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!
Friday, July 30, 2010
By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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
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
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
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
Monday, July 12, 2010
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
Lisa Hetherington, Education Manager
Thursday, July 1, 2010
By Lisa Hetherington, Education Manager