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Zoo plans a ‘party for the planet’

By March 14, 2011

Bring the family to the Sacramento Zoo’s 12th annual Earth Fest, A Party for the Planet! on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to explore and enjoy the many hands-on educational activities that will be offered.

Along with 100 other zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Sacramento Zoo celebrates Earth Day with wildlife and conservation organizations, a rummage sale, and educational games and crafts.

New this year, visitors can learn how to make their gardens green in more ways than one at the Sacramento Zoo’s Educational Garden, sponsored by Village Nurseries. The Educational Garden utilizes sustainable landscaping practices such as drought-tolerant plants. The project demonstrates to visitors that a garden cannot only be beautiful, but can exist in balance with the environment. In addition, visitors can learn more about native plants, at the zoo’s back yard that includes a children’s play area, nature trail and interactive garden.

The zoo’s annual Recycle Rummage Sale is also back on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale includes books, CDs and videos, T-shirts, toys, stuffed animals, collectibles, animal artwork, jewelry, housewares and other items. Admission to the rummage sale is included with zoo admission.

Proceeds from the rummage sale benefit the zoo’s Conservation Committee and Green Team. The Conservation Committee raises funds to support wildlife education and conservation both locally and worldwide. The Green Team has a focus to reduce waste, conserve energy and create positive changes at the zoo and within the community.

Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 450 native, rare and endangered animals and is one of more than 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in William Land Park, the zoo is managed by the nonprofit Sacramento Zoological Society.

It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $11 general and $7 for children ages 2-11. For more information, call (916) 808-5888 or visit http://saczoo.org.

Enterprise staff

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