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Zookeepers as Animals

Zookeepers as Animals

As you may imagine, it takes a lot of work to care for the more than 500 animals spanning over 150 species that call the Sacramento Zoo home. The dedicated zookeepers pour their blood, sweat and sometimes tears into making sure the animals are healthy and cared for while accounting for their age, medical issues, dietary needs, habitats, personality traits and quirks.

It's such hard work that sometimes, you just need to have a little fun.
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Why Wings?

Why Wings?

By Brooke Coe

Wings are a truly unique adaptation, allowing animals to reach new heights, travel the world, and perform physical maneuvers not possible on land. But what about winged birds who can’t fly? Why has only one type of mammal developed the ability to fly? How can a different wing shape affect the nature of flight? Many species at the Sacramento Zoo can help us answer these questions.

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Update on Lemur Babies

Update on Lemur Babies

The two female Black and White Ruffed Lemur babies are growing fast! At one month old they both weigh about one pound and are becoming more active and adventurous. They are exploring their dens, testing out their climbing and hanging skills and following their dam around. The sisters are trying out solid foods and want anything the adults eat. Their older sister visits with the dam and youngsters for a few hours each day. This enables the adolescent female to get experience with babies before she herself is paired with a male at another zoo. The lemur youngsters are currently off exhibit but can smell and see the rest of their family group through the mesh panel. They will need to grow a bit more before exploring the outside exhibit with their relatives.
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Abby & Ringo, Six-banded Armadillos

Abby & Ringo, Six-banded Armadillos

Abby and Ringo are two very energetic Six-banded Armadillos. One of their favorite activities is running around the Reptile House Lawn with groups of children sprinting behind them. While on excursions around the lawn they have a talent for finding all of the mud puddles and showing off how fast they can dig while looking for worms. When taking a break from running around they often cuddle together with Abby sleeping on her back and Ringo using Abby’s stomach as a pillow... Read More

Giant Anteater & Giant Armadillo Project Update

Giant Anteater & Giant Armadillo Project Update

The Sacramento Zoo would like to congratulate Arnaud Desbiez, of the Giant Armadillo and Giant Anteater project, on the award of one of eight 2015 Whitley Award from the prestigious Whitley Fund for Nature. The Giant Armadillo and Giant Anteater project is one of the Zoo’s 2015 Quarters for Conservation projects.

Arnaud is working with several Brazilian laboratories, universities and the São Paulo Zoo to continue establishing the first long-term ecological study of Giant Armadillos and Giant Anteaters in the Brazilian Pantanal... Read More

REGISTER NOW: Doggy Dash 2015 this Saturday at William Land Park

REGISTER NOW: Doggy Dash 2015 this Saturday at William Land Park

The Doggy Dash is the greatest event in Northern California for pets and their people. You, your dog(s), and thousands of other dedicated animal lovers will start the day with a leisurely 2k walk through William Land Park. Then, it’s back to the starting line to take in the festivities waiting for you in the park — including a talent show and Ruff Mutter!

Celebrity ZooMobile Visit to Valley Oaks Elementary

Celebrity ZooMobile Visit to Valley Oaks Elementary

Students Meeting a Six-banded Armadillo"It's extremely important for educators and community members to seize opportunities to teach young people about their environment and making good choices, all the while showing the connection between how those choices affect the living things that reside on our planet.  The ZooMobile experience spoke directly to the positive roles living organisms play in their environment, and how their absence could have negative effects on mankind. ... Read More