December 2014 – April 2015

Christmas Animal Enrichment
Dec 25 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Come enjoy a holiday treat with your favorite zoo animal on Christmas day! Animals will be receiving wrapped enrichment items through the morning and afternoon on December 25th.

11:30 AM Primates
12:00 PM Otters
12:30 PM Barnyard
1:00 PM Bush Dogs
1:30 PM Yaks
2:00 PM Peccaries
2:30 PM Red Pandas

Free Conservation Lecture
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Rat Poisons and their Impacts on Wildlife: what we know, don’t know, and alternatives”  by Dr. Mourad Gabriel, Ph.D, Integral Ecology Research Center, Ecologist & Director


Pesticides are used extensively within urban and agricultural settings with the goal of reducing damage to human and domestic animal food supplies or the spread of disease.  However, non-target species including sensitive wildlife have unfortunately been exposed or poisoned through legal and illegal uses of these toxicants. One type of pesticide, rodenticide, has contributed to world-wide exposure and poisonings of numerous non-target wildlife species.  Locally, in Humboldt County, the misuse of rodenticides has been associated with trespass marijuana cultivation on forested public and tribal community lands. These habitats are home to several species of conservation concern, and the use of toxicants have both individual and population level effects on many of these wildlife species.  In addition, due to the inherent purpose of these compounds, the affected prey populations within these sites are thus influencing the fitness of species dependent on them.

This lecture will focus on the current data that has been collected by Dr. Gabriel on wildlife exposures and deaths attributed to these toxicants in Humboldt County. It will also discuss the difficulties of collecting the effects of these toxicants, as well as alternatives that people could incorporate at home and within legal use settings that are not as toxic.


For more on conservation events happening at Sequoia Park Zoo, visit our Conservation Events page.

G.O. Program Orientation
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Want to get to know the animals better? Join the G.O. Program! You’ll have the opportunity to observe the animals and collect valuable data. No experience needed.

Observers use a list of described behaviors to record an animal’s activity for a set period of time, usually 20 minutes per individual. The data collected helps zookeepers to better understand how the animals are spending their day and how they are utilizing their exhibit. This information is then used by keepers to further enhance animal care. It also creates baseline data for future studies which may be performed by zookeepers or students. Future opportunities in this growing program include data entry, statistics, studies, species specific ethogram development, and a call out list to assist keepers in observing introductions, births, and more.

See more volunteer opportunities here.



Free Conservation Lecture
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Imperiled Fishers in the Pacific Northwest”  by Sean Matthews, Ph.D., Wildlife Conservation Society, Klamath Landscape Coordinator


The fisher, known to science as Pekania pennanti, is considered one of the most adept and elusive carnivores in our western forests; capable of regularly preying on well-fortified porcupines and rarely spotted by even the most regular of forest visitors. Despite their tenacity and elusive nature, these house-cat-sized weasels were unable to elude the pressures of unregulated trapping for furs and the loss of forested habitats associated with logging over the last century. It is suspected that logging continues to threaten fisher populations by means of habitat fragmentation, reductions in habitat size, and changes in forest structure rendering it unsuitable for fishers. As a result of population declines, range contractions, and existing threats, the fisher is a candidate for federal endangered species protection.

Join conservation scientist Dr. Sean Matthews as he shares his decade of research and conservation experience on fishers throughout California, Oregon, and Washington. Through photographs and videos, Sean will share stories of fisher biology, conservation concerns, research and conservation efforts, and what it takes to raise an orphaned fisher kit, from rescue to release.


For more on conservation events happening at Sequoia Park Zoo, visit our Conservation Events page.

Zoo Crew Orientation
Mar 8 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Want to work more closely with the animals? This year-round program offers individuals the opportunity to take part in some of the zoo’s day-to-day activities, like feeding, observing and handling animals and cleaning exhibits. There are also opportunities for giving demonstrations and helping out at our special events. This position is for a volunteer interested in a longer commitment and requires training. Interested persons must be approved by the Volunteer Coordinator prior to attending any Zoo Crew orientations.

All Zoo Crew members must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Complete the required application, orientation and training
  • Pass a TB and background check
  • Commit to a minimum of two shifts per month for at least 6 months
  • Be able to follow directions precisely and work independently
  • Be in good physical shape—able to lift 25 pounds, walk, stoop, reach overhead and traverse uneven surfaces.
  • Pass the pre-screenings and receive a personal invitation to join the Zoo Crew training

Please be aware that the Zoo Crew application process can take several weeks, and volunteer orientation only occurs every 3 months. You will be contacted about your status once your application has been processed.

