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
People choose to serve on nonprofit boards for a variety of reasons. For me, it’s the importance of volunteering for a cause I believe in and helping to strengthen that nonprofit in the community.
As President of the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Zoo, I am often approached with many questions: “Why don’t you have elephants anymore?” or “I went to the Zoo last week; where exactly is the parking lot?” As with any nonprofit, there are many decisions to be made, some more difficult than others. As the Zoo enters its 85th year in the community, we continue to struggle with a limiting 14-acre site.
It seems that many Sacramento residents take the Zoo for granted, assuming that it will continue to be the same place they visited as children and now take their grandchildren. The truth is that the higher costs to operate and maintain an aging Zoo are becoming more challenging. It is imperative that the Zoo maintains the high standards necessary to sustain accreditation by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). These guidelines almost always mean newer, larger habitats for the animals – an important necessity, to be sure, but easier said than done within the confines of the existing site and straining economy.
The Board of Directors is 100% committed to keeping the Zoo in Land Park, but we need community support to continue to modernize and renovate the facility. With close to 500,000 visitors a year, the Sacramento Zoo ranks second in attendance for local museums, second only to the State Capitol.
As you visit the Zoo, look around at the changes – most recently, the newly renovated Splash! otter exhibit. If you love the Zoo, please let us know. Visit soon and visit often. We appreciate your continued generosity and welcome your feedback..
Starr W. Hurley
Sacramento Zoological Society
From the Director’s Desk
It is always rewarding to look back and revisit highlights that made the past year so special. In 2011, the renovation transforming the outdated river otter exhibit into one of the new focal points at the Zoo stands out as a top winner. Animal care staff worked with Stantec Architects and Otto Construction to design the new habitat, and River City Glass provided the magnificent viewing widows that made the makeover complete. Now, much to everyone’s delight, the two lively otters go nose to nose with their admiring audience!
As for new animal additions in 2011, we welcomed Chifu, a young male Maasai Giraffe who joined the three female Reticulated Giraffes in the Tall Wonders habitat. At first the girls weren’t too sure about the new kid, but he soon won them over (and thrilled Zoo visitors!). Chifu’s entrance is the first step toward increasing the giraffe herd, and we anticipate the arrival of a female Maasai Giraffe in 2012. A pair of Yellow-backed Duikers also made a Sacramento appearance and now reside at the front of the Zoo adjacent to the Bongos and Red River Hogs.
The Sacramento Zoological Society Board of Directors took on the challenging task of updating the Zoo’s Strategic Plan, ensuring a sound roadmap for the years ahead. With a renewed commitment to our Land Park site, the Sacramento Zoo continues to be a valuable resource for wildlife education and culture.
We thank each and every one of the dedicated supporters who help make the Zoo a shining star in the Sacramento landscape.
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