Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tiger Cub, Week 12 - Playing with a ball

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper

Jingga, the female Sumatran tiger cub, played with a small boomer ball inside her den just a couple of days before venturing out on exhibit. The keepers rubbed a little bit of cinnamon on the ball to make it extra interesting.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tiger Cub, Jingga, Makes Debut!

By Lauren Kraft, Public Relations Coordinator

The Sacramento Zoo announces the long anticipated public debut of a female Sumatran tiger cub born March 18, 2010. The newest addition makes a grand appearance with a new name. Voting ended Wednesday, June 16th on five name choices for the young female cub. The winning name, Jingga, means orange in Indonesian. The little tiger cub already has a full coat of orange and black striped fur. The stripe pattern on tigers is like a fingerprint: no two are identical.

The cub remained behind the scenes with her mother since birth while gaining the strength and coordination to maneuver the terrain of the exhibit. Now, at three months old, the small cub explores the exhibit with curiosity and excitement.

“We are extremely pleased with the birth of our endangered female Sumatran tiger cub,” said Harrison Edell, Zoo Curator. “The mother has been as good a parent as one could ask for,” he said.

Videos and photos of the cub posted weekly on the Zoo’s website, blog and Facebook page have garnered much excitement about the cub’s introduction, and the naming poll brought in over 40,000 votes. Mother and cub will be on exhibit daily until 3:00 pm. Since tigers are solitary in the wild, they will alternate on exhibit with the father.

Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers are believed to exist in the wild and approximately 200 Sumatran tigers live in zoos around the world. The Zoo participates in the Tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP), coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which recommended the breeding of the Sacramento Zoo tigers. SSPs are cooperative breeding and conservation programs designed to maintain genetically viable populations of animals in captivity, and to organize zoo- and aquarium-based efforts to preserve the species in nature.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

King of Feasts - Thanks for Local Support!

By Marisa Hicks, Marketing Coordinator

We are counting down the days until Sacramento Zoo’s King of Feasts, food and wine luau. The night of the year when you get to sample Sacramento’s local dining scene while strolling through the Zoo. This year we had some extra help from the California Restaurant Association and SacramentoPress.com. They have been a great support in putting together what we think will be the best King of Feasts in the history of the Zoo.

The California Restaurant Association is one of the main reasons why there are so many new restaurants coming out to King of Feasts this year! A food industry trade organization based in Sacramento, they encouraged their members to come participate.

SacramentoPress.com has been fantastic in helping us prepare for this fun night as they are plugged into the local dining scene as well. With their help we were able to bring on board the coordinators of Midtown Cocktail Week who set up the Classic Tiki Cocktail Competition that will take place during the King of Feasts.

Join us for the Zoo’s most unique King of Feasts Food and Wine Luau.
21 and older recommended.
Pre-sale: $50 (Pre-sale Zoo Members: $45)
Day of Event and at the Door: $60 - No Discounts, Zoo closes early at 1:30 pm.

Buy your tickets online or call the (916) 808-5888.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Zoo Open Late! Twilight Thursdays

By Marisa Hicks, Marketing Coordinator

Seven Thursday evenings of hot cars, live music, good food and cool drinks are starting this Thursday! Come see live music by The Indestructibles and a car show featuring VW Bugs & Beetles. There will be a barbecue dinner and drink specials available for purchase at the Zoo’s Kampala CafĂ©. The Zoo will be open extended hours for summer enjoyment until 8:00 pm.

The Indestructibles
Before joining forces to become the area’s hottest live dance-party-rock band, The Indestructibles were members of two of Sacramento’s most sought-after original groups, Popgun* and The Brodys.* With 25 years of entertainment experience, The Indestructibles have mastered songs from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s to current hits. They play songs from Neil Diamond to Weezer to Garth Brooks to CCR to The Cure.

VW Car Show
Do you have a sweet VW ride? Come show off your car at Sacramento Zoo’s Twilight Thursdays on June 17th if you are the proud owner of a vintage, customized and unique Volkswagon automobile. Call the Visitor Services office for details on Car Registration (916) 808-5888

Tiger Cub, Week 10 - 1st piece of wood video

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper

The Sumatran tiger cub was introduced to her first piece of wood. At first she was very cautious but finally realized she could chew and climb on it.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Face to Facebook Night

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper & Social Media Addict

Join other Facebook fans at the Sacramento Zoo's Face to Facebook Night on June 17 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm!

The Zoo will stay open late for Twilight Thursday with live music by Indestrucible Band (80's cover band) and featuring a VW car show.

Facebook fans, here is what you get!

  • $2 off regular Zoo admission for everyone in your family (with RSVP)
  • A special area to mingle with other Facebook fans while listening to the band
  • Light snacks & bottled water
  • Ticket for $2 beer, wine or soda

Kampala Cafe will be open with their regular menu and a dinner special or you can bring your own picnic dinner! We suggest bringing low lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and enjoy the music.
Prices with your $2 discount will be:
Adults, $8.50
Children 3-12, $4.50
Children 2 and under are free
Zoo Members are free

You must RSVP here! Your name will be on the guest list outside the Zoo entrance. Pick up your name tag for the discounted admission at the gate then join us on the Reptile House Lawn under the white tents.