Conservation and sustainability are at the heart of all programs, exhibits, activities and operations at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo.
Quarters for Conservation
Every Happy Hollow guest helps promote on-the-ground wildlife conservation and research locally and around the globe. The Happy Hollow Quarters for Conservation program devotes 25 cents of every ticket sold and $1 of every membership to help protect animals in the wild.
Happy Hollow’s AZA-accredited zoo is home to species that are threatened or critically endangered in the wild. By participating in the Species Survival Plan, Happy Hollow cooperates with other institutions to advance scientifically controlled and managed breeding, and raise public awareness of wildlife conservation issues. One important goal of the Species Survival Plan is reintroducing captive- bred wildlife into restored or secure habitat as appropriate and necessary. Learn more about SSP.
The Backyard Habitat is the perfect place to sit under a tree and relax. This pollinator garden is designed to provide habitat for a variety of native bees, butterflies, birds and other wildlife found right in our backyard. This area is also available for private rentals such as company picnics, evening mixers and weddings. Click the link to learn more about renting this space.
Get inspired to protect the environment! Happy Hollow conservation events promote sustainable consumerism as well as cutting-edge research about endangered animals. Learn what you can do to make a difference to protect habitats and the wildlife they support.
Progress for Pollinators
Progress for Pollinators is a grant program in partnership with Happy Hollow Foundation that helps enhance pollinator-friendly areas throughout Santa Clara County. Contact our conservation team to learn more.
Learn how to become a backyard beekeeper! Workshops are held in Happy Hollow’s apiary and led by expert beekeeper, Steve Demkowski, owner of Willow Glen Honey. Classes run February through August, and cost $75 each. All proceeds support Happy
Hollow bee conservation efforts.
In 2010 Happy Hollow became the first amusement park and zoo to earn LEED Gold Certification, thanks to our green roofs, hay bale building construction, water recapture at the bioswale, porous pavement and much more. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Picnic Basket focuses on quality, quick-service and environmentally friendly choices. All Happy Hollow food options are locally and sustainably sourced and antibiotic-free. Happy Hollow also partners with Seafood Watch and ensures that all fish (fed to people or animals) is sustainably sourced. Double-H Catering delivers premier environmentally friendly catering options to suit the style and theme of your event.
In partnership with Willow Glen Honey, sales of honey harvested from Happy Hollow’s apiary support rangers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Virunga National Park, home of the world's last remaining mountain gorillas. This delicious honey can be purchased at the Happy Hollow Explore & More Store, Picnic Basket, Three Sisters in Willow Glen and Sam's Downtown Feed & Pet Supply.
Happy Hollow isn’t just a place for families with small children. It’s a place where families and friends of all ages can connect without electronic distractions – in fresh air no less! Make a contribution to the Happy Hollow Foundation and support the work of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo.