About Measure “Z” 2014

In 2004, Fresno County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure Z to repair animal exhibits and aging Zoo facilities, and bring back more large animal exhibits to Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Measure Z was a 1/10 of one percent sales tax collected in Fresno County. Over the past ten years, Measure Z has generated $110 million for the zoo. One-third, or about $33 million, of Measure Z revenue is being used to support Zoo operations and two-thirds, about $66 million, is dedicated to capital improvement projects. Those improvements have included the renovation of animal habitats like the reptile house, a new river otter exhibit, Tropical Treasures, the Malayan tiger exhibit, bird of prey and, most notably, the new king cobra and Komodo dragon exhibits. General enhancements have included landscaping, the giraffe pathway, the front entrance and the upcoming children’s water play area. 

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Sea Lion Cove

Sea Lion Cove was the first major exhibit built with Measure Z funds. Completed in 2012, the $10.9 million project has been attributed with the robust increase in zoo attendance and is being recognized on a national stage amongst zoos and aquariums for the spectacular design and cutting-edge filtration system. 

African Adventure will be the most significant project completed with the funds from the first ten years of Measure Z. Currently under construction, the $55 million exhibit, will be a world-class, multi-species exhibit complete with lions, African elephants, meerkat, cheetahs, giraffe and zebras. 

Measure Z funding also helps keep Fresno Chaffee Zoo affordable for families and all County residents. The low entrance fees, improved exhibits and improved visitor amenities have
drawn so many people to visit that attendance has 
increased 60% over the past five years and has set records each year since 2011.

Continuing Measure Z funding allows the Zoo to continue to care for our animals; upgrade existing and establish new animal exhibits; and provide educational and conservation opportunities for children and others throughout Fresno County and to all who visit Fresno Chaffee Zoo. 

Measure Z expires this year and we ask for your support for 10 more years!