Twenty-five hundred square feet of indoor exhibits invite children and their caregivers to engage their curiosity in science and nature.
Clean Green Energy Machines
In Buzzzz kids explore the beauty of bugs and their fascinating life stories through hands-on exhibits and by observing living and pinned insects and spiders. The exhibition includes a baby’s only area, called the Baby’s Bramble, with insect play, including a giant monarch butterfly chrysalis.
In our outdoor Zoo, nearly 50 species of animals introduce children to the rich diversity of life on Earth and help build a lifelong passion for learning about the natural world. Residents include snakes and other reptiles, a variety of marine and freshwater fish, tropical birds, a duck pond, raccoons, fruit bats, and two bobcats!
Bobcat Ridge is a verdant landscape that hides signs of a world beyond. Rocky outcrops and giant limbs provide a stimulating place for our cats, Rufus and Tule. Learn more from this video.
The Kittens' Den
The Kittens’ Den is tucked beside Bobcat Ridge. A naturally landscaped sculpture garden, it is designed for a child’s imaginative play; it is a place to become a bobcat, climb on boulders and over logs, and discover hidden residents.
African Bat Cave
In the African Bat Cave, children can explore the mouth of a cave and adjacent tropical forest, discovering two species of fruit bats. These social bats can be seen hanging in the cave and in the late afternoon flying about to feed on fruit.
Click here to view a live stream of our fruit bats!
Tortoise Hill is home to one of our largest and slowest animals, an African spurred tortoise named Edward. A majestic creature, he can sometimes be found on a walk around the zoo led by his keeper and followed by delighted children.
The Weaverbird House
Other zoo exhibits include The Duck Pond, Aviary, San Francisquito Creek and more.
Bobcat Ridge, The Kittens' Den, African Bat Cave, Raccoon Creek, and Weaverbird House were made possible by donations to the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo. Please consider supporting us. Become a member!