What is the Utica ZooMobile?

The ZooMobile program offers a wide variety of experiences (see below) that allows the ZOO to come to YOU! We are available 7 days a week, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (An after-hours fee is applied for programs that run after 4:00 pm), and offer presentations throughout Central, Northern, and the Capital District of New York State.

Please call the education department for booking at (315) 738-0472 ext. 36 or email Kathleen at kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org

ZooMobile Presentation Program

Our ZooMobile Presentation Program is an interactive program in which a Utica Zoo educator brings a variety of live animals and related biofacts to your location. The typical ZooMobile presentation features four animals and lasts 30 to 50 minutes, depending on age/grade level and topic choice.

ZooMobile Booth Program

Our ZooMobile Booth Program is an informal program that includes a table set up with four animals, related biofacts, and general zoo information. A typical ZooMobile booth lasts from one to two hours. Participants can visit the animals at their leisure and explore hands-on bio-facts.

Zoo Adventures Program

We also offer a special Zoo Adventures Program for preschools which includes a storybook reading to promote early literacy and a three animal presentation.

Virtual ZooMobile Program

Our Virtual Zoomobile Program allows you to experience the zoo from the comfort of your own home! We offer two different virtual zoomobile options: A 15-minute program with a meet and greet with a single ambassador animal for $40 or a 30-minute program with three ambassador animals for $75. Our zoo educator will present each animal for a few minutes, and then open it up to questions from your group.

What Are the Requirements for Hosting a ZooMobile at Your Site?

The safety of our visitors, staff, and animals is of the utmost importance to us! As such, we have made some modifications to our zoomobile program in accordance with the social distancing, group gathering, and reopening guidelines set forth by New York State.

  • All zoomobile programs must be held outdoors or in a large indoor setting that allows for proper social distancing between the education team and the zoomobile participants, such as an auditorium or gymnasium. We also cannot be set up inside of private residences or for at home private birthday parties.
  • All proper social distancing practices between the educator, animals, and participants must be followed. The participants must be at least 6 feet away from the educator and the animals.
  • For the safety of our ambassador, participants will NOT be able to touch mammals, amphibians, or invertebrates. Touching of reptiles and domestic birds may be permitted for groups of 40 individuals or less at the discretion of the educator. Guests will be asked to wear masks when touching animals since social distancing cannot be maintained. 
  • The educator(s) that facilitate your program are required to wear masks when social distancing cannot be maintained.
  •  Our setup cannot be in close proximity to other animals (humane societies, animal shelters, etc.) or areas where food is being served. 
  • The animals cannot be set up near any sound systems, speakers, bounce houses, live music, or any other locations that are extremely noisy. This may overwhelm our animals and make them uncomfortable. 

What Animals Will I See?

While you cannot specifically choose which animal(s) we will bring, we do offer topic choices that follow NYS curriculum standards and festival themes. Utica Zoo education staff will choose animals from our ambassador collection that best fit your event and topic chosen. If your facility or group has specific requirements that prevent us from bringing certain animals, please let an educator know when booking.

We cannot guarantee that specific animals will be available for your program; animal usage for programs is carefully monitored to allow a healthy rotation among our ambassador animals. 

Our topics to choose from are as follows:

Don’t see your topic listed here? We are happy to tailor a program to any topic of your choosing!

Zoomobile Price List

  • Virtual Zoomobile (1 Aminal) $40
  • Virtual Zoomobile (3 Animals) $75
  • Pre-School Zoo Adventures Program $75
  • Zoomobile Presentation for Schools $100
  • Community Zoomobile Presentations $125
  • Private Zoomobile Presentations $135
  • 1 Hour Zoomobile Booth $150
  • 2 Hour Zoomobile Booth $200

**Pricing structure is subject to change without notice. Please check with a staff member while booking your reservation to confirm that there have not been any changes. 

Additional Fees

  • Mileage (over 20 miles) $0.57/mile
  • After Hours Fee $25
  • Additional Presentation (Same Day) $50/presentation
  • Layover Fee If over ½ hour between programs, an additional $5.00 for each ½ hour will be charged.

**Pricing structure is subject to change without notice. Please check with a staff member while booking your reservation to confirm that there have not been any changes. 

Booking

Please call the education department for booking at (315) 738-0472 ext. 36 or email Kathleen at kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org

Or, fill out the form on the bottom of this page to request a Zoomobile. Note: The form below is not a guarantee of booking date or time. A Utica Zoo staff member will contact you at your provided method to discuss schedule and availability.

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