Fresno Chaffee Zoo

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894 West Belmont Avenue, Fresno, CA, USA
(559) 498-5910

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Reviews

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Small but continually growing zoo. May 15, 2011
Located in Roeding Park, just off highway 99 in Fresno is this large zoo. Begun back around 1907 the early years were very unorthodox. No records were maintained, even the cages were makeshift and all handled by volunteers. Bears, local cats, hoof stock, and birds were added and housed in log cabin style exhibits during the 20’s and it was officially recognized as a zoo in 1929. It grew slowly over the years and more animals were added and chain-link fenced areas developed. In 1949 Nosey the elephant was purchased with donations from civic clubs and school children. Monkey Island was developed next and then a walk through bird aviary. It continues to grow and be rebuilt every year and more exhibits and animals continue to add the zoo.

Not the largest zoo in the country, it covers only 18 acres, but there are plans to double that size if they can get approval from the park where it is located.

Admission is $7 for Adults, $2.50 for children and seniors. There is also a $5 per car charge entry to Roeding Park.
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Cool zoo with a lot on the horizon! Apr 17, 2011
If you find yourself in Fresno, there are really two major sights to see. The first is the Underground Gardens, the second is the Chaffee Zoo. A fairly sizeable zoo for a city of Fresno's size, the Chaffee Zoo is also on the brink of a major expansion that will make it one of the largest and nicest zoos in California. The reptile house is a must-see, it's exhibits have been recently redone and have some amazing species of reptiles, amphibians, insects, and fish. The tropical rainforest showcases many tropical birds and mamals, it also has a small building with a tropical climate ccontaining even more tropical animals and plants. Enjoy the Zoo!
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