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Tuesday, April 23

Help the Zoo Relocate and Expand

Are you a Sac Zoo Champion? We need your support more than ever. In order to stay relevant and become a #21stCenturyZoo, we MUST relocate.

The Sacramento Zoo will be going before the Sacramento City Council on May 28 at 5 pm to present our case for a new, expanded Sacramento Zoo. Your support is vital!

Write a letter/email of support to your Councilmember today and attend the meeting. If you don’t live within the city limits, we urge you to write to the Mayor.

 

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Meet your favorite Star Wars characters without making a trip to a galaxy far, far away. Bring your cameras to Star Wars Day and pose for free photos with costumed characters from 11 am to 4 pm. Read More

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Star Wars Day

Saturday, April 27, 2019
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Nature Explorers

Saturday, April 27, 2019
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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