UTICA, NY (WUTR-TV) — For a place that is usually open 363 days a year, the coronavirus pandemic has been taking financial toll on the Utica Zoo since they closed their doors in March.
The Utica Zoo falls under Phase Four of the state’s reopening plan. If numbers are steady, the Mohawk Valley region will be able to go into Phase Four June 26th, but for zoo members only. The zoo will be open to the general public June 29th. In the beginning, the zoo will not be open to full capacity. “About 33% capacity, that’s about 500 visitors a day,” says Andria Heath, Executive Director of Utica Zoo. It will be mandatory for all people to wear a mask.
Just like many other places, many safety protocols have been put in place. “There will be a one way path directional, the active amenities will have to be closed for the beginning of our opening. We want people to be safe. There wont be feed machines, we won’t be doing the daily sea lions experiences… and the playground, sadly, will not be open,” says Heath. The gift shop will be closed, but there will be an our vendor. The concession stand will still be open but with social distancing guidelines.
Since the pandemic, the zoo suffered a significant financial loss due to the lack of admission, the gift shop, feed machines and other sources of revenue. You are able to donate here. The zoo is also accepting your bottles and cans. Click here to become a Utica Zoo member.