Vol. 52, No. 4, Winter 2013-2014
Explore the Zoo for the Holidays
Have you ever wondered why the orangutans have coffee sacks, the tigers have boxes or the birds get their fruit on a ring at the Zoo? Every day, zookeepers work hard to make sure that all of the animals at the Zoo have their basic needs met, which includes giving them enrichments. This dynamic process changes an animal’s environment in a way that increases activity and draws out species-specific behavior and abilities. This benefits animals both mentally and physically, making for a content animal. Enrichments are given year-round, but during the holiday season at the Zoo, the animals get extra special enrichments.
Every year, the Sacramento Zoo hosts Holiday Magic, a special day in December where the public is invited to watch the animals enjoy festive enrichments. Many of the animals’ snacks will be tucked inside decorated piñatas or boxes, adding a stimulating challenge of finding their treats. In past years, the Snow Leopard received a frozen treat-filled snowman that was pounced on and devoured, as would be done in the wild. The Jaguars, African Lions and Sumatran Tigers received pine trees and wrapped packages covered in spices. The Bongos enjoyed pumpkins with produce inside, the Ground Hornbills received a giant mouse piñata with crickets and the giraffes received acacia wreaths with apples, carrots, cranberries and grapes.
This year, Holiday Magic is December 14 from 10 am to 4 pm. The enrichment schedule can be found on the Zoo’s website at saczoo.org. “While we give animals enrichments throughout the year, Holiday Magic is a special time when we invite guests to observe the animals using their natural skills to find and enjoy the treats,” said Leslie Field, Supervisor of Mammals at the Sacramento Zoo. “The animals don’t necessarily know this is a special time of year, but they certainly love their surprises.”
Are you looking for more ways to incorporate the Zoo into your holiday season? The Zoo is also a great place to take family and out of town guests on a chilly winter mornings creating holiday memories. Also, make sure to stop by the Zoo on Christmas Eve for free admission! On December 24, come in your pajamas and enjoy the sounds of Zoo staff singing Christmas carols in their pj’s while you wish the animals a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. You can also stock up on last minute holiday gifts at the Zoofari Market or Member services. The Zoo has everything from stuffed animals and handmade jewelry to Zoo Parent packages or memorial and tribute gifts.
For guests and animals alike, holidays are a time to try new things, have family dinners and open gifts. The Sacramento Zoo offers a variety of activities for visitors and residents alike during the holidays. Come visit the Zoo this season and share the holidays with CJ the tiger cub, Zuri the Wolf’s Guenon monkey baby, Kodari the Red Panda cub and Tikal, the Zoo’s new Jaguar as well as all of the other amazing animals.
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“What better time of year to talk about the importance of family than during the holidays? Studies have proven that a strong support system can directly impact our health and happiness. That said, we may all have different definitions of family, but we can all agree the core is a common bond that brings us together. I was fortunate this year to meet several second cousins for the very first time. We would never have had a reason to get to know one another without the family link. I had no expectation of common interests, so imagine my surprise when my newly introduced second cousin, Jeffrey, started talking to me about his fascination with crows and their extraordinary intelligence! One of his favorite movies is “The Big Year,” a movie about a bunch of crazed bird watchers obsessed with finding birds in obscure places like the Aleutian Islands – I had traveled to the Aleutian Islands just this past July! So you never know where these connections are going to come from, but I can assure you there is no better place to spend quality time with family than at your zoo. Whether they are close siblings you have known all your life or distant cousins, plan a visit to the Sacramento Zoo and I know you will find a place free of distractions that will bring you closer together. Wishing you all a happy holiday season.
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Estate Planning Safari
Protect Your Nest Egg
Thursday, January 23
1:00 - 2:30 pm
This free informative seminar will navigate through a jungle of estate planning topics presented by local attorney Mark S. Drobny, California State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Mr. Drobny is widely regarded as one of the top experts on estate planning, providing information on a variety of topics in an entertaining manner that will help you design a plan that fits your needs.
