Zoo Projects

The Sacramento Zoo is always striving to improve and renovate. You can find out what we are up to and follow the current projects here.

Biodiversity Center - Help transform the Reptile House
The Sacramento Zoo is planning to transform the traditional Reptile House into a unique Biodiversity Center where the secret worlds of reptiles and amphibians will be revealed alongside other animal groups, including fish, invertebrates and the tiniest of mammals and birds.

Imagine a world where some of nature’s hidden secrets are revealed; where different species co-exist together in truly immersive exhibits, so you are not just looking at the animals, you are experiencing their habitats with them. The exterior landscape of the building will become part of the new Biodiversity Center. Glass walls will give every guest unique, behind-the-scenes views of special breeding pods for endangered species.

Small Wonders of Africa
Opened in September 2014, Small Wonders of Africa is home to new species at the Sacramento Zoo. Small Wonders houses Straw-colored Fruit Bats, Aardvark, Wolf's Guenons, Red-billed Hornbill, Crested Guineafowl and Fennec Foxes

Each of these species help tell the story of East Africa, presenting the challenges of conserving wildlife in this unique corner of the world. The Sacramento Zoo has been an active participant in many East African conservation programs to educate the African people who share the landscape with native wildlife.

Small Wonders has expanded and improved an existing structure – both on-and off-exhibit animal facilities. It replaced the existing mesh with modern, finer-grade stainless steel and glass to allow for greater visibility. The previous parrot, owl, porcupine and lemur habitats (six exhibits in all) were combined to form three large spaces. The renovation also includes an artificial termite mound where guests will be able to observe nocturnal Aardvarks even as they sleep.

Thanks to presenting sponsor The Ron & Shirley Watkins Family as well as many additional donors, over $600,000 was raised to make this project possible.

Aardvark Straw-colored Fruit Bat Red-billed Hornbill

Aardvark

Straw-colored Fruit Bat

Red-billed Hornbill

Crested Guineafowl  Fennec Fox

Crested Guineafowl

Wolf's Guenon

 Fennec Fox

SPLASH! North American River Otter Habitat
One of the older exhibits at the Zoo, the otter pool and holding area were in need of a facelift. In September 2011, the newly renovated North American River Otter habitat opened with more usable space, more adequate off-exhibit dens and keeper area, and allow visitors a visually-pleasing glass viewing area to observe and enjoy the daily antics of the otters.

River Otter River Otter Pair

 

Tall Wonders Giraffe Habitat Renovation & Expansion
Exactly one year from the February 2009 groundbreaking for Tall Wonders, the grand opening happened on President’s Day weekend 2010!

For the very first time, visitors will be eye to eye with the stately residents on the 1,100 square foot raised deck. The elevated platform also provides a magnificent view into the neighboring zebra and ostrich area and allows for Giraffe Encounters.

The state-of-the-art block barn (yes, it’s heated!) provides warm nights for the three giraffes, while the expanded grounds allow for leisurely giraffe-size strolls during the day. With the finishing touches completed, we are grateful to our friends for your support and commitment to the project.

The Sacramento Zoological Society is 100% committed to providing the best possible care and facilities for the Zoo’s animals. With continued community support, we will improve and enrich the Zoo for future generations.


The giraffes were allowed access into the new yard on December 20, 2009. They were cautious but Val and Skye explored their new exhibit and even did some running and kicking. Goody decided to stay inside and check it out another day.

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