Friday, July 30, 2010

Our Tigers at Jackson Zoo

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper

Do you remember these little guys?

Three Sumatran tiger cubs were born at the Sacramento Zoo in November 2006. Staff and visitors enjoyed watching the three boys grow up for two years until they were sent to the Jackson Zoo to start their new lives and grown into adulthood.

Here are some pictures of them in their exhibit at the Jackson Zoo. Can you believe how big they are? We are like proud parents and so happy that they are doing well!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Three Little Piggies on Exhibit

Lauren Kraft, Public Relations Coordinator

A first in the Sacramento Zoo’s 83-year history, the Zoo welcomed three newborn Red river hogs on the morning of July 16, 2010. Now a little over one-week old they are out exploring the exhibit with their mom and dad.

“As a first time mom, Daisy has gone above our expectations giving excellent care for the piglets,” said Lindsey Moseanko. “All three youngsters are showing their different personality traits. Jovian is very sociable; Flint, the runt, is a momma’s boy; and Chloe is very quick on her toes,” Moseanko said.

Come out and catch a glimpse of the three little piggies on exhibit with their mom!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Summer Camp, Wacky Wednesday

By Lisa Hetherington, Education Manager

The summer weeks are flying by but Zoo Camp is still going strong. Wednesday we celebrated a "wacky Wednesday" and all wore crazy socks. Four of our campers went above and beyond and took crazy to a whole new creative level. There are still a space available a few of our classes so check us out and try and join us for one of our other Wacky Wednesday or Fabulous Friday celebration.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Three Little Piggies Born at the Zoo

By Lauren Kraft, Public Relations Coordinator

A first in the Sacramento Zoo’s 83-year history, the Zoo welcomed three newborn Red river hogs on the morning of July 16, 2010. On the morning of the birth, the Zoo keeper checked in on Daisy, the mother, and found the three young piglets already nursing and squirming around the den. One male and two female piglets are gaining weight every day and growing quickly. Mother and babies will be out on exhibit soon, maybe as early as later this week. In the meantime they are in the den, away from public view, until the piglets are strong enough to maneuver around the exhibit.

“The piglets are being well taken care of by their mother at this time,” said General Curator, Harrison Edell. “The father, who has been housed separately for the time being to allow the sow to bond with her piglets, will be reintroduced soon, since boars of this species often spend a great deal of time helping the mother care for piglets.”

The Sacramento Zoo started exhibiting Red river hogs in 2009. Daisy is from the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, and the male, J.D., is from the Bronx Zoo. On the morning of July 12th, the Sacramento Zoo confirmed the pregnancy of the female Red river hog, Daisy during an ultrasound performed in the Zoo’s Dr. Murray E. Fowler Veterinary Hospital.

At birth red river hogs weigh about two pounds. When full grown, they’ll weigh between 120 and 264 pounds and reach three to five feet in length. Males grow to be slightly larger than females and have a large bony protuberance on each side of their snout. Until about three months of age, piglets are brown with yellowish stripes. This coloring serves as effective camouflage.

Swine have an excellent sense of smell and a squared-off snout for digging. They also have great hearing and communicate with one another using a variety of grunts, squeaks, and chirrups. Red river hogs are best known for their long curly ears and reddish-brown fur. Native to the dense tropical jungles of Central to West Africa, Red river hog populations are in serious decline due to hunting for food and sport; Sacramento Zoo’s participation in a carefully managed breeding program for this species will contribute directly to the species’ long term survival.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Zoo Treks - A Hippo in the Garden?

By Mary Healy, Zoo Director

“Excuse me for interrupting your dinner, but there is a hippo in the garden.” Thankfully I was not at home when my dinner partners and I were given this message. We were in Botswana in the middle of our 16-day African excursion that started in Cape Town and ended at Victoria Falls in Zambia.

The Sacramento Zoo offers a variety of trips from time to time. Previous venues have included Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands. The itinerary for this trip was developed by Classic Escapes and I served as the tour leader. Starting in Cape Town was especially exciting this year as the whole country geared up for the World Cup. Who knew that those silly horns sold in every airport gift shop would prove to be so obnoxious?

Highlights in Cape Town were the Black foot penguins at Boulders Beach and driving the beautiful highway along the Cape of Good Hope. We left Cape Town for the wilds of Botswana where we stayed in luxury tented camps. It is hard to single out the top animal experience but being in a small motor boat sharing the river with elephant and hippos is pretty near the top of the list.

From Botswana we flew to Namibia for two nights before finishing up in Zambia. Our last camp was a glorious finale. We awakened in the morning seeing the mist from the Zambezi River before embarking on a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Gus Says: Thanks Jiffy Lube!

