California Area Living Museum (CALM), Bakersfield

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Open Daily 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM The California Living Museum is a zoo in Bakersfield, California. The primary focuses are plants and animals that are native to California, specifically Kern County.The California Living Museum is accredited by the Zoological Association of America .HistoryCALM was founded in 1983. Its purpose was to provide a place to both educate the public about native wildlife, as well as to help injured and orphaned wild animals. Those that could be released into the wild would be, while others would be cared for in the facility. A campaign went out to many service organizations to sponsor buildings within the facility. After three years, the zoo was opened to the public.In 1998, the day-to-day operations of The California Living Museum were transferred to the Kern Superintendent of Schools offices (KCSOS). The zoo and botanical gardens became an official school site. CALM provides education to more than 13,000 Kern County school children annually through on-site programs. Many programs are also presented off-site to classrooms, organizations and at community events.CALM received accreditation from the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) in 2010.DescriptionCALM is and contains a wide variety of plants and animals from around Kern County. The California Living Museum exists to display and interpret native California animals, plants, fossils and artifacts to teach a respect for all living things through education, recreation, conservation and research. Located on 14 park-like acres, CALM's zoo features over 80 species of medically unreleasable animals. Only animals injured or who cannot survive in their native environment are housed at CALM. Several endangered species may be seen on exhibit. Natural exhibits include: • An open black bear exhibit, • Cats of California exhibit featuring mountain lions and bobcats, • Bird of Prey Exhibit with hawks, owls and eagles, • A mammal round that houses several species of foxes, • A waterfowl pond that attracts spring and fall migrants and hosts resident mallards, • A deer yard, • An underground reptile house, and • A contact area with domestic animals.
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  • What this place does on such a limited budget is awesome. Basically an animal rescue facility disguised as a small zoo. The variety of local plants and animals is usually very good. The Christmas ligh...  more »
  • What a great setup. We like visiting here anyway, so we thought we would try this. Nicely arranged in the landscape, with a lovely train ride and a carousel, the lights are great. There is enough to d...  more »
  • How can this place be open? The place looks very run down and neglected. The animal habitats are very bare and the animals look lonely and trapped in sad depressing conditions. They should really reco...  more »
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  • Love the Christmas light display they put on. We planned to visit all the way from Australia and it surpassed all expectations. It was just amazing. The hot cocoa was so nice to have while walking through all the displays. We have never seen anything like this before and highly recommend everyone going and checking this out.
  • Growing up in Kern County calm zoo is always been a favorite growing up as kids we love to go see the lights at the holiday event. A lot of animals are sleeping and sometimes hard to find during the day so if you can go in the winter time and the early evening it's a good time to see a lot of the animals and their little bit more active but more recently (December 16 2017) we attended the holiday lights. My grandfather is recently been placed in a wheelchair and has a hard time walking but we wanted him not to miss out on this wonderful event so we decided to take him anyways expecting there to be wheelchair accessible ramps and walk paths. Although most of the Park was accessible there was quite a few things that really took a team effort there is a huge dirt zigzag path that is almost impossible to get someone in a wheelchair up unless you have two or three strong men with you. Luckily we had my brother and my husband with us so we were able to take the path but it made me wonder about all the other people and children that might be missing the beautiful display because of this small misfortune. Also the train didn't have any access ramps or open karts where where wheelchairs could fit and be secured I think this would be a wonderful addition to the park and just spread so much joy especially to the ones that need it most.
  • Such a great little place to go. My family and I have a membership and we try to go a few times a month. It's always a good day. Great walking paths and plenty of animals to see. Plus a petting zoo and a duck feeding pond. We love CALM and we will always support them in their conservation efforts.
  • Just an awesome place to visit. A must see when visiting Bakersfield. The money made goes towards helping animals. Winter has a sort of light festival, just amazing!
  • Took the kids here for boo at the zoo. It was fun and they enjoyed themselves. Only downside is the size of the zoo. Went through it all in an hour. Highlight is definitely the bears, mountain lions and the condors exhibits.

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