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The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

If you want to Volunteer or Donate to the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary please CLICK HERE

Location: The zoo is located in Folsom City Park at Natoma and Stafford Streets at 403, Stafford Street, Folsom, CA 95630

From 50 take Folsom Blvd Exit. Turn left onto Folsom Blvd. Follow for about 3 miles and turn right at lights onto Natoma Street. Follow for half mile turn left onto Stafford Street. Take first right into parking lot. Zoo is located adjacent to the parking lot.

From 80 take Eureka exit. Follow for one mile and turn left onto Douglas Blvd. Follow for 2-3 miles, turn right onto Folsom/Auburn Road. Follow for 3-4 miles going over new Folsom bridge. Turn left at lights onto Natoma Street. Follow for half mile turn left onto Stafford Street. Take first right into parking lot. Zoo is located adjacent to the parking lot.

For more directions, call (916) 351-3527. This may be a recording if you are calling out of hours.

The Zoo will open at noon on Saturday, November 14, 2015.  We are closed that morning to prepare for our upcoming Wild Nights and Holiday Lights event.

Normal Hours
 (Sept through May): Tuesday through Sunday and most holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (We’re closed Monday, which is an animal rest day, unless it’s a major holiday, see below for Holiday Hours.)
Summer Hours June 1 - Aug 31 Open Tues - Sun, 9am - 3pm
Ticket Booth - 351-3527


Thursday January 1st, 2015, NEW YEARS DAY - ZOO CLOSED
Monday January 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 10 - 4pm
Monday February 16, President's Day, 10 - 4pm
Monday May 25, Memorial Day, 10 - 4pm
Saturday July 4, Independance Day, Summer hours 9 - 3pm
Monday September 7, Labor Day, 10 - 4pm
Wednesday November 11, Veteran's Day, (observed) 10 - 4pm
Thursday November 26, Thanksgiving Day, 10 - 1pm
Thursday December 24, Christmas Eve, 10 - 1pm
Friday December 25, Christmas Day - CLOSED
Thursday December 31, New Year's Eve, 10 - 1pm

Fees - Weekdays
Ages 13 and up $5.00
Ages 2 through 12 $4.00
Children 0 - 1 year are free
Seniors (Age 65 +) $4.00

Fees: Weekends
Ages 13 and up $6.00
Ages 2 through 12 $5.00
Children 0 - 1 year are free
Seniors (Age 65+) $5.00


Although the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is fairly small please allow at least one hour for your visit to maximize your enjoyment! Please note that there is no reduced or free admission just before closing time.


Train Fare $3.00

Train Schedule: February - May:
Tuesday - Friday 11am - 2pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm
June - August: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 1pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 3pm
September - November: Tuesday - Friday 11am - 1pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm
December 26 - New Year Day: Tuesday - Friday 11am - 1pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm
January 2013: Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm

Weather Permitting - Schedule subject to change.  For more information call 955-1870

Gift Shop:
Located inside the zoo. Featuring a wide variety of unique gift items for all ages, clothing, toys, jewelry and more!
Tuesday through Sunday 10.30am - 3.30pm
Winter Hours (Nov 1 - Feb 29) 11.00am - 2.30pm
Summer Hours (June 1st - August 31st) Tuesday through Sunday 9.30am - 2.30pm

Gift Shop Phone: 916.351.3338

Hours of Operation
(Tuesday - Sunday)

March - May -  11:00 am - 3:30 pm
June-August - 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
September - November - 11:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Beastro may also close early due to inclement weather.  A beverage machine is located in the park pavilion and a drinking fountain is located near the restrooms.  We apologise for any inconvenience. 

Proceeds from Fisher's Beastro support the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

Email Us
with any questions you may have, we will try and respond within 48 hours.

All About Us
Since 1963, this small unique California zoo has been providing sanctuary to some very special animals. All are non-releasable. Many were raised, and rejected, as wild pets. Others were injured or orphaned in the wild. Most are native to North America. All have names and personalities, and their individual stories are posted at the exhibits, along with factual, up-to-date information about their species.The distinctive educational focus of the zoo promotes responsible and appropriate behavior toward all animals. The zoo teaches about common and uncommon animals, both wild and domestic, and includes those in between, like feral pigs and wolf-dog hybrids. Zoo programs stress that wild animals don’t make good pets.

This is not a "mainstream" zoo. Rather, it is a sanctuary in management and philosophy, except that it is open to the public, for a fee, six days a week. Animals live out their lives here. People who "don't like zoos" are generally comfortable here.

Our primary goal is teaching responsible behavior toward all animals. The zoo/sanctuary is not American Zoo and Aquarium accredited because the AZA code of ethics is not in keeping with our own (we don't breed, sell or trade animals.) The zoo is never troubled by animal rights people because we have a mission statement and supporting principles that ensures animals always come first, and are treated as individuals. Actually, we are the champion and darling of some animal rights folks. This zoo features temporary public service informational exhibits. Foals are little known by-products of the estrogen replacement therapy derived from pregnant mare urine. In the past, we have exhibited mustangs in conjunction with the controversial Bureau of Land Management adoption program; longhorn cattle for their historical significance as well as their more recent significance as lean beef animals which are gentler to public range lands than most modern breeds; and livestock guarding dogs with a flock of sheep. Our Black Bears work in conjunction with The National Park Service (out of Yosemite) to test prototpye "bear-proof" food containers for backcountry use. They have sent numerous designs back to the drawing board. The bears also have had design input on "bear-proof" food lockers and trash receptacles. Their work helps the zoo and the National Park Service keep wild bears in the wild.

A copy of the zoo's Master Plan can be viewed by clicking here.
*Please note that this is a very large file and may take a few minutes to download, depending on your internet speed.

Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary Statement of Mission
The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is historically committed to educational and interpretive concepts, exhibits, and programs that stress the intrinsic worth of every animal as an individual living being, as well as a species. The need for responsible and appropriate behavior toward all animals is expressed throughout the Zoo. Additionally, the importance of preservation of local and world-wide ecosystems through conservation and education is inherent in all Folsom Zoo programs. Primary focus of the collection is on North American native species, with special emphasis on the plight of wild animals raised and rejected as pets, as well as non-releasable injured wildlife, surplus and confiscated wild animals. Special educational emphasis is placed on animals that are indigenous to the Folsom area.

Fundamental Principles

1) The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary shall exhibit primarily North American native species.

2) Emphasis will be placed on species that occur, or have historically occurred, in the Folsom area.

3) Interpretive and educational messages shall teach and promote responsible behavior toward all animals, and shall encourage consideration and reflection about the rights of animals.

4) Disadvantaged animals shall be given special emphasis. Such animals include rejected or confiscated wild pets, as well as injured, surplus, or otherwise non-releasable wildlife.

5) Threatened and endangered species shall be given special educational emphasis.

6) Interpretive and educational messages shall reinforce wildlife rehabilitation efforts.

7) Rescue of local wildlife by zoo personnel, in cooperation with government agencies and wildlife rehabilitation groups, shall be considered a priority on a case-by-case basis.

8) No animal shall be exhibited unless its basic requirements for physical and psychological well-being can be met. Every practical effort shall be made to enhance each animal's quality of life through environmental and behavioral enrichment programs.

9) When practical, exhibit enclosures shall depict naturalistic habitats.

10) All exhibit animals shall receive the same high standards of care and quality of habitat, regardless of their perceived importance.

11) Captive propagation of exhibit animals shall be permitted only when determined to be in the animal's best interest, as in bona-fide species preservation programs or maintenance of social groups. Animals shall not be bred solely for the purpose of gaining publicity or attracting visitors.

12) Animals may be neutered for medical reasons, to prevent reproduction, or to otherwise improve the quality of life for the neutered individual or other members of a captive group.

13) No animal shall be released, sold, transported, traded, or euthanized unless such action is determined to be in the best interest of the animal.

14) Every exhibit animal shall be allowed to die of old age, except where euthanasia is determined to be medically appropriate.

15) Any food animals raised at the zoo for use in carnivore diets shall be maintained in accordance with principles of proper husbandry and shall be killed humanely.

16) The Folsom City Zoo shall be operated in compliance with federal and state regulations pertaining to animal welfare record keeping and concurrent operating standards for the humane care, treatment, and transportation of animals.

17) The zoo shall employ sufficient numbers of adequately trained personnel to maintain the professionally acceptable level of husbandry practices set forth in the Federal Animal Welfare Regulations and Operating Standards and similar guidelines of the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums (AZA) and The Association of Sanctuaries (TAOS).

18) The zoo shall provide staff members with continuing education and training in techniques of proper husbandry and safety.

19) Except for major hoidays, the Folsom City Zoo shall be closed to the public on Mondays to provide a day of rest for the animals.

20) A current copy of the Folsom City Zoo Mission Statement and accompanying statements of policy shall be permanently posted in a publicly accessible, easily visible location on the zoo grounds.

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