Member Appreciation Night


Members like you support the Utica Zoo all year long, and we want to take time out to appreciate each and every one of you!

We invite you to join us at the Utica Zoo on Monday, July 15th, 2019 from 5pm-7pm for our annual Member Appreciation Night and Annual Meeting! Enjoy live music from Remsen Social Club, light fare and drinks, and animal presentations from Utica Zoo staff and docents. Our keynote speaker will be President and Chief Executive Officer of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Dan Ashe, who will be joining us in “Celebrating 2018: Our Year of AZA Accreditation”.

We will also be conducting our annual business meeting, slate of officers, and delivering our 2018 Annual Report to recap the past year of activity at The Zoo. There has been a lot, so you won’t want to miss it!


About Dan Ashe, President and CEO, Association of Zoos and Aquariums:Headshot of Dan Ashe

Dan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization of 236 aquariums, zoos and science centers and more than 6,000 individual members. With his team of staff members and over 400 committee member volunteers, Dan is charged with advancing AZA’s vision, mission and strategic priorities.

A lifelong animal conservationist, Dan joined AZA in January 2017 after serving as the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for nearly six years, successfully leading the agency, and its thousands of employees, during a period of great challenges. Following a 13-year career as a professional staff member of the former Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries in the U.S. House of Representatives, Dan held positions of increasing responsibility at the Service. They include Assistant Director for External Affairs, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Science Advisor to the Director and Deputy Director.

Dan earned a bachelor degree in Biological Science from Florida State University, and graduate degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, where he studied under a fellowship from the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. His master’s thesis, on estuarine wetland mitigation, was published in the Coastal Zone Management Journal, in 1982.

Dan’s journey to the greater D.C. area was made possible by the National Sea Grant College Program. He was awarded a National Sea Grant Congressional Fellowship in 1982.

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