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Summer Zoo Bucket List

Categories: Events, Visitor Services

Trying to figure out what to do at the Sacramento Zoo this summer? Below is a bucket list of activities with insider tips. How many can you check off the list?

  • Spot your reflection in the eye of a giraffe during a Giraffe Encounter
  • Cast your vote for conservation at the Quarters for Conservation wishing wells
  • Convince Heinie the plain-colored Amazon parrot to say hello
  • Seek out the zoo’s oldest resident. Hint: he is celebrating his 90th birthday this year
  • Watch a zookeeper give an emu a bath
  • Ride the okapi on the Conservation Carousel
  • Try all six ICEE flavors
  • Adults can play like a kid and party like an adult at Wild Games on July 29
  • Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch on the Sensory Garden Lawn
  • Stop by the Dr. Murray E. Fowler Veterinary Hospital to see an animal receive its annual health exam. Tip: the best time to catch an exam is weekdays between 9 and 10 a.m.
  • Make time for keeper chats where you can ask zookeepers your silliest animal questions
  • Visit the closest living relatives of the dinosaurs, the birds!
  • Sleepover at the zoo during an Overnight Safari
  • Stop by the Reptile House to see if a zookeeper is training the smooth-fronted caiman
  • Bring the tykes to the Nature Explorers program
  • Listen for the sounds of the black and white ruffed lemurs. Hint: ask a docent to help identify the sound, it might not be what you expect
  • Discover the Zoo’s Backyard, a floral oasis filled with native plants attracting native wildlife
  • Find all the zoo’s talk boxes
  • Get a brain freeze at the all-you-can-eat Ice Cream Safari on August 19
  • Take a trip around the world at a Wildlife Stage Show
  • See what happens when an armadillo takes a bath in the amphitheater. Tip: this often happens on the hottest of days during the afternoon Wildlife Stage Show
  • See how many flamingos you can spot on the lake
  • Meet Cameron the bateleur eagle after a show

Plan your visit today!

Child and mother at the zoo