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1045 W 25th St
Merced, CA, 95340
United States

(209) 725 3337

The Applegate Park Zoo website is operated by the Merced Zoological Society.

Get Involved

"A visit to the zoo is just the beginning.  Contributing your knowledge, experience and gifts  enhances the zoo for both animals and visitors,  and being part of the zoo community adds a new kind  of wealth to your own life."  Explore the many ways to get involved:


Items include:

  • Landscaping Tools: Rake, Shovel, Wheel Barrel, Commercial grade garden/water hose.

  • Cleaning Supplies: Bleach, Scrub brushes, Towels.

  • Enrichment: 'Heavy duty' animal toys, example: Balls, Bowling Pins, Child Toys age 0-3 years, Chew Toys, Puzzle Feeders.

  • Grocery store gift cards: Purchasing of fruits and vegetables for the animals.

  • Building supplies: wood, screws, nails, hammers, electric tools.
    These are examples of donations, if you believe you have something that would be useful to the zoo please speak to a zookeeper.

Any donation made will benefit the Zoo's animals. Zookeeper staff will distribute enrichment items and funds based on greatest need.

Enrichment provides physically and mentally stimulating toys, activities and environments for our animals. Enrichment gives animals the opportunity to use their natural abilities and behaviors in new and exciting ways.


The zoo is always looking for volunteers pick up your application at the gift shop or at the zookeeper office.

To volunteer as a zookeeper assistant you must be at least 16 years of age. duties will include anything from washing dishes, assistants with  animal restraint

adopt aN animal

A yearly adoption for any of the animals at the zoo.

Print the attached PDF and bring it to the zoo gift shop.

Print the attached PDF and bring it to the zoo gift shop.


Become a member

Zoo members get discounts in the gift shop and and free zoo entrance all year!



Sponsor special events! Email to find out about opportunities.