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Wine & Brew at the Zoo – And a Ticket Giveaway!

Wine & Brew at the Zoo –  And a Ticket Giveaway!

If the idea of an adults-only evening where you can sip a glass of wine while checking out the giraffes at the Sacramento Zoo sounds like your kind of night out, then you’re in luck! The Zoo’s annual event is back, (they took a year off in 2015), and the new-and-improved version of the event sounds like it may just be a wild success.

Formerly known as the “Kings of Feasts,” the event has now been re-branded to “Wine & Brew at the Zoo.” This year, 28 local wineries and breweries will serve samples while guests are entertained by live music, a silent auction and of course the exotic zoo animals. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks with 10% of the sales benefiting the non-profit Sacramento Zoo.

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Calling Kids & Canines… Midtown Business Association to Present Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade

Calling Kids & Canines… Midtown Business Association to Present Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade

Plans are afoot for the Midtown Business Association (MBA) to present the crowd-favorite Midtown Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade on Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Marshall Park (915 27th Street).  Sponsored by the Sutter District – with restaurants that include BarWest, Blue Cue, Café Bernardo, Centro Cocina Mexicana, Harlow’s, INK Eats & Drinks, Paragary’s Midtown & Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar – and the Food Literacy Center, the canine-friendly event is highlighted by the much-anticipated “pooch parade” scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. that day. Four-legged friends will strut by while competing in an entertaining costume contest that will include playful prizes for the winning pooches.

Red Panda Day & Painting for Pandas

Red Panda Day & Painting for Pandas

Each year, the dedicated zookeepers of the Greater Sac Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers host events to raise awareness and funds for animal conservation. In honor of International Red Panda Day, they have two events coming up with proceeds benefiting the Red Panda Network.
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Meet Charlie, the Great Horned Owl

Meet Charlie, the Great Horned Owl

Charlie the Great Horned OwlCharlie the Great Horned Owl is the newest Animal Ambassador to the Zoo and the latest resident to the Interpretive Center. Charlie was a wild owl who found himself at the Abilene Zoo rehabilitation program. During his examination he was found to be in full health and able to go back into the wild. On release day, when the crate doors opened, all of the other Great Horned Owls flew off, but Charlie stayed right where he was. At that time it was recognized that he preferred people and was well suited for a zoo. From there Charlie found a home at the Sacramento Zoo.

It is estimated that Charlie was born in 2014. Since his arrival at the Zoo in March zookeepers have been helping him become comfortable in his role as an Animal Ambassador and education animal. ... Read More

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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