The Utica Zoo in 2009

The Utica Zoo charges no admission during the winter months! We try to take the opportunity to visit during this time. It was a warmer winter day (late March), so most of the animals were perky and curious. And we discovered a few new things that made this visit our best one yet.

Welcome to Zoo


My kids love the reptile area; they don’t seem to tire of it even though we’ve seen it a dozen times (or so it seems– all reptiles look alike to me).


The tigers were very active, I’d never seen them running around before. They chased each other, quibbled over the best rock to lounge on, and trotted the perimeter of the cage. These are BIG animals.

Walking Tiger

Tiger Patrol

The best thing we explored was the Nature Trail, behind the large tiger cage and up the hill. It was a little muddy, but not too bad. We had on our ( Walking Boots, and so were well prepared!

Zoo Nature Trail

There were animals in cages up here, that I had not known were here! There was a large pack of Mexican wolves. This one was limping. Apparently, there had been some sort of fight or a quarrel between two wolves; we’d heard a painful yelp on the way up to the cages here, and when we arrived, one wolf had some blood on its leg and was walking with its tail between its legs.

Mexican Wolf

The Snow Owls eyed us as we walked past.

Snow Owls

The view from the hill is stunning. The city of Utica lies below.


Utica Skyline church

We walked back down to the zoo area, hopefully to see the sealions and some domestic critters.

The sheep seemed a little hostile. They just stared. They are always smiling, though. Ever notice?


The shaggy deer, as usual, wanted to eat.


This little guy wanted to eat my camera. Or my hand. He snapped at both.

Whooping Swan

And the seals refused to come out of the doghouse. Last year, the much-celebrated baby seal, Pedipede Jack, died. I don’t recall ever reading about the cause of death; at the time of his death, it was a mystery. 🙁 Very sad. I wonder how long mama seals mourn? She looked very lonely.

Seal in House

The livestock barn has the friendly donkey and llama, but we were only able to get a glimpse before one of the zookeepers strolled in and announced it was Zoo closing time.

Livestock Barn

It was a very pleasant visit, especially the nature trail. I’ve got to try that again when the ground is drier!

Zoo Walkway

About the Author

I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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