By Gus, the Green Tree Frog

Hi everyone, Gus here... If you don't already know I am the official Blog Frog and green ambassador for the Sacramento Zoo. My good friends on the Green Team have been working hard since 2003 to educate and encourage green practices among the staff, volunteers and docents at the Zoo.

The Green Team set up recycling programs for everything from paper and bottles to batteries and Styrofoam and hand out green awards to staff. They host bike to work days and encourage staff to take a year-long green pledge to make eco-friendly choices. And that is just the beginning! Take a look at everything they do on the Green Team webpage.

And now to the exciting news - Jiffy Lube is now the proud sponsor of the Green Team! Their support will help the Green Team continue the good work and expand their message to the public with a Zoo map recycling station near the exit. The map station will be designed to collect gently used maps that can be reused. Less maps used, means more trees saved!

Jiffy Lube believes in being “Green” and is a leader in the auto service industry. They recycle over 4 million quarts of used oil and other fluids annually. That’s a lot of oil that is kept out of the storm drains and waterways and as a frog, that’s good news!

Visit Jiffy Lube online to find out more about their recycling practices and to get your free oil change coupons!

Monday, July 12, 2010

East Wind, a Blast from the Past

By Roy Kinji, Marketing Director

In the 70's music went from R&B to "Funk" and bands started adding horn sections and percussion. East Wind was one of those bands. In the early 70's, they performed a lot in South Sac and the Bay Area. If you went to Kennedy, McClatchy, Sac High or Burbank they probably played your homecoming dance or prom.

The band played music from Tower of Power, Earth, Wind & Fire, War and more. The band was also different, as most of the members were Asian, hence the name "East Wind". The band went through many changes finally calling it quits in 1977 at the beginning of disco. Through the years, core members stayed friends and kept in touch. After a 25 year reunion a few years back, they said "hey, let's quit talking and get back together to play music".

Here they are back in the day.

Original members: Martin Leong - bass guitar
Glen Wada - guitar
Dave Karacozoff - keyboards
Selwyn Jones - percussion
Baldwin Wong - trumpet
Roy Arimoto - sound

Joining them are Lester Chinn on Sax, Tim Ragan on Trumpet, vocalist Buddy Davis, Darryl Joe on drums and Barbara Long on vocals.

Interesting note: Buddy Davis has been a long time friend of the band. He returned to Sacramento from Las Vegas a few years back, needing a double organ transplant. After successful surgery, he's back to singing. Barbara and Darryl are married and have been in music together for many years. They perform every Sunday at Bayside Church of South Sacramento. Barbara was formerly with Hiroshima, the smooth jazz group that incorporated Japanese instrumentation into smooth jazz.

East Wind are playing at the Zoo on Twilight Thursday, July 15th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. When you come out to see these guys, they are the real deal. They played these songs when they first hit the charts in the 70's. Now, they do it for fun!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Summer Camp, Vet Tag Along

Lisa Hetherington, Education Manager

Our first of two “Vet Tag Along” camps was enjoyable and informative for all involved. Nine campers had the opportunity to follow our Zoo Vet Dr. Wack around as he conducted his morning rounds.
Campers were able to assist with the dispensing of antibiotics to some of our box turtles and boa snakes, observed a checkup exam and x-ray of a duck with an injured foot and had an up close look at the squeeze cage used to examine the Giraffes. A big thank you to Dr. Wack and the vet staff for taking the time to spend with our campers!
Don’t forget to check back for more wildly inspiring camp stories! And there are still a few classes left, so visit our Summer Camp page.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Summer Camp, Turning Your Kids into Private Tour Guides

By Lisa Hetherington, Education Manager

Week 3 of camp has come and gone but not before over 120 campers had their adventures!

Our “Little Ducklings” learned all about what the Zookeepers do to prepare food for our many Zoo animals. Campers in “Zoo Moves” and “Endangered Strangers” not only learned about how animals moved and why many of the earth’s animals have become endangered but also had an up-close encounter with our Giraffes. The “Backyard Habitats” camp learned all about where some of our animals live in the wild and what they need to survive.

Finally our 5th and 6th grade camp “Earth 911” had a chance to research endangered animals and spend a week learning how they can change the world! At the end of the week they graduated and became certified Earth Doctors. We had a great week and our campers learned a lot.
As one parent told us “walking around the Zoo with my son is like having a private tour guide, he knew where everything was and had so much information to share.”

We look forward to 7 more weeks of camp and we will be sure to have more stories shared by campers, parents and staff! There are a few classes still available so check out the Summer Camp page.