The Zoo Sanctuary, which also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is a six-acre nature education facility that provides care for injured and orphaned wildlife. It is located in City Lions Park behind the Folsom Public Library.
The Zoo is home to tigers, mountain lions, bears, wolves, hawks, deer, monkeys, snakes, macaws, miniature donkeys and more. The exhibits are designed to allow visitors to observe natural animal behaviors in an up-close and personal manner.
“From the very beginning, the Zoo Sanctuary was a joint effort of the City and a caring community that supported our mission of teaching responsible behavior toward all animals,” says Zoo Sanctuary Supervisor Jocelyn Smeltzer. “Our strong corps of dedicated volunteers and community partners share the credit for the Zoo Sanctuary’s success.”
The 500 members of the Friends of the Folsom Zoo have raised more than $1 million for capital improvement projects, operational support and animal enrichment in recent years. Another 300 volunteers contribute time annually as educational docents, zookeeper aides, gift shop and horticulture volunteers and more.
More than 130,000 people walked through the Zoo Sanctuary gates last year, and another 12,500 took advantage of learning opportunities by enrolling in programs, camps and classes.
Visit www.folsomzoofriends.org to learn more about the Zoo Sanctuary and explore volunteer opportunities.