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Improving the Zoo

The Sacramento Zoo is always striving to improve and renovate. See past projects here.


Small Wonders of Africa

Opened in September 2014, Small Wonders of Africa is home to new species at the Sacramento Zoo. Small Wonders houses straw-colored fruit bats, aardvark, Wolf’s guenons, red-billed hornbill, crested guineafowl and fennec foxes.

Each of these species help tell the story of East Africa, presenting the challenges of conserving wildlife in this unique corner of the world. The Sacramento Zoo has been an active participant in many East African conservation programs to educate the African people who share the landscape with native wildlife.

Small Wonders has expanded and improved an existing structure – both on-and off-exhibit animal facilities. It replaced the existing mesh with modern, finer-grade stainless steel and glass to allow for greater visibility. The previous parrot, owl, porcupine and lemur habitats (six exhibits in all) were combined to form three large spaces. The renovation also includes an artificial termite mound where guests will be able to observe nocturnal Aardvarks even as they sleep.

Thanks to presenting sponsor The Ron & Shirley Watkins Family as well as many additional donors, over $600,000 was raised to make this project possible.

SPLASH! Otter Habitat

One of the older exhibits at the zoo, the otter pool and holding area were in need of a facelift. In September 2011, the newly renovated North American river otter habitat opened with more usable space, more adequate off-exhibit dens and keeper area, and allow visitors a visually-pleasing glass viewing area to observe and enjoy the daily antics of the otters.

Tall Wonders Giraffe Habitat Renovation & Expansion

Exactly one year from the February 2009 groundbreaking for Tall Wonders, the grand opening happened on President’s Day weekend 2010!

For the very first time, visitors will be eye to eye with the stately residents on the 1,100 square foot raised deck. The elevated platform also provides a magnificent view into the neighboring zebra and orangutan exhibits and allows for giraffe encounters.

The state-of-the-art block barn (yes, it’s heated!) provides warm nights for the three giraffes, while the expanded grounds allow for leisurely giraffe-size strolls during the day. With the finishing touches completed, we are grateful to our friends for your support and commitment to the project.

The nonprofit Sacramento Zoo is 100% committed to providing the best possible care and facilities for the zoo’s animals. With continued community support, we will improve and enrich the zoo for future generations.

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