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Animals & FAQs

At the Sacramento Zoo, it’s all about the animals! More than 500 native, rare and endangered animals call our zoo home. Representing more than 120 unique species, the animals at the Sacramento Zoo are sure to amaze and inspire visitors of all ages around the globe. Through SAFE, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums will convene scientists and stakeholders globally to identify the factors threatening species, develop Conservation Action Plans, collect new resources and engage the public.

Explore all the species at the Sacramento Zoo by browsing the animal page. You’ll find conservation status, in depth fact sheets, photos, videos and animal profiles.

Letter from the Zoo Director

RE: African Lion Cubs

We at the Sacramento Zoo never stop working to provide the best care possible for our animals. Our staff are active leaders in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), an organization that not only establishes standards for the well-being of zoo animals, but also ensures that those standards are met through a stringent accreditation process. The Sacramento Zoo is one of only 228 zoos in the United States to meet those standards. We strive every day to push ourselves to provide exceptional care for our animals, and constantly challenge ourselves to do better.

We also want you to know that we listen to you and take your questions and concerns seriously.

In October 2014, a lot of hard work by zoo staff and our colleagues around the country paid off with the birth of our three lion cubs. Since their birth hundreds of thousands of you have come to see them grow and play and behave the way young lions do. They are a great example of why zoos are such special places.

As pleased as we are with how well the cubs are doing, and the excellent care they are receiving from both of their parents and our staff, we have had to ask ourselves some hard questions as they have grown. Some of you have asked some of the same questions, too: things like “Is the lion exhibit large enough?” and “Can’t the lion exhibit be expanded?”

My team has worked together and with colleagues at other zoos to answer your questions, and we wanted to share the facts and our efforts with you directly. Soon we will begin work to outline a new long-range plan for our zoo, charting the course for the next version of your Sacramento Zoo, and questions like these help guide our thinking.

At the Sacramento Zoo, we will strive to provide uncompromising care for our animals, and work to conserve species and habitats around the world. As we do, we will also make sure to listen to you and be active in addressing your questions and concerns. Below you will find a lot of great information we have put together based on your feedback and questions.

Thank you for your support of our zoo.


Kyle Burks, PhD

lion family

The Sacramento Zoo is a nonprofit with a mission to inspire appreciation, respect and a connection with wildlife and nature through education, recreation and conservation. We take the care of our animals and your questions seriously. If you have questions or concerns, please email us.