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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

Arial View of Our Animal Compound!


Merced Zoo 36 - 525p

Click here to go to our “Where Page” and check out the new pics from the air of our Zoo!

Hello Merced!

It Seems That We Have a Secret! in fact, I think it’s… The Best Kept Secret in Merced! “The Applegate Park Zoo”

 #008000;”>Well, the cat’s outa’ the bag. Since you logged onto our site, you now know the secret! Things are happen’in and you need to be kept in the know… So on with our story.

This is Merced,  it’s Summer and of course the coyote is in the water. How else does one keep cool at a zoo… in Merced?

Many of the animals here at the zoo will take advantage of the coolness of water,  given the chance in this summer heat.

If YOU want to see the animals, you might want to come out when it is comfortable for you.

If the heat is bothering you, more than likely, the animals are also bothered… subdued, lethargic, and in general, staying quiet and hidden away out of the sun.

The best time, is to get to the zoo as soon as it opens in the morning or later in the day, as it cools off.  Many of the animals would use the same schedule in the wild for the same reasons.

Deer hide away and sleep during the day, only to “get up” as the sun starts to go down. Now think about this… the cougar, that feeds on deer, probably keeps the same hours as the deer. It only makes sense. (The cougar doesn’t eat the deer at the zoo, only the ones in the wild.)

The whole point here is, come on down to the zoo and get acquainted with the inhabitants. You’ll be glad you did. For hours, click here

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