Micke Grove Park and Zoo were a gift to the people of San Joaquin
County from local philanthropists William and Julia Harrison Micke. Their legacy lives
the beautiful oak forested park that opened in 1938 as well as its many
improvements that continue to evolve. Many millions of visitors have
enjoyed the Micke’s wonderful gift. Micke Grove Park also features a
Japanese Garden, San Joaquin County Historical Museum, Fun Town at
Micke Grove Amusement Park and picnic shelters in a beautiful setting.
Micke Grove Zoo is a five-acre zoo with amphibians, mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates.The zoo that exists today is very different from the zoo that first opened its gates in 1957. Today, the collection of Micke Grove Zoo emphasizes uniqueness and quality over size and quantity with a concentration on the welfare of the animal ambassadors that live here.
Micke Grove Zoo’s participation in Species Survival Plans (SSP)
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums SSPs
facilitate the breeding of threatened and endangered wildlife that
are on the verge of going extinct in the wild. Micke Grove Zoo is
one of many zoos which have the opportunity to be involved in these
In 2013 alone, the zoo successfully bred golden-lion tamarins (Leontopithecus rosalia), Chilean pudu (Pudu puda), and Waldrapp ibis (Geronticus eremita): all threatened or critically endangered species. The Zoo is also involved in the breeding of several other threatened species such as the Prevost’s squirrel (Callosciurus prevostii), marbled teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris), western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata) and spotted dikkop (Burhinus capensis).
Micke Grove Zoo is passionate about the contribution it makes to conserve wildlife and uses every opportunity to educate students and zoo visitors on wildlife issues.
- Micke Grove Zoo Gift Shop (operated by the Micke Grove Zoological Society)
- Wild Bites Cafe (formerly Tree Top Canopy, now operated by the Micke Grove Zoological Society)
(Weather conditions may affect hours of operation)