As the holiday season fast approaches, so does GivingTuesday, an international day of giving falling on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, the Utica Zoo has formed GivingZooWeek on December 2-6, in conjunction with #GivingZOOday, a day to highlight the impact that members of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums have on not only animals, but on their communities as a whole.


The Utica Zoo has planned a series of digital events to commemorate GivingZooWeek to highlight the challenges the Zoo faces throughout the year and the level of impact the Zoo’s work has on the community and the world. The Zoo is asking the community to tune in to their social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram December 2-6 to learn more and discover new ways to help support the Zoo.


The week culminates with a special fundraiser drive on Friday, December 6th at Holland Farms on Oriskany Blvd. in Yorkville starting at 6:30am, with a December Holiday Night Prowl at 5pm, and Holiday Hoot on Saturday, December 7th.


“GivingTuesday, #GivingZOOday, and GivingZooWeek are all vitally important parts of our fundraising efforts at the Utica Zoo,” said Mark Simon, Marketing Coordinator at the Zoo. “Our goal with GivingZooWeek is to go behind the scenes to show our community the amount of hard work that it takes, all year round, to care for our animals, show the challenges our team faces, and provide clear and concise ways the community can help support our work and the animals under our care. Zoos and Aquariums are the leading force behind the fight against extinction globally, and we want people to know they can be part of that fight right here at the Utica Zoo.”


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