Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Calling all Zoo Parents!

By the Membership Department

Calling all parents!...Zoo Parents, that is.

To all you proud (Zoo) Parents out there, we have a shiny new board with your name on it… literally!

The Zoo Parent Showcase board has been tucked away between the Bateleur eagle exhibit and our Kampala CafĂ© for years… no longer! We are excited to present the all new Zoo Parent Showcase board located outside the Membership &Visitor Services office.

We are proud of all of our Zoo Parents and wanted to show it by putting your names right up at the front of the zoo! Thank you for showing your support by sponsoring our animals. Our Zoo Parents play a very important role in keeping us up & running. The money received through the Zoo Parent Program helps us feed, care for, and maintain the animal’s exhibits.

For more information visit our Zoo Parent program page or give us a call at (916)808-5888.
You can sponsor any animal in the Zoo (except for the employees)!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sacramento Bee Article: The Good Life

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper

The Sunday edition of our local paper, the Sacramento Bee had a very nice article about the Zoo titled "The Good Life: Zoo visit brings a rediscovery of all the fun and wonder it offers" by Rick Kushman.

Read the article here and check out the slideshow here.

It's great to see people rediscovering the Zoo and appreciating the wonderful animals. Come out and see us soon!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sacramento Zoo Tweetup - October 17

By Jaime Wilson, Social Media Fan

The Sacramento Zoo had it's first ZooTweetup last June and we thought it was high time for another! Join us on Saturday, October 17 from noon to 3 pm in the Discovery Room (right by the front gate) for networking, live Twitter feed, Zoo crafts and light refreshments. We will also take a free group carousel ride and get a special animal encounter where we meet an Animal Ambassador!

If you are on Twitter, register here for half-price Zoo admission on Saturday, October 17 at 12 pm.

To catch people up, Twitter is a social media site where you can follow what people say, all in 140 characters or less. The Zoo has been on Twitter for almost a year and we share special deals, animal updates and other insider information for our followers. Now it's time for all us to meet up in person!

Make sure to register here! When you show up on October 17 th, you will check in at the front of the Zoo to get your name tags (they are your golden ticket to the half-price admission and activities) then head into the Discovery Room.

If you are already a Sacramento Zoo Member, please check in for your name tags then proceed to the Members Entrance and show your membership card.

And of course, we will be live tweeting the whole time! Tag your tweets with #zootweetup and they will show up on the screen during the tweetup.

Not on Twitter? Join here and follow the Zoo to find out more about the Zoo. If you are trying to find us our Twitter handle is @SacramentoZoo

Monday, October 12, 2009

Giraffe Barn Demolition

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper

The three giraffe girls made the transition to their new house a couple of weeks ago which put us into the next phase of the Tall Wonders giraffe exhibit renovation and expansion project - destruction!

That's right, the old giraffe barn came crashing down on a Thursday morning with almost all the Zoo staff looking on. I think we now understand how little kids can just watch big earth movers for hours on end. It was mesmerizing to see the wooden fence come out, and then the slow destruction of the barn starting at one corner and finishing near the new giraffe house.

It really is an end of an era seeing that barn come down and a bit sad since so many memories are wrapped up with it, but the new house is beautiful and state-of-the-art! Most importantly it will help keep the girls warm in the winter! Just in time for the cold weather.

The construction will continue now on finishing the middle part of the expanded yard so you will see a lot of dirt moving in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wild Affair: A West Side Story, Zoo Style

Michelle Gardner, Reservation Specialist

Each year, Zoo staff and a host of volunteers put together a wonderful fundraising event called Wild Affair. The proceeds from this event go directly to the Tall Wonders, giraffe exhibit renovation and expansion project. Dave Bender is our host and auctioneer for the evening, and no one could do it better!

In addition to awesome silent and live auction items, the staff puts together a show for the guests to make the live auction "come to life". From Maintenance to Membership, from Animal Care to family members - everyone gets involved. With the stunning help of Ed Goldman and his daughter Jessica (who works at the Zoo), the artistic and creativity juices sprung into action around August to make sure the show was perfect.

The show this year was taken from A West Side Story and given zoo flare to create A Land Park Story. There were lions, tigers, no bears, but great hornbills, bongos, red pandas, and a hyena that stole the show. Don’t worry, no animals were harmed during the making of the show, it was all staff!

I am amazed at the talent the Goldman family and staff posses to create the great costumes, lyrics, music, choreography, power point, and so much more. If you have not had the pleasure to see the show live, I highly recommend attending in 2010; it’s the best show in town!