It's the Holiday season and while we're all doing what we can to help others, don't forget the animals at the Utica Zoo.

The Utica Zoo relies on donations and help from the local community to keep the zoo looking good for visitors and of course to keep the animals happy.

If you're an animal lover or just a lover of the Utica Zoo, this list of items you can donate to the zoo this Christmas will help with animal enrichment and even help make the zookeepers jobs a little easier.

The highlighted links will take you directly to a website that sells the items specifically for zoos.

Of course you don't have to get everything or even multiple items on the list because every little bit helps.

  • Stump Feeder
  • Battery Powered Bubble Blower
  • Scratching Brush
  • Hot Air Popcorn Popper
  • Tempera Paint
  • The Honeycomb
  • Boomer Balls
  • Streamers
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Sugar Cubes
  • Honey
  • Large Chinchilla Wheels
  • Chinchilla Dust
  • Small Animal Chews, Toys, and Houses (For Chinchillas, Rabbits, Ferrets, etc.)
  • Extra Large Parrot Toys (For Cockatoos and Macaws)
  • Reptile and Small Animal Hides and Houses
  • Extreme Durability Kong Toys
  • Paper Towels
  • Gallon Bottles of Spring or Distilled Water
  • Dishwashing Sponges
  • Non-Fragrance Clorox Bleach
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Rubber Grain Bowls
  • Kritter Keepers
  • 250 Watt Heat Bulbs and Fixtures
  • Moss and Coconut Fiber Bricks
  • Laser Jet Photo Paper
  • White Card Stock
  • Colored Card Stock
  • Copy Paper (8″ x 11″, white)
  • Washable/Non-toxic Paint
  • Craft Supplies for Kids (Pom Poms, Feathers, Googly Eyes, Pipe Cleaners, etc. No Foam Please!)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Bagged Cracked Corn
  • Brazil Nuts (In the Shell)
  • Max/Min Reptile Thermometers
  • Chef Knives
  • Flashlights
  • Kitchen Spices (Oregano, Nutmeg, Paprika, etc.) and Catnip for Enrichment
  • Dawn Dishwashing Soap
  • Dried Cranberries/Craisins
  • Digital Hygrometers
  • Pool/Water Thermometers
  • Animal Water Bottles
  • Ziplock Bags
  • Cage Clips
  • Dry Erase Boards
  • Elmer’s Glue (Bottles)
  • Bubbles (Regular or Scented)

Some of the items are easier than others, but whatever you can do will help the zoo.

If you can't decide on a specific item from the list, gift cards to Petsmart, Price Chopper, Hannaford, Walmart, JoAnn's, Target, Home Depot or Lowe's are a great idea.

And don't forget the Utica Zoo's gift shop for great items for Secret Santa or for your out-of-town friends and family.

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