Utica Zoo announces Limited Edition “Lion’s Roast” coffee, Supports African Lion conservation

Utica, NY – At the Utica Zoo’s annual Member Appreciation Night and Annual Meeting, the zoo announced their newest collaboration with Utica Coffee Roasting aimed at supporting conservation efforts for African Lions. The new, limited edition coffee, aptly named “Lion’s Roast”, is a single source coffee from Tanzania, which boasts the largest concentration of wild Lions in Africa. The Tanzania Iyula coffee offers notes of nectarine and citrus, with a bright and sweet flavor and aroma.


The Utica Zoo announced that proceeds from the sale of the coffee, available at the Utica Zoo Gift Shop, Utica Coffee cafes, and Chanatry’s Market, will be donated to the Lion Recovery Fund. The Lion Recovery Fund supports organizations across Africa to double the number of African Lions in the wild by 2050. By supporting these various organizations, Lion Recovery Fund helps to protect wildlife, habitats, and local African communities. The Utica Zoo has chosen to support the Lion Recovery Fund to ensure a future for Africa’s Lions.


“Supporting a cause such as the Lion Recovery Fund was an easy decision to make,” said Mark Simon, Marketing Coordinator for the Utica Zoo. “The world has lost half of the population of lions in Africa over the last 25 years, so supporting an effort to double that population over the next 30 years was something we all felt passionately about. Working with the team at Utica Coffee has been a great experience; their expertise and knowledge of coffee has also allowed us to collaboratively bring a product to market that we think the community will truly enjoy. Pairing a high quality product with a high quality cause is a recipe for success.”


The limited edition coffee is now available for sale at the Utica Zoo Gift Shop, Utica Coffee in Utica and Clinton, as well as Chanatry’s Market.


For more information on this, and anything Utica Zoo related, visit UticaZoo.org or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @uticazoo.


Utica Zoo creates unique experiences and promotes public appreciation of wildlife through education, conservation and recreation. Located in 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 more than 100 species from around the world.

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