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Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
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Happy Hollow Park & Zoo logo
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The entrance to the zoo
Location 1300 Senter Rd San Jose, California, 95112
Land area 16 acres (6.5 ha)
Coordinates 37°19′32.45″N 121°51′43.4″W / 37.3256806°N 121.862056°W / 37.3256806; -121.862056
No. of animals 150
Memberships AZA, IAAPA

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is a small 16-acre (6.5 ha) zoo and amusement park in San Jose, California, which originally opened in 1961. It was closed in 2008 for major renovations, and opened its gates again on March 20, 2010.

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).


Jaycees members Alden Campen and Ernie Renzel started planning the park in 1956. They bought the original 7.5 acres (3.0 ha) at the north end of today’s Kelley Park for $300,000 on the city’s behalf.


  • Puppet theater
  • Animal hospital with indoor and outdoor quarantine, surgery and radiology
  • Education center built out of hay bales with year-round classes for ages 12-months to adult
  • Rides and structures for toddlers and children featuring slides, swings, ropes and climbing areas
  • Carousel and roller coaster


Jaguar at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Jaguar at the zoo
Meercats at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Meerkats at the zoo
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Petting Area
A corner of the animal petting area. Children can pet and feed – in addition to goats – also sheep and miniature cows.
  • Petting zoo with an animal barn
  • "Parallel play area" for children: next to endangered lemurs
  • Fossa exhibit (a member of the mongoose family, most famous for its role in the movie Madagascar)

Animal list

Animals on exhibit

Animals that are part of their Education Program


Part of the Giggle Grove Area

  • Dragon Flyer
  • Kiddie Swings
  • Frog Hopper
  • The Granny Bugs
  • The Mini Putts

Other Rides

  • Keep-Around-Carousel
  • Pacific Fruit Express Family Roller Coaster
  • Danny the Dragon Ride
Doc's Critter Care across from the animal barn at the zoo. This animal hospital features indoor and outdoor quarantine, surgery and radiology facilities.