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Checkout the FREE Events Coming to the Zoo!

Check out the Upcoming Events.  We have several FREE events coming in March, May, and June.  Just another way Applegate Park Zoo is the best Family Entertainment Value in the area!


March 2015 Newsletter

The March 2015 edition of the Paws & Claws Newsletter has just been published.  Find it under Newsletters in the Downloads tab.

Teddy Bear Day/ St. Patrick’s Day

We will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Teddy Bear Day on Sunday, March 15th from 2 – 4 p.m.

Learn about Black Bears in general and our two bears in particular.

Bring your stuffed animal  to the Rossotti Ed-Zoo-Cation Center.  Our Teddy Bear “Doctor” will give your stuffed animal a checkup and a certificate to attest that the animal is ready to give you years of love.

Join us for a fun filled afternoon!

MZS Meeting Change

Meetings of the Merced Zoological Society have been changed, effective 2/19/2015.  We will now meet in the Recreation Department Conference Room on the first floor of the Merced Civic Center at 7:00 p.m.

Zoo Boo 2014

Zoo Boo ’14 Flyer

Zoo Docent Tours

A new feature has been added recently to enhance visitors’ educational experience at the zoo.

We now have 2 Zoo Docents, Rebecca and Adam, who are giving FREE guided zoo tours.

Tours will be conducted on Saturdays from noon – 2:00 p.m.

You can choose a brief, highlights only tour, or a more comprehensive tour.

Come out to Applegate Park Zoo and meet our first two Zoo Docents and enjoy a brief, but very informative Free tour!

MZS wants you to get involved!

That’s right – the Merced Zoological Society really wants our friends to join us and participate.  We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 8:00 PM in the Rossotti Ed-Zoo-cation Center (the building between the back gate to the zoo & KiddieLand – to get there, drive on the bike path behind the Zoo to the parking lot by KiddieLand).  Hope to see you there!  We need more members to attend the meetings & get more involved.  We’ll be having Zoo Boo on October 24th & 25th & could use lots of help to Set Up the week Before and Take Down the week After!  Call John at (209) 756-4014 for times.  Thanks – we really appreciate any time you can give.

Teddy Bear Day 2014


The always-popular Teddy Bear Day will be held on Sunday, March 23rd from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Rossotti Ed-Zoo-Cation Center.

Come join us as UC Merced students give a series of presentations between 2 and 3 p.m. about Black Bears in Yosemite National Park.

Bring your Teddy Bear, or other stuffed animal, to our Teddy Bear “Doctor” for a free checkup.

Enjoy Free Refreshments.  And, of course, come and visit with our Black Bears Windfall and Missy.

See You at the Zoo on Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 1 – 3 p.m.

Volunteers Still Needed

Volunteering at the zoo is easy to do:

1.  Fill out a volunteer application at the zoo gift shop and return it to the gift shop volunteer on duty.

2.  Our Volunteer Coordinator will call you to schedule your training for the Gift Shop.

3.  You will work with an experienced cashier during training.  We want each volunteer to feel comfortable and capable before working alone.

4.  Our Volunteer Coordinator will arrange your schedule in the Gift Shop, based on your availability.  Remember, only a couple of hours a week can make a big difference.

That’s it!

THANK YOU for volunteering at the Applegate Park Zoo!!!


Have a Birthday Party at the Zoo!

Have a Birthday Party at the Zoo Flyer

For more info, see Have Your Birthday Party at the Zoo

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