The Sacramento Zoo is managed by the Sacramento Zoological Society, which places great weight on the appreciation of the different species of animals. The zoo houses a plethora of animals which range from mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Each specific group of animals has its own “animal ambassadors”, or animal species which are considered to be endangered. There are at least five species representing mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Bobcats and African hedgehogs are two species which represent the mammals, the laughing Kookaburra stands for the birds, while the ball python and desert tortoise represent the reptiles and amphibians.
Children literally have their own little world in the zoo. Kid’s World is where they can learn more about the different animals in the zoo through a nifty online feature where they can browse through information about the animals. There are brochures and photographs of all the animals as well, so that kids know what’s in store for them as they venture into the 14.5 acre zoo.
Whenever visitors get hungry, tired, or need a place to rest their aching feet, the Kampala Café and Savannah Snacks are open to serve the public. The café is located in the center of the zoo while the snack bar is opposite the giraffe exhibit. The Zoofari Market Gift Store is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or two. It is located near the zoo entrance.
The zoo is an interesting place not only because it is home to hundreds of animals, but also due to some of its fun features. One of these is the reptile house, which is in the shape of a snake. A desert tortoise named Herkimer is the oldest animal in the zoo – as of 2010, it is already 82 years old!
The Sacramento Zoo is open every day, from 9AM to 4PM. The zoo is along Land Park Drive, which can be reached from the I-5 freeway.