With the announcement that the 21st Annual Wine in the Wilderness fundraising event to be held on June 6, 2020 would be cancelled, the Utica Zoo has pivoted their attention to provide a digital event that hopes to provide a different kind of enjoyment for the community.


Presented by Bank of Utica, “Wine in the Virtual” is the Utica Zoo’s newest digital offering, joining the Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy, “Call With The Wild” Digital Encounters, UticaZooShop.com and more. Wine in the Virtual will bring many aspects of the popular on-grounds event to the Zoo’s social media, as well as a ship-to-home Party Box option. The digital event will take place on June 6, 2020 via Facebook. Wine in the Virtual Party Boxes start at $20 for one-person, with additional people for $10 each, plus shipping.   To avoid S&H fees, boxes can be picked up in New Hartford, NY. Inquire when purchasing

Party Boxes include:

-Utica Zoo Commemorative Wine Glass sponsored by Bank of Utica

-Utica Zoo Shot Glass or Bourbon Glass

-1oz bag of Saucy Confections Winosaurs Wine Gummies

-2-pack Endangered Species Condoms: Witty conservation messaging to keep species from extinction

-Photo Fun Party Favors

-Party Prize. One lucky box will include a Golden Ticket redeemable for a bottle of Association of Zoos and Aquariums Saving Animals From Extinction wine and an encounter with the Utica Zoo Nigerian Dwarf Goats, upon the Zoo re-opening

Plus, these digital items to enjoy alongside the Party Boxes: (Digital only option available for $12)

-Cameo video appearances from African Lions Donovan, Coky, Murphy and

Bactrian Camels Najla and Furlow, and Nigerian Dwarf Goats

-Facebook Watch Musical Performances

-Stage Time Trivia with Phil Farda

-Shareable Digital “Wine in the Virtual” graphic

-Online Craft Kit for adults or kids to be utilized that night or in the future

-Link to Utica Zoo Docent Etsy Shop for handmade Wine Charms (additional cost)

-Access to limited edition Wine in the Virtual t-shirts via UticaZooShop.com (additional cost)

Additionally, upgrade the party to a Deluxe Party Box for $5 per person:

-Hors d’oeuvres tutorial with local chefs Patrick O’Connor of Feasts & Festivities,

Hayley Mielnicki, Registered Dietician from HealthByHayl.com, and Carly Reynolds from Vine and Fig


“Wine in the Virtual” is sponsored by Bank of Utica, Business Machines and Equipment-BME, Max’s Print Shop, Saucy Confections, Stage Time Trivia, Feasts and Festivities, Haley Mielnicki, and Vine & Fig.


“Wine in the Virtual” Party Boxes are available for order at UticaZoo.org/wine and are available for Early Reservation starting May 12th through May 22nd with one lucky person winning a Free Utica Zoo membership. Final reservation date for on-time delivery is May 26th. For digital only options, deadline for registration is June 5th. Additional details and updates available on social media or uticazoo.org/wine or by email at info@uticazoo.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Andria Heath at a.heath@uticazoo.org

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