Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get up close to the Red Pandas at the Utica Zoo? You can actually go into their exhibit with the zoo's "Animal Encounters."

The Utica Zoo offers a variety of "Animal Encounters," but it's safe to say the Red Panda Encounter is the most popular. So what's it like to be in the actual exhibit with the Red Pandas? And what do you get to do while you're in there? Well, in this week's "98 Seconds with Naomi Lynn" video, I'll show you...

Watch the video (at the top of the page), to see just how close you can get to the Red Pandas (you actually get to be closer than the camera is, you get to be as close to the animals as the couple in the video are). Not only do you get to be really, REALLY close to those adorable Red Pandas, but you also get to feed them some of their favorite treats. How cool is that?!

The Red Panda Animal Encounter is so popular, it's already booked through December. But that doesn't mean you can't plan a visit sometime in 2018. You can get cost information and more details by visiting: uticazoo.org/encounters

The Utica Zoo also offers other animal encounters including African Lion Encounters, California Sea Lion Encounters, Camel Encounters, and the Children's Zoo Contact Yard.





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