Photo: A bear, peacock and exotic bird at Orange County Zoo
Cat Haven Project Survival in Dunlap
Project Survival Cat Haven
38257 East Kings Canyon Road
Dunlap, CA 93621
Cat Haven is a nonprofit refuge for wild cats. The public can arrange to visit and tour what's similar to a zoo.
Folsom California City Zoo Sanctuary
403 Stafford Street
Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
1451 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco
Aquarium of the Bay is the brand new way to discover the Bay. The Aquarium provides a window to San Francisco Bay that focuses on its distinctive ecosystems and seeks to entertain, educate and inspire preservation of this wonderful natural resource. Explore the Bay's wonders as you walk through crystal clear tunnels surrounded by thousands of the Pacific's fascinating residents. This is your chance to go face-to-face with the ocean's unique animals. From captivating bat rays to rare angel sharks to the graceful giant Pacific octopus, it truly is an extraordinary look at life under the Bay. Reach out and touch a beautiful sea star, a prickly purple urchin or a leopard shark. See, touch, learn and discover San Francisco Bay in an adventure you will never forget.
The Embarcadero at Beach Street, Pier 39
San Francisco, CA 94133
Tel: (415) 623-5300 Fax: (415) 623-5324
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802-8126
Tel: (562) 590-3100 Fax: (562) 951-3111
Experience the world's largest and most diverse body of water at the Aquarium of the Pacific, the fifth largest U.S. aquarium and home to over 12,000 ocean animals representing over 550 species. Located in the beautiful Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, Calif., the Aquarium of the Pacific takes visitors on a journey through three regions of the Pacific Ocean, exploring the waters of Southern California/Baja, Northern Pacific and the Tropical Pacific through 18 major habitats and 31 focus exhibits. The Aquarium features a 350,000-gallon exhibit, the Tropical Reef Habitat, featuring over 1,000 marine animals, including zebra sharks, blacktip reef sharks, pufferfish and more. The exhibit also features underwater presentations where divers, equipped with underwater microphones, will answer visitors' questions. In the Southern California/Baja gallery visitors will encounter the nearly three-story high Blue Cavern habitat and the Harbor Seal and Sea Lion Tunnel. In the Northern Pacific gallery visitors will see giant Japanese spider crabs and mischievous sea otters. The Aquarium of the Pacific offers a variety of marine-theme hands-on education programs for people of all ages, including Friday night family sleepovers and kayaking programs. The Aquarium of the Pacific is a non-profit organization with a mission "to instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean and its inhabitants." Its commitment to conservation is an integral part of its education programs, displays and conservation activities and initiatives.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Inst. of Oceanography
UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, DEPT 0207
La Jolla, CA 92093-0207
Tel: (858) 534-4109 Fax: (858) 534-7114
Set against a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps is home to more than 350 species of marine life found in waters from the cold Pacific Northwest to the warm tropical reefs of the South Pacific. Forty-six tanks range in size from a 70,000-gallon re-created kelp forest to small nursery tanks. The aquarium also features a man-made tide pool that stimulates an awareness in visitors of the fragility of San Diego's intertidal environments. The Birch Aquarium provides ocean science education, interprets research conducted at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and promotes ocean conservation. This coastal facility is also home to the country's largest oceanographic museum. Hands-on exhibits educate visitors about the ocean, earth sciences, and historical and current oceanographic research. Other interesting exhibits include a simulated submersible ride, and up-to-the-minute earthquake data center, and an "Ocean Supermarket," where visitors can scan grocery items to learn what ingredients come from the sea. Classes and programs for all ages provide visitors opportunities for more in-depth interaction with marine life at the aquarium and in the wild. The Birch Aquarium also hosts annual events that educate the public on various marine animals, such as gray whales and sharks.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Drive
San Pedro, CA 90731-7012
Tel: (310) 548-7562 Fax: (310) 548-2649
As a leader in environmental education, aquaculture research and community outreach, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro is part of the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department and has offered hands-on marine learning experiences for children and adults since it was founded in 1935. Located in a spectacular natural setting, just steps from a sandy beach and rocky tidepools teeming with sea life, the Aquarium provides visitors a unique and interactive approach to learning about the marine environment of Southern California. Our 36,000-square-foot facility features an exhibition hall with the largest collection of Southern California marine life on display in the world, an outdoor tide pool touchtank, teaching laboratory, auditorium, courtyard with interactive exhibits, Exploration Center and Virginia Reid Moore Marine Research Library. Living displays emphasize the lesser-known fish and invertebrates that fascinate visitors. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium provides the setting and support for youth in learning stewardship, marine science and their role in serving to protect our marine resources. Emphasizing active learning and participation, the Aquarium welcomes children with many exhibits positioned at a child's eye-level, and has been recognized worldwide as a leader in marine education for both children and adults. In a typical year, the Aquarium sees more than 100,000 pre-K through 12th-grade children on site and 30,000 children at their schools through the Ocean Outreach Program. Our free admission policy enables families with limited means and schools serving primarily disadvantaged children the opportunity to enjoy our facility and to learn about the ocean and how they can improve the marine environment.
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037-1210
Tel: (323) 724-3623 Fax: (213) 744-2078
Walk through a living kelp forest and be surrounded by marine life; feel the arid conditions of a desert instantly change at the onset of a flash flood; or test different types of natural insulation on a polar ice wall these are just a few of the immersive experiences that await guests at the California Science Center's new exhibition wing, "Ecosystems." Here you'll find 11 different environments featuring a unique blend of animals, plants and hands-on exhibits that portray the interconnections between the living and physical worlds. From learning how desert tortoises, chuckwallas and other animals adapt to survive in the Extreme Zone's desert; observing the diverse marine life found in the Kelp Forest's 188,000-gallon tank; or discovering how rot and decay cycle nutrients back to nature as maggots and dermestid beetles decompose matter right before your eyes, guests come away with knowledge to become better stewards of the environment. "Ecosystems" joins the Science Center's existing permanent galleries "World of Life," "Creative World," "SKETCH Foundation Gallery Air and Space Exhibits" and the IMAX Theater with its 7-stories high movie screen to show the science found in everyday life.
Charles Paddock Zoo
9305 Pismo Avenue
Atascadero, CA 93422-4939
Tel: (805) 461-5080 Fax: (805) 461-7625
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401-1097
Tel: (650)342-7755 Fax: (650) 342-7853
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
894 W Belmont Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728-2891
Tel: (559) 498-5910 Fax: (559) 264-9226
Chaffee Zoological Gardens is home to the world's first computerized Reptile House. Environment chambers inside our Reptile House control temperature, humidity, and light cycles to create an environment that is as close to each species' natural habitat as possible. Since the building opened in 1979, the zoo has had considerable success in both maintaining and breeding reptiles and amphibians in captivity. Reproductive research is being conducted on several endangered species in an effort to enhance captive propagation. The first captive reproduction of Rattleless Rattlesnakes occurred here in 1980, and the Madagascar Ground Boas were first born here in 1985. The newest addition to the zoo is the South American Tropical Rain Forest Exhibit. The exhibit is a unique structure which covers 20,000 sq. ft. and is completely enclosed by a fine mesh screen suspended from towering poles which soar create a free flowing and natural environment. The rain forest contains plants and animal species found primarily in South American regions. There is a breathtaking array of flowering plants as well as vibrantly colored birds that are flying freely for the visitor to observe and enjoy. The exhibit is not only a beautiful addition to the zoo but is a source of education and information on the destruction of the world's rain forests and how the conservation of these very unique ecosystems is important to man and his future.
47900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260-6156
Tel: (760) 346-5694 Fax: (760) 568-9685
This 1,200 acre facility specializes in plants and animals found throughout the deserts of the world. Many exotic and endangered species can be seen in natural surroundings such as bighorn sheep, oryx, wolves, striped hyenas, thick-billed parrots, leopards and golden eagles. The ten ecosystems of the North American deserts are represented in the immersion gardens. A state-of-the-art wildlife hospital allows visitors to interact with the staff while procedures are being performed on animals. A desert children's play park, live animal shows, Discovery Room and many other features can be found in this unique zoo which sits in the middle of the Coachella Valley, just 15 miles east of Palm Springs.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1498
Tel: (323) 644-4200 Fax: (323) 662-9786
The Los Angeles Zoo is located in the heart of the nation's second-largest city. Each year 1.4 million visitors pass through the gates to view a collection of 1,200 animals from around the world. The Zoo is also an accredited Botanical Gardens featuring lush vegetation and thousands of plants throughout the grounds. Special exhibits include the new Sea Lion Cliffs, a saltwater habitat for sea lions featuring filtered, under-water viewing of these animals. Explore a dark cave, discover a desert, and make contact with barn yard animals at the Winnick Family Children's Zoo. Swing into the Red Ape Rain Forest, a multi-level tropical habitat for the zoo's group of orangutans. For more primate fun, check out Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States. Dragons of Komodo, features the largest lizard in the world, the Komodo dragon. Animal collection highlights include koala, okapi, tiger, giraffe, lion, hippopotamus, lemur, rhinoceros, a walk-through aviary, a reptile house, and much more.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940-1085
Tel: (831) 648-4800
PO Box 5238
Oakland, CA 94605-0238
Tel: (510) 632-9525 Fax: (510) 635-5719
The Oakland Zoo is home to over 300 animals from 50 different species living in lush, naturalistic settings. Our collection is organized in biomes, geographic regions that represent the ecosystem of that area. From Africa, to Asia, to Australia, to our future California 1820 Region -- come experience our animals. You can take a multimedia tour or visit them alphabetically, A to Z, or if you feel like a challenge -- do some "cool stuff". Through the World Safari, get in-depth information on selected animals from the biomes of Africa, Asia and Australia. If you need some background information on the animals represented in our collection, visit A to Z. From text, to video, to audio there are many ways to get great information on our very interesting animals. And for some fun interactive games, Cool Stuff is Cool. It's for young and old. Feel free to download and use. For any selection, enjoy the sights and sounds along the way. Visit us virtually now and of course, visit us in-person later. We would love to see you.
