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.

International Red Panda Exhibit Campaign

In the past, our Red Panda exhibit was one of our most popular exhibits and we want to make an even better one for the future! This new proposed Red Panda Exhibit will bring a four-season, multi-zone climate controlled habitat at the Utica Zoo with many new and convenient viewing angles for visitors. Additionally, this new exhibit will allow us to make encounters with a Red Panda 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!

Forever Forests Interior Renovation Campaign

It’s the dream and vision to re-open the Primate Building as Forever Forests – improving inside holding and providing year-round viewing of our White-handed gibbons, Yoda & Snowflake as well as new species. We want to deliver the conservation message of protecting our rainforests through discovery and inspiration. We want you, our visitors, to connect to our Chinese alligators and rhinoceros iguanas during the winter months, and enjoy other captivating rainforest species!

Otterly Awesome Otter Exhibit Campaign

Stay tuned for something Otterly Awesome to be announced in the near future! Yes, we are working on brining some otters to the Utica Zoo! 

Animal Care Donation

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.

General Operations Donation

The Utica Zoo spends an average of $7,000 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.

Donate an Item from Our Enrichment Wish List

 Click the button below to view our Amazon Wish Lists. All items on the list have been hand selected from our animal care team, and are items used and needed on a daily basis.

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:

Due to needing time to set up for our Wine in the Wilderness Event, on June 3rd the zoo will be closing to the public at 1pm! We will reopen our doors at 6pm for the event! Event tickets will still be purchasable at our gift shop during this time!