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Ice Cream Safari

Join us at the 35th annual Ice Cream Safari where you can get ice cream in cones, sundaes and floats, and tastings by local creameries. Explore the 14-acre zoo with ice cream treats. Read More

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Aug

18

Ice Cream Safari

Saturday, August 18, 2018
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25

Nature Explorers

Saturday, August 25, 2018
Sep

5

Wells Fargo Wednesday

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Sep

15

Wild Affair

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Okapi Exhibit Rendering

 

With your help, we can make exciting changes!

Help us bring okapis and meerkats to the Sacramento Zoo AND improve and expand our lions’ living space.

Animal welfare and conservation education are at the forefront of everything we do at the Sacramento Zoo. It is with these very important considerations in mind, that we announce some exciting improvements and new species coming soon to the Sacramento Zoo – with YOUR help!

We can’t bring these amazing new species to the Sacramento Zoo without YOUR help! Please donate to our Exciting Changes Fund TODAY.

 

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The Sacramento Zoo is a nonprofit, educational organization proudly accredited by the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We strive to inspire appreciation, respect and a connection with wildlife and nature through education, recreation and conservation.

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Our Impact

Making a difference in Western Pond Turtle Populations
Eleven western pond turtles hatched at the Sacramento Zoo in 2016. Weighing only five to six grams at hatching, these tiny turtles have big shells to fill as they grow to their adult weight of between 6000 and 1200 grams (1.3 to 2.6 lbs.). All the western pond turtles at the Sacramento Zoo play important roles as animal ambassadors at the zoo, aiding in our commitment to the species.

Western pond turtles are found in the most western of the United States. In Washington and Oregon it is designated as “Endangered”. In California (and Baja California) it is a “Species of Special Concern” and listed as “Threatened”. Their population is drastically declining primarily due to habitat loss from urbanization and conversion to agricultural needs.

The Sacramento Zoo is home to one of the largest populations of western pond turtles housed within an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) facility and the Zoo is an active participant in the AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) for them.

The Sacramento Zoo is helping this species in a number of ways. Read More