Feliks - Polish Fancy Rooster
Early people domesticated animals and plants so they could settle in one place and begin farming. Chickens evolved from the Red Jungle fowl to the many breeds of chickens we have today. Handsome Polish Fancy rooster Feliks was bred to be a show chicken
Rooster Feliks was found dead in his exhibit when keepers arrived at the Zoo. A necropsy is pending. He will be greatly missed.
Theodora - Rabbit
Found in the wild as a baby, lovely black-and-tan rabbit Theodora was dropped off at an animal rescue facility where she spent 3 years as a well-loved pet. At the Zoo Sanctuary she’s taking over duties as a gentle Outreach Animal.
Theodora has passed away.
Phyllis - Rouen Duck
Duck Phyllis has an attractive feather top-knot. Since she is a Rouen cross-breed, as she grows older she will most likely become bigger bodied than a mallard duck. If she were wild, her feathers would camouflage her as she sits on eggs
Phyllis has passed away
Affectionately known as the “love sponge”, feral cat Hannah actively seeks out human companionship. Cats with Hannah’s coloration (mainly black with white on chest/belly, feet/legs, and possibly face) are known as “tuxedo cats”. Hannah is always dressed for company!
Hanna has passed away
Macaw - Bill
Macaw Bill passed away this AM. He was found looking very down and unresponsive and was heading to the vet, but passed away before leaving the zoo. Bill has been battling a form of leukemia that was officially diagnosed in 2010 and had very minimal treatment options. He had been ill for quite some time before the diagnosis. When he was diagnosed we were told that birds with this type of disease typically are given 3-6mos to live, but amazingly he continued to do fairly well with his condition, experiencing a good quality of life.
He will be greatly missed by many staff and volunteers.
Lindsay - Glossy Snake
Glossy snake Lindsay is named after the wildlife rehabilitation center (Lindsay Museum) from which she came in 2010. Unlike our other snakes (boas and pythons) which are tree dwellers, the glossy snake is at home on the floor of the desert scrub lands. Also, unlike the boa and python (which are native to South America and Africa/Asia, respectively) the glossy snake is native to the United States and may be found in the wilds of California. As one of our outreach animals, Lindsay likes to teach people that a snake's skin is smooth and dry (not rough and slimy). Glossy snake has passed away.
Fern - Red Fox
Weight: 13 lbs.
Fern has the multicolors of tan, white and black markings found in red foxes. A short white tip on her tail distinguishes Fern. Behavior is another way zookeepers are able to identify individual animals. For example, Fern is really good at hiding under shrubs, sitting quietly while someone calls her name.
Red fox Fern has died. A few days ago, when the keepers arrived at the Zoo, she was found with a broken femur. X-rays indicated that her bones were extremely weak (osteoporosis) and that surgery to repair the break would necessitate a pin external to her body. Due to her age, the decision was made to mercifully euthanize her.
Gizmo - Skunk
Skunk Gizmo lived in the Miners Shack. This replica of a California foothill Gold Rush mining camp is the result of many people's imagination and efforts. Each are native nocturnal animals common around mining camps.
Neighbors in the Loomis area were concerned when they saw a Striped Skunk out in daylight hours and walking unsteadily because this is a sign of rabies. Fortunately, a skunk rehabilitation specialist who realized that Gizmo was blind spotted him. The rehabber netted him and took him to a veterinarian where he was checked out and de-scented. He came to the zoo sanctuary in 2007. (Yes, when netted, Gizmo sprayed the rehabber.) The only animal that consistently preys on skunks is the great horned owl. They’re both out after dark and great horned owls have a very poor sense of smell. The other main predators are bobcats and man.Gizmo passed in November of 2013
Isabella - Rabbit
DOB: January 2005
Weight: 7.5 lbs.
Isabella was lucky to be rescued from an abusive situation and brought to the zoo sanctuary for a safe and loving home. Nicknamed "Bella" (to avoid confusion with fox Isabella), she is in the zoo’s outreach program. She is a furry ambassador helping share the zoo’s philosophy of "Teaching responsible human behavior toward all animals."
Unfortunately, along with some confiscations due to abuse, there are also over 50,000 rabbits voluntarily given up to shelters each year. Far too often people buy rabbits as pets when they are cute little bundles of fur, only to abandon them as they grow.
