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It’s all happening at the zoo

Roadrunners are the latest Sacramento Zoo exhibits.

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POSTED January 21, 2012 2:11 a.m.

SACRAMENTO - Many people associate Roadrunners with the famous tall, blue cartoon character that is always running from a coyote. Now you can see what a real Roadrunner looks like at the Sacramento Zoo.

The new male Roadrunner is much smaller than the bird depicted in cartoons. Roadrunners are native to the American Southwest, average 7-12 inches in height and are brown and white with piercing bright yellow eyes and a stiff long tail. Roadrunners are well named; they are weak flyers, often relying upon their strong, scaly legs to carry them away from danger and toward food.

The Roadrunner will be temporarily housed next to the White-faced Owl exhibit before moving to his permanent home with the Thick-billed Parrots.

Also new at the zoo is the renovated North American river otter habitat. The existing concrete pool was about the only thing that made it into the new exhibit. More land was added, a decorative rock background was installed, a new water fall and most striking is the all-glass viewing area for the public.

Not only can you see the otters in a more up-close-and-personal way, they can see you.

The Sacramento Zoo is located in Sacramento’s William Land Park. Take Interstate 5 north to the Sutterville exit that comes up prior to reaching Business 80 then head east to Land Park Drive. General admission is $10,50 weekdays and $11 weekends and holidays; seniors are $9.75 weekdays and $10.25 weekends and holidays, children ages 2 to 11 are $6.50 weekdays and $7 weekends, and children 1 and younger are free.

Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning on Feb. 1, the Sacramento Zoo returns to regular zoo hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 31.

For more information go to or call 916-808-5888.

Upcoming zoo activities include:

Sunday, Feb.12


Bring your valentine to a special I Heart Sacramento Zoo day organized by the Sacramento Zoo Teen volunteers. The event features valentine-themed animal enrichments, informative talks and activity tables – all included with general admission.

Saturday, March 3

Bloomin’ Crazy Plant Fest

Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the sixth annual Bloomin’ Crazy Plant Fest.  Visit with gardening clubs and plant experts; get inspired to start your spring gardens. The Zoo has a significant plant collection and local organizations will educate visitors about gardening and plants. Plants serve a number of functions here at the Zoo. Some are used as cover or shelter and some, such as bamboo, acacia and mirror plants, are grown as browse (fresh treats) for the animals.  For more information, please call 916-808-5888 or visit

Saturday, April 7

Earth Fest

It’s a party for the planet on Saturday, April 7, from 9 4 p.m. Learn how to protect and preserve the earth with environmental, wildlife and conservation organizations. During the day explore animal bio-artifacts; participate in storytelling and activities in the Discovery Room; come face-to-face with the outreach animals; or listen as keepers present enrichment talks in the afternoon. General admission for ages 12 and over is $11.25.  Admission for ages 2-11 is $7.25.  Children one and under are admitted free.  Parking is free and available throughout the park.  For more information, please call 916-808-5888 or visit

Sunday, April 15


Join the stampede as thousands of runners raise funds to benefit the Sacramento Zoo. Are you as fast as a hare or as slow as a tortoise? Find out on Sunday, April 15, from 7 a.m. to noon at the 32nd annual ZooZoom from 7am to 12pm at the Sacramento Zoo! The course winds through scenic William Land Park along flat, tree-lined streets. This 5K, 10K and children’s fun run is a fundraiser for the Sacramento Zoological Society. Race fees include admission to the Zoo. For race fees and information, please contact Fleet Feet Sports at 916-441-1751 or visit

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