Fresno Chaffee Zoo Recieves National Award

Sep 16, 2014 No Comments by

Fresno, CA. – Fresno Chaffee Zoo is thrilled to announce that the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) presented the prestigious 2014 Top Honor Exhibit Award to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo for Sea Lion Cove. This is the highest honor AZA gives zoo and aquarium exhibits. The announcement was made today at the national AZA conference in Orlando, Florida. This award is chosen by a committee of zoo professionals from applications by AZA zoos and aquariums across the nation. Other zoos and aquariums competing in this category this year included the San Diego Zoo, the Smithsonian and Sea World.

Opened on August 27, 2012, Sea Lion Cove is the first major exhibit built with funds from Measure Z. After the first year that Sea Lion Cove was open, Fresno Chaffee Zoo saw a 28 percent increase in attendance. Attendance numbers continued to increase in each subsequent year since the opening of Sea Lion Cove. “After watching our guests’ reaction to Sea Lion Cove, we knew it was a success for Fresno County,” stated Fresno Chaffee Zoo CEO/Director Scott Barton, “but to get national recognition from our colleagues reaffirms that, with the great support from our community, Fresno is creating one of the best zoos in the country.” The next major project underway at Fresno Chaffee Zoo is African Adventure.

Expected to open in Fall of 2015, African Adventure is designed by The Portico Group; the same team that worked on Sea Lion Cove. The new exhibit will bring back lions, cheetah and rhinos, and add meerkats, African elephants and more to the newly expanded African savannah. Fresno Chaffee Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends every day except Thanksgiving (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and Christmas Day (closed). General admission during regular Zoo hours is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children 2-11 and seniors 62+, and children under 2 and Fresno Chaffee Zoo members are free. Fresno Chaffee Zoo inspires wonder of our natural world, provides an engaging learning environment, and creates a passion for conservation. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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