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50 Natoma Street

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Welcome to Fisher's Beastro a great place to enjoy a bite to eat and relax during your visit to the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary!

Hours of Operation

Mar-May Tuesday thru Sunday 11:00am - 3:30pm
Jun-Aug Tuesday thru Sunday 11:00am - 2:30pm
Sep-Nov Tuesday thru Sunday 11:00am - 3:30pm
Dec-Feb Closed

We may close early due to inclement weather, a beverage machine is located in the park pavilion and a drinking fountain is available near the restrooms. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Proceeds benefit the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary!


menu subject to change and availability

Would your class or group like a personalized tour of the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary? One of our fabulous, fun and fact-filled docents will lead you through the Zoo. Learn each animal's history and the reason they found a permanent home with us.

Docent Guided Tours

Docent guided tours are a great way to educate students and to gain a deeper appreciation for the role of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary in our community. To reserve a tour or for more information call (916) 351-3513 or email to


  • $4 student / $5 adult (6/16 -3/14)
  • $5 student / $6 adult (3/15 - 6/15)
  • One free chaperone per 10 students
Group Size Days / Times Information
Grades Kindergarten and up
10 - 60 Tues - Fri 9:45 & 11:00 a.m.
(9:45am only June 16 through Labor Day)
One Hour tour of the Zoo Sanctuary animals and artifacts led by docents.
10 - 40
Tues - Fri 9:45 & 11:00 a.m.
(9:45am only June 16 through Labor Day)
Special one-hour interactive tour for Pre-K children
Special Tours 10 - 40

Sat & Sun 
Time negotiable

One hour tour of the Zoo led by docents.
You'll see our wonderful animal residents and artifacts.  Regular weekend admission fees.











Self Guided Group Visit

Tours are a great way for your group to gain a deeper appreciation for the animals and role of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary in our community. To reserve your tour call 916.351.3384 or email .

Price: $3.50 per Student / $4.50 per Adult / One chaperon per 10 students

Group Size Days / Times Information
Grades Kindergarten and up or Adult group
20 - 60 Tues - Sun 10:15 & 10:45 a.m. The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary offers discounts to groups when they
schedule 30 days in advance and are pre-paid. The discount rate does not apply the day of the visit.






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Bring the Zoo To You!

In class, docent lead presentations invite you and your students to actively explore the amazing world of animals!  For more information or to schedule a presentation, please contact us by e-mail: or by telephone: (916) 351-3513

To learn more please download our flyer: zootoyouicon


The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is open each week from Tuesday through Sunday. We are closed on Mondays, unless it is a major holiday.

  • Regular hours (Sepember 1 – May 31) 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Summer hours (June 1 – August 31) 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hours are subject to change. Please call (916) 351-3527 to verify hours.

2014 Holiday Hours:

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
New Year's Day
Monday, January 20
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
OPEN 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday, February 17
Presidents' Day
OPEN 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday, May 26
Memorial Day
OPEN 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, July 4
Independence Day
OPEN 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, September 1
Labor Day
OPEN 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, November 11
Veteran's Day
OPEN 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, November 27
Thanksgiving Day
SHORT 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Friday, November 28
Day after Thanksgiving
OPEN 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Eve
SHORT 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thursday, December 25
Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 31
New Year's Eve
SHORT 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Gift Shop Hours:

  • Regular Hours (March-October) 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Winter Hours (November-February) 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

General Admission: (Effective July 1st, 2012)

  Age Weekday Weekend
FFZS Members
Free Free
Under 2
Free Free
$4.00 $5.00
$5.00 $6.00
65 and over
$4.00 $5.00
  Free Free








Free Admission to Zoo Members
Friends of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary Members receive free admission with annual Membership. For more information about becoming a member see the Member section of this website or call the zoo at (916) 226-5445 to learn more!

Half Price Days
The first Tuesday of every month September through February, admission to the Zoo is half price!

Group Rates
For more information, or to find out if your group is eligible for discounted admission, call 916-351-3384 or email .

School Groups
School groups receive discounted admission to the Zoo throughout the year. Please call 916-351-3384 or email to make a reservation. Make sure and arrange for special Docent-guided tour to get the most from your classroom visit. Please call 916-351-3513 or email for docent led tours.

zoo_front_signThe Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary had rather humble beginnings, when, in 1963, a small bear became the first official resident. The University of California at Davis Veterinary Department had contacted Gordon Brong, Folsom Park Superintendent, seeking a safe home for a cub that had been orphaned and burned in a forest fire. Gordon had been keeping several deer and a coyote in an area around the parks’ office and visitors often would come to see them. A bear would necessitate a more substantial cage. Gordon managed to persuade the city to provide space and local service clubs built a cage where “Smokey” joined the other animals to create what would be the Folsom Zoo. Smokey became famous when the U.S. government contended only the “Smokey” known for forest fire prevention could use that name. The community rallied behind the Folsom Smokey and worldwide publicity brought even more support. Eventually the government relented and Smokey retained his name. Smokey passed away in 1984.

From that time on the Folsom Zoo became a safe haven for many rescued animals. The name change to Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary (2002) best describes the goal of providing for animals that are not able to be released back into the wild. Some have been “pets” that proved to be too wild or were confiscated as illegal. Many have suffered injuries that would make life in the wild impossible. Some were captured as “problem animals”. All are treated as individuals and offered the best environments for their needs.

None of the animals are bred, sold or traded. Once here, these creatures will be given the best care possible. The animals always come first and they will be loved and supported their entire lives. Occasionally animals temporarily spend time at Folsom prior to finding a permanent home. Foals rescued from Premarin pharmaceutical production are examples of such an exhibit.

Each year the city, staff, Friends of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary, volunteers, and community members work to make this haven even better. This year has brought new and improved exhibits and several new animals. Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary has gained an international reputation and remains the pride of Folsom and the surrounding communities.

Our animals would love to see you and we know you and your family will enjoy your visit!

The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is located at 403 Stafford Street, Folsom, California, in the heart of the City of Folsom. Operating since 1963, the zoo has been the home to hundreds of animals from squirrels and chickens to tigers and bears. Each year the zoo welcomes thousands of visitors in a simple and unassuming park like environment. With close to 100 animals and adjacent to Lions Park (featuring: tables, BBQ’s and children’s play areas) and the Folsom Valley (mini-scale) Railway, not to mention Dan Russell Arena, and the Folsom City Library.



Please Do Not Feed the Animals
Our animals have specific diets and nutritional needs and we request that you please not feed them. Because some animals are under strict diets for medical reasons, it is vitally important that this policy is followed.

Animals Do Not Like to Be Teased!
For the welfare of our animals, we ask you not to tease, whistle or yell at the animals at the Zoo. And, please do not throw food or anything else into the animal exhibits.

No dogs or other pets are allowed on zoo grounds, except service dogs.
No bicycles, tricycles, scooters, skateboards, rollershoes or rollerblades.

A Picture is worth a thousand words…
We encourage you to photograph or videotape any of the animals, but you must stay safely behind any barriers and remain in the public areas at all times. If you are a member of the media and would like further assistance to photograph or videotape animals at closer range, please contact the Zoo's management at or call (916) 351-3527.

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Questions or Comments?
Drop us a note at or call us at (916) 226-5445 and we will be happy to assist you.