Monday, August 19, 2013

Safari Night (21+)

September 20, 2013
6:00 pm - 12:00 am

It's the most enchanting fund-raising event of the year. Walk the red carpet through the double doors of the Zoo entrance to find yourself in a beautifully unique setting. Roam through the lush grounds and enjoy a progressive dinner from a variety of Valley restaurants and caterers stationed throughout the Zoo. Visit an array of wine stations and bars while you visit with friends and enjoy the various culinary creations.

As late afternoon turns to dusk, you'll make your way to our Dining Garden. There you'll find your table, dessert stations, cocktails, photo booth and live entertainment under the tree canopies. Score big in our silent auction or roll the dice and try your luck in the casino area returning for an encore! Finally, let loose and dance the night away to The Valley Cats at this unique evening under the stars!

All funds raised at this event benefit construction of the *NEW* African Adventure exhibits.

Tickets are available online at  or by calling 559-498-5921 M-F, 9a-5p 

Oklin Bloodworth - Photo by Craig Kohlruss
The Painted Table - Photo by Craig Kohlruss

Winged Wonders Birds Show staff leading an
African crowned crane through the Zoo.
- Photo by Craig Kohlruss
Safari Night Ticket Prices: (All persons attending must be 21+)

$65 per person (non-member)

$55 per person (Fresno Chaffee Zoo Member)

$650 table of 10 “Twiga” level
Reserved table
(2) bottles of wine on table
Gift bag
Half-page ad in Safari Night program*

$2,500 table of 10 “Duma” level
All benefits of the “Twiga” level
Table in VIP Party Pavillion
VIP gift bag
Full-page ad in Safari Night program*

$5,000 table of 10 “Tembo” level
All benefits of “Duma” level
Preferred seating in VIP pavilion
Private “Hard-hat Tour” for 10 of the African Adventures Construction site – TBD at mutually agreeable date.

*Ad specifications:

Half-page ads are 5.25”w x 4”h b w
Full-page ads are 5.25”w x 8.25”h b w
Please email all art and/or logos to no later than Friday, September 6, 2013.

Tickets are available online at  or by calling 559-498-5921 M-F, 9a-5p

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


On Tuesday, July 3rd, we Teen LEADERS embarked on a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We took the trek to learn about their Teen Conservation Leaders program (very similar to our Teen LEADERS) and to explore the aquatic world of course. We gladly welcomed the cool coastal weather, as it was quite a transition from Fresno’s heat.
            Upon arrival, we met our guides and were given an exclusive look at the Open Sea Exhibit. After watching the Open Sea feeding, we were led to the beautiful plastic arts exhibit where artists displayed their art made out of 100% single-use plastic items, such as spoons, water bottles, and grocery bags. It really made an impact moved me and the other teens on just how much single-use plastic is weaved into our daily lives and how little thought we put into its use.
             Later on, we got a chance to interact with some interesting sea critters. We were able to feed kelp to abalone and touch bamboo sharks, sea stars, and sea cucumbers. “I loved holding the baby brittle star as it crawled around my hand” said Teen LEADER Christina. Then we made our way to the shore and had a nice lunch break on the beach where we enjoyed the peaceful ocean atmosphere and played games on the sand like hand jousting and link tag.
            After our lunch break, we watched a presentation about how a few older Teen Conservation Leaders applied the skills they learned at the aquarium to their daily and professional lives. It was inspiring to see how young people like us left the program with the skills and motivation to make a change in this world. It helped us realize how we too as young people can make a difference. Then we were taken on a tour of the many exhibits of the Aquarium and were fascinated by marine creatures such as hermit crabs, puffins, tuna, and sharks. Some of us were even able to visit the fun & flashy jellyfish exhibit. Ultimately, our adventure at the bay was full of aquatic wonder and inspiration that we will never forget!
Alondra Lopez
Christina Olague


Join us at Fresno Chaffee Zoo for an evening of prehistoric proportions! Hang out with Buddy, the Dinosaur, from PBS Kids Dinosaur Train, uncover bones in Dino Dig, see Ross Laird’s Winged Wonders Bird Show, enjoy a screening of ValleyPBS’ top rated children’s show Dinosaur Train. Enjoy arts & crafts tables, dinosaur bio-facts, and vendor booths. Plus, Meet Mr. Steve from PBS Kids!

