Utica Zoo Holiday Gift Guide

We all know the struggle of trying to decide what to get everyone on your holiday shopping list. But have no fear, your Utica Zoo friends are here to help solve that problem! Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for some gift suggestions for folks of all ages and give the gift that also supports our animals!










1) Coffee/drinkware: Do you have someone on your list who is an avid coffee drinker? Choose someone you don’t know well for Secret Santa? We have a variety of coffee mugs, travel mugs, and of course our Lion’s Roast coffee, produced in conjunction with the wonderful people at Utica Coffee Roasting Co. Our Lion’s Roast coffee also benefits the conservation of wild African Lions via The Lion Recovery Fund












2)Brewfest Boxes and Brewfest Auction-Brewfest is our #1 fundraiser of the year and unfortunately for 2020, we had to cancel it. But you can still bring home some Brewfest for the animal lover and beer enthusiasts in your life. Check out the full details HERE and check out our Brewfest Auction taking place on our Facebook page right now! We have some wonderful items at rock bottom prices-far less than you would pay in-store.












3) Calendars-Our new 2021 Utica Zoo calendars just arrived and they are flying right off the shelves! Comprised of 100% visitor submitted photos, the 2021 calendar will allow you to have the Utica Zoo with you all year round. For only $9.99, these calendars make a fantastic stocking stuffer gift!












4) EncountersIf you want to get a bit more up close and personal, our Animal Encounters are perfect for a gift for yourself or the animal lover in your life. Choose from Bactrian Camel, California Sea Lion, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Ambassador Animals, or our World Famous Red Pandas and get an opportunity to learn more about these animals and even feed them their favorite snacks! Gift cards are available to purchase for encounters Purchase Now!










5) Adoption Boxes-Give the gift that gives back! Adoption boxes are a wonderful way to support a Utica Zoo animal and give a gift to the animal lover in your life. We have 3 options for adoptions starting at only $30 and may include a certificate of adoption, photograph of your animal, a plush, and more. (Included items vary by adoption level) Visit our online adoption store HERE or adopt an animal in the Gift Shop.










6) Online store-Our good friends at Max’s Print Shop have put together some unique items that may be purchased online and shipped directly from the print shop. There are a variety of apparel options, Social Distancing themed apparel, Uti-kaZoo apparel, and more. If you are looking for a fun gift option while staying socially distanced, the online store is for you. Check it out HERE.

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7) Memberships-Memberships are the gift that gives all year round. The Utica Zoo is open 363 days a year at 10 am and memberships allow you to visit EVERY DAY! Enjoy unlimited, free admission to the zoo, discounts in the gift shop and on special event tickets, reciprocal discounts at Zoos and Aquariums around the country and some foreign countries, and more! Individual memberships start at only $45 for the year and we have different membership options for families of all sizes as well. Get the full rundown on membership benefits and purchase one for yourself or as a gift HERE



8) Education Programming-Education is a huge part of what we do here at the Utica Zoo, and giving the gift of education is the best gift you can give! Whether it is a virtual ZooMobile a School Break ZooCamp, or a Snowshoe Night Prowl, we have a variety of ways you can give the gift of education this holiday season. Click each of the links listed for more information and to book your opportunity.



9) Animal Plush-Kids love plush animals, but so do adults! We have tons of different plush animals; different animals, different sizes, different colors, and different accessories. We even have plush for animals that we do not currently have in our collection, so if you are looking for a particular animal, just ask! Plush can be purchased in the Gift Shop, along with a wide variety of toys you can’t find anywhere locally and our enrichment tree to provide enrichment items for our animals to enjoy!



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