Sacramento Zoo Director Honored
Sacramento Zoo Director/CEO Mary Healy receives Women Who Mean Business award and has been elected to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums Council. 

WHAT’S HAPPENING: Mary Healy, Sacramento Zoo’s Director/CEO, gave Sacramento more name recognition around the world last month when she was elected to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) council, and also joined an elite group of Sacramento women when she received a Women Who Mean Business award from the Sacramento Business Journal. 

WHERE: Sacramento Zoo, at the corner of Land Park Dr. and Sutterville Rd. in William Land Park.

WHEN: Mary Healy received the Women Who Mean Business award Thursday, June 20th and will begin her two-year term at WAZA in October.

CONTACT: For interviews or more information contact Tonja Candelaria at or 916-808-7446.

Mary Healy at Business Journal Lunch 

 Mary Healy and Sacramento Zoo Board Members at Sacramento Business Journal Luncheon

The Sacramento Zoological Society Board of Directors is proud to announce that Mary Healy, Director/CEO of the Sacramento Zoo, was presented with a Women Who Mean Business award from the Sacramento Business Journal. In addition, she is continuing to give Sacramento name recognition through her appointment to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) council.

Mary will begin serving her two-year term as one of nine members from around the world on the WAZA council in October. She is one of three council members from North America who will represent the geographic area. The council of nine is entrusted with the general direction and operation of WAZA. Through her membership on the council, Mary will represent Sacramento and boosts the city toward worldwide name recognition.

Mary began her career in the zoo profession as a bird keeper at Riverbanks Park in South Carolina. Years later she made her debut in the Sacramento community when she became director of the Sacramento Zoo in 1999. Under Mary’s direction, a full-scale veterinary hospital was built at the Sacramento Zoo and renovations or new habitats have been completed for lemurs, Thick-billed Parrots, Giant Anteaters, Ground Hornbills, Burrowing Owls, Yellow-billed Magpies, tamanduas, giraffes and North American River Otters. Currently in the works is the renovation of an older exhibit that will become Small Wonders of Africa and bring six new species to the Sacramento Zoo. 

Throughout this work, Mary has still found time to serve as Chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), an organization that includes more than 200 zoos in North America, and as served on the accreditation committee for AZA. Mary is also the current President of the California Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 

Watch this video produced by the Sacramento Business Journal about Mary Healy. 

Sacramento Zoo – Wildly Inspiring!

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 9:00 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

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