Applegate Park Zoo

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Applegate Park Zoo logo

Since 1962, Applegate Park Zoo has been home to many wild animals in need of a safe place to live. Currently, the zoo population numbers approximately 75 Native California mammals, birds, and reptiles, most of which came from wildlife rescue centers.

No longer able to survive in their normal habitat, these ambassadors from the wild need care and protection. In return they provide zoo visitors with a glimpse of the wonders of nature.

Professional Zoo Keepers (Donna McDowell and Josh Moreno) provide daily care and management of the animals. Individuals are welcome to enroll in the volunteer program to assist with exhibit cleaning, diet preparation, landscaping maintenance and zoo improvement projects. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and may sign up at the Parks and Community Services Office located at 632 west 18th street in Merced.

Hours of Operation

(Monday-Sunday, weather permitting)
Winter Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Spring-Fall Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day


1045 w. 25th street.

Admission Prices

Under 5: Free
Ages 5-15: $2.00
Ages 16-61: $3.00
Ages 62+: $1.50
Free entry to all Merced Zoological Society members


Applegate Park Zoo Wish List

The following items are needed for our Zoo staff and volunteers to use while working on Zoo improvements and for the further development of the Zoo's education program:

  • cotton towels (for the monkey to sleep with)
  • van or truck(for "Ed-zoo-cation" outreach and to carry educational materials and animals to area schools and to pick up animal food and supplies)

Thank you for your support!

Please observe: No pets, food, cans, bicycles, roller blades, skateboards or loud music allowed in the Zoo.