The Sierra Safari Zoo is an animal park and zoo north of Reno that has been serving the Truckee Meadows community as an animal conservation and educational center for over 27 years. From humble beginnings, the Zoo has grown into the largest animal park in the state and is home to over 200 animals from over 40 different species. The Zoo is home to some unusual animals, including six species of monkeys, eight species of wild cats, including tigers and lions, camels, lemurs, sloths, and leopards.


Established by Dave Dawson, Dale McDaniel, and Jimmie Martin, the Sierra Safari Zoo began with just a few ostriches from the men’s collection of exotic animals to which an African lion and a male liger were added. More animals were slowly added to the collection, and the Zoo grew into the family-friendly animal and conservation park it is today. The Sierra Safari Zoo was founded to encourage an interest, compassion, and knowledge about animals and the environment in which they live, as well as to promote the thoughtful stewardship of all animals on the planet.

Educational Programs

The Sierra Safari Zoo offers a variety of educational programs for visitors of all ages including animal ambassador programs, animal adoption programs, and volunteer programs.

Visitor Information

Sierra Safari Zoo is located on North Virginia Street in Reno and is open seasonally from April 1 to October 31, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, seven days a week.

10200 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89506, Phone: 775-677-1101

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