Sierra Safari Zoo is Nevadas largest zoo and the only zoo in Northern Nevada. Over the past eighteen years the Sierra Safari Zoo has become a very special part of Reno and has made great strides to make our beloved community a better, brighter more beautiful place for all. We are here to share our compassion for and knowledge about animals big and small.
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The Sierra Safari Zoo was started by 3 men, Dale McDaniel, Jimmie Martin, and Dave Dawson. They had a collection of exotic animals as a hobby which started with ostriches. They aquired the property in January 1989 and the zoo opened in August 1990.
The first real exotic animal was an African Lion, named Claude. Which was followed three months later by a male liger, Hobbs, one of the zoo’s most prized ambassadors.
The zoo is completely staffed by volunteers and today there are approximately 50 who perform the day to day care and feeding of the 150 or so residents at Sierra Safari Zoo. The zoo’s volunteers are people who have a great passion for animals and the zoo provides an opportunity to work with many amazing creatures.
The zoo is constantly growing and expanding to provide a the best home for its residents with kindness and affectionate care from its wonderful volunteers.
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