Friday, April 25, 2008

New Site - What do you think?

by Zoo Web Keeping Team

The new website is finally up and running, and we are wondering what you think? Can you find what you are looking for? Do you like the look? What else would you like to see?

And thanks for taking the time to look around, it will help us make the site better!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

New SacZoo Website

by Jaime Wilson, Zoo Web Keeper

The Sacramento Zoo is proud to present a completely redesigned website! And we want you to be a part of it.

After 10 years with our old site, we have a whole new look and feel for Here are some highlights:

  • Main navigation menu to allow for easier exploring
  • Login features give you access to your giving history, profile and address updates and email preferences
  • Exclusive areas for Members, Docents, Volunteers, Zoo Parents and more!
  • Weekly video and slideshow (this is where you come in!)

But to make it great, we need you to help us! We are inviting Sacramento Zoo lovers to make a 30 second video we will post on the new website. We will also send you a lovely 100% organic cotton Sacramento Zoo canvas bag as a thank you. While supplies last.

Here is what you need to do:

1. Pick one of the following statements to finish:

I love my Sacramento Zoo because...
My favorite Sacramento Zoo animal is...
My favorite Sacramento Zoo memory is...
The Sacramento Zoo inspires me to...
The Sacramento Zoo taught me to...

2. Create a 30 second video of yourself, your kids, friends or other family members finishing one statement. (Remember to start your video with the phrase you picked and then finish it with your story)

3. Upload your video to YouTube
(You will have to create a YouTube account if you don't have one)

4. Copy the URL (web address) from your YouTube video

5. Send an email to

Instructions for Video Submission email:

  • Paste the URL (web address) of your YouTube video into the email
  • Include the title of your video
  • Include your name and address

Here is our first submission!

And don’t forget to visit Check out the site and login to set up your user account!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Question and Answer Session with...the Two-toed Sloth

As dictated to Jessa Franck, Keeper

Q. I heard they had a sloth at the Sacramento Zoo, but I’ve never seen you. Where do you live?
A. I live in an exhibit with the white-faced sakis because we’re both native to South America. I’m a nocturnal animal, so I spend most of the day sleeping inside. Sometimes I’ll come out on exhibit in the daytime to nap in the palm fronds or to eat my lunch.

Q. Lunch? What do you eat?
A. Sloths are slow-moving, so you wouldn’t expect us to be out capturing zebra (especially since they’re on a different continent). In the wild I eat what I encounter including leaves, fruit, flowers, and the occasional bird’s egg. At the Zoo, I get fed apple, banana, broccoli, beet, sweet potato, spinach, grapes, and specially formulated primate biscuits. Some of my favorite treats are papaya, pineapple, and roses.

Q. If you’re so slow-moving, how do you avoid getting eaten?
A. I try to be invisible. My fur is brown and that helps me blend in with my surroundings, especially when I’m holding still. Sloths in the wild also have algae growing on their fur which helps camouflage them even more. I also spend most of my time up in the trees except for about once a week when I come down to take care of business.

Q. Are you saying you only have to take care of business once a week?
A. I have a slow metabolism.

Q. Okay, changing topics. Do you get lonely being the only sloth?
A. Sloths are normally solitary, but one of my distant relatives does live at the Zoo. I belong to the order Edentata, also known as Xenarthra, and so does the Zoo’s giant anteater.

Q. Do you have any hidden talents?
A. Sloths are excellent swimmers which comes in handy during the Amazon River’s seasonal flooding.

Q. Do you have any questions for the sloth? Leave a comment and she’ll try to answer them!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

ZooZoom Fun for All Ages!

By Lauren, Zoo Web Keeper

The 28th annual ZooZoom saw the biggest turn out of racers ever. With over 2500 racers, the day was filled with ecitement, warm weather, and lots of water!

440-yard run for ages 5-6

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Dr. Jane Goodall Inspires Youth

by Lauren, Zoo Blog Keeper

Sacramento youth honored Dr. Jane Goodall at the Sacramento Zoo and planted 50 trees with Sacramento Tree Foundation throught Land Park to commemorate her 50 years of service.

On Wednesday, April 9, 2008, world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, was honored at the Zoo. Keele Shaw, a 15-year-old local teen with Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute’s global humanitarian and environmental youth program, invited Dr. Goodall to visit with 200 Sacramento school children. A member of the California Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership Council, Keele is one of ten young leaders from around the state selected for her efforts to improve her community and the world.

City Council and Zoo officials, Roots & Shoots leaders and the local students heard Dr. Goodall present fascinating stories about her pioneering work with chimpanzees; information about the education, conservation and development programs of the Jane Goodall Institute; and her reasons for hope that we can save threatened species, the planet and ultimately ourselves. A UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Goodall also encouraged her audience to recognize their ability to effect change. Her frequent reminder: “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”

Roots & Shoots youth leaders joined Dr. Goodall for a ceremonial olive tree planting in the Zoo's Backyard(check it out next time you visit and see the plaque honoring Dr. Goodall). To celebrate the nearly 50 years of research that Dr. Goodall began in 1960, local Sacramento youth and the Sacramento Tree Foundation planted 49 additional trees in William Land Park.

Photos by: Tom Myers

Check out the article in todays SacBee:

Monday, April 7, 2008

Fresh New Look

by Jaime Wilson

The Sacramento Zoo website was first launched in 1997 and was one of the first zoo websites around. And it was the right price – FREE! The design work was donated, and for the price of one copy of Microsoft Frontpage, we were venturing into the internet world! Without knowing what we couldn’t do, we forged ahead and started selling memberships and taking donations online.

For the past ten years, we built upon the original look and design, and although it served us very well, we realized we need to forage a new look for the Zoo with some new room to grow.

We are very proud to announce that a fresh new look is coming, with a complete redesign of the Zoo website! In the next month you will see the change over, and we hope you like it.

The large, pretty graphic navigation menus will be gone, but are replaced by a main navigation menu bar that will let you move through the website with more ease, and will let us put more up-to-date content for visitors (including slideshows and videos).

The most exciting part is, now users can create a login and password that will enable the system to recognize you when you visit the site. This will give you access to areas that aren’t viewable to everyone. Now there will be a Members Only section that will have Zoo Member specific tips, invites and more. You can also see your secure giving history, manage your address and email preference. This is the room to grow we were looking for!

So, keep an eye out for the new site! We will blog more updates soon.