Fresno Chaffee Zoo
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.
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 your wedding ceremony and reception. Rainforest Lawn features a long and dramatic pathway leading to a tropical garden area accommodating from 50-100 guests. If you would like a semi-casual setting for your ceremony, 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. Giraffe Vista and Flamingo Plaza, located near the animals from which they were named, are able to accommodate groups up to 100.
Animal Encounters - Invite an animal to your event! A Zoo naturalist will introduce you to one of our amazing creatures and discuss their impressive adaptations for survival. Snakes, hedgehogs, llamas and raptors are just some of the animals to choose from.
Rainforest Guide - This tropical walk-through rainforest exhibit will be open to your party exclusively with a trained interpreter on site to discuss our birdlife, prehensile-tailed porcupines, dwarf caiman and armadillo.
Small Wonders - Just imagine the amazement as your guests mingle with sheep, goats, and llamas in our petting zoo.
Stingray Bay - A very special touching experience for all ages. Your guests will delight in this hands-on adventure with our stingrays, two species of small sharks and horseshoe crabs.
Giraffe Feeding Station - You and your guests will get the thrill of a lifetime feeding the giraffes. Imagine holding a handful of delicious leaves out for an elegant giraffe to nibble, their 20 inch prehensile tongue folding around the browse and pulling it in for a tasty treat.
Sea Lion/Seal Presentation - Discover how sea lions got their name from loud roars, barks and honks. They put on a fantastic show demonstrating a variety of impressive behaviors!
Winged Wonders Bird Show - You will have a private showing of our fun and entertaining bird show. From the beautiful ones to the very talented, you and your guests are sure to enjoy every minute!