The Utica Zoo Celebrates the New Year with its First-Ever “ZOOdiac” Event this Sunday

UTICA, NY – The Utica Zoo will ring in 2022 with its first-ever “ZOOdiac” event, combining our traditional Noon Year’s Celebration with a celebration of the Chinese New Year.  Festivities begin with a ball drop at noon this coming Sunday, January 30, 2022 as we leave the “Year of the Ox” and enter the “Year of the Tiger.”  Visitor favorites, the Zebu (located in Backyards & Barnyards) will represent the Ox from the Zodiac calendar, receiving special enrichment as we say goodbye to 2021. Later, the beloved lion trio will stand in for the iconic Tiger to greet the upcoming year with a roar!

A scavenger hunt and a series of zookeeper talks throughout the day will entertain visitors, providing facts and tales about the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac calendar. Guests can join in the fun and learn how the Zodiac characters relate to the other animals who live at the Utica Zoo.

Everyone is encouraged to fill out a New Year’s Re-ZOO-lution sheet to add to our Re-ZOO-lution wall!

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The Utica Zoo is open 363 days a year from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $8 per adult and $5 per child ages 2-12. Children under age 2 are free, and discounts are available for active military, college students, and seniors over 61 with ID. Members enjoy free admission year round!


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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!