Oneida County Tourism is celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week now through May 9th. You can celebrate with virtual #CNYGetaways all week long. One place known for family fun here in Central New York is The Utica Zoo.

The Utica Zoo has been providing family fun for everyone for over 100 years. The Zoo has grown from its small beginnings with three fallow deer in 1914, to its present collection of 99 species of animals.

As part of conservation programs, the Utica Zoo has housed Mexican wolves, red pandas, white-naped cranes, white-handed gibbons, Mexican spider monkeys, golden lion tamarins, golden-headed lion tamarins, California sea lions, prehensile-tailed skinks, collard peccaries and snowy owls. The zoo offers up-close-and-personal encounters with African lions, sea lions, red pandas, camels and dwarf goats. The red panda encounter is their most popular, and popularity increased when two cubs were born in 2015.

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Currently, the zoo is closed to the public due to “New York On Pause” through May 15th. However, you can still enjoy virtual experiences online. The zoo is currently hosting their Uti-kaZoo Program providing videos, education, and entertainment all online.

If you’d like to donate to the Utica Zoo Emergency Fund, you can find more info on their website.