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Donation helps boost construction of Utica Zoo's red fox exhibit

By JASON POWLES

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica Zoo's ongoing efforts to makeover their exhibits got a little boost on Tuesday with a $7,500 check towards the building of their red fox exhibit.

The funds came from the First Niagara Community Grant program, The Hartford and Utica Zoo Docent Joe Robinson.

Sherlock the red fox has been a nice addition to the zoo and is currently located in the north trek. However, he will soon be moving to the children's zoo in an effort to combine Sherlock with the zoo's education program.

"In the Spring we'll be launching our mini-barn program, which is a day in the life on a farm," said Andria Heath, Executive Director of the Utica Zoo. "The red fox will be in close proximity so there will be story boards that point out how the red fox interacts with a farm and the different kinds of measures as farmer has to take to protect his livestock from the red fox."

The zoo will begin pouring the foundation for the exhibit later this week.

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