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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. 

Sacramento Zoo: Twilight Thursdays

Sacramento Zoo: Twilight Thursdays

By Meghan Sullivan

Looking for something fun to do on a Thursday night this summer that isn’t just another happy hour?

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Burrowing Owls Visit the Vet

Burrowing Owls Visit the Vet

On Friday, June 6th seven of the nine Burrowing Owl chicks that hatched in early May visited the Zoo’s veterinary hospital for the first time. During their visit with the veterinarian each owl was given a quick physical exam to make sure it was in good health and received its first West Nile Virus vaccine. 






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Bradshaw Animal Shelter Spay/Neuter Clinic Open House

Bradshaw Animal Shelter Spay/Neuter Clinic Open House
Bradshaw Animal Shelter Spay/Neuter Clinic Open House
06-28-2014 - 06-28-2014
Sacramento County Bradshaw Animal Shelter
 
Admission: Free
 
(916) 368-7387
 
Start Time(s): Sat 1pm-4pm
Celebrate the arrival of Sacramento Animal Spay Neuter at the Spay Neuter Clinic on the grounds of the Bradshaw Animal Shelter Food, fun, and pet related prizes will be had! 
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Dart Frogs Hatched!

Dart Frogs Hatched!

We have a new exhibit in the Reptile House featuring 15 juvenile Yellow-banded Poison Dart Frogs. These frogs were hatched between January and May and cared for behind the scenes. The eggs were laid on exhibit by our adults, carefully collected and placed within a warm, humid incubator where they hatched into tadpoles after a few weeks. Once the tadpoles were swimming freely, we placed them into a small, filtered aquarium, where they ate a steady diet of algae and grew. Once the tadpoles had developed all four legs, they were moved from an aquatic tank to a terrestrial tank in which they could grow even larger feeding on springtails, which are tiny invertebrates. The young frogs are now half the size of their parents and eating fruit flies and small crickets... Read More