Eggstravaganza at Utica Zoo Saturday

UTICA — The annual Eggstravaganza is scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the grounds of the Utica Zoo. New for this year, visitors can wander through the Zoo to find Easter Eggs in the age segmented egg hunts. They can play games for prizes, while supplies last, along with visiting some of your favorite animals during docent animal presentations.

Visitors can say hello to the Easter Bunny with photos available by Whitesboro Fun Pix.

A $3 wristband for participation in the event besides the winter admission to the zoo (ending Monday) which is $2.50 for children, $4.25 for adults and $3.50 for seniors, college students with ID and veterans.

Gates open at 10 a.m. with festivities starting at 11 a.m. Participants should "feel free to bring a picnic lunch," zoo officials said.

The mission of The Utica Zoo is to foster public understanding and appreciation of wildlife species and their ecosystems through education, conservation and recreation. Located in the Roscoe Conkling Park, the Utica Zoo was established in 1914 as part of a recreational complex made possible by the donation of land from Thomas R. Proctor. The zoo has grown from its beginnings of three Fallow Deer donated by the New York Zoological Society to its present collection of over 200 animals from around the world.

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