Celebrate Holiday Magic at the Sacramento Zoo
Watch as the animals open their holiday gifts at meet Blizzard the Snow Leopard!

WHAT’S HAPPENING:  The holidays are here and it’s time to enjoy the season!  Bundle up the family for Holiday Magic at the Sacramento Zoo on Saturday, December 8th. Throughout the day, special gifts will be delivered to the animals. See them pounce, tear and stomp into their one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. During the day see if you can catch a glimpse of Blizzard, the Zoo’s new Snow Leopard.

WHERE: Sacramento Zoo, near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in William Land Park

WHEN: Saturday, December 8th from 10 am to 4 pm

Schedule of Enrichments
All enrichments will happen at the animals’ exhibits.

10:30 am

Orangutans: fabric stockings and presents with edible treats

11:00 am

Bongos & Red River Hogs: pumpkin bowls with produce

11:30 am

Red Pandas: bamboo wreaths with apple slices

12:00 pm

Sumatran Tigers: ornament shaped piñatas with spices and ice

12:30 pm

Wolf’s Guenons: wrapped presents with produce

  1:00 pm

Coquerel’s Sifakas: wreaths with edible decorations

  1:30 pm

Lions: igloo and penguin shaped piñatas with spice and ice

  2:00 pm

River Otters: frozen ornaments with treats inside

  2:30 pm

Giraffes: edible wreaths, Christmas tree and Grinch shaped piñata

  3:00 pm

Ground Hornbills: Snoopy and Woodstock shaped piñatas with crickets


Visitors’ Tip: Keep an eye out for off-schedule enrichments throughout the day.

Holiday Magic is the perfect time to meet Blizzard the Snow Leopard. The one-year-old Snow Leopard was born at the Granby Zoo in Canada and recently came to the Sacramento Zoo as a companion for the Zoo’s female Snow Leopard, Shanti.

Bring a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item and receive $1 off your Zoo admission. Toy donations will go to Toys for Tots and food donations go to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

Searching for great holiday gift ideas? Sacramento Zoo has something for everyone on your holiday list, including Zoo memberships, Zoo Parent packages and unique items from the Zoofari Market. 

 Sifaka with Enrichment Snow Leopard

Coquerel’s Sifaka enjoying Holiday Magic, 2011

Blizzard the new Snow Leopard

Sacramento Zoo – Celebrating 85 years!

Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 500 native, rare and endangered animals and is one of over 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  Located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in William Land Park, the Zoo is wholly managed by the non-profit Sacramento Zoological Society.  This Sacramento treasure inspires conservation awareness through education and recreation.  Open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, general admission is $11.25; children ages 2-11 are $7.25 and one and under are admitted free.  Parking is free throughout the park or ride Regional Transit bus #6. For information, call 916-808-5888 or visit saczoo.org.

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