Animal related

Utica Zoological Society

aka Utica Zoo

Utica, NY


Utica Zoo creates unique experiences and promotes public appreciation of wildlife through education, conservation, and recreation. Utica Zoo will be a premier destination for visitor experience while providing excellence in animal care.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Andria Heath

Main Address

One Utica Zoo Way

Utica, NY 13501 USA


conservation, animal care, education, recreation, tourism





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

On a regular basis, animals and wildlife are destroyed by humans for industry, farming, or urban sprawl. The aim of the Utica Zoo is to educate the public about the importance of wildlife and conservation, help develop an appreciation of wildlife for future generations, and support field conservation work happening in the wild to help save animals from extinction. By educating the public, the Utica Zoo helps people understand the benefits and need to save animals and learn to love animals of all kinds.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Utica Zoo

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Grow our animal collection to have a more diverse collection, continuously develop our education programs to reach more people and future generations, and become a premier tourism destination while excelling in animal care.

The Utica Zoo regularly fundraises to develop our physical zoo area to provide more modern and natural exhibits for our animals, to develop and add new exhibit spaces, and bring new animals and species to the zoo. Our fundraising strategies continue throughout the year with several targeted campaigns aimed at funding and supporting a wide variety of projects.

Our fundraising team of 4 used numerous tools and methods to help raise funds. Our most used tool is DonorPerfect to help us manage our relationships with potential and past donors and help them find projects that meet their interests that coincide with our fundraising needs.

We look at fundraising progress regularly and base our success on the funding needs and the balance required to adequately fund our projects.

We have grown our budgets over the last several years and have added several new exhibits, brought in new animals and species, expanded our education program, and established a point of rapport with several local organizations as partners. We are continuing our upward momentum and continuing to fund ongoing projects as part of Master Plan to expand and grow our Zoo.

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Utica Zoological Society

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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Organizational Demographics

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

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