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
We envision the Sequoia Park Zoo as a premier Redwood Coast destination.
Recent Zoo Milestones
- 1995: Sequoia Park Zoo gains accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
- 2003: The new Barnyard and Contact Corral replace the old petting zoo.
- 2005: The new Entry Pavilion opens, including a café, gift shop, classroom and Secrets of the Forest exhibit.
- 2006: Zoo adopts comprehensive Master Plan.
- 2007: Centennial celebration (zoo opened in 1907); “Bill’s Garden” opened as a memorial to Bill the Chimp, Ziggy, and the history of chimps at Sequoia Park Zoo. Animal Care Center is built, and a new primate shift facility is added for better animal care.
- 2008: Nancy Hilfiker Aviary, built in 1994, is renovated for improved bird and visitor experience.
- 2010: Red pandas – an adorable yet highly endangered species – move into their new exhibit.
- 2011: Flamingos, Cavies & Screamers, Oh My! exhibit renovation completed; Zoo is awarded $2.3 million grant to build River otter, salmon and Bald eagle exhibits.
- 2012: Zoo kicks off first Conservation Grants Program; compost station is added to Barnyard; record number of animals reside at zoo
- 2013: Breaking ground on Watershed Heroes project – pardon our progress! Project fundraising underway.
- 2014: Grand Opening: Phase 1 of Watershed Heroes Neighborhood: River Otter Habitat, Salmon Stream, and Learning Lab
- 2015: Grand Opening: Phase 2 of Watershed Heroes Neighborhood: McLean Foundation Bald Eagle and Northern Spotted Owl Aviary