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Weekends continue to get wild at The Utica Zoo

Barbara Laible
Observer-Dispatch

The Utica Zoo remains open during the winter months and works hard to keep its animals and visitors happy and entertained as the outdoor temperatures continues to drop. Every weekend, visitors to the zoo can learn about something new - from habitats to adaptations - and meet different ambassador animals during the zoo’s “Wild Weekends.”

This weekly event continues from 1 to 3 p.m. every Sunday through March and walk-ins are welcome. This program is free with admission and open to all ages.

Here are some of the highlights taking place in November:

Nov. 1: “Rainforest Ramble.” The rainforest is home to a variety of colorful creatures. Meet a rainforest animal and go on a color walk around the zoo. 

Nov. 8: “Wild Wetlands.” Wetlands are a super important habitat for animals and people too! They help to clean our air and water, and provide shelter and food to many animals, including turtles. Stop by for an encounter with one of our turtles and help make a special treat for our White Naped Cranes.

Nov. 15: “Down in the Desert.” Did you know that although deserts are quite warm during the day, they can get very cold at night? In order to live in this habitat, animals have to have amazing adaptations to survive. Learn all about what it takes to live in the desert and make a sandy lizard craft to take home.

Nov. 22: “In Your Backyard.” As the weather gets colder and the snow starts to fall, animals all around us are getting ready for winter. Join zoo staffers as they discover the different ways that New York state animals prepare for and survive during the cold winter months.

Nov. 29: “Grasslands.” Grasslands can be found on almost every continent in the world and go by many names. Learn about the many different animals that call grasslands home and craft a critter to take home.

For information on this program or anything Utica Zoo related, visit UticaZoo.org or check out the Utica Zoo’s Facebook page.

Snow falls on a Bactrian camel in 2019.