Happy Hollow Foundation

About the Foundation

A Community Treasure

Happy Hollow Foundation (HHF) is a non-profit organization, established in 1958 AND dedicated to advocating, supporting and enhancing the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo (HHPZ). HHPZ has been beloved by Bay Area families since it opened its gates in 1961. Happy Hollow is a unique combination of family rides, amusements, a puppet theater, play areas and an accredited Zoo with over 150 animals and 70 species, from endangered lemurs to red pandas. Year-round classes and special events are offered for ALL ages, from 12 months to adults. It is the first Gold LEED certified amusement park and zoo in the United States and is recognized as an industry leader in green building strategies and practices. 

Foundation Vision

HHF is a partner with — and an ambassador for — HHPZ, supporting its goal of a sustainable environment for play, education and creativity while ensuring that the magic of Happy Hollow continues to thrive. HHF and HHPZ provide conservation leadership and inspiration by connecting people with nature to secure a better future for wildlife locally and around the world. HHF exists to continue the legacy of HHPZ in the community by providing stewardship of donors and community connections.

Our vision is to:

  • Build relationships to support the mission of HHPZ
  • Boost awareness of HHPZ in the Bay Area
  • Nurture and grow a donor pool of members who do more for HHPZ and animal conservation
  • Engage guests, donors and sponsors to protect and appreciate animals and their habitats worldwide
  • Build a self-sustaining organization
  • Fund life science outreach programs for Title I schools, family shelters and soup kitchens
  • Provide enjoyable family experiences through play (arts, theater, playgrounds, rides)
  • Increase attendance and revenue
  • Spark creativity and imagination through play-based learning

Our Mission

The mission of HHF is to engage individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government agencies in helping to advance the mission of the HHPZ which exists to provide an affordable, sustainable, conservation-oriented outdoor adventure for families, schools, and children of all ages.

Foundation Values

Happy Hollow Foundation operates by a set of shared values that guide the way we work and interact with our colleagues and constituents.

COMMUNITY – We value the strong sense of community that generations of families enjoy at HHPZ, and strive to preserve and expand the magical experience for future visitors.

EDUCATION – We support engaging, hands-on educational programs and believe that all children should have the opportunity to participate in HHPZ programs.

CONSERVATION – We raise funds and public awareness for critical issues facing wildlife and their habitats and offer visitors the opportunity to take action for conservation causes.

ENTERTAINMENT – We believe that education and fun go hand-in-hand. We support quality entertainment – events, artistic performances, playgrounds and rides -- that reflects the mission of HHPZ and see that as an integral part of the Happy Hollow experience. 

IMAGINATION – We advocate igniting and inspiring young imaginations with animal encounters, creative play, interactive learning and science activities.

COMMUNICATION – We communicate our philosophies and programs through the HHPZ website, events, e-newsletter, mailings, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, personal outreach, advertising and our formal guidelines and policies.

PROFESSIONALISM – We aspire to achieve and maintain an organizational profile reflecting stability, integrity, respect and transparency. 

 Association of Zoos and Aquariums Happy Hollow FoundationSpecies Survival Plan