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Vol 51, No. 1, Spring 2012

In this Issue of the Zoo's Quarterly Newsletter

Think Global, Act Local, Pass It On Directors Den Education Bulletin
85 Years of Memories Membership Bulletin Estate Planning Seminar
Calendar of Events      

Think Global, Act Local, Pass It On

Photo of a Grevy's ZebraA cornerstone of the Sacramento Zoo’s mission is to continually raise awareness about conservation efforts. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a leader in global wildlife conservation, the Sacramento Zoo is actively supporting global and local conservation projects. In 2011, the Zoo contributed almost $40,000 to field conservation programs and is working to increase that number during 2012.

The Zoo’s Conservation Committee supports more than two dozen projects worldwide. The Committee is comprised of Zoo staff and veterinarians from UC Davis who, through a partnership with the Zoo, also care for the animals at the Sacramento Zoo. One of the largest conservation efforts is focused on protecting Grevy’s Zebras in Kenya. The Grevy’s Zebra Trust raises awareness of conservation issues in local communities, monitors populations, coordinates productive partnerships with local organizations and secures resources for the fewer than 1,900 Grevy’s Zebras that remain in the wild.

Currently, 45 species at the Sacramento Zoo are managed by Species Survival Plan® (SSP) program – a long-term reproduction and conservation plan instituted by the AZA with the purpose of eliminating extinction. Around the United States keepers at various accredited institutions have the opportunity to apply to manage an entire SSP program for a species. Being accepted as an SSP program manager for a species is a great responsibility. It requires careful data collection, understanding the complete history of that species at accredited institutions.  SSP program managers also determine which individuals should be located at which zoo. Nine SSP programs are managed by Sacramento Zoo staff including Thick-billed Parrots, Southern Tamanduas and Prehensile-tailed Skinks.

Locally, the Zoo provides veterinary care for injured snakes through the Giant Garter Snake Recovery Program and assists biologists by surgically implanting radio transmitters in Giant Garter Snakes. This enables the researchers to track the snakes’ use of available habitat throughout the central valley of California.

Most recently, the Zoo has implemented a Quarters for Conservation program. As you enter the Zoo, you'll receive a token that enables you to vote for one of three conservation projects. Drop your token into a wishing well to support the Mabula Ground Hornbill Conservation Project, Burrowing Owl Conservation Society or the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program. Annually, each project is guaranteed $5,000 with additional funds based upon the number of votes each project receives. You can read about each of these species on the Zoo’s website or at the voting station inside the Zoo. 
With your support, the Sacramento Zoo is working to increase funding for conservation and inspire others to make a difference.

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Directors Den
by Mary Healy

Mary Healy

When walking around the Sacramento Zoo, one is often drawn into surrounding experiences: a dad helping his daughter count the zebras; grandparents taking photos of their grandkids feeding the giraffes; a family having lunch while the flamingos bathe nearby. How many other venues in Sacramento offer what the Zoo provides? A safe environment where children and adults alike can appreciate nature with exotic animals, tropical plants and native wildlife.

Every year, 500,000 visitors come to the Sacramento Zoo, making it the most attended year-round, paid attraction in the area. The Zoo is celebrating its 85th birthday this year, a milestone that evokes stories from people who came to the Zoo as a child and now bring their children and grandchildren. A true cultural amenity, the Zoo should be around so that today’s grandkids can say the same 85 years from now.

But we have much work to do. We anticipate capital investments to this aging facility of well over $5 million just to maintain the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ accreditation through 2018, with at least another million for the next five-year cycle. These are not big numbers compared to other projects and new developments currently being discussed in Sacramento, but it’s not money sitting around on anyone’s table at this time either.
As the Sacramento Zoo celebrates its 85th birthday, we invite you to join in the year-long festivities. Your feedback on the importance of the Zoo as a treasured community asset is welcome, and your continuing advocacy and support is essential. Thank you.

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Education Bulletin
Visions of Summer

Photo of Children with a turtle craftThe winter months of December and January with brisk morning air and frosty grass are the perfect time to hibernate. But during these chilly times, the Education Department is busy indoors focusing on the weeks from June through August. Brainstorming crafts for campers, arranging animal talks with Zoo keepers and choosing fun activities for overnights is a year-round effort. The fast-approaching summer will be filled with laughter and joy from eager young visitors to Zoo programs … and staff will be ready for them!

During the summer months, the Education Department offers Summer Camp, Overnight Safaris and Little Peeps classes for several thousand youngsters. Creating fun and memorable summer experiences takes planning and preparation for a well-run program. With drill team precision staff check-in children and follow a roster of activities; working non-stop week after week until the last parent arrives to pick up their child.

Zoo summer programs are a great way to engage your child with wildlife, friendship and fun, making indelible memories for life.  If you don’t want to miss out, please mark your calendar for March registration dates and join us for a wildly inspiring summer!

For registration dates and information on these and other education programs,
visit the Classes & Camps page or call 916-808-5889.

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85 Years of Memories at the Sacramento Zoo

Share Your Memories banner and link to pageHelp the Zoo Celebrate its 85th birthday by sharing your memories of the Zoo.

Let’s celebrate 85 years together and take a walk down memory lane!

Submit your photos and videos capturing a family memory at the Zoo with a short description of the story. They may be featured on the Zoo’s website to share with everyone.

Click here for more information or to share your memories


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Membership Bulletin

All members are invited to the Sacramento Zoological Society annual meeting on Wednesday, March 14, at 5:30 pm in the Kampala conference center.

The Board of Directors, managers and staff will host a special informative evening for members to discuss the Zoo’s role in the community, past and future. Your feedback is welcome.

RSVP to 916-808-5888 by Friday, March 9. Seating is limited.

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Estate Planning Safari
Protect your Nest Egg

Saturday, April 14, 2012
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Kampala Center

This free informative seminar will navigate through a jungle of estate planning topics presented by local attorney Mark S. Drobny, California State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Mr. Drobny is widely regarded as one of the top experts on estate planning, providing information on a variety of topics in an entertaining manner that will help you design a plan that fits your needs.

Topics will include, but are not limited to:
• Living Trusts vs. Wills
• Probate – How Can it be Avoided?
• Who Needs Durable Powers of Attorney for Financial Management and Advance Health Care Directives?
• Charitable Gift Annuities

Seating is limited. Email Pam Williams or call 916-808-3713 to guarantee your seat.

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