About The Animals
We specialize in California native animals and currently house two black bears, two bobcats, several mule deer, a coyote, raccoons, red and gray foxes, a California desert tortoise, water fowl, a variety of birds of prey. The majority of zoo residents were either confiscated (as illegal pets) or rescues.
Explore Global Diversity
Merced has two sister cities: Albury, Australia, and Somoto, Nicaragua. Our zoo houses some non-native animals that are native to our sister cities, like white faced Capuchin monkeys, a pair of emus, tortoises, black swans, finches, and diamond doves.
On weekends we usually open a small petting area where kids can can have a close encounter with some of our smaller animals like chickens, rabbits, ducks, tortoises, alpacas and a long-haired guinea pig.
Kiddie Corral is run by volunteers and is only open if volunteers are available, which is most weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please pick up an application at the zoo gift shop.
Friendly (and hungry) goats can be fed with goat food for sale at the zoo’s gift shop until the day’s supply runs out.