Koret Animal Resource Center (ARC)

Our animal ambassadors play a key role in connecting our guests with wildlife, as they represent the only Zoo animals kids can actually see up-close and even touch. Over 100 birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians are housed and cared for at the Koret Animal Resource Center (ARC), a working facility and key part of the Fisher Family Children’s Zoo. The ARC is a training ground for future ecologists, conservationists, biologists, zoologists and animal care staff, through its teen, young adult and adult volunteer programs.

Outreach Programs

Educational outreach programs make up the ARC's primary role at the Zoo and in the community. These include:

Volunteers are the Backbone

The ARC relies on the support of hundreds of volunteers, from teens to adults. 

ARC Facility

The ARC allows the public to see what has traditionally been behind-the-scenes. Viewing windows give visitors all year round a glimpse into this dynamic, working facility and its residents. Adjacent to the building, you can get extremely close to amazing raptors in their free-flight aviaries.

A Second Chance

What makes the ARC animals so appealing is hearing each animal’s amazing personal story, most of which involve a second chance. Some were born under human care and could never be wild. Many are former pets whose owners could no longer care for them. Still others are injured wild animals unable to look after themselves. And all have an important message of conservation to tell.

Animals & Exhibits