Welcome to Sierra Safari Zoo!

Exciting News!!
We will be opening our doors every weekend this winter season (weather permitting)!!! Come stop on by this winter, the large cats are much more active during the winter season are a delight to see them play and frolic in the snow. We will also be open for all school breaks this winter, as well. Also, we will once again be joining the US Marine Corps Reserve and help their Toys For Tots program this holiday season and will have free days for Toy donations given. Click here for Details!

To learn more about Toys for Tots, click here!

Sierra Safari Zoo has become a fixture of the Truckee Meadows community for over the last twenty years. Though small, it has become the largest zoo in Nevada, with over two hundred animals of over forty different species. Sierra Safari educates, and entertains young and old alike. Some unusual animals reside at our zoo, we are home to Sloths, Lemurs, Zebras, Camels, Cavies, and Leopards. The zoo boasts six kinds of monkeys, and eight kinds of wild cat that include Lions and Tigers. Dale McDaniel, co-founder of Sierra Safari Zoo said:

My dream was to bring the animals I loved together with the children of the area to promote empathy for animals everywhere. I had no idea what even the running of a small facility would entail.

Sierra Safari operates daily by the loving ministrations of over fifty animal loving volunteers, and with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Community Work Program for which we are extremely grateful.

Help your local Zoo
We are a nonprofit organization and every cent donated or earned gets reinvested back to the animals. We have a loving crew of volunteers that donate their time in the general day to day care, cleaning, feeding and enrichment for all the animals. However, this is not enough. With the current increases in food, transportation and upkeep costs it is becoming increasingly difficult for use to remain operational. We would like ask our community for help. Please donate whatever you can to help. It will truly be a sad day if the zoo has to close its doors due to a lack of funding. Reno does not have a lot of family friendly environments and especially environments that focus on education for the animals that we share the world with. Please help us and our animal ambassador by clicking the donation button below.

Special Thanks To The Following Businesses For Their Invaluable Contributions:




Adults (13yrs+)............$10.00
Children (3-12yrs).......$7.00
Military (valid ID)........$7.00
Seniors (55yrs+)..........$6.00
Group (12+)..................$6.00
(For Group Rates Please Call in Advance 677-1104)
Small Children (0 - 2)....FREE

Season pass (good for 1 year):
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We are open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 7 days a week from April 1st to October 31st. We also offer 1/2 OFF Admission Day! to all ages on the first Monday of each month, excluding holidays. Come on in! Also, We will be opening our doors every weekend during the winter(depending on weather conditions). See the Animals in the snow. During the winter months the tigers are much more active and playful. Stop on by.

Winter Days & Hours

Every weekend in Winter! Every School Break!


10200 North Virginia Street Reno, NV 89506
(775) 677-1101

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About the Zoo

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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 acquired 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.

Our Mission Statement

To foster compassion for and knowledge about animals and our environment by bringing people and animals together. We do this with a commitment for the responsible care of our animal ambassadors and to encourage the thoughtful stewardship of all animals on Earth.


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Animal Ambassador

Enquire about our animal ambassador programs and have our crew bring the animals to your school, party, organization nursing home or hospital. Click here or call (775)677-1104 for more information.

Adopt A Wild Child

Here is your chance to a support an animal and help improve the enviroment, enrichment and overall well-being of the animal. Call (775) 677-1104 if you are interested in adopting a Wild Child, or you can email us at contact@sierrasafarizoo.org

Become A Volunteer

The Sierra Safari Zoo is ran all by volunteers who have a love for animals. If you too have a love for animals and wish to share it, fill out our volunteer application (located below). By volunteering you can learn about the care and special needs of exotic animals. We do ask that these requirements are met: Weekly minimum commitment of four hours. At least 16 years of age. Have a love for animals and a desire to teach others about them.

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Support us

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Help your Local Zoo

Here at Sierra Safari Zoo we are constantly expanding and improving the habitats of our animals. You too can help us in improving our Zoo, facilities and programs in the education of animals. Below are several ways you can help. Your help is very appreciated by us and the community.

Donations can be sent to Sierra Safari Zoo, 10200 North Virginia St., Reno NV 89506. Or, you can donate by clicking the "Donate" button below:

10200 North Virginia Street Reno, NV 89506
(775) 677-1101
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