Our Mission

The Friends of the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1981 to help support the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary.

The mission of the Friends of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary, Inc., is to preserve and enhance a city treasure by assisting in the enrichment of the lives of the animals living at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary.

Non-Profit Tax ID Number 94-2783698 | Determination Letter


Becky Boone


Laurie South

Vice President / Secretary

Jeff Boone


Jocelyn Smeltzer

Director / Zoo Manager



Peggy Plett

Director / Docent Liaison

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Management Practices

The Board of Directors have established four committees surrounding the generation of funding to create sustainable benefit for the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary:

  • Executive Committee 
    Responsible for board operations and management, as well as oversight of all committees.
  • Development Committee 
    Responsible for overseeing long term financial growth and the creation of an endowment fund including investment strategy, corporate partnership programs, donations, and long term programs (Estates, Bequest, Trusts, etc…)
  • Fundraising Committee
    Responsible for meeting annual fundraising goals and community awareness objective through programs, grants and events.
  • Membership Committee
    Responsible for meeting annual membership goals through membership drives, member recognition and the oversight of the membership and renewals process.
  • Marketing and Public Relations Committee
    Responsible for meeting community awareness goals in support of all other committees through publication (web & print) and outreach about the mission and activities of the Friends organization.

Members and Directors volunteer their time and are active in sponsoring Friends core programs and committees to support the needs of the animals for the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary. Volunteers to assist the Friends are always welcome!

Getting Involved

Should you have any questions about the Friends Board of Directors or would like to volunteer to assist us, please contact us via email at information@folsomzoofriends.org or call (916) 226-5445.

The Friends is a proud member of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce