Sequoia Park Zoo inspires conservation of the natural world by instilling wonder, respect and passion for wildlife.
We fulfill our mission by:
- Creating intimate connections between people and animals
- Providing the highest standards of animal care and exhibitry
- Providing innovative educational experiences
- Partnering with other institutions to ensure sustainability of zoo and wild populations
- Providing a place for our community to meet, relax, and enjoy
- Appreciating and utilizing our unique redwood setting
Sequoia Park Zoo is working towards the vision of a 21st century zoo. We encourage you to read along on a family’s fictional visit to the Zoo a few years from now and take a glimpse at our future. View the image below for a representation of our Master Plan, or click for a high resolution PDF.
Current & Recently Completed Projects
The Watershed Heroes project will house River otters, Bald eagles and salmon to educate visitors of all ages about the important role we play in the preservation of healthy watersheds.
The Sequoia Park Zoo & Foundation have spent much of 2012 developing a solid framework to move forward with the Watershed Heroes project. In March, the Foundation hired Greenway Partners to manage the project, working closely with City and Foundation staff and board. A collaborative process was used to bring stakeholders and users together to refine the project goals. By November, we were in a position to select the design firm. Bids were solicited, interviews were conducted, and before the end of the year, we'd made our decision. Seattle-based Studio Hanson/Roberts will design this innovative project, using their 30+ years of professional zoo design experience.
The Watershed Heroes project is being funded in part by Proposition 84 Bond funds, awarded by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The initiative was passed by California voters in 2006 to fund projects that improve parks, natural resources, and water quality through nature education. Only two other California AZA-certified institutions received funds from this pool – the Oakland Zoo and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Of $2.33 million awarded to the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation, $129,900 has been spent so far on project development in 2012.
Thanks also to Greenway Partners for their support as a Silver Flamingo 2013 Event Sponsor.
Flamingos, Cavies & Screamers, Oh My! Exhibit
The new Flamingos, Cavies & Screamers, Oh My! exhibit was completed in the summer of 2011. This large-scale renovation involved re-routing the main Zoo walkway and crafting a new flamingo habitat including a new pond and nesting area. It creates a dynamic, multi-species exhibit which maximizes our small footprint and provides a snapshot of life in the Tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot region. Funding secured for this project was provided by multiple sources, including: Zootini gala 2008, Coast Central Credit Union, and the Ben B. Cheney Foundation.
Red Panda Exhibit
Our Red panda exhibit was completed in July of 2010. The majority of funding for this new exhibit was provided by fundraising efforts from our Zootini gala 2009.
Read more about the introduction of female Stella Luna in February 2013 and the zoo's plans for red panda breeding.
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