Sunnydale Zoo was the local zoo in Sunnydale.
One of its zoo keepers, Dr. Weirick, was a primal, follower of an ancient African sect that worshiped deadly animals. He transported a number of hyenas in hopes of drawing their spirits into him. He kept them in the Hyena House exhibit, where he painted symbols and quarantined it in preparation for the ritual.
In 1997, the tenth graders of Sunnydale High School visited the zoo on an excursion. During that event, Lance was bullied on the seal, triggering the "predatory act" that made the students Xander, Heidi, Rhonda, Kyle, and Tor possessed by the hyenas.
Weirick then teamed up with Giles and Buffy, who weren't aware of his true intentions and instead wanted to return the spirits back into the hyenas. While Buffy lured the Pack back to the exhibit, Weirick knocked Giles out and threatened Willow, drawing the spirits to himself. He then attacked Buffy, but was thrown into the pit with the hyenas, who devoured him.
In 2000, the hell goddess Glorificus performed the Sobekian transmogrification spell at the Sunnydale Zoo reptile exhibit. She turned a cobra into a demonic creature, hoping it would discover the location of the Key.
Behind the scenesEdit
- The real building is the Santa Ana Zoo, in the city of Santa Ana, California.
- The Sunnydale Zoo features as a level in the video games Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Game Boy Color) and Chaos Bleeds.