Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Fresno Chaffee Zoo is a zoo located in center of Roeding Park in Fresno, California. In addition to animal displays, it is also the home of Ross Laird's Winged Wonders Bird Show. The mission of the Zoo is to provide a fun, unique and up-close experience that strengthens the bond between people and wildlife. Fresno Chaffee Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

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Fresno Chaffee Zoo - History
... Early days What would eventually become the Fresno Chaffee 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 ... The newly-built Amphitheater helped the zoo attract crowds as well ...

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