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Sponsor Spotlight: The Save Mart Companies

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The Sacramento Zoo is proud to celebrate the corporate sponsors who make it possible to keep our mission growing and to help us continue improving the zoo. Each quarter, we like to recognize a corporate donor that has truly made a difference to our organization through their generosity of time, donation, and spirit.


You can’t have Ice Cream Safari without copious amounts of ice cream. Thanks to The Save Mart Companies, Ice Cream Safari is ready to embark on its 33rd year of bringing smiles, full tummies, and brain freezes to families in Sacramento while they enjoy a day strolling the 14 lush acres of the Sacramento Zoo.

The Save Mart Companies have been feeding families since 1952. Based in the heart of the Central Valley, it operates 207 stores throughout California and Northern Nevada under the brands Save Mart, Lucky and FoodMaxx. The grocer today continues the legacy of its founders, Nick Tocco and Mike Piccinini, who believed it was important to give back to the communities their stores serve.

The Save Mart Companies has partnered with the Sacramento Zoo since 2015 . Save Mart is passionate about aligning with organizations that nourish community. That doesn’t just mean through food. It also conveys support by any means to help to strengthen communities.

“We want the communities we serve to thrive,” said Save Mart Store Manager John Martin (Keifer Boulevard location in Sacramento). “By supporting the zoo, we show that we are prioritizing kids, education and the environment.”

As first-time sponsors of the Ice Cream Safari, Save Mart donated almost all of the product. Bayview brand ice cream flavors that are produced locally with real California milk. There will be an assortment Bayview Farms ice cream flavors, from old-fashioned chocolate chip to rainbow sherbet, and no sugar added butter pecan as well as cookies n cream, and vanilla chocolate swirl. In addition, other ice cream flavors, popsicles, and toppings will be available. Bayview Farm provides quality and freshness using milk that is only from cows not treated with artificial growth hormone rBST. Visitors will enjoy locally made ice cream, which is also sold in their stores under their Bayview Farms brand.

In addition to the Ice Cream Safari, Save Mart will continue supporting Boo at the Zoo by donating sweet treats for the event.

Thank you to Save Mart for their support!

Visit the Ice Cream Safari page to purchase tickets early and save with early bird pricing through August 13th.

Want to become a corporate hero?
Visit the Corporate Partners page to learn how you can sponsor an event at the Sacramento Zoo.