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Hard work underway to prepare Utica Zoo for accreditation inspection

If you went to the Utica Zoo yesterday, you won’t recognize it today.

Posted: Jun 26, 2018 5:42 PM

UTICA – If you went to the Utica Zoo yesterday, you won’t recognize it today.

Electricians, plumbers, pavers, excavators and other professionals are working hard to make the zoo the best it can be before an inspection by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on July 9. The zoo submitted an application for accreditation back in February.

There were also many volunteers on hand Tuesday helping with painting, staining and gardening, and one of the more obvious changes is a beautiful cedar fence to replace the chain link.

“We're trying to achieve modern zoological practices,” said Andria Heath, executive director of the Utica Zoo. “Chain link fencing on the visitor side of exhibits is not considered modern and we are demo-ing the chain link on many of our exhibits today.”

The Utica Zoo has not been accredited since 2004. Achieving accreditation would also bring access to new animals, funding opportunities and staff training.

In May, Oneida County announced it would be giving the Utica Zoo $300,000 for its accreditation efforts.

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