The Utica Zoo announced today that the 2020 Wine in the Wilderness fundraiser event scheduled for June 6, 2020 has been postponed indefinitely. While the on-grounds event scheduled for June 6 has been postponed, the Zoo is also exploring options to provide a digital equivalent of Wine in the Wilderness, in addition to bringing some aspects of Wine in the Wilderness to other well-known Zoo fundraising events that occur later in the year.


The annual event, now in its 21st year, has become a favorite for wine lovers throughout the Northeast region. Featuring wineries from around New York State, live music, food, vendor market, animal meet and greets, and more, Wine in the Wilderness would regularly welcome nearly 2,500 attendees to the evening event on the scenic grounds of the Utica Zoo. The event is also one of the largest fundraising events the 501©3 not for profit organization holds throughout the year.


“We rely on our admissions, event revenue, memberships, outreach programs, and donations to be able to care for our animals and provide employment for nearly 40 people, so making the decision to postpone one of our largest events of the year was incredibly difficult. However, we understand the importance of social distancing and would not be able to safely hold our event.” said Mark Simon, Visitor Experience and Marketing Manager for the Utica Zoo.


For those looking to support the Utica Zoo while temporarily closed to visitors, visit for a variety of options to help Zoo staff continue to provide the best possible care for their more than 200 animals.

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