than 150 people showed up to support the Merced
Zoological Society's third annual fundraiser, "Breakfast
with the Animals," at the Applegate Park Zoo.
The zoo relies heavily on admissions, donations,
and volunteer help to stay afloat and be able to
acquire new animals," said Marlene Murphy,
president of the Merced Zoological Society.
The $10 breakfast for supporters last Saturday also
included admission into the zoo and activities for
children such as face painting and arts and crafts.
"Mac, the mountain lion, is my favorite,"
said Analise Gallaway, 9, of Merced. "He has
been here since he was little."
A new addition to the Applegate Zoo is "Macchiato,"
aka "Otto," a four month old raccoon confiscated
from someone who killed it's mother in order to
acquire the baby raccoon as an illegal pet. Another
new animal is Julie, a 6-month-old coyote, who was
found wondering around a parking lot. Both animals
were illegally being kept as pets, and came to the
Merced zoo from the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center.