AAA Editor Notes
Sacramento Zoo is off I-5 exit 516 (Sutterville Rd.) to 3930 West Land Park Dr., at jct. 16th Ave. This attractively landscaped zoo exhibits a variety of animals, including giraffes, chimpanzees, orangutans, lions, Sumatran tigers, jaguars, snow leopards, Grevy's zebras, lemurs and giant anteaters. Gila monsters, ball pythons and eyelash vipers are among the residents in the Reptile House.
Asian Forest includes a red panda exhibit. Among the resident bird species are hornbills and flamingos. Giraffes can be viewed from a platform deck, and twice-daily giraffe encounters allow visitors to feed these gentle giants. There's also a carousel that features 32 hand-crafted animals. A small train traverses the grounds. Zoo Backyard has picnic facilities and a children's play area.
Note: There is no parking on site; it's best to go early in the day (especially on weekends), when the animals are more active and it's easier to find a parking space.
Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.