“over a century-old zoo!”
Sequoia Park Zoo was founded in 1907 - the oldest zoo in California, and is owned and operated by the City of Eureka. Its beginnings were modest and typical of many zoos of its day: some native animals – elk, most likely, kept for various reasons and given to the city for the enjoyment of its citizens, who wished to create a metropolitan feel in the remote outpost of Northern California. A fence was erected to contain these animals inside the newly created city park, and a zoo was born. During the early part of the 20th century, animals were brought to the zoo in happenstance manner, a black bear orphaned from an Alaska hunting expedition, a wallaroo purchased on the docks in Sydney, Australia and shipped back to Eureka by a sea captain, etc. During this century, quite a mix of species found a home at Sequoia Park Zoo: baboons, African lions, camels, chimpanzees, tigers, polar bears, bison and other large hoofstock, exotic birds, and small mammals.
Wow, not at all like I thought it would be. Very nice queen well cared for. I recommend it it's small but a great zoo.
great little Zoo. kids loved it worth the stop if you like animals.
Incredible zoo. The $10 price was nothing compared to the intimate setting with these animals. We are from DC and have been to the Nat'l zoo, but this zoo definitely kicks ass.
Don't let it's small size fool you. While it may be small in size it makes up for in careful exhibit design. Many of the exhibits have multiple animals in them interacting as well as having stunningly close viewpoints.
If you're anywhere in the area GO! Stop at the gift shop first and buy a toy otter. Otters are social animals so when you put yours up to the glass they will play with it!
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Sequoia Park Zoo
- Sun, Tue - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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