It's an “Animal Valentine Exchange” at the Utica Zoo this weekend.
The Utica Zoo has teamed up with the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester for an Animal Valentine Exchange. Bring the kids to the Utica Zoo Wildlife Hall on February 16 and 17 and make a Valentine to send. Children from Seneca Park will be creating Valentines to send to our Utica animals too! You can also share in making special enrichment items including a Valentine Chain!
This event is free with Zoo admission. Follow this link for more information.
While you're there consider becoming a Utica Zoo Member. Here's what it includes:
  • Free, unlimited admission to the Utica Zoo for one full year.
  • Free or discounted admission to zoos, nature centers and aquariums across the country. Utica Zoo Reciprocal List 2019
  • 10% off in the Utica Zoo Gift Shop.
  • Member-day discounts and specials
  • Discounts on education classes, zoo camps, and birthday parties.
  • Access to special member-only programs.
  • Invitation to our annual member appreciation evening in May.
  • Discounted or free tickets to select Utica Zoo events.
  • The knowledge that you are helping to further the Utica Zoo’s mission.

As an accredited member of  The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Utica Zoo reciprocates with other AZA Accredited zoos and aquariums across the USA and Canada. This agreement also allows the members of reciprocal zoos to receive free admission to the Utica Zoo.  Due to constant changes in the reciprocal list, we recommend you call before you visit any zoo or aquarium to ensure they are still participating in the program.

Senior OR Military discount of $5 off memberships available at the Utica Zoo Gift Shop with ID.

Memberships Levels:

  • INDIVIDUAL $40 – Member benefits for one named adult and one single-use day-pass.
  • DUAL $50 – Member Benefits for two named adults or one named adult and one guest.
  • FAMILY $60 – Member Benefits for two named adults and all related children under 18.
  • EXTENDED FAMILY $75 – Member Benefits for a total of four adults, with one to four adults being named and the remainder as guest passes; plus all related children under 18.
  • SILVER $125 – Member benefits for two named adults and all related children under 18, Free admission for two guests per visit,  A Utica Zoo Logo Decal and two single-use day-passes, Invitations to special exhibit previews.
  • GOLD $500 –  Silver benefits, four single-use day passes, vouchers for 4 tickets to either Wine in the Wilderness or Brewfest, recognition in the Utica Zoo’s annual report,
  • PLATINUM $1,000 – Silver benefits, A director led, behind the scenes tour of the zoo, vouchers for 6 tickets to either Wine in the Wilderness or Brewfest, recognition in the Utica Zoo’s Annual Report.
  • LIFETIME $2,500 – All Platinum level benefits with six single-use day-passes,  A special animal encounter of your choice (First year of Membership only),  Vouchers for Eight tickets to Brewfest or Wine in the Wilderness (First year of membership only).


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