Friends of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$26,902 raised by 129 donors

100% complete

$25,000 Goal

About Friends of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary
The Friends of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary (FFZS) was incorporated in 1981 as a 501(c)3. Our mission is to preserve and enhance a city treasure by assisting in enriching the lives of the animals living at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary.  Our long-term goal is to enable the zoo sanctuary to be self-sustaining for future generations by reducing dependency on City funding.  

FFZS, operated by a volunteer Board of Directors, cultivates and manages an endowment fund that benefits the zoo sanctuary (a little over $1 million in the past decade). This financial support includes funding toward annual general expenses as well as contributions including but not limited to animal habitat enhancements, animal enrichments, and animal and zookeeper training.  A few examples of FFZS’s financial support includes helping build the aviary, canid exhibit, and the barn, purchasing enrichment items and equipment, and special training for our zookeepers and animals to manage special medical needs.

In addition to providing significant financial support over the past 42 years, FFZS members, primarily through the docent program, contribute more than 7,000 hours a year in volunteer time to enhance the lives of our animal residents and educate the public.   

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About The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary
The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary, established in 1963,  houses animals that were orphaned before learning how to provide for themselves in the wild, injured and unable to fend for themselves, or confiscated as illegal pets. The majority of the Zoo residents (approximately 60%) are native North American species, with an emphasis on our local habitat like the American River Parkway where raccoons, hawks, bobcats,  and mountain lions live. Approximately 20% of the residents are domesticated, such as our horses, donkeys, and Zebu. Finally, about 20% are exotic, such as our primates, macaws, parrots and serval. Animals living at the Sanctuary are treated loving kindness and care. Their names and histories are shared with the visitors as teaching stories.

The Sanctuary and its volunteers offer programs designed to help individuals, schools, and families of all ages and abilities learn through experience, involvement, and discovery.


The mission of the Friends of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary is to enrich and enhance the lives of the animals living at the sanctuary through funding special needs, creating partnerships, supporting educational activities, and sponsoring special events.


Plan and purchase enrichment items and structures (i.e., platforms, hammocks, high cat walks, trees and bushes, balls, viewing window etc.) for a new mountain lion exhibit.

Zoo staff and animal training to reduce stress on the animals and contribute to their overall health and welfare. For example, FFZS funds helped train Macaque Wallace to voluntarily participate in his daily insulin shot in exchange for a sugar free gummy bear.

General support for upgrading or maintaining sanctuary exhibits.

Equity Statement

The Friends of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary celebrates the richness of our community by welcoming all who live and visit the City of Folsom. The Sanctuary is a safe space where discrimination, biases, harassment, or bullying of any kind is not tolerated.

Organization Data


Organization name

Friends of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary

other names

FFZS, The Friends, Friends of Folsom Zoo, Inc.

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Animal Related

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Program

Demographics Served

Animals, General population

Local Counties Served



403 Stafford St
Folsom, CA 95630

Service areas

Folsom, CA, US

Sacramento, CA, US

El Dorado, CA, US

Elk Grove, CA, US

Roseville, CA, US



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