Throughout the entirety of their temporary closure, the Utica Zoo has developed new ways for the community to enjoy the Zoo digitally. Many of these new ways also help support the Zoo financially; as a 501(C)3 Not-for-Profit- organization, the Utica Zoo relies on admissions, events, programming, and other means to survive. One of the newest methods to support the Zoo is through the Digital Animal Adoption program, which allows animal lovers to show their support and symbolically adopt one of the more than 200 animals who call the Zoo home.
Digital Animal Adoptions are available in a variety of support levels and directly help the staff at the Zoo continue to provide the same top-level care for their animals as they normally would and goes towards food, supplements, vitamins, enrichment, exhibit maintenance, or anything the animals may need to be healthy and happy. Adopters will receive a certificate of adoption, a fact sheet about their adopted animal, a social media graphic to let your friends know you adopted, recognition in ZooNews, the Zoo’s newsletter, as well as additional thank you gifts for higher level adoptions. Digital adoptions start at $30. More information about Digital Animal Adoption can be found at www.UticaZoo.org/adopt