I haven't been there for some time and was so surprised at all the changes. Entrance used to be 50 cents for adults, children under 12 free. It is now $3 for adults and $2 for kids, under 5 free.
I can definitely understand the price increase., it's not cheap to keep even a small zoo going. We used to donate and" adopt"/support animals there until the economy tanked and simply can't afford it anymore. We're very disappointed that we couldn't keep doing it.
What I found so disturbing was that half the cages were empty. it seemed all the animals were depressed. So sad to see them mope about. The monkeys weren't even throwing their poo at us :(
Alpaca, not even interested in us.
This area used to be filled with pygmy goats climbing over each other to be fed by visitors.
You could buy feed, but not anymore.
It was the most fun to feed them :(
Sad looking bear
This was the most active area thanks to the Peacock strutting his stuff, upper left corner.
The black Swan was gorgeous
Black Swan and White Crane...ebony and ivory?
Such pretty white feathers,
it never moved, just stood there.
The Peacock was showing off for
the Peahen in the upper right corner......
needles to say, she wasn't interested or impressed...
neither were the Rooster or Swan :)
Well, here's a great photo of his back side! LOL
He finally turned around....
Letting his beautiful feathers down
reminds me of a wedding dress train
I cam away feeling sick. This small town is lucky enough to even have a zoo, no matter what size. So sad to see it go down hill. Example: several cages were filled with Parakeets and the petting zoo is no longer. So sad, indeed. It used to be so vibrant with such a variety of animals. Yes, it's small, but the city is so lucky to even have it. I pray they are able to get back on track and make it as it once was. It would be devastating to see it close.
Applegate Park Zoo
1045 West Twenty-Fifth Street
Merced, CA 95340
Merced, CA 95340