Lion exhibit did not provide […]

New Exclusive Wine Event Planned! Wine in the Wilderness Returns 2022

If 2020 was the year we at the Utica Zoo had to close our gates and postpone events, this year is our chance to create even more opportunities for outdoor fun and entertainment! We’re excited to announce that we’re adding Spirits on Safari, an after-hours, adult-only wine, brew, and spirits event to kick off Spooktacular Harvest […]

Renowned Animal Care Expert Jay Pratte Joins Utica Zoo

The Utica Zoo is excited to announce Jay Pratte as the organization’s new director of animal care, conservation, and education. Pratte is internationally known for his training, enrichment, and welfare work with species across the globe. He has been an animal caregiver for over three decades, focusing on behavioral management and welfare standards. Positive reinforcement […]

Beaversprite Helps Zoo Fulfill Its Mission

Read about Utica Zoo’s conservation, education center, Beaversprite, nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks – fulfilling its mission and legacy of wildlife protection and awareness. Link to article Beaversprite OD pdf

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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 […]

Happy National Hedgehog Day

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 […]

Snowshoe Rentals

a snowshoer in a yellow jacker and a snowshoer in a green jacket walk past African Lion habitat

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 […]