Small Wonders of Africa Exhibit Becoming a Reality
Sacramento Zoo has reached the halfway point in fundraising for a new project
Sacramento Zoo visitors are closer to meeting six new species of animals who will live in an enlarged habitat in the center of the Zoo. Half of the $500,000 needed to make Small Wonders of Africa a reality has been raised. The Sacramento Zoological Society Board of Directors is fundraising with gusto to raise the rest of the funds needed.
The Small Wonders of Africa exhibit, located across from the Tall Wonders giraffe habitat, will include Wolf’s Guenon monkeys, Straw-colored Fruit Bats, Aardvarks, Banded Mongooses, Red-billed Hornbills and Crested Guineafowl. Each of these animals will help tell the story of East Africa, presenting the challenges of conserving wildlife in this corner of the world. Construction is expected to begin next spring.
Small Wonders will house six species in three large areas and provide increased behind-the-scenes holding spaces and improved keeper access. Habitat space in the animals’ new home will be double the size of the existing older exhibit. New mesh and glass fronts allow up-close viewing by visitors – the project will even provide a realistic termite mound to enhance the Aardvarks’ living space. Guests will be able to look inside and watch the Aardvarks as they curl up and nap.
The Sacramento Zoological Society Board of Directors is actively fundraising for this exciting project. They have joined together in a team approach to hold various fundraising events over the upcoming weeks, including a house party, social mixer and luncheon. Generous donors include Betty White and Dr. Herbert Yee.
The $46,957 raised at this year’s Wild Affair gala on October 6th has helped build momentum for Small Wonders of Africa fundraising. The evening included a meal prepared by Patrick Mulvaney and David Sexton from River City Glass was honored for his contributions to Zoo improvements over the years.
If you would like to learn more about Small Wonders of Africa, visit the Zoo’s website at saczoo.org or call 916-808-3713.
Sacramento Zoo – Celebrating 85 years!
Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 500 native, rare and endangered animals and is one of over 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in William Land Park, the Zoo is wholly managed by the non-profit Sacramento Zoological Society. This Sacramento treasure inspires conservation awareness through education and recreation. Open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, general admission is $11.25; children ages 2-11 are $7.25 and one and under are admitted free. Parking is free throughout the park or ride Regional Transit bus #6. For information, call 916-808-5888 or visit saczoo.org.
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