Utica Zoo Animal Encounters

Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with some of the animals at the Utica Zoo? With our Animal Encounter packages, you can now make your Zoo visit extraordinary!

Photo Packages: Looking to focus on your encounter and less on taking photos? Add-on a photo package with our staff photographer for photos of your animal encounter. Photo packages are $45 and must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.

Subject to staff availability.

Guests must book their encounters by clicking the link below at least one week in advance.  Animal Encounters last approximately 30 minutes and are overseen by a member of our Animal Care Staff who can answer all of your questions. All encounter sales are final. Encounters may be rescheduled no less than 48 hours in advance of the encounter date.

Our most popular encounter! Go inside the Red Panda exhibit space and feed our Red Panda family their favorite treats! RED PANDA ENCOUNTERS ARE FULLY BOOKED THROUGH THE END OF 2021! FOR AVAILABILITY, CHECK BACK WHEN WE OPEN JANUARY THROUGH APRIL 2022 IN THE COMING MONTHS!

Starting at $225 | Up to 2 People | Ages 8+

Red Panda Encounter

$ 225
  • Up to 2 People
  • Ages 8 and Up
  • Lasts 30 Minutes
  • Optional Photo Package for $45

Get a closer look at the Utica Zoo’s largest animals while feeding them their favorite vegetables and learning from our Keepers!

Starting at $75 | Up to 4 People | All Ages

Bactrian Camel Encounter

$ 75
  • Up to 4 People
  • All Ages
  • Lasts 30 Minutes
  • Optional Photo Package for $45

Get a chance to feed our Nigerian Dwarf Goats right inside their exhibit! Perfect for young children and families.

Starting at $40 | Up to 4 People | All Ages

Nigerian Dwarf Goat Encounter

$ 40
  • Up to 4 People
  • All Ages
  • Lasts 30 Minutes
  • Optional Photo Package for $45

Our Ambassador/Education animals play a special role in telling the stories of their wild counterparts. Meet our animals up close and hear their stories. 

Starting at $30 | Up to 4 People | All Ages

Ambassador Animal Encounter

$ 30
  • Up to 4 People
  • All Ages
  • Lasts 30 Minutes
  • Optional Photo Package for $45