Visitor Rules

No rollerblades, skateboards, bicycles or scooters are allowed to be used at the zoo.
Anyone under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult to enter.
No feeding of animals other than the goats if appropriate food is purchased at the gift shop.
No standing on the guardrails or stepping over them.
No yelling or taunting at the animals.
No pets except for registered service dogs.


The Merced Zoological Society, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, supports the City of Merced in the continued growth and management of the zoo.
The zoo focuses on native California wildlife.
The zoo has transitioned away from breeding and buying animals and instead has become a haven for rescued wildlife. Animals who were kept as pets or injured in the wild call the zoo home after being deemed non-releasable by a handful of wildlife experts.
Currently, in 2020, we house 42 different species.
We were established in 1962.
The zoo came to be after a private collector donated the land and animals to the city.
We are always looking for donations like gardening tools, cleaning supplies and enrichment items for our animals.
We are always looking for volunteers to help with zookeeping activities and volunteering for the Merced Zoological Society.
The Merced Zoological Society is a completely volunteer-run organization.

Our accomplishments

Over the course of many years and with the support of many volunteers, Merced Zoological has accomplished many great things.
Most recently our accomplishments include:
A donation of a new goat barn.
Purchases of new benches and plaques.
Donations of garden decor such as waterfalls, and statues.
Over a dozen trees donated and planted on zoo grounds.
Repainting of the zoo gift shop (inside and out).
Re-roofing of the gift shop.
Repainting of the bathrooms and benches.
Walkways and guard rails redone.
Animal exhibit improvements such as crusher dust and signage
Donation of steel doors for zookeeper office, hallway, and some animal exhibits
And ongoing educational programs and fundraisers.

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