As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we rely on donations from our supporters to continue to provide the top-level animal care that our animals deserve. Below are the current projects and funds we are looking to earn support for, and links to donate directly.

Are you looking to donate physical items to the Zoo? Visit our Wish List!

International Red Panda Exhibit Campaign

One of the most popular exhibits at the Utica Zoo is of our Red Pandas. In fact, the Red Panda Encounters become fully booked soon after we open up new slots. So, furthering our mission of modernizing all of the exhibits around the zoo we have made it our goal to provide our Red Pandas – Muse and Ming Yue – with a brand new exhibit! This New Red Panda Exhibit that will be attached to our new visitor center (estimated to be finished 2022) will bring 4-season, multi-zone climate control to a brand new open-air Red Panda exhibit at the Utica Zoo with many new and convenient viewing angles for visitors. Additionally, this new exhibit will allow us to make encounters with the Red Pandas all the more special (a feat that will regularly bring a boost to the local tourism economy of the Greater Mohawk Valley).

The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida counties have already provided a lead gift of $70,000 to begin the planning phase of this new, state-of-the-art exhibit. This lead gift is approximately 10% of the total funds needed to fully fund the exhibit. Help us reach our goal and donate today!

Canada Lynx Exhibit Renovation Campaign

In 2020, the Utica Zoo welcomed a female Canada Lynx named Denali to join a 7-year-old male Breton. The pair were recently recommended to breed and could increase their family size in the near future. This renovation campaign will allow us to renovate the older Canada Lynx exhibit and provide ample space for Denali to raise her kit(s) and allow the family unit to be comfortable for an extended period of time.  We have already received a leading gift in memory of a remarkable man in the amount of $7,414.12, with additional funds allowing us to facilitate a more detailed expansion.

Zebra Exhibit Expansion

Later in 2021, we are going to welcome a new female zebra to the Utica Zoo to join our male Rundu with the hope of them having and raising a foal together. To welcome this expansion to our herd, we are in the process of expanding our current zebra exhibit. This expansion will include a brand new zebra barn AND expanded roaming space. We are currently in the process of this construction, and you can see it underway when you visit our zoo. If you would like to donate to the project and help Rundu and our incoming Zebras get a zoo that is bigger and better, please follow the link below! We thank you for your support!

Sport a Casa Import Pandatee and support the Utica Zoo!

Casa Imports, together with the Utica Zoo, designed this fun new tee that is available in 4 colors in youth and adult sizes.

Casa Imports is also graciously donating proceeds from the sale of this limited edition tee to the Zoo! Don’t miss out order yours today. Free pick up at Max’s Print Shop in Marcy or have your order shipped to your home.

Be a Utica Zoo 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.

Make a General Operations Fund Donation

The Utica Zoo spends an average of $4,000 per day to operate. That includes caring for and feeding our animals, utility bills, staff payroll, maintenance, and every other expense that comes with operating a Zoo. This is not an easy feat, especially during the cold weather months when our costs outweigh our revenue. You can help take some of the cost burdens off our shoulders by making a donation to the Utica Zoo General Operations Fund. Your tax-deductible donation will be earmarked specifically for the General Operation of the Zoo and will likely be used the same day we receive it; you can really make that immediate of an impact.

Support the “Excitement is Building!” Campaign

Our primate building was originally built in 1927 and was one of the first original structures on the Zoo grounds. Over 90 years later, the building needs to be renovated, exhibits updated, and more of the space converted to be usable. Your support will allow us to continue with our current work and provide new exhibits for our Primates, add new species, develop new Keeper care areas, and generally bring the building into the 21st century.

Animal Care Fund

Our general donation fund specifically for the needs and care of our animals. Includes food, enrichment, bedding, veterinary care, or anything our animals may need.

Be a Utica Zoo Partner

As a registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization, the Utica Zoo is proud to partner with numerous community businesses and organizations. If your business is interested in partnering with the Utica Zoo and finding out more information, contact Executive Director Andria Heath at Here are just some of our long-standing partners in our community: