894 W. Belmont Ave.
Fresno, CA 93728
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.