Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fallen Trees into Furniture

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper

When the weather is stormy Zoo staff are still working, hoping the power stays on and that the trees stay upright! In rare cases, like today when the winds are gusting up to 45 mph, we close the Zoo to visitors for safety reasons. This only happens a couple times a year - but today one of those days!

Our Zoo keepers and maintenance department are tirelessly working on clearing debris and making sure the animals are safe and comfy. What is that saying? "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Well, in the zoo world it should be "When storms give you fallen trees, make furniture!"

This tree went down in front of the White-faced saki exhibit (the exhibit was unharmed), and as soon as the radio call was out the Zoo keepers were scrambling to get a piece of it! Ungulates will use the leafy parts for browse to feed to the hoof stock, the Vets will use some branches as furniture for a bird enclosure - you get the idea!

Every piece will be used so even though we are less one tree, we have gained some good, useful items!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

KVIE's Rob on the Road feeds giraffes!

Rob on the Road from KVIE Public Television came out to the Zoo recently and feed the giraffes. Check out the video of his visit!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Giant Anteater Confirmed Pregnant

By Lauren Kraft, Media Relations Coordinator

The Sacramento Zoo confirms pregnancy of its female Giant anteater, Amber. The ultrasound was performed in the Zoo’s Dr. Murray E. Fowler Veterinary Hospital this morning. The anteater also received a full exam and is in good health. Her due date is estimated to be early April. This will be the first Giant anteater baby born at the Sacramento Zoo.

The Sacramento Zoo started exhibiting anteaters in 2004. Amber arrived in March 2009. Zoo keepers observed breeding behavior in May and again in September and October and a full exam and ultrasound was then scheduled.

After a gestation period of 180 days, the mother gives birth standing up to a single offspring (two is rare). In the wild, Giant anteaters are solitary and the male is not involved in caring for the baby. That leaves the mother to do the heavy lifting, literally. Once the newborn lets out the first high-pitched screech, baby anteaters climb on their mother’s back and many will ride there for up to a year. A mature anteater can weigh as much as 140 pounds and stretch as much as seven feet from snout to tail tip.