Donatello - Russian Tortoise
No one knows how it happened but Russian tortoise Donatello performed some kind of escape artistry which left him in need of rescue and the new home he found at the Zoo in 2010. Since he is used for outreach, we are hoping to meet his optimum temperature requirements every day of the year in order to prevent his natural hibernation and aestivation and keep him awake.
Donatello has passed away.
Orchid - Opossum
Orchid is a confiscated illegal pet and came to the Zoo from Stanislaus Wildlife Care. Opossums help maintain a clean and healthy environment. They eat insects, rats, and mice … snails are a delicacy. Welcome them!! Adult opossums do not hang by their tails from tree limbs but they do have thumbs on all four feet.
Orchid Opossum has passed away.
Shiloh - Bald Eagle
Shiloh, the beautiful American Bald Eagle came to the Zoo from the Department of Fish and Game in the summer of 2010 after failing release testing. Unfortunately, Shiloh passed on due to an advanced respiratory illness before his new home was ready and we could all take in his majesty.
Chaos - Ringtail
Though ringtails live in this region of California, most zoo sanctuary visitors have never seen one in the wild. Even within his miner’s shack home, viewers often need help finding Chaos, who is usually tucked away on one of the high shelves. (Chaos came to FCZS through the Department of Fish and Game, confiscated as an illegal pet.)
Chaos has adapted well to numerous roommates in his years at the zoo.In the wild, ringtails live solitary lives, except during mating season.Chaos, however, seems to enjoy the company of current roommate Emma.He has also shared space with a skunk and several opossums.
In 2006 keepers noticed a bulging and hazing of his left eye. Further testing found age related corneal edema and the eye was removed. His right eye has recently been showing similar symptoms but treatment seems to be helping.
Forrest - Red Fox
Weight: 18 lbs.
Forrest looks very similar to his sister Fern. If visitors can compare the white tail tips they will see that his is slightly longer. His quick and agile movements however, can make comparisons difficult. Another similarity that foxes have is of an olfactory variety. Visitors often mistake the rather pungent odor around the fox exhibit as that of a skunk. It is in fact fox urine, used for marking territory and during mating periods.
Fisher - Black Bear
As a youngster Fisher was being taught by his mother to “fish” at a fish cleaning station near Bridgeport, California. After his mother was destroyed, Fisher was captured and ended up here in Folsom. Fisher helped the National Park Service and other companies by testing containers that could securely hold food and/or garbage so that bears are not tempted to enter areas where people frequent.
Sadly, after a physical examination had determined that his quality of life was severely compromised, FCZS Staff and attending Veterinarians determined that further treatment was not an option. Fisher was gently euthanatized in late April, 2010.
Black Bear Fisher for many years was a "Star Resident" of the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary and will be dearly missed by all who worked with and knew him.
Notes from the public on Fisher's passing:
Ono - Bobcat
DOB: March 1995
Weight: 29 lbs
Ono’s family was accidentally killed during a barn demolition. His rescuers originally raised him, but brought him to the Folsom Zoo when they moved out-of-state. Bobcats are normally solitary animals, coming together only during breeding periods. Ono and his fellow bobcat “roommates” got along quite well however, and even tolerated human caregivers.
He went in to have the large mass on the side of his face further evaluated in Janruary of 2012 and after examining him additional masses were found near his heart and abdomen. Prognosis and treatment options were not good so the decision was made to humanely euthanize him. He was a very special bobcat who will be missed by many.
Truffles - Icelandic-Suffolk
Handsome ram Truffles is an Icelandic-Suffolk cross. He was rescued from slaughter by an organization called Animal Place and moved to a permanent home at the Zoo Sanctuary. Unlike females Maggie and Princess, he does produce wool.
Truffles has passed away.
Redbud - Wolf
Beautiful Redbud came to Folsom from an Indiana wolf research center in 1995. Redbud was the only female in Folsom’s wolf pack.
Wolf Redbud was taken to Loomis Basin Vet in late January for a thorough exam. She had several collapsed disc spaces in her spine and neck, as well some puncture wounds along her back that were most likely caused by the other wolves. Redbud was already being treated with pain and arthritis medication and the keepers had been monitoring her condition for quite some time. After considering all the issues she was facing and her overall quality of life it was determined that the most humane thing to do was to gently euthanize her. We know she will be greatly missed by everyone. She was a beautiful girl and had many wonderful years here with all her wolf companions. She was a symbol of the Friends and will always be in our hearts.
