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What’s New at the Zoo?

Nov 03, 2014 05:51PM ● Published by Style

Fall and winter are great times to visit the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, as the cooler weather encourages many of the animals to be more active and alert. There are also some new zoo residents for you to meet: wolf Lady joined fellow wolf Yucca this summer; macaque Wallace was introduced to a new companion early this fall, Kayli, a cynomolgus macaque, and the two became immediate friends; and thanks to a donation from the Friends of the Zoo, the great-horned owl exhibit was expanded so that Phineus and Aeriel are now housed adjacent to each other. The zoo is also hosting some great special events this season.

Food Truck Safari

November 19 & December 17
These fun evenings (5-8 p.m.) filled with food, live music and kids’ activities take place the third Wednesday of each month just outside the zoo. Walk off your food truck indulgences with a stroll through the zoo; hours are extended on Food Truck Safari dates; regular zoo admission fees apply.

Thanksgiving Feast

November 27
This annual Thanksgiving celebration for the zoo animals, where each animal receives special holiday treats created just for them, starts at 11 a.m.; regular zoo admission fees apply.

Annual Holiday Party

December 13
Santa drops in for a special visit at this annual event where, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the animals open their gifts. See what’s on your favorite animal’s wish list at Canned food donations will also be collected to benefit the Twin Lakes Food Bank; free admission.

Wild Nights and Holiday Lights

December 5-6, 12-13 & 17-23, 5-8 p.m.
Don’t miss the zoo when it transforms into a seasonal wonderland with thousands of colorful LED lights adorning the walkways, grounds, trees and exhibits. The hillside of the wolf deck will be filled with an enchanted forest of beautifully lit and decorated trees, providing the perfect setting for Santa’s nightly visits. Carolers and musicians provide festive sounds while seasonal refreshments are available. Zoo docents will be on hand to answer questions and provide animal facts, and Santa Paws will greet visitors and pose for photo ops. Admission is $5/person (free for those under 2).
Lesley Miller

For more information about the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary and its special events, visit

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