Elk Grove got closer to landing its own zoo recently. At a recent Elk Grove City Council meeting, city leaders reviewed a feasibility study for a new, regional zoo. It is one of the many steps Elk Grove has already taken to develop a modern zoological park that would serve the entire region.
As progress is made, the city also expanded its agreement with zoo officials to continue working toward a master plan and comprehensive feasibility study.
The Sacramento Zoological Society Board of Trustees is also optimistic about its growing partnership with Elk Grove. City and zoo leaders envision a modern park that will create memorable experiences and learning opportunities for all visitors and also make a positive impact on wildlife.
Some of the next steps over the coming months will include submitting requests for proposals to zoological park design firms, drafting memos of understanding and doing everything possible to create a master plan that will guide every step of development. A lot of groundwork and progress have already been made. From a feasibility study, economic impact analysis, town hall presentation and conceptual layouts, there’s plenty of reason for Elk Grove to be excited about the possibilities of a new regional destination!
The new zoo would reflect the Sacramento Zoo’s nearly 100-year legacy of dedication and unmatched commitment to animal care and public education. The new zoo would maintain that vision and set the highest of standards in animal care. It will also support wildlife conservation and serve as an educational partner within Elk Grove and the entire region.
A new venue is needed as the current zoo location in Sacramento continues to feel the impact of a smaller space at William Land Park. Unfortunately, the current park doesn’t have the capacity for habitat expansion. As a result, the zoo has lost some notable species. Space constraints have also impacted parking and other access.
Elk Grove and the Zoological Society now have an opportunity to create a world-class facility from a blank slate. City and zoo leaders believe this will allow them to incorporate the latest thinking and technology in every aspect of design, planning and development of animal habitats, guest amenities, veterinary care and infrastructure.
The plans call for spacious, naturalistic and invigorating state-of-the-art animal habitats. For visitors, this will mean a zoo experience that’s fresh, new and fully engaging. The space will also support student learning, promote environmental awareness and contribute in many other ways, such as tax contributions and through regional economic development.
If all the pieces come together, future visitors will enjoy a dynamic animal collection, including the return of the hippo and the introduction of the rhinoceros. Visitors will be welcomed by a 60-acre facility and an entry plaza with retail, dining, event space and bird aviaries.
An expansive African savannah of over 20 acres, fun play spaces, playgrounds and a carousel are some of the other features city leaders hope will be part of the new zoo.
Elk Grove is on the rise, and this is just another example! If you are interested in purchasing Elk Grove real estate, contact us today!