Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Show Mom how "paw-some" she is with a special gift from Fresno Chaffee Zoo!

Adopt-an-Animal Package

Make Mom’s day by adopting her favorite animal from the Zoo! Our Mother’s Day Adopt-an-Animal Special includes a plush animal, a Mother’s Day-themed animal fact sheet, and your or Mom’s name on the Zoo’s donor board for one year. 

Purchase Mom’s Adopt-an-Animal today! Be sure to select one of the Adopt-an-Animal Special options at checkout to receive the Mother’s Day package, including the Mother’s Day-themed animal fact sheet.


Early Bird Tour

Treat Mom to a morning Zoo adventure with our Early Bird Tour! Join an Educator for a private pre-opening outdoor tour of the Zoo to see how the animals and zookeepers start their day. End the tour with a breakfast snack and beverage for Mom from the Kudu Café!

  • Tours are from 8 AM – 9 AM. This is before open hours at 9 AM and you are welcome to stay through the day once the Zoo opens.
  • Tours end at Kudu Cafe where you can enjoy a breakfast snack and drink while overlooking the Savanna.
  • The cost is $30 per person, plus admission to the Zoo. Tickets are required for all guests 2 and up. Babies 1 and under are free. There is no minimum age for these tours.
  • We require a minimum of 2 people per tour. This is a private tour, so we will not add any others to your group and all guests in your group must be from the same household dwelling.
  • Please purchase tickets online at least 48 hours in advance. Email to check for additional availability if the day you would like to book appears sold out online.
  • Because you will be touring with a guide, masks are required during the tour.
  • Zoorassic Park, Giraffe Feeding and Stingray Bay admission are not included, but can be added-on when purchasing tickets.
Reserve Early Bird Tour

Word From the Herd Zoo-gram

Is Mom an animal lover? Order her a Word from the Herd Zoo-gram, a personalized two minute greeting from one of her favorite Fresno Chaffee Zoo animals along with some fun facts and stories from the animal’s keepers.

Animals available for Zoo-gram orders:

  • African elephant
  • African lion
  • American alligator
  • Galapagos tortoise
  • Giraffe
  • Greater one-horned rhino
  • Harbor seal and sea lion
  • Sloth
  • Southern white rhino calf
  • Winged Wonder Bird Show stars

Please allow 14 days for your personalized “Word from the Herd” to be delivered. All videos will be prerecorded. Videos will be available for download and sharing through a link provided by Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

Order Personalized Message


Behind-the-Scenes Adventures

Mom can get one step closer to the animals at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, giving her a special, unforgettable experience!

Our available adventures include:

  • Tall Tails (Giraffes)
  • Tortally Shellstruck (Galapagos Tortoise)
  • Wild About Warthogs
  • Fun With Flippers (Sea Lion Cove)
  • White Rhino Scratch
  • Gills & Thrills (Stringray Bay)

Our Adventure Guides can also help you to create a personalized Behind-the-Scenes Adventure just for Mom. These adventures can include any of the above programs. Email for more info!

Book Tour

Canvases Gone Wild Paint Classes

Moms can join instructor Logan at a different animal habitat for a painting session from the comfort and safety of your own home! Choose from seven different classes.

  • Twiga Terrace: Visit Fresno Chaffee Zoo’s tallest residents at Twiga Terrace where you will get the opportunity to create a masterpiece featuring these gentle giants.
  • Sea Lion Cove: Logan will take you to this award winning habitat where you can catch a glimpse of fun and feisty Harbor Seal, Ariel, all while testing your artistic skills.
  • Tropical Rainforest: Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Tropical Rainforest as Logan takes you step-by-step through this colorful painting of a blue and yellow macaw.
  • Zoorassic Park: Travel back in time to Zoorassic Park! Logan will guide you through painting a ferociously adorable triceratops. Don’t miss out on your chance to catch a glimpse of the limited time exhibit!
  • Roo Walkabout: HOP on your screen and watch as Logan takes you through the painting inside Roo Walkabout – you might even see a roo, or two!
  • African Adventure: Take a virtual trip with Logan to African Adventure and enjoy views of the savannah as you paint this cute baby rhino!
  • Galapagos Tortoise: Slow things down when Logan visits one our oldest residents at the Zoo, the Galapagos tortoise!
Register for Class

Each class is be pre-recorded. Links will be shared via email. Price does not include supplies.

Yoga at the Zoo

Mom can enjoy the serene view of our African Adventure savannah while getting some zen at the Zoo! Yoga registration includes the following for one registrant: yoga class, Zoo admission for the whole day, and giraffe feeding ticket. Upcoming classes on May 15, June 5, and June 12.

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