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2018: Our Impact by Numbers

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Zoos are a vital piece in the puzzle of conserving natural resources, saving species and empowering local communities. However, our impact starts at home on our grounds and with the people who work every day to make the world a better place. The Sacramento Zoo is proud of the impact that each one of our staff, volunteers and docents have made in 2018 and continue to make in 2019.

2018 Sac Zoo A Year in Review numbers

At the Sacramento Zoo, being a conservation-minded organization means focusing on sustainability, like diverting nearly 50 tons of food waste from the landfill thanks to our on-site Kampala Café. With green efforts in mind, we purchased 24,000 kWh of renewable energy (via SMUD’s Greenergy program). To promote conservation at home and abroad, we donated nearly $200,000 and supported 45 projects in 18 countries.

An unparalleled partnership with UC Davis means the animals that call the zoo home get the best veterinary care in the world. Animal welfare, animal care and husbandry are the driving force in everything we do and every decision we make at the Sacramento Zoo.

Vet Hospital

• Staff: 2 full-time technicians, 2 part-time technicians, 1 hospital assistant, 3 veterinarians
• Care provided by the #1 Vet School in the World – UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
• 4,301 medical records written for 496 individual animals
• 43 abdominal ultrasounds performed
• 183 individual animals radiographed (x-rayed)
• 1,417 prescriptions written for 333 individual animals
• 242 anesthesia events for 175 individual animals
• 933 fecal samples analyzed from 413 individual animals
• 484 blood samples analyzed from 341 individual animals
• 21,527 laboratory tests run on samples from 464 individual animals


• 21.4 tons mixed recycling (cardboard, glass, paper, tin, aluminum, plastic)
• 37.6 tons of concrete and 3.5 tons of scrap metal recycled from exhibit demolition
• 46.8 tons of food waste diverted from Kampala Cafe
• 4.3 tons of compost from animal commissary kitchen
• 2.7 tons in wooden pallets recycled
• 0.5 ton of florescent bulbs, e-waste, printer cartridges and batteries

Conservation & Green efforts:

• Conservation Effort – $195,449
• Supported 45 Projects in 18 countries
• 29 zoo employees committed to a year-long green pledge to reduce their environmental impact
• Purchased 72,875 pounds of carbon offsets
• Purchased 24,000 kWh or renewal energy (via SMUD Greenergy)
• Our overall diversion rate was 22.48%

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