Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Groupon Campaign to Support ZooMobile

Groupon, the popular daily deals and discounts site, has selected the Sacramento Zoo to receive donations through “Today’s Featured Campaign” from January 31st through February 2nd!

100% of the proceeds raised through Groupon will go to the Zoo, provided that the deal gets “tipped.” Meaning that at least $250 must be donated between January 31st and February 2nd for the Zoo to receive all the funds. Earnings from the deal will support the ZooMobile Scholarship Fund. Help spread the word by telling your friends!

The ZooMobile brings an educational and entertaining experience to schools and provides a foundation of information and knowledge to capture imaginations and stimulate curiosities about the world.

How do I donate through Groupon?
1. Between January 31st and February 2nd, go to: http://www.groupon.com/deals/sacramento.
2. Click “BUY” on the Sacramento Zoo deal and select the quantity you wish to donate (1 = $10, 2 = $20, etc.)
The secure donation goes through your credit card.

Thank you for supporting the Sacramento Zoo ZooMobile Program!

G-Team is a community outreach initiative within Groupon that brings communities together to do good, have fun, and make an impact. G-Team has been working with non-profits like the Zoo to help raise funds and awareness through the collective buying power of Groupon followers.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Annual Flamingo Round-up

By Tonja Swank, Public Relations Coordinator

Every year on a cold January morning the flamingos at the Sacramento Zoo receive an annual exam. A lot of preparation goes into making sure that each of the 40 flamingos are safely gathered together and then examined one by one.

Keepers, Zoo Veterinarians and veterinary students from UC Davis meet early in the morning, next to Lake Victoria, to begin the round-up.

First the flamingos are gathered together through a carefully orchestrated operation that involves corralling the flamingos into a holding pen, while putting the least amount of stress possible on the birds.

Then each individual bird is identified so that it can be weighed and its personal medical records can be reviewed.
Next they are thoroughly examined, inoculated against West Nile Virus and have blood work done.
After a receiving a clean bill of health each flamingo is carefully released back into the water.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Makan!

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper

Zoo keepers work hard to make animal enrichments a part of their every day routine, but when a zoo animal has a birthday they go above and beyond to make them even more festive!

Makan the Sumatran Orangutan turned 9 years old last week and came out on exhibit to find cupcakes (made from primate biscuits, yam "icing" and fruit), streamers and a large present that included a paper party hat.

As part of our 85th birthday celebration, we'll be sharing birthday stories and zoo memories throughout the year. Share your Sacramento Zoo memories by visiting our website and submitting old photos, stories or videos. And make new memories with the Zoo in 2012!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Green Acres Volunteer Gardening

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper

The Sacramento Zoo is very grateful to Green Acres Nursery and Supply for making the Zoo’s Backyard beautiful!

Green Acres generously allowed 10 employees to volunteer their time over two days to rake, clean, weed, prune, fertilize, plant and revitalize the area! Their hard working staff spent hours gardening and amending the soil in preparation for a truck load of California native plants that they also donated!

Thank you to Green Acres and their wonderful staff for being strong community supporters and promoting a healthier and greener environment.

Visit the Green Acres website to see all that they offer!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Roadrunner

By Brenda Gonzalez, Membership Coordinator

Many people associate Roadrunners with the famous tall, blue cartoon character that is always running from a coyote. Now you can see what a real Roadrunner looks like at the Sacramento Zoo!

The new male Roadrunner is much smaller than the bird depicted in cartoons. Roadrunners are native to the American Southwest, average 7-12 inches in height and are brown and white with piercing bright yellow eyes and a stiff long tail. Roadrunners are well named; they are weak flyers, often relying upon their strong, scaly legs to carry them away from danger and toward food.

The Roadrunner will be temporarily housed next to the White-faced Owl exhibit before moving to his permanent home with the Thick-billed Parrots. Be sure to stop by and check him out on your next visit!