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Upcoming Events

Featured Event

Holiday Magic

Included with admission and free for members, this all-day event will include holiday-themed animal enrichments, FREE photos with Santa and more! Read More

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Pajama Party Christmas Eve

Monday, December 24, 2018


Sacramento Museum Day

Saturday, February 2, 2019


Estate Planning Safari

Saturday, February 9, 2019


I Heart Sacramento Zoo

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Okapi Exhibit Rendering


With your help, we can make exciting changes!

Help us bring okapis 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 this amazing new species to the Sacramento Zoo without YOUR help! Please donate to our Exciting Changes Fund TODAY.


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Who we are

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