When you visit the Sacramento Zoo, you’re in for a treat! From up-close encounters with amazing and exotic animals, to rides and attractions, lush landscaping and hidden art gems, your day is sure to be filled with learning, laughter and a world of exciting attractions and experiences!
Tall Wonders of Africa
Look up! Visit our Tall Wonders of Africa exhibit and marvel at our magnificent herd of giraffes – the world’s tallest land mammal.
Small Wonders of Africa
Take your time and look closely. You don’t want to miss any of the amazing creatures who share our Small Wonders of Africa habitat. From primates to meerkats, Small Wonders is sure to delight.
Take your time wandering through our Reptile House where the attentive visitor will be treated to all things slithery, scaly, hoppy and crawly. Look carefully and see if you can spot the more than 200 reptiles, amphibians and others who call the Reptile House home.
Big Cat Row
Marvel at their grace and beauty. Listen to them roar. Watch them as they bask in the sunshine. From our African lion to our snow leopards and jaguars, you’re in for a treat with this opportunity to learn, observe and delight.
Their antics are so entertaining. Their calls are distinctive and often quite loud. Whether you see or hear them first, our two species of lemurs of Madagascar are a zoo visitor favorite for good reason. Spend as much time as you like watching our lemurs explore their habitats, tousle with one another and brachiate overhead.
We love birds! The Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 20 bird species from the smallest crested coua to the largest ostrich. Many aviaries can be found located throughout our 14 acres. Can you find them all?
Whether it’s watching the antics of our Sumatran orangutans and chimpanzees or appreciating the graceful elegance of our okapi, your time at the Sacramento Zoo is sure to inspire an appreciation for some of the world’s most unique wildlife. We hope you will take your time, enjoy your stay and learn about a different resident every time you visit.
Get eye-to-eye with the giraffes at the Tall Wonders of Africa viewing deck! Purchase the opportunity to feed the giraffes – a great chance to get the perfect photo and a quick moment to chat about these amazing creatures.
Daily at 10 am and 2 pm*
Tickets are $5.00 per person. Credit card only is accepted at the giraffe deck. Tickets may be purchased in advance with cash at the Member & Visitor Services office.
*Encounters are giraffe and weather dependent. Time is subject to change.
Find your favorite animal and get ready to ride! Each of the 32 animals on the Conservation Carousel is carved from wood and painted by hand with incredible detail to create a truly unique piece. Carousel animals include an anteater, flamingo, jaguar, ladybug, dung beetle and many more. Each ride is $3.
Who doesn’t love trains? Jump on board the zoo train for a guided tour up Big Cat Row. Train rides are $4.
Climb to new heights on the Kilimanjaro Climb! Top off your zoo visit with a trek up the mountain – just $3 a climb. Climbers must be between 45 lbs. and 250 lbs. and the harness must fit snugly. Open weekends and holidays.
Step into the wilds of the Serengeti and experience the rush of the wind while your friends watch your hair stand on end! The cyclone is $3.
Zookeepers spend every day working with the animals in their care to form bonds and build trust using positive reinforcement training where the animals always have the choice whether they want to participate or not. This training and positive reinforcement process allows the zookeeper and veterinary teams to administer medications, conduct health and dental check-ups, and move the animals back and forth between dens and exhibits with ease. We are excited to share some of these training sessions with our guests!
Lion training sessions
Sundays and Thursdays at 11 am
Cheetah feeding sessions
Tuesdays at 1:45 pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 am
Viewing opportunities are dependent on animal participation and are subject to cancellation.