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Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Fresno , CA
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LOCATION

894 W. Belmont Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728 US (map)

PHONE

559-498-5925
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ABOUT US

Fresno Chaffee Zoo wants to make your special day a truly unforgettable one, full of fun, great food and wild animals! We provide you the rare opportunity to take your event out of the... Read more
Fresno Chaffee Zoo wants to make your special day a truly unforgettable one, full of fun, great food and wild animals! We provide you the rare opportunity to take your event out of the ordinary into the extraordinary. With several unique venues to choose from, the Zoo offers natural settings from small, intimate weddings to large celebrations.



Fresno Chaffee Zoo offers an assortment of beautiful venues for any type of special event. Our Rainforest Lawn features a long and dramatic pathway leading to a tropical garden area amidst the backdrop of the Tropical Rainforest. This venue accommodates from 50-100 guests depending on your desired set up. If you are in need of a semi-casual setting, for a wedding ceremony perhaps, the Winged Wonders Bird Show amphitheater offers tiered bench seating with a decorative back drop. Just steps from the amphitheater is our Dining Garden, a spacious lawn area accommodating our larger parties with space for a band or disc jockey and a dance floor. Your guests will be delighted dancing the night away under a canopy of stars. Be transported to the California coast with the sound of gentle waves and our beautiful Sea Lion Cove exhibit as your backdrop. You may even have a sea lion join you on the rock as you recite your vows or glide by as you dine on a delicious meal. Our newest exhibit, African Adventure, offers four new venues, each very unique and beautiful. These exclusive venues are unlike any other in the valley. With any venue or attraction you choose, you and your guests will share a wild and enchanted evening strolling the lush and picturesque surroundings of Fresno Chaffee Zoo Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
50
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Describe your venue:
Park / Zoo
Describe the style of your venue
Eclectic
What kind of settings are available?
Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
1000
What event services do you offer?
Set Up
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
This was the first and last venue I looked at for my wedding (ceremony and reception). It is beautiful and the event staff is great. I would also like to say, I was determined to have my wedding at a Zoo since I am a huge animal lover.

Pros: 1. Your guest will love it. At first family and friends thought it was a "strange" place to have a wedding, but once they were there and saw how beautiful the place was and how exciting it was to have animals in the backdrop they thought it was awesome. 2. The service. I always felt that the event coordinator was helpful with whatever I needed. 3. The options of were you can have the ceremony/reception. There are a lot of great locations inside the Zoo for both ceremony and reception (they do change in price though). I had mine at the African Adventure grass area. 4. The price. It may seem expensive to some, but for the scenery and the service it really is a value. We had a budget wedding and we still pulled it off. 5. Flexible with vendors.

Cons: 1. The time. You really only get the venue for about 4 hours for the Ceremony and Reception (this doesn't include set up or take down though), so our wedding was short and sweet. We still had everything we wanted, there was just only 2 hours of dancing and drinking... which ended being fine. But this may not work for everyone or for larger weddings. And at the time there really wasn't a way to extend the time unless you wanted your wedding to be taking place while Zoo Patrons were still there, which we didn't want. I also would like to note, the wedding party came 1.5 hours early to take photos before the ceremony. The Zoo is flexible with things like that.

Honestly, I loved my wedding. The pictures came out amazing. I got to feed giraffes. I think even if you are not super into animals like me, this is still an amazing place to have a wedding.
This was the first and last venue I looked at for my wedding (ceremony and reception). It is beautiful and the event staff Read more...
This was the first and last venue I looked at for my wedding (ceremony and reception). It is beautiful and the event staff is great. I would also like to say, I was determined to have my wedding at a Zoo since I am a huge animal lover.

Pros: 1. Your guest will love it. At first family and friends thought it was a "strange" place to have a wedding, but once they were there and saw how beautiful the place was and how exciting it was to have animals in the backdrop they thought it was awesome. 2. The service. I always felt that the event coordinator was helpful with whatever I needed. 3. The options of were you can have the ceremony/reception. There are a lot of great locations inside the Zoo for both ceremony and reception (they do change in price though). I had mine at the African Adventure grass area. 4. The price. It may seem expensive to some, but for the scenery and the service it really is a value. We had a budget wedding and we still pulled it off. 5. Flexible with vendors.

