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The California Living Museum (CALM) is a zoo, botanic garden, and natural history museum dedicated to teaching a respect for all living things by exhibiting the diversity of native aniamls and plants plus the uniqueness of California in geology and paleontology.
CALM was established in 1980 and opened in 1983 with a mission to teach a respect for all living things through: education, recreation, research, and conservation.
CALM was envisioned and originated by local community leaders and supported for its first 15 years solely by business and individual contributors with lots of volunteer assistance. In July of 1998 CALM partnered with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools to secure its long-term operation.
Community support and volunteers will always be a critical component to enhance CALM's expansion and education mission.
CALM is California's premier native zoobotanic garden, and natural history museum that displays only California natives.
In a relaxed family atmosphere, you have the opportunity to come face to face with nature's wonder and beauty. Twenty minutes east of downtown Bakersfield, a trip to CALM takes you "away from the city" without a long trip.
CALM exhibits 40 mammal species, 50 species of birds, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, 1500 species of plants, 300 fossil specimens, and a collection of Yokuts Indian artifacts.
A visit to CALM will take you through California's biological past and into the present day diversity of our native wildlife.
All animal exhibits are permanent, the population changes a sthe life of the animals change.
The botanic gardens are enhanced with the changing of the seasons.
CALM's web address is: www. CALMzoo.org
visitors watching out black bears.
This island fox in from San Clemente Island. It is one of the endangered species on display.
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