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To find quick answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions, have a look through the list below.

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How big is the Zoo?
We have 25 acres of land including exhibit, non-exhibit and operations areas.

How long do we need to see the entire Zoo?
We have approximately one mile of walking paths. We recommend approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours to see the Zoo, depending on the size and ages of your group, and how fast you walk. Because we create exhibits that replicate the natural habitats of our collection, some animals can be difficult to see and visitors may be required to spend more time in observation.

How many animals do you have in your collection?
We have approximately 175 animals at our Zoo, including our collections of mammals, fish, invertebrates, birds, amphibians and reptiles.

Do you sell food there?
We have no concessions here at the zoo.  There are a number of soda and water vending machines. 

What can I bring to the Zoo?
You may bring coolers, ice chests, and your own food. Please, no glass containers.

What items are prohibited at the Zoo?
Prohibited items include alcohol, glass, balloons, drinking straws, balls, Frisbees, radios, whistles, skateboards, scooters, roller blades, roller skates, rip-sticks, wheeled shoes (heelie-type), firearms, weapons, knives, toy weapons, and bare feet. Smoking is also prohibited on Zoo grounds.

Are my personal pets allowed to visit the Zoo with me?
No. The only animals allowed to accompany visitors are trained and vaccinated service animals.

Can we ride our bikes while visiting the Zoo?
Due to safety concerns, we do not allow bikes. We appreciate you understanding our need to keep all of our guests safe.

Do you have picnic areas available?
We have many picnic tables located throughout the Zoo. They are available on a first-come first-serve basis.  Our gazebo may be rented for special occasions.

Is there Public Transport to the Zoo?
There is no Public Transport to the Zoo.

Can you help me with a question about the health of my personal pet?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide advice regarding the health of a personal animal. It would not be proper to diagnose an animal without seeing it. Our advice is to take the animal to your local veterinarian.

Can I donate my pet to the Zoo?
No, we do not accept pet donations.

Can you send me feathers or other items from an animal?
The Riverside Discovery Center Zoo is not permitted to distribute feathers to any individuals or groups. It is our policy that we do not give out any feathers or hair because it is illegal to have certain feathers and hair due to the CITES law. You may be able to collect samples from a local farm, pet store or Humane Society. The US Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute eagle feathers to Native Americans for religious purposes.

What if I find an injured wild animal; can you take it?
Unfortunately, we are not a licensed rehabilitation clinic.  Therefore, we cannot take in injured wildlife.  The only people who can legally take in wildlife is a licensed rehabilitator.


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