Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

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Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo logo
The entrance to the zoo
Location

1300 Senter Rd

San Jose, California, 95112
Coordinates 37°19′32.45″N 121°51′43.4″W / 37.3256806°N 121.862056°W / 37.3256806; -121.862056Coordinates: 37°19′32.45″N 121°51′43.4″W / 37.3256806°N 121.862056°W / 37.3256806; -121.862056
Land area 16 acres (6.5 ha)[1]
Number of animals 150[1]
Memberships AZA,[2] IAAPA [3]
Website www.hhpz.org

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is a small 16-acre (6.5 ha) zoo and amusement park in San Jose, California which originally opened in 1961. It was closed in 2008 for major renovations, and opened its gates again on 20 March 2010.[1]

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

History[edit]

Jaycees members Alden Campen and Ernie Renzel started planning the park in 1956. They bought the original 7.5 acres (3.0 ha) at the north end of today’s Kelley Park for $300,000 on the city’s behalf.[4]

Features[edit]

  • Puppet theater
  • Animal hospital with indoor and outdoor quarantine, surgery and radiology
  • Education center built out of hay bales with year-round classes for ages 12-months to adult
  • Rides and structures for toddlers and children featuring slides, swings, ropes and climbing areas
  • Carousel and roller coaster

Exhibits[edit]

Jaguar at the zoo.
Meercats at the zoo.
A corner of the animal petting area. Children can pet and feed, in addition to goats, also ponies, sheep, and miniature cows.
  • Petting zoo with an animal barn
  • "Parallel play area" for children nearby endangered lemurs
  • Fossa Exhibit (a member of the mongoose family, most famous for its role in the movie Madagascar)

Animal list[edit]

Over 140 animals in the zoo include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The New Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Project Fact Sheet". hhpz.org. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "List of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". aza.org. AZA. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions". iaapa.org. International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "History: The Early Years - 1950’s". hhpz.org. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
Doc's Critter Care across from the animal barn at the zoo. This animal hospital features indoor and outdoor quarantine, surgery and radiology facilities.

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