Sacramento Zoo

Easy to Locate?

Dog-Friendly?

Easy to Walk?

FREE?

Adequate Parking?

Restroom Facilities?

Yes

No

Yes

Admission Fee Required

Yes

Yes

The Sacramento Zoo is located adjacent to the WPA Rock Garden and William Land Park, right across the road from Fairy Tale Town.  There is an admission fee charged but it’s relatively nominal (about $12 per adult).  For every ticket sold, 25¢ goes to the zoo’s conservation efforts. Sometimes they have “free” days (like Christmas Eve) when the zoo is open to all patrons free of charge.  Keep an eye on the zoo’s Facebook page for more information about when those special days pop up.

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The 14.5 acre zoo is relatively compact, so you can see a lot of animals within a small space — about 140 different species — all in about a two-hour walk. The zoo specializes in rare and endangered animals, and has an extensive breeding program to protect endangered species again extinction.  In 2013, for example, they had a Sumatran Tiger, twin girl Red River Hogs, a Wolf’s Guenon, a Mongoose Lemur, a clutch of Burrowing Owls, and four Black and White Ruffed Lemur babies born at the zoo.   You won’t see any large animals there like Elephants or rhinos (due to a lack of space), but there are plenty of big cats, primates, birds, other mammals, and a reptile house to keep you engaged and entertained.

CLICK HERE FOR A SHORT VIDEO OF THE RED RIVER HOGLETS.

All of the walkways are well-paved and accommodate wheelchairs.  There is ready access to rest rooms and several places inside the zoo to get a snack or a picnic meal.  (Keep in mind that the lion’s share of the high price of the food in the place goes to the upkeep of the zoo and its special animals.)  There’s a small train that can carry you through the place if you get tired of walking, and a conservation merry-go-round to ride on.  There are, of course, photo opportunities everywhere you look.  No pets are allowed. The zoo also has restrictions against bringing balloons, balls, radios, and roller skates onto zoo property.

How to Get to the Zoo:

The zoo is located at 3930 W. Land Park Drive, Sacramento, California. (916) 808-5888.  Getting there is relatively easy.  Take Interstate 5 to the Sutterville Road exit, and follow the signs to Land Park Drive.  Turn left onto Land Park Drive, and you’ll see the zoo to your left.  Adequate parking is available on the right side of the street (down 15th Avenue. You’ll see Fairy Tale town to your right.).  Additional parking can be found behind the Fairy Tale Town park.

A thank you to Google Maps for this image.
A thank you to Google Maps for this image.

The zoo opens around 9:00 am most of the year, although in the winter months they don’t open until 10:00 am.  If you get there too early you can always spend a little bit of time walking through the WPA Rock Garden or around the adjacent duck ponds in William Land Park.

The zoo has also partnered with eWaste4Good a company that collects electronic waste — computers, televisions, laptops, copiers, calculators, monitors, etc. — free of charge and then donates a part of their proceeds to the zoo.  To schedule a pick-up, go to the eWaste4Good website.  ((Don’t bring your e-waste to the zoo.))

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