The Folsom Zoo is part of the City Park on Natoma Street, next to the Community Center and City Hall. This zoo is a unique facility in that it houses animals that are native to Northern California and cannot be released. This zoo is sometimes called the “Misfit Zoo”; The animals in the zoo were either injured, abandoned in the wild, or were pets that became too unruly for their owners. After being relocated, these animals were nursed back to health and acclimated to their new surroundings. Although other zoos may have larger and more exotic animals than the Folsom Zoo, none have animals with more personality. Each animal has its own story, which visitors can learn on their self-guided tour, or on a guided tour that can be arranged for groups over 15.
Probably the most popular animals at the Folsom Zoo are the black bears, as well as the tigers. Wolves, foxes, coyotes, mountain lions, feral pigs, a variety of birds, and even tiny squirrel monkeys can be seen at the zoo. Although these are the types of animals you would expect to see on a farm, the Folsom Zoo also has a variety of more common animals such as
barbados sheep, pigmy goats, a badger, raccoons, squirrels, peacocks, and even chickens. The zoo in undergoing serious renovations as it grows to accommodate Folsom’s growing population.
The Zoo has classes, activities, story-times, and a “ZooMobile”, which brings animals and teachers to schools as well as private events. Programs can be directed at different age groups and all stress the importance of responsible and appropriate behavior toward all animals. The Folsom Zoo is always looking for volunteers with a variety of skills. Friends of the Folsom Zoo are members who pay an annual membership fee, which supports the Zoo and provides them special benefits. If you are interested in becoming a Friend or volunteer, contact the Zoo office. The Zoo gift shop has wonderful animal souvenirs and is a great first or last stop for visitors.