Ticket prices:

ValleyPBS or Fresno Chaffee Zoo Members:
$12 Adult and $9 Child (ages 2 -11yrs)

Non-Members: $15 Adults and $12 Child (ages 2 - 11yrs)

Children 1yr and under are FREE

Tickets are available for purchase at and, or by calling 559-498-5921 or 559-266-1800

Dino Nite is presented by Fresno Chaffee Zoo and ValleyPBS.

Dino Nite is sponsored by:
California Kidds Pediatric Dentistry, Lennar, Veterinary Emergency Service, Anthem Blue Cross, and EHS Medical Group, Hedricks Chevrolet, Transitions Children's Services, Fossil Discovery Center.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Teen L.E.A.D.E.R.S.

Lead by Educating with Activities and Demonstrations on the Environment, Resources and Sciences

            “The Fresno Chaffee Zoo inspires wonder of our natural world…” This excerpt from the zoo’s mission statement has definitely proven true in my experience as a FCZ Teen LEADER. I believe that volunteering at the zoo allows me to inspire this passion for wildlife in the guests I encounter. However, I have found that interacting with these guests, children in particular, inspires me even more so.
            Volunteering at the cart, I get to play educational games with zoo guests. One game, Let’s Get Wet, is themed around aquatic adaptation. It lets guests stick their

 hand inside a bag insulated with Crisco mimicking the blubber on animals such as whales, and seals. While playing this game with guests, I once encountered a little girl who was sad that seals have to swim feeling cold in the water. After all, “they didn’t have warm jackets like people” she said.  Once I taught about blubber, and she placed her hand in the “blubber glove” submerged in ice water, she was struck with awe. The blubber on a seal is just like a jacket for a person! For the next ten minutes, she begged her mom to let her keep playing the game, and she was even shrieking with excitement.
            Seeing children so excited about wildlife gets me even more excited.  As an animal lover, knowing that my love is able to translate into another child’s appreciation is an ultimate reward.  Although my job as a Teen Leader is to inspire guests about wonder in the natural world, these children continually inspire me.

-Monet Gomes

Friday, June 21, 2013

Producers Ice Cream Zoofari

August 10, 2013
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Beat the heat in this all-you-can-eat ice cream FUNdraiser.

Enjoy unlimited ice cream, sherbets, frozen yogurt, sundaes and smoothies with zoo-centric names such as Rocky Toad, Mint Monkeys ‘n Cream, and Cockatoo Cookie Dough. Guests will satisfy their sweet cravings while strolling through the Zoo and getting the latest scoop on their favorite animals. Kid-friendly entertainment will include live music and magic!

This event sells out. Get your tickets early!

 Ticket Prices: Children 1 yr. and under are FREE

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Members: 
Adults (12 years and up) $12.00 
Children (2-11 years) $8.00

Adults (12 years and up) $14.00 
Children (2-11 years) $10.00

Non-Member Day of Event: 
Adults (12 years and up) $16.00 
Children (2-11 years) $12.00
Ticket orders made after August 5, will be held at Will Call at the Zoo entrance. 

Order online at  , the front admission booth, or by calling 559-498-5921 M-F 9am-5pm. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors: 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Teen L.E.A.D.E.R.S.

Lead by Educating with Activities and Demonstrations on the Environment, Resources and Sciences

Sea Lion Cove: Through the Eyes of a Teen L.E.A.D.E.R.

Sea Lion Cove is a breathtaking exhibit. Although it's been open for months, I still can't get past that feeling of awe every time I wander its paths. The sights and sounds, all true to nature, are truly captivating. The only thing better than simply walking through Sea Lion Cove itself is the experience of leading an activity station cart there.

As a Teen L.E.A.D.E.R., I've had the opportunity to teach zoo guests at these carts through fun, yet educational activities and games. Topics range from the life cycle of a frog to the classification of mammals and fish. 

At Sea Lion Cove we theme activities around the animals that live there. As a guest holds a pelican skull replica and learns about its unique beak, they can turn around and see a living example. As another guest examines seal & sea lion puppets to compare their differences, they can tell me about the behaviors they  just saw the animals do. Being close to the animals we're talking about brings our guests a whole new understanding. It makes sense why committing to becoming more environmentally conscious is important and why our animals are so worth protecting. Being a part of this learning environment is a truly rewarding experience.

- Kaitlynn Webster,   Teen LEADER