Your Trees Could be Animal Food!

Every day the Sacramento Zoo feeds out pounds and pounds and bushels and bushels of browse. What’s browse? Non-toxic branches and leaves from specific species of trees and shrubs. This allows us to feed many of our critters - including the giraffes, bongos, chimps, lemurs and many birds - food that is exactly like what they would consume in the wild. They enjoy nibbling leaves, stripping bark, and chewing on stems to keep their brains busy and bellies full. It combines their favorite food with activities that they would naturally perform.

How can you help? Many of our neighbors trim their delicious trees on a regular basis and leave the piles for curb-side collection. But, if your tree is on our list, we can collect branches from your home – or even better, you can deliver to us! – and we will feed them out to our animals, rather than sending them to a landfill.

If you have a tree or shrub on the list below and will be trimming it soon, contact us by email. You can also visit the browse webpage for a detailed FAQ section.

Edible Tree List
Acacia
Camelia
Cottonwood
Grapevine
Ash
Catalpa
Mimosa
Sawleaf
Bottle Brush
Bamboo
Mulberry
Willow
Sycamore
Hackberry
Liquid Amber, Sweet gum
Photinia
Xylosma
Birch
Elm
Pear
Tulip
Magnolia
Citrus, Orange & Lemon
Japanese Maple
Crape Myrtle

Some quick tips:
We are looking for whole branches that have not been sprayed with any kind of pesticide. They must be fresh with the leaves still on. We would prefer it to be delivered, but please contact us ahead of time to make arrangements. If you live close to the Zoo, we may be able to arrange pickup. Any other questions, just email browse@saczoo.org.

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