Do You Have a Wildlife Emergency?

Injured Animal? Animal in Distress? Animal Orphaned?

While the Utica Zoo can’t directly help you if you find a wild animal in trouble due to legal restrictions regarding where zoos can and can’t accept animals from, we CAN point you in the right direction. While we are proponents of the DEC’s (Department of Environmental Conservation’s) message of “If You Care, Leave It There”, we understand – as animal lovers ourselves – that sometimes the urge to help is overpowering. So, if you think that the animal you are concerned about is injured, in distress, or orphaned, you should call one of the Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators found in the area. These individuals are devoted to helping wildlife critters whenever they can. You will find a list of rehabilitator resources below!


  • Animal Rehabilitators may not always be able to help you and may instruct you to leave the animal alone.
  • DO NOT come to the Zoo with the intention of dropping off a wild animal (injured or otherwise)! We cannot legally take OR house the animal!

How To Use

  • Select the county where you are located from the dropdown menu.
  • Select the type of animal that requires assistance (i.e. “Small Mammal,” “Raptors,” etc.) 
  • Click “Search” and you will find a list of relevant Rehabilitators and their contact information. 

How To Use

  • Type your location’s Zip Code in the search bar.
  • Click on “Wildlife Emergency: Assist injured, orphaned, distressed wildlife.”
  • Read the warning pop-up and click “OK.”
  • Click on one of the Rehabilitators that appear to get their contact information.

How To Use

  • Search the bird shelter listings to find the name, phone number, email, and/or website that works for you. 
  • OR click on “Find a Home for an Animal” up on the top menu and fill out the information. After some time, the website will send your email lists of potential adopters for you to look into.  

The Utica Zoo will be closed at 1:00pm on 8/3 for BREWFEST and will reopen with normal hours on 8/4!