What to Do at the Zoo in Sacramento, California

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If you find yourself in Sacramento with nothing much to do, why not check out the Sacramento Zoo and have yourself an adventure? The zoo is open to the public and hours of operation are 9am to 4pm, but the grounds are open until 5pm. You must wear facemasks properly at the zoo, completely covering your nose and mouth, and is required for every guest over the age of 2 years. All tickets must be purchased online, as the zoo staggers entry times and counts the guests to make sure they are safe during the pandemic. Admission to the zoo is $19 for general admission. For Seniors 65 years and older, tickets are $18. For children between the ages of 2-11, tickets are $14, and children under the age of 2 are free! Alternately, you can purchase a membership. Individual membership begins at $60. A Duo membership with 2 adults is $90. A Family pack of 2 adults and up to 4 children is $145. A Family Plus pack is the same as the Family pack but with 2 additional adult guests for $245.

The Giraffe Encounter has reopened! Come and get up close and personal with these gentle giants as you get the chance to learn about them from the keepers, as well as having the chance to feed them from your hands. This encounter is held daily at 10am and also again at 2pm. Tickets for the event is $5 per person. They only take credit cards for this encounter.

The tall wonders and the small wonders of Africa exhibits are open, as well as Big Cat Row, the lemurs, the aviaries, the orangutans, chimpanzees, okapi, and much more! The Reptile House, however, is temporarily closed and will reopen again at a later date.

While many attractions at the Sacramento Zoo are closed, the Zoo Train is now open! This train chugs through the Big Cat Row and gives you a guided tour of nature’s big cats. Train rides are $4 per person and are first come, first serve. Children of all ages will be delighted to see the zoo’s predators up close.

Would you like to donate or contribute to the zoo? The Sacramento Zoo has an Amazon Wish List! Go online to the zoo’s website and you’ll find the link to their wishlist that includes items such as balls, toys, scrubby brushes, paper sacks, fleece blankets, and so much more. For a unique way to donate and also give back to the animals, consider purchasing some items off their list and brighten their day.

Or, perhaps you’d like to help feed the animals! The Sacramento Zoo accepts bush and tree clippings of acceptable trees on their list called “browse” that they feed to many of their animals onsite. Instead of being hauled away by yard maintenance, consider donating your clippings to the zoo! Go online to see if your foliage is acceptable for the zoo’s browse food donation.

You’ll have a roaring good time when you book your adventure at the Sacramento Zoo!

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