What does it take to feed a Zoo?

As 2013 comes to a close, our Animal Care department compiled a list of the food that was ordered for the Zoo animals this year. With more than 500 mouths to feed you can see that the list is long and varied! From blueberries to beef bones it's definitely an interesting list.

FRUIT/VEGETABLES
Banana - 167 cases
Papaya - 161 cases
Apples - 129 cases
Yams - 104 cases
Spinach - 47 cases
Iceberg Lettuce - 49 cases
Collard Greens - 99 cases
Chard - 92 cases
Dandelion Greens - 123 cases
Romaine Lettuce - 105 cases
Corn - 23 cases
Broccoli - 225 cases
Carrots - 88 cases
Oranges - 47 cases
Grapes - 74 flats
Kiwi - 9 cases
Beets - 41 bags
Frozen Corn Nibs - 10 cases
Onions - 30 bags
Zucchini - 206 lbs
Celery - 45 cases
Green Beans - 203 lbs
Cauliflower - 53 heads
Pears - 11 cases
Blueberries - 6 flats
Bok Choy - 37 cases
Fig - 24 cases
Pomegranate - 2 cases
Avocado - 663 individual

MEAT/FISH
Bird of Prey Meat - 130 lbs
Carnivore Meat - 12,675 lbs
Beef Bones - 984 lbs
Night Smelt - 520 lbs
Capelin - 495 lbs
Herring - 1,089 lbs

HAY/STRAW
Alfalfa - 290 bales
Oat Hay - 157 bales
Straw - 232 bales
Other Hay - 11 bales
Pine Shavings - 180 bags
Omolene - 4 bags

NUTS/SEEDS
Almonds - 100 lbs
Pine Nuts  - 250 lbs
Sunflower Meats - 150 lbs
Walnuts - 50 lbs

CHOW/BISCUITS
Primate Chow - 2,060 lbs
Parrot Chow - 2,180 lbs
Flamingo Chow  - 12,150 lbs
Gamebird Chow - 200 lbs
Duck Chow - 13,350 lbs
Leaf-eater Chow - 2,050 lbs
Bird Chow - 2,025 lbs
Insectivore Chow - 1,125 lbs
Feline Chow - 1,700 lbs
Herbivore Chow - 24,350 lbs
Pig Chow  - 1,075 lbs
Kangaroo Chow - 1,960 lbs
Emu/Ostrich Chow - 5,150 lbs
Cricket Chow - 25 lbs
Koi Chow - 20 lbs
Turtle Chow - 25 lbs
Rabbit Chow - 25 lbs

OTHER ITEMS
Yogurt, Juice, Apple Sauce, Raisins
Rodents, Crickets, Meal Worms, Wax Worms
Vitamins, Supplements
And mountains of leafy browse from trees and plants!

Do you want to help feed the animals?
The Zoo takes donations of leafy browse all year long. When you prune your trees, please check our list of acceptable plants and contact us if yours is listed. Visit our Donate Browse webpage for all the details.

If you don't have tree trimmings and still want to help, please consider a tax-deducatable donation to support the Sacramento Zoo. Visit the Donate Now webpage and thank you!
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