The Sacramento Zoological Society achieves it's mission "to inspire appreciation, understanding and respect for all living things through stimulating education, wholesome recreation and innovative species management" by working with the community and reaching out beyond its physical boundaries.
The Sacramento Zoological Society would like to extend its thanks to its affiliated groups including the SZS Board of Directors, the wonderful donors and marketing partners, the huge corps of volunteers that donates time and talent, and to SZS Zoo Members for their unwavering support.
Through these partnerships, the Zoo will continue to accomplish great things.
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Message from the Board President
Greetings to all the members of our Zoo family! I have just completed my first year as President of the Board of Trustees. You may have noticed the name change from Board of Directors to Board of Trustees. I asked for this change because it places an important emphasis on who we are: trustees who are entrusted with the care and well-being of the animal population, dedicated staff, and the beautiful grounds which make up the Sacramento Zoo.
You’ve already heard about the many successes of the Zoo in 2013, including record attendance, the addition of many engaging zoo babies, and the progress of fundraising for the new Small Wonders habitat. In 2014, we look forward to the completion of this important project, as well as a number of additional changes to the Zoo – all the while keeping the small, family friendly feeling that we all cherish.
One of the great successes of 2013 has been the Quarters for Conservation program. It has allowed us to contribute over $100,000 to habitat conservation in a number of African and Asian locales. The message here is simple and clear: Habitat Conservation = Species Preservation. While the tragedies of hunting and poaching are the highly visible causes for loss of rare and endangered species, by far the greater danger is habitat loss through agricultural expansion and deforestation. The extinction of even a single species should not be tolerated, and that loss can never be reversed.
Thank you for your loyalty and continued support of our Sacramento Zoo. I promise that we, the Trustees, will continue to do our best to carry on the trust you have given us.
Board of Trustees
From the Director’s Desk
Although not obvious to the casual visitor at the Sacramento Zoo, we achieved a significant milestone in 2013 with the continuation of our accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
We are extremely proud that the Sacramento Zoo has been accredited since 1975! AZA accreditation ensures that the animals you visit receive excellent care every day, and that the organization has met mandatory, rigorous, professional standards for animal welfare and management, veterinary care, behavioral enrichment, nutrition and staff training.
Rest assured, however, that it is not a rubber stamp process to continue to meet and pass the meticulous standards of accreditation. The 2013 application process was a year in preparation with 230 questions on 26 double-sided pages and included 186 attached documents covering policies and procedures at the Sacramento Zoo. Three visiting inspectors took three days to examine every aspect of operations including animal care, visitor services, conservation efforts, educational programming, finances and safety.
The AZA accreditation is an objective measure of our long term commitment to the animals, visitors and staff. Everyone in the Sacramento region should share in our pride at this achievement as it is a true measure of the value placed on our living world by the community in supporting an accredited Zoo.
I continue to be amazed by the number of people who come to the Zoo for education, recreation and events each year. In 2013, we broke a 23-year record for attendance with over 540,000 visitors coming to our 14-acre Zoo. It is our hope that each one makes a connection with the animals and leaves knowing we are doing our part to make sure the Sacramento Zoo stays a viable community asset for generations to come.