Utica Zoo kicks off year of events to celebrate 100 years

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) -- The Utica Zoo is kicking off a year of celebratory events in honor of their 100-year-anniversary.

The small zoo opened in 1914 and over the last century has grown into a community staple and a home to over 200 animals like Widget the Porcupine and this Red-Tailed Hawk.

On Wednesday, the zoo employees cut a white ribbon instead of red.

That's because six months from now, the zoo will be decorated in all white for a Rio Gala, which will raise money to finish the zoo's South American exhibit.

It's just one of many upcoming events, celebrating an anniversary that wasn't always a guarantee.

"Things were not doing well financially. There were a lot of issues, but we worked very hard and in the last several years the zoo has really done a great turnaround. It looks a lot better, we're in the best shape we've been in in years," said Joe DeTraglia, board president at the Utica Zoo.

The celebrations last all year and they can't wait to start the next 100 years.

Full list of events:

NEW - 100 Years of Fun Raffle - Trip for four to DisneyWednesday, January 29th through Sunday, July



Annual - Eggstravaganza - Easter celebration with egg hunts & the Easter Bunny Saturday, April 19th


14th Annual Wine In the Wilderness - New York State wine sampling event featuring the band Simple

PropsSaturday, June 7th


NEW - Rio White Party Gala including Authentic Animal Art Auction - An exclusive night celebrating the first day of the Zoo’s next 100 yearsFriday, July 18th


NEW - Birthday Celebration - FREE admission for everyone, bands, & more Sunday, July 20th


NEW - American Teenager Exhibit - A contrast of teenagers 1914 vs. 2014 Sunday, July 13th through

Saturday July 19th


16th Annual Brewfest - A sampling event featuring microbrews from across the world Saturday, August 2nd


NEW - Golf Tournament - The golf tournament that only happens once every 100 years. Held in August, it will be a family fun event encouraging adults and children to participate. Wednesday, August 20th


27th Annual Spooktacular - Halloween & Harvest celebration with treat stations, hayride & more

Friday, October 17th through Sunday October 19th


NEW & ONGOING - Utica Zoo Historical Wall of Fame Exhibit - Thanking those who have supported the Zoo in the past 100 yearsYear Round





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