Our Team

The Sugarplum staff is some of the friendliest you’ll ever meet! Here’s what they have to say about their favorite animal and what it’s like to work at Sugarplum Zoo in Temecula. 



Christian, Adventure Guide

I would say water buffalo Ophelia and everyone’s so great here that’s why I love working here

Destiny, Adventure Guide

Ophelia!!! I love working here because not only do I get to work with amazing people, I get to work with amazing animals. Not to mention it’s amazing to work for someone who shares the same love for animals (and wanting to save them all) as I do. 

Valerie Valerie Zoo Manager

It’s so hard to pick a favorite animal…I love them all! Perseus the African Trumpeter Hornbill is one of my besties, but don’t let the other animals know lol. Everyday is so different at Sugarplum Zoo-there’s rarely a dull moment , a lot of laughter, and the staff is the best team ever!

Skye Skye Adventure Guide

My favorite animal is Ophelia because she loves getting pet! I love working here because I always have a great day being around the animals and seeing people smile

Cyreina Cyreina Ranch Hand/Adventure Guide

I love all the animals that its so hard to choose just one. But I would have to say that Luna and Cupid are one of my favorites. They are a mom and daughter duo and they are just the sweetest mini donkeys and they love to have their back scratched. Sugarplum Zoo ia such a fun place to work! I received my Bachelors degree in Animal Science this May from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and I have such a deep love for animals. I enjoy taking care of the animals as well as talking about them with the public. All the animals are so sweet and they each have their own personality. I truly enjoy working with the animals and having a chocolate treat from our gift shop makes it even more special!   

Soraya Soraya Ranch Hand

Odette; I love sugarplum because there’s nothing quite like the magic of caring for such sweet, precious animals and helping the wonderful Lani and Greg. Sugarplum is the best job i’ll ever have!