Fresno Chaffee Zoo Map and Brochure (2021 – 2023)

Location: Fresno, California

Years Active: 1929 – Active

Fresno Chaffee Zoo ain’t no Disneyland for animals. It’s a raw, fascinating slice of the natural world, right in the middle of California. Sure, there are adorable moments – baby animals always steal the show. But there’s also the smell of the elephant barn on a hot day (and it’s not good!). Sometimes the animal exhibits get a little sunbaked, kinda worn. Tells you they care more about rescuing endangered critters than fancy paint jobs.

African Adventure is a must. Nothing like watching lions stalk their prey, even though there’s a fence between you. Sea Lion Cove is pure chaos. Barking, splashing, it’s hilarious. The zoo’s not afraid to show nature in all its goofy glory.

Skip the morning crowds. Those big tour groups clog everything up. Hit the zoo after lunch for a way more chill experience. Also, the animal keepers give amazing talks in the afternoons – check the schedule.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo doesn’t just want you to smile at cute faces. They want you to get hooked on conservation, on the messy, beautiful reality of how these animals live. You’ll leave with more than just selfies.

Who is Fresno Chaffee Zoo named after?

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is named after a prominent figure in Fresno’s history, Mr. Thomas Chaffee. Thomas Chaffee was a successful local businessman and philanthropist who played a pivotal role in the development and support of the zoo. His generous contributions and dedication to the growth of the zoo earned him the honor of having it named after him.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Map 2023

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Brochure 2023

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Map 2022

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Brochure 2022

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Map 2021


  1. Hiya Caryn, thanks for getting in touch! Just a quick heads up that, even though we provide the Fresno Chaffee Zoo map as a reference to our website visitors, Theme Park Brochures is not affiliated with the zoo (you can give them a buzz at (559) 498-5910).

    That said, I know a thing or two about Mr. Busar!

    Did you know that Busar just turned 40 on Sunday, April 28 2024? Busar is a male Sumatran orangutan and was born 4/28/1984.

    Busar has sired 3 children (that we know of ;-): Labu, N’dari and Hantu. Labu was born on November 1, 2010. Siabu acted as a surrogate mother to Sara (Busar’s girlfriend ❀️) and gave birth to N’dari on December 18, 2010 and Hantu in 2018.

    Busar is a major foodie and grumbles when his favorite food is in sight. Some of his favorite food are jalapenos and popcorn, but those are a rare delicacy!

    For toys, Busar likes big buckets and things to put over his head. Labu and Ndari like large cardboard boxes that they can disappear inside of. Busar and his orangutan clan can climb to the top of their exhibit ~45 feet high). They can climb on anything that can support their weight and they can grab hold of.

    Wild orangutans make new nests each nights high in the trees. The orangutans at the Zoo have lots of choices. They make new nests each night, sometimes in hammocks or nest baskets or on the ground if they choose to. They are all individual and some make better, more elaborate nests that others. Speaking of trees, orangutans are arboreal, meaning they live in trees. This is unique to orangutans, which are the only arboreal great apes. They are very comfortable climbing and being up high.

  2. We want to know some fun facts about Bussar!
    # of children sired?
    What happened to his sterile girlfriend?
    What’s his favorite food?
    Anything else you want to tell the senior citizens at Fairwinds?

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