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There are many different ways in which you can assist our zoo! The staff and animals are thankful for everything our community has done. It is your efforts that allow us to grow. Click on the links below to find out more.

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by Becoming a member

The zoo would love you to join our family. We have different plans to meet your needs. A membership allows access and discounts throughout the year!

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By volunteering

There are many different things our volunteers can do to help the zoo. Some examples include: cleaning their exhibits, prepping food, helping with events and our media team.

by donating

The zoo always accepts different types of donations. Some examples include: monetary, supplies, and items for exhibit enhancements. Most donations are tax deductible!

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Sponsoring an animal

Sponsoring an animal is an amazing opportunity to help a particular animal or type at the zoo. The funds will be used for that particular exhibit. You will also receive a certificate and updates! The sponsorship lasts for a full year and you are able to renew.



 
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Once you fill out this form, you will have the ability to choose and pay for your membership online!

Since 1962, Applegate Park Zoo has been home to many rescued and rehabilitated wild animals in need of a safe place to live. Currently, the zoo houses over 75 native California mammals, birds, and reptiles. No longer able to survive independently in their normal habitat, these ambassadors from the wild receive needed care and protection from the zoo. In return, they provide zoo visitors with a glimpse of the wonders of nature.

 
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Are there any zoo volunteer opportunities you are interested in? *

 
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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the zoo! You have the ability to help our zoo with different tasks that need to be done. Some of the duties may include: prepping food, cleaning the exhibits, washing dishes or even assisting in our gift shop. Other duties may include helping us reach out to businesses, taking pictures and videos, working special events or community relations.

Our goal is to ensure that volunteers understand how important they are to us and the animals. There are not many positions available locally that allow anyone to work along side bears, bobcats, monkeys, deer or goats all in the same day.

Some of the volunteer work can consist of a lot of physical activity. While it can be tiring, think of the difference you are making in our community! With your hard work, our visitors are able to walk a safe and clean zoo. They are able to share memories with their loved ones that last a lifetime. You are giving rescue animals the ability to enjoy a life they never had. That is something to be so proud of.

If you are interested in learning more information about becoming a volunteer, you welcome you to come down to the zoo or simply fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible!  

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The City of Merced regulations requires that all volunteers are subject to fingerprinting. This may not disqualify you from volunteering.
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Monetary and amazon wishlist Donations

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We thank you for your interest in donating to the zoo! Most donations are tax-deductible. With your dedicated time, effort and resources, you allow the zoo to become a memorable experience for future generations. We want to ensure our community has a safe, fun and educational experience that brings them closer to the animals that they love.

We are always looking for ways to improve our exhibits. These animals have been rescued from life threatening situations and we try our best to ensure they live the most comfortable life possible. With your donations and support, you help us make it happen!

Even if you are unable to help through donations, simply visiting the zoo and sharing your experience with family and friends goes a long way. While we understand we are a smaller zoo, we take pride in our zoo. We again thank you for your interest and hope to see you soon!


 
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Sponsorship Levels:

Small birds include: Western Screech Owl, Ibis, Kestrel, Magpie, Whimbrel, Diamond Dove, Zebra Finch and the Fantail Pigeon

Medium birds include: Black Crowned Night Heron, Green Heron, Great Egret and the Snow Goose

Large birds include: Black Swan, Emu, Great Horned Owl, Peacock, Red Tailed Hawk, Royal Palm Turkey and the Turkey Vulture

Small Animals Include: Tortoise, Turtle, Miniature Pig and our friendly domestic Cat

Medium Animals Include: Goat, Raccoon and Red Fox

Capuchin Monkeys

Large Animals Include: Deer, and Coyote

Very Large Animals Include: Black Bear, Alpaca

The donations qualifies you as a sponsor parent to the animal of your choice for a length of one-year and your donation is tax-deductible!

You will receive the following with your sponsorship:

-Recognition in the "Animal Adoption" secion of "Zoo News"

-Photo of the animal or bird

-Zoo Parent Certificate

All funds collected for this program are used to improve and maintain the facilities occupied by the animals in our zoo.