Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary
Sign at the entrance to the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary
|Location||Folsom, California, USA|
|Number of animals||~100|
The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary (originally Folsom Zoo) is a zoo and animal sanctuary located in the city of Folsom, California, in the United States, which has been open since 1963. It is essentially an animal sanctuary that allows visitors because the animals in this zoo are not bred, sold, or traded. Once they are at the zoo/sanctuary they are cared for as long as they live.
The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is supported by Friends of the Folsom Zoo, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which helps by providing both funding and volunteers.
The zoo took in its first animal in 1963, when the University of California at Davis Veterinary Department asked the Folsom Park superintendent to add an orphaned bear cub to the few animals he had been keeping around the park office. A cage was built for the bear, Smokey joined the other animals, and the Folsom Zoo was born.
The name was changed to Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary in 2002 to better describe the zoo's goal of taking in animals that cannot be released back to the wild. The animals at the zoo are former pets that people could no longer care for, animals that have injuries that would prevent them from being released into the wild, and problem animals. Once in the zoo, the animals are not bred, sold, or traded but are cared for until they die.
Animals at the zoo
The zoo primarily (but not exclusively) cares for animals native to North America. Animals at the zoo include bears, tigers, cougars, bobcats, birds, foxes, wolves, wolf hybrids, coyote, feral pigs, horses, sheep, deer, macaques, squirrel monkeys, raccoons, skunks, and squirrels.