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Sunday, September 24

Flamingo Chicks

Six flamingo chicks have hatched at the Sacramento Zoo for the first time since 1999. At 10:30 am daily, visitors can view the chicks at the vet hospital.
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Upcoming Events

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Boo at the Zoo

Get out those costumes, grab a trick-or-treat bag and head to the Sacramento Zoo for the daytime Boo at the Zoo! Buy your tickets for either Saturday, October 28 or Sunday, October 29. Read More

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30

Nature Explorers

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Sep

30

Red Panda Day

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Oct

4

Wells Fargo Wednesday

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Oct

8

Camera and Lens Demo Day and Test Drive

Sunday, October 8, 2017

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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