African Adventure

The Dawn of a New Adventure

African Adventure

African Adventure is a 13-acre expansion featuring spectacular naturalistic exhibits for lions, African elephants, cheetahs, white rhinos, and more! Be transported to the African savannas while dining at the outdoor patio of Kopje Lodge or experience giraffe’s up-close at the Twiga terrace giraffe feeding station.

African Adventure provides opportunities for cultural discovery, interactive play spaces and engaging live interpretation for all ages. Thanks to Measure Z, this spectacular addition to Fresno Chaffee Zoo offers guests a wildlife experience that is unparalleled in zoos today!

Wheelchair Accessible

African Adventure Keeper Chats

White Rhino (Mahali Pool)
10:00 a.m.

African Elephant (Tembo Trail)
10:30 a.m.

Lion (Lion Habitat)
12:00 p.m.

Cheetah (Cheetah Habitat)
12:30 p.m.


Kopje Lodge


Enjoy a variety of delicious gourmet entrees at an outdoor seating area with a breathtaking view of the African Savanna.

Kudu Café


Start your morning visit off at Kudu Café or grab a snack and go. Located behind the Kopje Lodge, serving coffee, beverages, pastries, snacks, and ice cream.

Presented by Valley Children’s Healthcare

Twiga Terrace

Welcome to Twiga Terrace, our elevated giraffe feeding station! Get eye to eye with our seven gentle giants while their long tongues grab lettuce right out of your hands! Giraffe feeding is $5 per person for members and $6 per person for non-members.

Not ready to feed giraffes? The top of Twiga Terrace offers a tree-top view of the savannas and Kopje Lodge. Gaze at the grazing white rhinos, wildebeest, ostriches and more from a unique perspective, or rest on the wooden benches in the center of the platform underneath the hand-carved giraffe corbels that adorn the underside of the awning.


Make your visit one to remember forever. Behind-the-Scenes experiences take guests one step closer to the animals at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, giving guests a special, unforgettable experience.

Check out some of our Behind-the-Scenes featuring animals from African Adventure: Trunk Time, Tall Tails, and Wild About Warthogs.


African Adventure
Trail Tiles

Show your support for Fresno Chaffee Zoo’s African Adventure exhibit by purchasing a trail tile.