Explore the Sacramento Zoo in a whole new light — moonlight. The Overnight Safari offers families the chance to experience this unique side of the zoo without the rush of the daytime crowds. Meet some of the animals up close and personal. Then, as night falls, camp out under the stars just yards away from dozing flamingos.
The Overnight Safari kicks off as families park their cars along Big Cat Row and set up camp on the Reptile House Lawn. Once everyone is settled in, everyone will dine on a spaghetti dinner while the sounds of nature transport them from the city to an evening in the wild. After dinner, bring the camera along to see the giraffes kick up their heels, the elusive sloth come out and hear the lion roar while exploring the Zoo.
There will also be activity stations for children, nocturnal nibbles for the creatures and docents to highlight the wild world of zoo animals. Before hunkering down at bedtime, the evening is topped off with closeup animal encounters, campfire songs, game show trivia and a late night snack. Wake up to the calls of the flamingos, singing birds, chattering monkeys and breakfast.
Pre-registration is required. Regular prices are $60 for adults and $56 for children, ages 4 to 17. Zoo members pay $50 for adults and children are $46. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The safari begins at 5:30 p.m. on July 1, 8, 16 or 30, or Aug. 6 or 12, and ends at 9 a.m. the following morning.
Sign up at www.saczoo.org or call (916) 808-8814.