Fresno Chaffee Zoological Gardens in United States

Fresno Chaffee Zoological Gardens

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Size39 acres (16 ha)
Opened for public1929
Number of species190
Address894 W Belmont Ave.
CountryUnited States
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Fresno Chaffee Zoological Gardens, located at 894 W Belmont Ave., in Fresno, in United States, was founded in 1908, opened for public in 1929.

At Fresno Chaffee Zoological Gardens lives 3 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)

  1. Amahle
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  3. Moose (Vusmusi) born 2004-02-23
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  5. Nolwazi
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The Fresno Chaffee Zoo, previously Roeding Park Zoo, is a zoo in Roeding Park in Fresno, California covering 39 acres and housing over 190 species. Its attractions include Stingray Bay, Dino Dig, Valley Farm, Sea Lion Cove, African Adventure, and Ross Laird's Winged Wonders Bird Show.

1908: The zoo was formed some time around 1908. The earliest zoo record describes a collection consisting of two bears and around fifty birds of various species.

1929: According to the zoo's website, "bears, local cats, hoof stock, and birds were added to the Zoo and housed in log cabin type exhibits." The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) officially recognized the park opening in 1929 as the Roeding Park Zoo.

1949: In 1949, the zoo's Asian elephant Nosey (a name determined by a citywide "Name-the-Elephant" Contest) was acquired, with help from the Fresno Rotary Club. Her arrival coincided with Fresno's "49ers Days Rodeo Parade", and Nosey's presence in that parade was popular enough to spawn the creation of the Fresno Zoological Society, which would create interest in the zoo and provide a fundraising mechanism.

2014: In January 2014, ground was broken for the approximately 18-acre "African Adventure" expansion doubling the size of the zoo and including large animal exhibits such as lions, breeding elephants, cheetahs, rhinos, meerkats, hippos, gorillas, and penguins.

2020: Planning and design was completed in mid-2020 for the Kingdoms of Asia exhibit, and the zoo officially broke ground on the new exhibit on September 24th of that year. This new themed area, which will repurpose and renovate existing exhibits, has been billed as an "immersive southeast Asian forest," including a large area "themed after aspects of Ta Prohm, Angkor, Cambodia." The new exhibit will include habitats for "Malayan Tigers, Indian Rhinos, Orangutans, otters, and Sloth Bears, song birds, bats, and more.


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Koehl, Dan (2020). Fresno Chaffee Zoological Gardens, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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