The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

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Rescue zoo and sanctuary provides a home for mountain lions, black bears, wolves, and other animals that can no longer live in the wild

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Promotional value expires Sep 2, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Not valid until 6/8. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid for Holiday Lights/Wild Nights. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

$12 for Four Full-Day Zoo Admissions (Up to $24 Value)

Visitors spend a full day learning about tigers, mountain lions, bears, and other rescued, nonreleasable animals. The zoo's hours vary throughout the year. Check the current schedule here.

Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

This is not a 'mainstream' zoo," notes Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary on their website. "People who 'don't like zoos' are generally comfortable here." Perhaps that's because the center is more animal sanctuary than public zoo. Since 1963, it has taken in wild animals that have been injured in the wild, orphaned at an early age, or rejected as exotic pets by their owners. The sanctuary's staff provides lifelong homes for these animals, not only keeping them fed and cared for, but also engaging their mental and physical abilities through creative enrichment activities. Of course, education is a major focus, as well, which is why they invite visitors in to meet their boarders. The black bear exhibit showcases a few of these rescued creatures. Its glass viewing panels look into the habits of bears such as Sequoia, who was dropped off anonymously at a wildlife facility, and Marty, who was shot in the hip. Elsewhere, rescued golden eagles perch inside an aviary.

North American species occupy most of the habitats, but zookeepers also rescue the occasional exotic animal. They saved Orinoco, a squirrel monkey that came from a research facility, and Misty and Pouncer, a pair of mixed species tigers rescued from an illegal breeding facility. By telling these stories, the zookeepers hope to discourage the public from keeping wild animals as pets. Instead, they invite visitors to take active roles through volunteer initiatives and a junior zookeeper program.

Customer Reviews

Loved the bear exhibit! My four year old was so excited when the bears came right up to the window to lick the peanut butter! :-)
Nicole S. · October 6, 2013
Great little neighborhood zoo. We love the setup and close proximity you can get to the animals. The park outside is wonderful as well as the train ride. It's a gem.
Karma M. · October 2, 2013
This is a wonderful place! I would definitely go there again.
Adelle W. · September 28, 2013

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