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Zoo critters get holiday treats

Lemurs enjoy a treat at the Sacramento Zoo.
Lemurs enjoy a treat at the Sacramento Zoo.

Bundle up the family for Holiday Magic at the Sacramento Zoo on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Throughout the day, special gifts will be delivered to the animals. See them pounce, tear and stomp into their one-of-a-kind holiday treats.

New this year will be a special holiday feast with all the fixings for the Black and White Ruffed Lemurs, including the four young ones born this past spring, at 11:30 a.m.

Schedule of Enrichments (at the animals’ exhibits)

10:30 a.m. — Orangutans: Fabric stocking with fruit, nuts and pumpkin
11 a.m. — Bongos and Red River Hogs: Pumpkin bowls with fruit and vegetables, Christmas trees decorated with hay, carrots and lettuce
11:30 a.m. — Black & White Ruffed Lemurs: Black & White Ruffed Lemurs Christmas feast with a paper turkey piñata, plates of food on a festive table and a cardboard gingerbread house
Noon — Sumatran Tigers: Wrapped presents with spices, a Christmas tree, ice and a holiday-themed piñata
12:30 p.m. — Kangaroo and Emu: Christmas tree decorated with carrots, lettuce, greens and squash stars
1 p.m. — Anteaters: Toys with avocado & boxes with oranges
1:30 p.m. — Lions: Large boxes with scent and spice, ice and small pumpkins
2 p.m. — River Otters: Frozen ice ornaments and ice with treats
2:30 p.m. — Giraffes: Wreaths of browse, fruit and vegetables, Christmas tree and piñata
3 p.m. — Ground Hornbills: Holiday-themed piñata with crickets inside

Visitors’ Tip: Keep an eye out for off-schedule enrichments throughout the day.

Bring a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item and receive $1 off zoo admission. Toy donations will go to Toys for Tots and food donations go to the River City Food Bank.

Coming in early 2014
Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 4 to Feb. 9: Stop by the Reptile House Lawn at 11 a.m. and meet some of the zoo’s animal ambassadors up close. Docents are also on-site to answer questions and give animal facts.

Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 4 to April 13: Learn more about your favorite animals how the zookeepers take care of them during Keeper Chats at 2:15, 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. Check saczoo.org for chat locations.

Jan. 23: Well-known local attorney and estate planning specialist Mark S. Drobny will help you navigate through a jungle of topics during a free Estate Planning Seminar at 1 and 2:30 p.m. For more information, e-mail Lisa Clement or call (916) 808-8815.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 14 to April 13: Stop by the zoo’s Interpretive Center at the amphitheater at 11 a.m. for an educational show about the zoo’s animals.

Feb. 9: Bring your valentine to a special I Heart Sacramento Zoo day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., organized by the Sacramento Zoo Teen volunteers. The event features Valentine-themed animal enrichments, informative talks and activity tables — all included with general admission.

Feb. 23: Show your best poker face at the zoo’s first Poker Tournament fundraiser, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg and all proceeds will benefit the zoo.

About the zoo
Open since 1927, the zoo is home to more than 500 native, rare and endangered animals and is one of more than 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in William Land Park, the zoo is wholly managed by the non-profit Sacramento Zoological Society. This Sacramento treasure inspires conservation awareness through education and recreation. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., general admission is $11.25; children ages 2-11 are $7.25 and 1 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free throughout the park or ride Regional Transit bus No. 6.

For more information call (916) 808-5888 or visit saczoo.org.

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