Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Zoo Teens Receive Award for PSA

By Tonja Swank, Public Relations Coordinator

The Sacramento Zoo Teens were selected as one of four winners of the “On the Edge: Hope for Animals and Their World” PSA contest through Roots & Shoots.

Zoo Teens are a group of 13 – 19 year olds interested in animals, the earth, and our community who volunteer their time at the Zoo. Teens at the Sacramento Zoo participate in the Roots & Shoots program, founded by Dr. Jane Goodall. With tens of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world.

This past spring the teens participated in a Roots & Shoots contest for “On the Edge: Hope for Animals and Their World,” a campaign for endangered animals and biodiversity. They scripted, directed and edited a minute and a half PSA describing various learning opportunities available at zoos. The video ended by explaining that everyone can make a difference by volunteering, helping in the community and donating to conservation efforts.

To get through the first stage of the selection process the video had to rank in the top 12 videos voted by the online public.Then four of the 12 videos were selected as winners by a panel of judges, including Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, Laurie Marshall, Earth Protect Advisor and Founder, Unity for Creativity, and Pippa Biddle, 2010-2011 Youth Leadership Fellow Roots & Shoots. The four winners will receive $250 mini-grants to support projects to protect endangered species in their area

Our Zoo Teens plan to use their grant to add to the plants grown around the Zoo that are used as enrichment for our endangered animals.

"Roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light, they can break open brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of roots & shoots, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls. We CAN change the world."
- Dr. Jane Goodall

Friday, July 22, 2011

National Zookeeper Week!

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper

It's National Zookeeper Week! Now is the time to celebrate and thank all of the hard working zookeepers that care for the zoo animals. They are an extraordinary group of dedicated professionals that strive to keep the animals active, healthy, enriched and comfortable. And they do so much more!

Many of the zookeepers are active in conservation programs locally and around the world. They work as ambassadors for the profession and help zoo visitors understand more about animals, nature and the world around them.

We salute our wonderful zookeepers and hope that you will say thank you the next time you see them at the Sacramento Zoo.

Also, check out the Keeper Profiles series and find out more about them!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Zoo Day for Four Deal!

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper

You have probably been taking advantage of some of the deal-for-a-day websites that are serving the Sacramento area. But what could be better than a Sacramento Zoo deal?!

Visit Sac Perks on July 18th & 19th for a great "Zoo Day for Four" deal for just $25 (normally a $52 value). Use them for your family or buy them as gifts for friends, employees or neighbors.

To keep in the loop on other Zoo deals, specials and giveaways, make sure to like us on Facebook!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Keeper Profile, Lindsey in Ungulates

Learn more about the talented and dedicated individuals that take care of the zoo animals in our newest installment of the Keeper Profiles series. Missed the first ones? Check out all the past blogs here.

Lindsey Moseanko

What area do you work?
Hoofstock (ungulates) and macropods (pouched mammals from Australia).

What is your favorite part of the job?
Seeing all of the different behaviors and personalities of the animals.

What is your favorite animal and why?
It's too hard to single (one) out! My top picks are kangaroos and giraffes. Both of these species can be quirky and real individuals. It just makes me happy to care for them and interact with them.

What would you tell someone who wants to be a zookeeper?
If it is your passion, do as much as you can to obtain your goal.

When did you know that you wanted to be a zookeeper?
After being a keeper-aide volunteer at the Sacramento Zoo for about 2 months.

Why is your job so important?
Since zoo animals are still "wild”, captive animals, keepers serve as liaisons to any vet care an animal might need. Zoo animals are good at masking symptoms; keepers know what is normal, behaviorally, with an animal.

Tell us something interesting about one of the animals in your area.
"Binti", the offspring of our Bongo "Victoria", went to Africa to participate in a breeding program to introduce Bongos back into the wild.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Only Four Twilight Thursdays Left!

By Tonja Swank, Public Relations Coordinator

I love the 80’s! themed Twilight Thursday provided a great start to this years Twilight Thursday series. Superlicious rocked the stage while families enjoyed the generations of VW’s parked in the Zoo.

The second evening, June 23, during Swing Swing Swing! Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums brought crowds to their feet while Midtown Stomp showed off their dancing moves.

Last Thursday, Red, White & Blues, was a relaxing kick off to the 4th of July holiday with more than 40 American muscle cars.

There are only four Twilight Thursdays left! Every Thursday evening through July 28 you can bring the family and enjoy extended hours, dinner specials and car shows. Spread a blanket on the lawn and sing along to the music or stroll through the Zoo, enjoying both animals and cars.

July 7th - Across the Pond
Go Across the Pond with the Beatles tribute band “Because” and a British car show.

July 14th - Old Skool Grove
Show off your Old Skool Grove as you move to the band “East Wind” and enjoy a Low Riders car show.

Bands go on at 5:30 pm and the Zoo stays open until 8 pm. For a full listing of Twilight Thursday themes, bands and food visit the Twilight Thursday website.

Show off your car!
Do you have a hot car that you would like to show off during a Twilight Thursday? You can visit the Twilight Thursday webpage or call 916-808-5888 for more details and to register.

Win 4 tickets and a $20 food voucher!
Enter to win a 4-pack of tickets and $20 in food for the first Twilight Thursday on July 7, 2011. Just leave a comment on this blog post with your favorite Sacramento Zoo animal and we will pick a random winner Wednesday 7/6 at 5 pm.