Cons: 1. The time. You really only get the venue for about 4 hours for the Ceremony and Reception (this doesn't include set up or take down though), so our wedding was short and sweet. We still had everything we wanted, there was just only 2 hours of dancing and drinking... which ended being fine. But this may not work for everyone or for larger weddings. And at the time there really wasn't a way to extend the time unless you wanted your wedding to be taking place while Zoo Patrons were still there, which we didn't want. I also would like to note, the wedding party came 1.5 hours early to take photos before the ceremony. The Zoo is flexible with things like that.

Honestly, I loved my wedding. The pictures came out amazing. I got to feed giraffes. I think even if you are not super into animals like me, this is still an amazing place to have a wedding. Read less
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Kayla
Wedding:
11/21/2015
4.6/5.0
When my husband and I began looking for different venues we wanted something versatile, unique and a great place for lots of kids to be at a wedding. Our wedding at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo was a fun, family oriented wedding. The entire night our guests had a chance to roam the zoo and interact with the animals after the zoo had closed. Pam and Megan provided outstanding services for our wedding. Our location was gorgeous and their event planning services helped to make my pre-planning and choosing vendors for the wedding extremely easy. My husband and I had such a wonderful time and I would recommend this venue to any brides who want a different and unforgettable experience!
When my husband and I began looking for different venues we wanted something versatile, unique and a great place for lots Read more...
When my husband and I began looking for different venues we wanted something versatile, unique and a great place for lots of kids to be at a wedding. Our wedding at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo was a fun, family oriented wedding. The entire night our guests had a chance to roam the zoo and interact with the animals after the zoo had closed. Pam and Megan provided outstanding services for our wedding. Our location was gorgeous and their event planning services helped to make my pre-planning and choosing vendors for the wedding extremely easy. My husband and I had such a wonderful time and I would recommend this venue to any brides who want a different and unforgettable experience! Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
9/12/2015
5.0/5.0
Loved my wedding Pam was extremely professional. She coordinated my wedding before the big day. She thought of everything I would need. The day went extremely smooth thanks to her. She's just awesome!! I had the best wedding ever. My guests are still talking about it. (Year after)
Loved my wedding Pam was extremely professional. She coordinated my wedding before the big day. She thought of everything Read more...
Loved my wedding Pam was extremely professional. She coordinated my wedding before the big day. She thought of everything I would need. The day went extremely smooth thanks to her. She's just awesome!! I had the best wedding ever. My guests are still talking about it. (Year after) Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
We held our reception at the Zoo. It was a wonderful experience. The Zoo has several "venues" but the only one big enough for a wedding reception is the Dining Garden, located at the back of the facility. The area is a beautiful lawn, pre-strung with lights and plenty of space. The part we liked best about using this venue is that at 5pm, when our reception began, the Zoo closed to the public but remained open to our guests. Granted, this took away a little bit from our dancefloor, but hey, you get to wander the Zoo at night!

Currently, the wedding coordinator at the Zoo is Pam Wheelan. She is very well-organized, extremely helpful and very pleasant to work with.
We held our reception at the Zoo. It was a wonderful experience. The Zoo has several "venues" but the only one big enough Read more...
We held our reception at the Zoo. It was a wonderful experience. The Zoo has several "venues" but the only one big enough for a wedding reception is the Dining Garden, located at the back of the facility. The area is a beautiful lawn, pre-strung with lights and plenty of space. The part we liked best about using this venue is that at 5pm, when our reception began, the Zoo closed to the public but remained open to our guests. Granted, this took away a little bit from our dancefloor, but hey, you get to wander the Zoo at night!

Currently, the wedding coordinator at the Zoo is Pam Wheelan. She is very well-organized, extremely helpful and very pleasant to work with. Read less
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