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

The Red Panda is one of the most popular exhibits at the Utica Zoo. 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 not only create a new exhibit, but to bring in a new mate for Muse after the unexpected passing of Ming Yue.

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!

Zebra Exhibit Expansion

We have recently welcomed a new Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra – Zecora – to the Utica Zoo to join our other Zebra – Rundu. As a way to make Zecora’s introduction as perfect as possible, we constructed a brand new Zebra barn and expanded the Zebra habitat here at the zoo. However, there is still a lot of work to be done! Click the button below to donate to this project and help make the Utica Zoo the best home it can be for our expanding Zebra herd. 

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 $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.

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: