So put on your sunscreen as we first head to Micke Grove Zoo, 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, in Lodi. The zoo sits on five acres and is home to more than 50 animal species.
“We have animals here that you typically don’t find at other zoos,” Allison Meador, education director at Micke Grove Zoo, said. “We are the only facility in Northern California to have fossa (a catlike carnivore native to Madagascar). There are also Chilean pudu here — they are smallest species of deer in the world.”
Micke Grove Zoo is also home to lemurs, spider monkeys, golden lion tamarins, reptiles, several different types of birds and the cutest bobcat, named Nitro, who likes to flirt with female visitors. A snow leopard, the zoo’s newest addition, draws quite the crowd of spectators.
“Our snow leopard likes to interact and follow our visitors,” Carrie McMorris, the cat’s primary keeper, said. “As a cat, she likes her toys and can sleep up to 18 hours a day.”
The zoo is looking to start a breeding program for the snow leopard, who just turned a year old last month, and is collecting funds to help. Donors will have the opportunity to help name the snow leopard. For more information, call the Micke Grove Zoological Society at 331-2010 or visit www.mgzoo.com.
The zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of Christmas day. Admission is $5 per adult, age 14 and older, and $3 for children ages 3 to 13. Children 2 and younger are free.
Next, we are headed to Old Town Sacramento to take part in an underground walk ing tour that starts at the Sacramento History Museum, at 101 I St. The tour, which includes audio equipment, is about an hour long and goes underground in two major sections within Old Town Sacramento. The process of lifting the town started back in 1864, due to flooding. You may notice a bit of a stale smell underground, but the intriguing history makes up for it.
Tickets are $10 for kids ages 6 to 17 and $15 for adults age 18 and older. Private tours are also offered for $300 for a group of no more than 20 people. Visit www.historicoldsac.org for tour times, which will be changing around the middle of this month.
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