California Area Living Museum (CALM), Bakersfield

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Zoo · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
Open Daily 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM The California Living Museum is a zoo in Bakersfield, California. The primary focuses are plants and animals that are native to California, specifically Kern County.
The California Living Museum is accredited by the Zoological Association of America .
CALM was founded in 1983. Its purpose was to provide a place to both educate the public about native wildlife, as well as to help injured and orphaned wild animals. Those that could be released into the wild would be, while others would be cared for in the facility. A campaign went out to many service organizations to sponsor buildings within the facility. After three years, the zoo was opened to the public.
In 1998, the day-to-day operations of The California Living Museum were transferred to the Kern Superintendent of Schools offices (KCSOS). The zoo and botanical gardens became an official school site. CALM provides education to more than 13,000 Kern County school children annually through on-site programs. Many programs are also presented off-site to classrooms, organizations and at community events.
CALM received accreditation from the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) in 2010.
CALM is and contains a wide variety of plants and animals from around Kern County. The California Living Museum exists to display and interpret native California animals, plants, fossils and artifacts to teach a respect for all living things through education, recreation, conservation and research. Located on 14 park-like acres, CALM's zoo features over 80 species of medically unreleasable animals. Only animals injured or who cannot survive in their native environment are housed at CALM. Several endangered species may be seen on exhibit. Natural exhibits include: • An open black bear exhibit, • Cats of California exhibit featuring mountain lions and bobcats, • Bird of Prey Exhibit with hawks, owls and eagles, • A mammal round that houses several species of foxes, • A waterfowl pond that attracts spring and fall migrants and hosts resident mallards, • A deer yard, • An underground reptile house, and • A contact area with domestic animals.
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  • This is a nice zoo. Not really large, but still has a very good selection of animals. Very reasonable ticket prices. Discount for seniors. Military and veterans (with ID) are free. I don't think...  more »
  • Great to see local animals being "rescued", good for what it is, but unfortunately like most zoos, the enclosures are on the small side for several of the animals.  more »
  • This is a great place to take young kids. There is plenty of space for them to run around and get some energy out. The animals are interesting and fun to learn about. We went at dusk in August and there was enough shade that it wasn't even hot. It was a great evening.
  • The place is the perfect place for kids. Kids get ample place to run and they really enjoy it. I went there with my family and the day was completely full of fun.

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