UTICA – The Utica Zoo was named 2021 Business of the Year by the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce in an awards ceremony held on Thursday, December 9, 2021. The Zoo received the recognition in the category of Not-for-Profit Business with 50 employees or fewer.
“I’m confident I speak for the Utica Zoo staff when I say we do this work because we love it,” Utica Zoo Executive Director Andria Heath expressed. “To be recognized for this prestigious honor amongst our peers is extra rewarding.”
The Zoo was founded in 1914 as the Utica Zoological Society and is located in the City’s historic Roscoe-Conkling Park. The Society was chartered as an educational institution by the New York State Department of Education in 1968. In 2018, it obtained accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a distinction that demonstrates a facility is committed to exceptional animal care and welfare, community education, and engaging visitor experiences.
The Utica Zoo creates unique experiences and promotes public appreciation of wildlife through education, conservation, and recreation and is home to over 200 exotic and domestic animals, welcoming over 100,000 visitors annually. For more information on this, and all things Utica Zoo, visit UticaZoo.org or follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @uticazoo.