New at the Zoo.
May 31 2016 - Daniel, a Holstein steer that could soon be named the largest in the world by Guinness World Records, is in plain public view at the Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka. After a deal with a traveling Texas sideshow fell through last year, the 6-foot-4-inch tall, 2,000 pound steer has ended up at the zoo for a six-month temporary stay. See link to Times Standard article in right side bar.
Great fun for kids and adults
Spend a couple of hours or the day; there’s plenty to do and see at the Sequoia Park and Zoo. Stop in at the Gift Shop - Dine at the Zoo's Cafe, a snack bar and more (proceeds from the Gift Shop and Cafe go to support the zoo). Children love the zoo barn and petting yard.
Here you will see:
New river otter experience - a see-thru tube allows kids to crawl into the heart of the water world, where they can interact with the otters as they swim all around them. The otter feedings at noon and 3 PM are excellent times to do the tube, as the playful water weasels are most active then. For more info
Red panda habitat with bamboo forest and kid-friendly viewing area
An aviary & pink flamingos
Turtles & snakes
The children’s zoo barn and petting yard
New watershed play area, where children can explore a real watershed and learn about salmon. Includes a dramatic waterfall that recreates the natural cascades salmon must navigate to travel upstream and spawn. Clear walls on either side give visitors an intimate view into the underwater life of salmon and otters.
Visit the SECRETS OF THE FOREST exhibit located inside the Entry Pavilion along with the Zoo Gift Shop. Inside, you will find images and information about our local forest habitats, as well as interactive displays featuring the Humboldt Bay watershed, a fallen “nurse” log, the hidden world of the upper redwood canopy, a field biologist station and more.
For nearly 100 years, Sequoia Park has been a community treasure. At the heart of the 67-acre park are the redwood trees. Developed trails, stairways, bridges and corduroy roads make this an easy adventure. Walk or bicycle the paths through the redwoods, a duck pond and two small creeks. Sequoia Creek Trail is a paved 3/4 mile wheelchair (and stroller) accessible trail heading west from the duck pond through the forest and meadows.
The park has picnic areas and two playgrounds. And of course a visit to the Sequoia Park and Zoo would not be complete without a stroll through the seasonal flower garden bursting with blooms, bees and hummingbirds. Drop a penny in the wishing well for good luck.
Dogs are allowed in redwood trails (not the zoo), on a leash.
Sequoia Park Zoo has events happening year round, so check out their calendar to see when special events are happening at the zoo.
Sequoia Park and Zoo is on W Street south of Harris Street. Access Harris from Hwy 101/Broadway at the Bayshore Mall, from H Street from Old Town, or from Myrtle Avenue via Harrison Street. Follow Harris (one-way street east of I Street) to W and turn right (south). The park and zoo are two blocks down on your right.
*Be sure and check out the Eureka Cultural Passport featuring the zoo.
Established in 1907, the zoo is the oldest in the state, and the largest on the California coast north of San Francisco.