Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sacramento Zoo

As reported by the Sacramento Bee, it is one public facility that is enhancing its efforts rather than cutting back, and that is because it is managed by a nonprofit corporation under contract to the city, the arrangement similar to the one we are advocating for the American River Parkway.

An excerpt.

“The big animals take up a lot of space in our imaginations when we think about going to the zoo.

“But sometimes, it's the smaller animals that keep zoo visitors captivated.

“Saturday marked the grand opening of the new "Splash!" exhibit at the Sacramento Zoo, showcasing an enlarged and improved North American river otter habitat.

“As one of the zoo's oldest exhibits, the river otter den was in need of improvement, said the zoo's educational specialist, Chris Llewellyn.

"The only thing that comes from the original exhibit is the pool," Llewellyn said. "Everything else is new."

“Renovations to the river otter habitat took about three months to complete, starting in June, according to Llewellyn.

“Costing about $160,000, the project at the nonprofit zoo received significant donations from fundraisers, private donors and the companies working on the construction.

"There are so many people who have helped to make this project a reality," said Zoo Director Mary Healy, "and we are grateful to every one of them."