Friday, May 25, 2012

Stuffed Animal Clinic

By Brooke Coe, Greater Sac AAZK Member

Is your teddy bear feeling under the weather? Does your stuffed animal have a cut that needs fixing? Does it need some extra care and attention? The Sacramento Zoo is here to help! Greater Sac AAZK (American Association of Zoo Keepers) is holding a Stuffed Animal Clinic on Saturday, May 26th from 10 am to 4 pm.

It’s day to fix the ailments affecting your teddy bear or beloved stuffed animal. Veterinarian staff members along with Zoo staff and volunteers will assess the overall health of your stuffed animal, as well as make a diagnosis based on your description of its symptoms.

You will begin your visit with a stop at the reception desk on the Vet Hospital Lawn, where your animal will be checked in and given a health certificate. The receptionist will then direct you to the next available stuffed animal doctor, who will care for your animal’s well-being and sign your certificate, indicating a clean bill of health. If your animal has a tear that requires stitches, you will be asked to leave the animal with trained staff and return after an hour to retrieve the mended patient. The entire visit only costs $3, and you will leave with a healthy stuffed animal and a certificate to prove it!

If you arrive to find a wait in the reception area, feel free to visit the veterinary hospital to learn more about zoo veterinary medicine. It will be a fun and interactive event for the whole family and a great addition to your Sacramento Zoo visit!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Get Fit at the Zoo!

Marisa Hicks, Marketing Coordinator

As a new Mom with a 9 month old baby, I appreciate the opportunity to exercise with my son by my side as it seems time isn’t available to workout otherwise. I'm excited that the Zoo has partnered with the coaches at Midtown Strength and Conditioning to bring you Workout Wednesdays!

For ten weeks every Wednesday, May 23rd to July 25th at 9:10 am, you can work out with a signed waiver and general Zoo admission or a Zoo membership. Each week will be a different one-hour workout with jump ropes, kettle bells, dumbbells, sandbags and other movements using your body weight that will give you a total body workout. I’ll be out there getting sweaty with you!

We’ll be on the Reptile House Lawn, in the fresh-air with sounds of flamingos in the background. Not to mention you can bring your little one in a stroller and go for a nice walk after class to let them run around and see the animals.

The coaches from Midtown Strength and Conditioning are really great at what they do. The workouts are challenging and different every week. The easy part is that the coaches from MTSC write the workout for you. You just have to do the work! Coach Tara, Co-Owner of MTSC, says “If it was easy, everyone would do it.” But don’t be discouraged, the workouts are tailored for all levels. When I was pregnant, I worked out with them and they gave me my own workout to do alongside the class.

You can call (916) 808-5888 to register for one or all of the classes. Visit the Workout Wednesdays webpage for FAQs and more information.