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Day trips: Picnic opportunities available at Hillcrest Park Zoo


August 21, 2009

PNT Correspondent Photo: Carrie Pendleton A male peacock sun bathes in the afternoon sun at the Hillcrest Park Zoo. This peacock is one of more than 300 birds visitors can view while strolling through the park.

Place: Hillcrest Park Zoo

Location: 1201 Sycamore St., Clovis. The park is roughly 9 miles or an 18-minute drive from Cannon Air Force Base.

What activities can you enjoy at this location? While touring this 22.5-acre zoo, you can view 150 different mammals, as well as more than 300 birds. There are also picnicking areas with barbecue grills. Also available are volleyball courts and horseshoe areas. One-acre areas are available to rent for special occasions.

What ages is this facility suited for? Any age is suitable.

What are admission prices? Adults (12 and up): $3; ages 3-11: $1.50; children 2 and under: free; seniors (60 and up): $2.50. Yearly memberships can also be purchased. A single membership is $20 a year. Household memberships are $50 a year.

What are the hours of operation? Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with lockdown at 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with lockdown at 6 p.m. Hours may vary due to season and weather changes, and extended summer hours with the zoo opening at 8 a.m. are in effect now.

Are there any special events coming up? No special events are planned at this time.

Name one special thing people can do or see here. Visitors are able to meet Blondy, a Siberian tiger who came to the Hillcrest Park Zoo from Houston, Texas.

Want more information? Call 769-7873 or email [email protected] Visit online at


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