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We are excited to announce the return of the otters, Otis and Ricky, on July 13, 2016.  

For the past several months, the two otters have vacationed at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, while a new off-exhibit home and other work were completed for them at the Thompson Park Zoo.

Otis and Ricky will not be available for public viewing for a few weeks while they acclimate to the refurbished exhibit before going out on display full-time.  But, you might be one of the lucky few to see them during their acclimation process.

The work included installing a new off-exhibit holding area, repairs to the exhibit’s pond, its glass pane, ultraviolet lights and a water heater. The exhibit’s filtration system also was upgraded.

We would like to thank the community for their patience during the refurbishment and for their generosity.  All renovations and exhibits are made possible by generous supports and zoo-goers like yourself.  THANK YOU!

Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too

Two Nights this year - July 29th & July 30th (5:30 - 8:00PM each night)

The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park presents the 9th annual Brew at the Zoo and Wine Too event on July 29th and July 30th from 5:30PM - 8:00PM. Roam the Zoo at sunset, enjoy food from fine local eateries, sample craft beers, cider, liquor and wine from across New York State and beyond. Live music will be featured each night.

This event sold out in 2015. We highly encourage everyone to purchase tickets as soon as possible.


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The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park invites all members to join us on July 13, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm to enjoy the Zoo after hours.  Keepers will be available to chat about your favorite animal residents, orchestrate feeding demonstrations and on exhibit enrichment.  The Zoo is providing all members with a light refreshment.

This is a members only event. Not a member or want to renew?  Visit or call 315.782.6180 today.  

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Thinking about making your holiday giving go even further? Adopt a Zoo Animal! Not only will you be getting some great items for the people in your life, you will also be helping out a local non-profit. What a win-win situation!

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Leader of the Pack Program

Do you know a young person who has gone above and beyond to make the community or environment a better place? The New York State Zoo's new Leader of the Pack program is the perfect opportunity to recognize North Country youth and youth groups who have met “the call of the wild” and made a difference. Did someone in your community start a recycling program? Does a young person you know selflessly give their time to a cause, and do they try to inspire others to do the same? Teachers, coaches, and mentors are invited to nominate a young person or group by filling out the nomination form on here. Nominees must be between 8 and 18 years old and be residents of Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence counties. Nomination forms and questions about the program can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Nominations will be accepted through September 30th, 2015. Zoo staff will review submissions and contact the “Leaders” starting in October 2015.

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