Micke Grove Zoo

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Micke Grove Zoo
Date opened 1957[1]
Location Lodi, California, USA
Coordinates 38°04′45″N 121°16′19″W / 38.07917°N 121.27194°W / 38.07917; -121.27194Coordinates: 38°04′45″N 121°16′19″W / 38.07917°N 121.27194°W / 38.07917; -121.27194
Land area 5 acres (2.0 ha)[2]
Website www.mgzoo.com/zoo/micke-grove/default.htm

Micke Grove Zoo is a small 5-acre (2.0 ha) zoo that opened in 1957 in Lodi, California. It is located within Micke Grove Regional Park, which includes a Japanese garden, the San Joaquin Historical Museum, an amusement park, and picnic shelters.[2]

History[edit]

In 1938, the Micke family donated the 258-acre (104 ha) oak tree park to the county of San Joaquin. The zoo opened in 1957 and Ronald Theodore Reuther was its first curator.[1]

Currently, it is home to native animals and exotic species, some of which are endangered,[3] and was at one point the smallest zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.[4] However, the zoo lost its accreditation in April 2006 due to aging exhibits and cramped veterinarian space.[5] While the veterinarian space has been expanded and the department supported by the University of California at Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital, many exhibits are still in need of expansion.

Animals[edit]

Included in the current collection are a variety of non-releasable raptors, tortoises, and a variety of lemurs,[3] and with an expansion currently underway snow leopards and Oriental small-clawed otters, originally planned to be added in 2010; however the economic crisis has halted the construction midway and it has been postponed.[6] Many endangered primates and birds can also be found at the zoo, including parrots and tortoises from Madagascar.[7]

Education[edit]

Educational programs are funded by the county with some support from the Micke Grove Zoological Society.[8] Important programs include 6 weeks of private zoo camp offered for San Joaquin County charter school students, and 5 weeks of public zoo camp; Animal Discovery Tours, and off-site Zoo to You programs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Farrow, Ross (2007-11-26). "First director of Micke Grove Zoo dies". lodinews.com (Lodi News-Sentinel). Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  2. ^ a b "General Zoo Information". mgzoo.com. San Joaquin County. 2008. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  3. ^ a b Winkelman, Cheryl (2007-03-27). "Micke Grove works to save species". Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 2008-10-31. [dead link]
  4. ^ Kane, Greg (2006-03-16). "Zoo getting $2 million makeover". Recordnet.com. San Joaquin Media Group. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  5. ^ Kane, Greg (2007-03-26). "Lodi's Micke Grove celebrates 50 years with face-lift". Recordnet.com (San Joaquin Media Group). Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  6. ^ Farrow, Ross (2008-10-30). "Zoo expansion means snow leopards and river otters coming to Micke Grove in 2010". lodinews.com (Lodi News-Sentinel). Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  7. ^ "Micke Grove Zoo". San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation. San Joaquin County. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  8. ^ "Micke Grove Zoological Society". San Joaquin County Parks & Recreation. San Joaquin County. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-31. [dead link]

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