Sacramento Zoo has been a fixture at the southwest corner of Land Park for 90 years, that milestone being noted with a birthday celebration on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
The zoo is having a party, a 90th Birthday Bash, featuring stage shows, chats with animal keepers, free snow cones, face painting, party hats, as well as bounce houses and other games and activities. All are included with general admission.
Founded in 1927, the zoo is home to more than 500 animals and 120 unique species. Though the days of elephants and hippos have passed, plenty of exotic animals, some of them quite large – hello, giraffes – populate the place. It also is a refuge for several critically endangered, endangered and vulnerable species. Primates, big cats, ungulates such as giraffe and zebras, a shy fennec fox, giant anteater and red panda make their homes there. The well-known flamingo flock has served as a longtime greeting committee for visitors, high-profile ambassadors for the zoo’s significant bird population. Reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects all have plenty of representation.
To acknowledge the 90-year milestone, Sacramento Bee video journalists have collaborated with zoo personnel to present photos and video images of a place that has served as a must-visit place for kids and their families for decades.
The zoo has not been without setbacks. An attempt to breed two Sumatran tigers went tragically wrong. And the natural deaths of animals zoo patrons have come to love have created several headlines and sadness.
The Birthday Bash runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $14.95 for general, $13.95 for seniors and $9.95 for children age 2 to 11.
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