Day Trip: Hillcrest Zoo

CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle
The Siberian tiger Blondy lounges in the sun at the Clovis City Zoo. He has been an attraction at the zoo for about two years.

Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis offers more than 500 animals including buffaloes and reptiles, according to zoo officials.

The zoo sits inside a 140-acre park, with plenty of activities to make for a day trip, according to Zoo Director Herschel Arnold.

“The zoo’s got primates. It’s got cats, got bears. A lot of people like the monkeys,” Arnold said.

The zoo also includes reptile and bird houses, and a giraffe, one of the more popular exhibits, according to Arnold.

Hillcrest Park also includes a sunken garden, playground and picnic areas, according to Arnold.

Hours of operation
l 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday year-round
l 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays during fall and winter

Admission
Adults: $3
Children ages 3 to 12: $2
Age 2 and under: free
Student and military discount.

Contacts
Hillcrest Zoo: 769-7873

How to get there
From Prince Street in Clovis, go east on U.S. 70/84. Turn left on Sycamore Street to Hillcrest Park & Zoo, located on the right.

— Compiled by Michael Harrell, Freedom Newspapesr