Troubadourable folk buddies Simon and Garfunkel once sang that “it’s all happening at the zoo” before retiring from music to live out their days serenely relaxing in the bird habitat. Get happening with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get an outing for four with train rides and hot chocolate at Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary (a $33.80 total value). The outing includes:
- Admission for two adults (a $6 value each).
- Admission for two children (age 2–12) (a $4 value each).
- Three train rides (a $2 value each).
- Four hot chocolates (a $1.95 value each).
Click here to see the zoo’s winter hours, train schedule, and the hours of Fisher’s Beastro.
Since 1963, Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary has been a haven for rescued, nonreleasable animals and a center for wildlife education. The zoo focuses on species native to North America, such as black bears, and teaches visitors about locally occurring neighbors, such as griffins, and its menagerie includes nearly 100 creatures, ranging from tigers rescued during a raid to monkeys born to non-releasable animals. Visiting quartets meander past feral pigs and learn about the sanctuary’s efforts to teach responsible behavior toward all animals. Then three of the guests can hop into a Folsom Valley Railway train car while the fourth wields a camera to record their adventure. The concession stand pours four steaming cups of cocoa to warm up visitors after they’re done gazing at crafty cougars and complimenting the peacocks on their trendy feather extensions.
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.