Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lion versus the Grinch

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper

For our Holiday Magic event in December, our wonderful Zoo Teens fabricated a cardboard and paper mache Grinch in his sleigh! It was placed in the Lion exhibit and here is what happened.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

AmeriCorps at the Zoo

By Maxwell Gruber, AmeriCorp Volunteer

Team Gold 2 of AmeriCorps NCCC served at the Sacramento Zoo this November, where we had the pleasure of working closely with the Zoo maintenance crew and Zoo keepers. The majority of our service was managed by the valiant maintenance team, with whom we worked each and every day in the trenches (sometimes literally). We assisted in the maintenance and improvement of the Zoo's beautiful grounds and exhibits.

Our first project was to beautify Lake Victoria/Lake Maracaibo and prevent invasive animals from burrowing below the perimeter fence; we accomplished this by laying stones along the entire perimeter of the fence. We also helped improve the Chimpanzee exhibit by hanging new rope from the caged dome and planting dozens of new bamboo plants within the exhibit. A third project was the beautification of the thick-billed parrot exhibit where we replaced dead trees/bushes with new plants better suited for the birds.

Each member of our team was given at least one opportunity to shadow a zoo keeper for the day. We assisted in every aspect of tending to the needs of the exotic animals. Our zoo keeping duties included feeding and stall clean-up, as well as all of the glamorous daily chores that come along with caring for animals. It was incredible to see the Zoo from the other side of the fence, and to work side by side with the zookeepers.

We of Gold 2 appreciate the opportunity we were given to work at the Sacramento Zoo. It was truly a unique experience to work closely with such beautiful animals on a daily basis. We have an incredible amount of respect for the work that is completed every day at the Zoo by the entire Zoo staff. A lot goes into it all. A special thanks to our project sponsor, Valorie Schneider for taking care of us during our stay. We would also like to thank Jason, Micheale, Scott, Nate, Tony, Tom, Amanda, Mandy and all others for working closely with us and creating a fun work atmosphere.

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a 10 month program for individuals between the ages of 18-24. NCCC strengthens communities and develops leaders through team based national and community service. To learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC, check out our website at Be sure to follow Gold 2 during our 10 months of service:

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Long Time Member

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper

Zoo Members are at the heart of our organization and many have been supporters for years! Earlier this year at the members’ preview of the new river otter exhibit, Angelina Singer and her five children (Christa, Carmen, Carina, Carissa and Jason) made otter puppets and had a wonderful time. Thank you Angelina and family for supporting us since 1978!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Shop at the Zoo for the Holidays!

The holidays are upon us and the we have just what you need to for your gift list. Get your shopping done early and support your Sacramento Zoo!

Zoo membership makes a great gift that lasts all year long. They’ll remember you every time they visit the Zoo! Benefits include a full year of general admission, discounts on Zoo events, special member activities and much more!

Zoo Parents
From tall to small, you can sponsor any animal in the Zoo with packages starting at just $25! Ask about our special packages that include an adorable plush animal!

Recycled Zoo Banner Bags
The colorful vinyl banners that are used around the zoo are upcycled into durable bags, notepad, wallets and more! The once-yearly sale is Saturday, December 10th from 10 am to 3 pm as part of the Holiday Magic event. Give a truly unique gift and a part of your Zoo to friends and family.

Give the Gift of Green
Be green this holiday season by giving gifts in reusable Zoo bags! The canvas bag is recycled natural color cotton with black handles. The flat foldable nylon Baggu bags come in a rainbow of colors. Both are $10 each and have the lemur zoo logo. Stainless steel water bottles are also available for $13. Sacramento Zoo Members receive a $2 discount.

A Day at the Zoo
Treat your family or friends to a day of fun with the Sacramento Zoo coupon pack. Just $40, the pack includes two adult and two child admission passes, six ride tickets for the train or carousel, coupons for the gift store and concessions…and more!
Go to using our link to start shopping; it will automatically donate a percentage of your purchase to the Sacramento Zoo at check out – with no extra cost to you!

The 2012 Entertainment Book is only $30!
Inside you’ll find great savings on area restaurants, activities and shopping; with coupons valid from now until November 2012. While supplies last.

Pavers and Benches
Be a permanent part of the Sacramento Zoo with a paver on Big Cat Row or a bench inside the Zoo! Gifts range from $200 to $3,000.

In-Kind Donations
Turn trinkets into treasure! Donations of new or used goods and services are tax-deductible AND help the Zoo. Visit the Wish List page for a full list of needed items.

For more information, visit or call (916) 808-5888.

Happy Holidays from the Zoo!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sacramento #ZooTweetup & Facebook Day

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper

Happy Holidays to all our loyal social media followers!

Join us on December 10th from 10 am to 1 pm for a special meetup just for Twitter & Facebook folks. You'll receive half-off Zoo admission for your whole family and a chance to mix and mingle over hot chocolate, light snacks and much more! We'll even have a special animal encounter where we meet some Animal Ambassadors!

Register here, and then pay at the door. When you show up on December 10th, please check in at the front of the Zoo to get your name tags (they are your golden ticket to the half-price admission and activities). If you are already a Sacramento Zoo Member, check in for your name tags then proceed to the Members Entrance and show your membership card.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

How Do You Look in Yellow?

By Tonja Swank, Public Relations Coordinator

Volunteer Educators Share Time and Talent at the Sacramento Zoo

If you’ve spent time at the Sacramento Zoo, you have undoubtedly encountered many of the 153 yellow-shirted docents sharing animal information and answering visitor questions. If you’ve ever wanted to share your love of animals, now is the time. Join forces with those who give a total of more than 6,000 hours to the Zoo each year. The Sacramento Zoo is taking applications for the 2012 Docent Training class until December 15, 2011.

As a Docent, you will share the strength of a tiger’s jaw, show the vertebrae in a giraffe’s neck and compare paw prints. Docents conduct station talks at the Zoo, giving visitors a hands-on education about animals at the Zoo and around the world. With additional training, you can lead school field trips, give tours and participate in live animal presentations, both on and off Zoo grounds.

Zoo Docents are volunteer educators, 18 and older, who have a love for wildlife and enjoy people. An orientation meeting will be held on January 7, 2012, followed by a nine-week class. This mini-course in Zoology runs every Saturday through mid-March. For more information on becoming a Docent and to receive an application, please contact the Education Department at (916) 808-5889 or