Topics will include, but are not limited to:
- Living Trusts vs. Wills
- Probate – How Can it be Avoided?
- Who Needs Durable Powers of Attorney for Financial Management and Advance Health Care Directives?
- Charitable Gift Annuities
Seating is limited. Email Lisa Clement or call 916-808-8815 by Friday, January 17, to guarantee your seat.
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How Do You Look in Yellow?
The Sacramento Zoo is taking applications for the 2014 Docent Training class until January 2, 2014. Zoo Docents are volunteer educators who have a love for wildlife and enjoy people. Docents conduct station talks at the Zoo, and, with additional training, can also give tours and participate in live animal presentations, both on and off-site. The mini-course in Zoology begins the first Saturday in January and runs every Saturday through mid-March. For more information on becoming a Docent and to receive an application, please email the Education Department or call (916) 808-5889.
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Renew Now and Save!
Effective February 4, 2014:
- The price of the Member Family Pack category will change to $90.
- The number of children admitted per visit on the Member Family Pack, Member PLUS Pack and higher will be limited to four. If you wish to bring more than four children per visit, you may purchase the “Add-a-Kid” membership for $15, which will admit one additional child per visit.
If you choose to renew before February 4th, you will receive the current rate regardless of when your current membership is due to expire! Don’t wait…renew now! Call the Membership Office at 916-808 5888 or renew online now.
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Things to Know on Your Next Visit to the Reptile House
By Keeper Kate
As a place of thrills and exotic looking animals, the Zoo’s Reptile House certainly fits the bill; however, it offers more than pretty scales and shiny frogs. Did you know that the Reptile House is home to more than forty different animal species? Several of those species, such as the Western Pond Turtle and Henkel’s Leaf-tailed Gecko, are part of Species Survival Plans©. This means that their populations are being managed to improve sustainability within collections among zoos.
The Reptile House is also home to some species that are not typically seen at other zoos. For example, the Yucatan Club-tailed Iguana is rarely seen in collections outside of Europe, though the Sacramento Zoo’s can be seen right next to its window on a daily basis.
The Sacramento Zoo’s Reptile House is a fascinating place to visit, with a variety of species to see and learn about. Exhibits are constantly being updated, and new species are added from time to time. Come by soon to see the newest additions, including an Oustalet Chameleon, Giant Day Geckos, and the Malaysian Blood Python!
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GIFTS FOR THE ZOO*
TRIBUTE OR MEMORIAL GIFTS
Tribute and memorial gifts are a thoughtful way to celebrate a loved one during the holidays. Your gift will be acknowledged with a letter letting the recipient, or their family, know a donation has been made in their honor or memory. Visit the tribute page for more information.
Donate your used car, truck, RV or boat. Free towing is provided. Call (866) 570-7318 for more information.
Gifts of goods or services help offset the Zoo’s operating budget by supplying needed items and materials from generous donors like you. Visit the InKind Page for more information.
Your tree and plant clippings can be donated, instead of going in the green waste bin, to provide delicious browse (non-toxic leaves and branches) that help feed our animals. Visit the browse page to find out how to donate and what plants or trees are needed.
GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING*
Give the gift of visits to the Sacramento Zoo for a full year! Please visit the membership page for more information.
Give a purr-fect gift of a unique Zoo Parent animal sponsorship! Benefits are given to your loved one and it also helps our animals. Visit the zoo parent page for more information.
Give the gift of a lasting legacy with a personalized message for all visitors to see. You have your choice of honoring someone with a personalized engraved brass walkway plaque, a bench plaque, a Conservation Carousel animal, or a Tall Wonders Giraffe Hoof. Find out how you can give these gifts online here.
*All donations to the Sacramento Zoo are tax-deductible. For more information on giving opportunities, please call (916) 808-5888.
ONLINE SHOPPING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?
Visit Amazon.com using this link. Amazon will automatically donate a percentage of your purchase to the Sacramento Zoo at checkout at no extra cost to you!
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