Giraffe exhibit expansion

by Mary Healy, Director/CEO

I would like to take this time to respond to giraffe article in todays Sacramento Bee.

The response and community calls to the January 7th article in the Sacramento Bee has been overwhelmingly positive. It is obvious that our community cares about our Sacramento Zoo and our wonderful giraffes.

Many of you have asked how you can help. The plans for the barn are well underway. As you can imagine, designing a barn for giraffes that will allow us to bring in new animals and start a breeding program is very complex. Nacht and Lewis Architects are working closely with John F. Otto Inc. on this design–build project and both companies have invested well over a year’s time working with zoo staff. Where we clearly need assistance is in the funding. It is estimated to be a $1.5 million dollar project.

One of the steps we have taken to increase our fund-raising efforts for the Zoological Society is to hire a Director of Development. This is a new position for us, and one that shows the non profit Sacramento Zoological Society Board is committed to keep improving our Zoo to make it better for the animals and for you, our loyal supporters.

In the meantime, I can assure you, the health of the giraffes is stable. However, we know the proposed block building will be much easier to heat, it will be more energy efficient, it will allow us to better maintain our giraffes as they get older and allow us to initiate a breeding program in the future. A solid block building will also ensure better rodent control

I would also like to add that we have a great partnership with the City of Sacramento. I realize the City Council has many difficult decisions that come before them. Ultimately, what is good for Sacramento is good for the Zoo.

If you would like to donate to the giraffe barn project, please contact Lisa Clement at (916) 808-8815 or Donate Now.

Thank you for your interest and support.
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