Harrison - Guard Dog
Weight: 95 lbs.
Often mistaken for polar bears, Harrison and fellow guard dog Cheyenne are really in charge of security at Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. As a pup, Harrison was quite a handful. He tended to chase rather than protect livestock, especially chickens. The one thing he was highly protective of was his food (still is). Older, and wiser, Chelsea ( Chelsea passed away in 2004) somehow managed to impart her knowledge onto this active youngster and now Harrison is the dependable guard for which his breed of dog is known.
Within the pasture community Harrison has taken an affectionate interest in Jane, one of the black-tailed deer. On the other hand he usually growls at Charlotte the pig. Although Harrison is friendly with people he knows, he takes his job very seriously, and aggressively protects his domain.Harrison died quietly of cancer in December of 2009
Jasper - Red Fox
Weight: 18 lbs
In the wild, red foxes tunnel underground to provide safety for their litters. Jasper can often be found tucked inside one of the culvert tunnels in his exhibit. Just like his wild cousins though, he can also be found sleeping on the ground or climbing up on something high. Jasper is the lightest colored of the four siblings.
Jasper passed in April of 2011 due to complications of cancer.
Joshua - Wolf
Weight: 97 lbs.
Joshua started life in the entertainment industry. Breeders providing animals for show business had several “accidental” litters producing unwanted pups. Even when such animals are required for filming they become unwanted when no longer needed. Wolves do not make good pets and end up with very few options. A noticeable under bite distinguishes Joshua within the pack.
When Staff arrived at the Zoo the morning of May 13, 2013, Joshua was unable to walk and it was subsequently determined that he had suffered a spinal injury. The decision was made to mercifully euthanize him. He will be deeply missed by all.
Ventura - Cougar
Weight: 103 lbs.
Ventura weighed only five pounds when he was found, separated from his mother, in Ventura County. He had several homes before coming to Folsom in 2001. Whenever working near the enclosure, zookeepers will always find Ventura nearby–definitely a “curious” cat.
On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Ventura was unwell and continued to get worse after initial treatment of fluids and antibiotics for fever and dehydration. Throughout his life he had medical challenges and was able to pull through all of them. His condition this time was much worse and treatment options were limited. He was gently euthanized on October 20.
Over the years, Ventura became a wise mentor for youngsters Rio, Flash and newbie Cedar. The lucky humans who knew him were enlightened by his benevolence and kind heart. Visitors, staff and volunteers are saddened by his passing.
Granite - Wolf
Weight: 74 lbs.
Granite, an incredibly handsome, gray wolf has lived at the Folsom Zoo since 1995. His original owners had planned to keep him as a pet, but found early on that his behavior was “too wolf-like”. Granite is the Alpha male and gets the attention of female Redbud and the respect of other males.
Granite sadly passed away in the summer of 2009
Alder - Cougar
DOB: Summer, 1998
Weight: 116 lbs.
It is unknown what circumstances brought Alder into the care of humans. When she was a tiny kitten, Alder was dropped off anonymously at a bakery in Ventura, California. Suffering from intestinal parasites and ringworm, she arrived in Folsom in October where she was nursed back to health.
Sadly, Alder began suffering from repeated seizures and had to be euthanized in early Aug 2010.
Lotte - Chicken
Beautiful and talented hen Lotte joined other members of the Outreach Flock in late 2010. In another life Lotte had a close relationship with feral pig Templeton with whom she spent most of her time hanging out in the pasture, sharing his food and frequently comfortably hunkered down on his hirsute back. The lifestyle change came about because of a foot injury, possibly related to being stepped on by a pig
Lotte has passed away.
Emma - Racoon
Emma arrived at Folsom after being rehabilitated at a wildlife care facility. She had been hit by a car and sustained neurological damage. Although there are other raccoons at the zoo sanctuary, Emma’s somewhat unsteady nature precludes her living with these very active girls. Instead she has resided with somewhat less active roommates over the years, including a skunk, opossums, and her current roommate--ringtail Chaos. She has been known to give up her food to these other animals and get visibly upset when her current roommate, Chaos, leaves for any length of time.
Rex - Wolf-Hybrid
Rex was found as a stray in the Sacramento area and was held hoping his family would claim him. Because wolf-hybrids can be difficult and sometimes dangerous pets, most animal shelters destroy them if their owners are not located. Rex was very lucky to find a home at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. He and Lincoln were able to be together right away and seem to be getting along famously.