2014 Zoo Crew Orientation Dates:

  • Sunday, March 2, 12 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 1, 12-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 7, 12-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 7, 12-4 p.m.

Interested persons must be approved by the Volunteer Coordinator to attend any Zoo Crew orientations. Call (707) 441-4205 or e-mail ten.o1429346745ozkra1429346745paiou1429346745qes@r1429346745eetnu1429346745lov1429346745.

See more volunteering opportunities here.


Free Conservation Lecture
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Frogs and Chytrid in Coffee, Oh My!”  by Jennifer Brown, Graduate Student, HSU Wildlife, and SPZF Grant Recipient


Detailed information coming soon.


For more on conservation events happening at Sequoia Park Zoo, visit our Conservation Events page.

Cub Club: Otters, Otters, Everywhere!
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

sequoia park zoo au14 3311Spend an “otterly” amazing morning at the zoo exploring the playful antics of our river otter brothers. We will play otter games, make an otter craft and watch a special otter feeding by the otter zookeeper. Now that is a lot of otters!
You “otter” not miss out on the fun!

Sign up for spring camps now! Print out a registration form and bring it to the Zoo or send an email to ten.o1429346745ozkra1429346745paiou1429346745qes@n1429346745oitac1429346745ude1429346745.

ZIP Orientation
Apr 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Zoo Interpretive Program (ZIP)
Do you love animals? Want to help zoo visitors connect to their favorite critters in a fun, informal setting? Sequoia Park Zoo is getting ready to launch the 2015 ZIP program and we need YOU!

What you’ll get: You’ll be a part of fun-filled education sessions where you’ll learn about our animals, their behind-the scenes stories, and the basics of zoo interpretation. Want to know where Cheyenne (our new bald eagle) ended up in our zoo? How to tell decode flamingo mating behaviors? Learn how red pandas are different from giant pandas? This is the program for you! You’ll also be in the Zoo’s inside loop and be eligible for ongoing training opportunities as well as the first to know about zoo news & events.

Time Commitment: ZIP is one of our most flexible volunteer options. All we ask is that you sign up for at least two 2-hour shifts (11:00-1:00 pm, 2:00-4:00 pm) per month (ideally, but not limited to, weekends). You can work with the volunteer coordinator to set your own schedule and training program.

How to join: RSVP to ten.o1429346745ozkra1429346745paiou1429346745qes@r1429346745eetnu1429346745lov1429346745 for the next orientation to learn more about the program and the basics on ZIP. After your orientation you’ll be able to put what you learned into action as a Zoo interpreter!

Questions? Call us at (707)442-5649 ex. 203 or email ten.o1429346745ozkra1429346745paiou1429346745qes@r1429346745eetnu1429346745lov1429346745.

Jr. Zookeepers: Springtime at the Zoo!
Apr 14 @ 9:00 am – Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm

Sequoia Park Zoo AU13 237   WEB size croppedHey all you 8‐11 year olds, school is out so let’s have some fun! During this week of camp we will meet a keeper and a “behind the scenes” animal, make special treats for some of the animals, play games, make crafts, hike in Sequoia Park, explore the zoo using the Learning Labs’ new electronic tablets and celebrate animals and spring. This is also the Zoo’s first camp in the new Learning Lab, a “smart classroom” with views into the eagle and salmon exhibits. It will be Spring‐tacular!

This is a day-camp that runs from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon every day from April 14 – 17.

Sign up for spring camps now! Print out a registration form and bring it to the Zoo or send an email to ten.o1429346745ozkra1429346745paiou1429346745qes@n1429346745oitac1429346745ude1429346745.

Grand Opening for the McLean Foundation Raptor Aviary
Apr 26 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

unnamedThis year, Party for the Planet doubles as the grand opening for our brand new McLean Foundation Raptor Aviary, which will be home to our bald eagle, Cheyenne! The exhibit will also feature Winky, our Northern Spotted Owl, and Dorsie, our North American Porcupine. Don’t miss the ribbon cutting at 11:30 AM sharp!


Open Today from 10am to 5pm

Adults: $5.75

Children (3-12): $3.75

Seniors (60+): $4.75

Children under 3: Free

Zoo Members: Free


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