3930 W Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95822-1123
Tel: (916) 808-5166 Fax: (916) 264-5887
Wildlife Preserve, Santa Rosa
3115 Porter Creek Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404-9655
Tel: (707) 579-2551
Safari West is dedicated to conservation through education,
propagation and research.
San Diego Zoo
PO Box 120551
San Diego, CA 92112-0551
Tel: (619) 231-1515 Fax: (619) 231-0249
The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is a not-for-profit conservation organization, The Zoo is well known for its lush, naturalistic habitats and unique animal encounters. It's new Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey exhibit boasts a state-of-the-art elephant care facility and a new approach to interpretation. Re-launching in March 2010 is the Conrad Prebys Polar Bear Plunge featuring a new polar bear interactive exhibit. The San Diego Zoo is home to more than 4,500 rare and endangered animals (including giant pandas, lowland gorillas, koalas and Galapagos tortoise) and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 plants.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park Escondido
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027-7017
Tel: (760) 747-8702
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an adventurer's safari paradise in Southern California. The 1,800-acre wild animal park is home to more than 3,000 animals representing more than 375 species--and offers a thrilling array of tours in which to observe them in naturalistic habitats. Safari experiences include an overnight camping experience called "Roar n' Snore", a safari trek into the large exhibits (Photo Caravan Safari) and a zip-line ride (Flightline).
San Francisco Zoo
1 Zoo Road
San Francisco, CA 94132-1098
Tel: (415) 753-7080
The major zoological park in Northern California and one of the Bay Area's most popular cultural and recreational attractions, the San Francisco Zoo is home to over 250 species of exotic and domestic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. The focus of the San Francisco Zoo is wildlife conservation. Through our naturalistic exhibits, field conservation projects, and educational programs, we are building a center for conservation and education. Come visit us anytime, 365 days a year. In the meantime, join us on a "virtual tour" of our Zoo!
Happy Hollow Zoo
1300 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112
Happy Hollow Zoo was granted Accreditation by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums in 2011.
Santa Ana Zoo
1801 E Chestnut Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92701-5001
Tel: (714) 836-4000
Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
Tel: (805) 962-5339 Fax: (805) 962-1673
The beginning was modest with only a few animals - a llama, two sheep, a goat, a turkey and a pair of spider monkeys - but the potential was there in an incredibly beautiful location. The Zoo grew, always emphasizing quality rather than quantity, and soon became one of the most popular attractions in the City of Santa Barbara. Building the Zoo was a community effort. Masses of volunteers dedicated their time while local businesses contributed materials and supplies for everything from pathways to paperwork. Many of the original volunteers and contributors are still very much involved with the Zoo today. Also during the decade of the 70's, landscaping material, much of it donated, continued to be added to the park and zoo areas. Beautiful gardens were emerging. The Zoo took on a tropical atmosphere, highlighting some magnificent specimen plantings, especially palm trees. The entire lower end of the park had been marshy and only one lone eucalyptus tree grew there when the Zoo was opened. Now visitors wind their way through coral trees, jacarandas, silk trees, bananas and giant bird of paradise. Plantings in and around exhibits compliment the animals.
SeaWorld San Diego
500 SeaWorld Drive
San Diego, CA 92109-7904
Tel: (619) 222-6363 Fax: (619) 226-3996
Sequoia Park Zoo
531 K Street
Eureka, CA 95501-1146
Tel: (707) 441-4263
The Sequoia Park Zoo is proud to be one of the smallest institutions accredited by the Association of American Zoos and Aquariums.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589-4006
Tel: (707) 644-4000 Fax: (707) 644-0241
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
Tel: (415) 379-5451 Fax: (415) 379-5705
Imagine 600 different kinds of fish!
The Living Desert
47900 Portola Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260