A key part of the Fisher Family Children’s Zoo not only delights children here, it also takes the wonder of wildlife to children throughout the Bay Area via the ZooMobile. The Koret Animal Resource Center (ARC) is not an exhibit, but a working facility. Not only do we bring animals out to educate the public, but we’re also training and inspiring future ecologists, conservationists, biologists, zoologists and animal keepers.
The ARC relies on the support of hundreds of volunteers who, through the ARC’s outreach programs, offer a unique opportunity to literally touch the wild; where physical contact forges a lasting connection between our animal ambassadors and the children and adults who delight in their company.
The ARC allows the public to see what has traditionally been behind-the-scenes. Seasonal scheduled tours of the entire facility provide visitors a look at the interior of the building where they see how we care for our animal ambassadors. Viewing windows give visitors all year round a glimpse into this dynamic, working facility and its residents, including the stars of our San Francisco Garter Snake Recovery program. Outside the building, you can get extremely close to amazing birds of prey on Hawk Hill, or even see some of them training or exercising in the free-flight habitat.
What makes the ARC animals so appealing is hearing each animal’s amazing personal story, most of which involve a second chance. Some were born in captivity and could never be wild. Many are former pets whose owners could no longer care for them. Still others are injured wild animals unable to look after themselves. And all have a message of conservation to tell.