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Loss of Marzipan the Ostrich

Loss of Marzipan the Ostrich

The Sacramento Zoo is mourning the loss of Marzipan, the Zoo’s 21 year-old Ostrich. The morning of July 14th, the Zoo’s male Ostrich was pursuing the female ostriches around the exhibit in typical breeding behavior when Marzipan went to the ground (a normal sign of submission). Once the male was moved off exhibit, keepers noticed that Marzipan seemed unable to stand. Zoo veterinarians and staff were able to anesthetize her on exhibit and then move her to the veterinary hospital for examination. Radiographs revealed a severely comminuted (multiple small fragments) fractured leg bone that could not be repaired. The difficult decision was made to euthanize Marzipan. She was taken to UC Davis for a complete necropsy... Read More

Giant Garter Snake Conservation

Giant Garter Snake Conservation

The Sacramento Zoo is involved in a number of local conservation efforts. One area of focus is the conservation of Giant Garter Snakes. This species of garter snake is enemic to the central valley of California meaning that is only found in California. It is considered threatened in California and nationally by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The snake is very aquatic preferring habitats that have vegetation along slow moving creeks, lakes or rice fields. With the loss of wetlands, the snake is no longer found in 98% of the areas that it was previously found. The snake primarily eats frogs, tadpoles and fish. The Sacramento Zoo is working with biologists, state and federal officials to help monitor snake populations and evaluate the health of the snakes.
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Front Street Animal Shelter prepares for the busiest week of the year

Front Street Animal Shelter prepares for the busiest week of the year

Shelters across the country are bracing themselves for the increase of stray animals that escape the safety of their homes in fear of fireworks.  While July 4th may be a time for BBQ’s, fireworks and homemade ice cream, it is less thrilling for the family pet. Loud booms and the smell of acrid smoke is often enough to instill panic in some animals, who will do anything to escape the noise and perceived threat.  Area pet lovers are encouraged to take some precautions in advance of the big day and the Front Street Animal Shelter is offering simple, easy and affordable solutions to keep our four legged friends safe. 

New Spay/Neuter Clinic, Open House at the Bradshaw Animal Shelter

New Spay/Neuter Clinic, Open House at the Bradshaw Animal Shelter

You’re invited! On Saturday June 28th from 1p.m.-4p.m.the Sacramento County Bradshaw Animal Shelter, 3839 Bradshaw Road, is hosting an open house with Sacramento Animal Spay and Neuter (ASN). 

“Sacramento ASN is our new spay/neuter services partner occupying the spay/neuter facility here on the grounds of the Bradshaw Shelter. We invite the community to come out, tour the clinic, talk to staff, and register for some excellent prizes,” said Dave Dickinson, Director of the Bradshaw Shelter. 

Fostering for the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, CA

Fostering for the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, CA

What is Fostering?
Foster homes provide an alternative to the shelter’s kennel environment for animals in need of more time and attention.  Foster homes provide the environment, special attention and time that shelter staff cannot.

Why Foster?
Many dogs and cats cannot go directly into the shelter’s adoption building due to health, behavioral issues or age.  Young kittens and puppies need foster care until they are 8 weeks old at which time they can be legally adopted.  Sick or injured animals need foster care until they are well enough for adoption.  In some cases, a foster home is needed to help an animal transition from the stress of having been abandoned at a shelter.

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Zoo is Saddened by the Loss of Eastern Bongo

Zoo is Saddened by the Loss of Eastern Bongo

The Sacramento Zoo is saddened by the death of the Eastern Bongo, “Victoria,” at 18 years-old. 
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Biodiversity is Us

Biodiversity is Us

We are all part of the exciting web of life called ‘biodiversity’, which includes the people, animals, plants, genes and ecosystems.

As a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the Sacramento Zoo is pleased to join in support of the Biodiversity is US campaign. The project supports the UN Decade of Biodiversity (2011-2020), an initiative that is helping build a path to a future where we all live in harmony with nature.


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