Elk Grove Zoo plans moving forward, design firm selected

Elk Grove is about to have a new state-of-the-art zoo in town. On Wednesday, the Elk Grove City Council reached an agreement with the Sacramento Zoological Society. Additionally, a design firm was chosen to plan the new zoo. “The (MoU) will allow us to take exciting new steps in the development process which will include the ability to more actively engage with the community on this project,” said Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen, in a statement. The agreement now allows the Sacramento Zoological Society to begin fundraising for the project. Previous coverage in the video player above. The agreement between the two parties comes two months after the presentation of a feasibility study to the city council. According to the study, the zoo would be built in two phases and would cost an estimated combined amount of $314.8 million. You can read the full study here. The president of the Sacramento Zoological Society said they will need everyone’s help to raise enough funds to build the zoo. Is there a plan to bring back hippos, tigers and bears? We know the whole region is excited about the prospect of an expanded new zoo and we will need everyone’s help to build the new zoo,” said Elizabeth Stallard. .| VIDEO BELOW | The Sacramento Zoo is moving forward with the next steps to move to Elk GroveDesign firm chosenA Seattle-based landscape architecture firm has been chosen to design the new zoo, according to the release. SHR Studios “specializes in the development and design of zoos and has helped design the Houston Zoo, the Nashville Zoo, the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha as well as the Werribbee Open Range Zoo outside of Melbourne, in Australia.” In addition to planning for SHR, our dedicated zoo staff have collaborated with dozens of other Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) accredited hunches over the past few months to develop best practices for the habitat design, space requirements and species care,” Jason Jacobs, executive director of the Sacramento Zoological Society, said in a statement. The conceptual and schematic design as well as a financing plan, among others, are expected to take 18 to 24 months, according to the press release. The Elk Grove City Council and the Sacramento Zoological Society plan to give formal review and approval of the project in late 2023. City leaders have been working for several years to move the nearly 15-acre Sacramento Zoo to Land Park due to the zoo’s accreditation being “increasingly at risk.” Over the past year, officials have been working to approve the move to a 60-acre stretch of land at Kammerer Road and Lotz Parkway. Several community outreach events are planned for the summer that will give the public the opportunity to donate his opinion of the zoo. “Giving the community a voice in the development of this project remains a top priority for the city and the Zoological Society,” said Jason Behrmann, Elk Grove City Manager. “We want to hear from people of all ages about which amenities and design features are most important to them as we continue the development process.”

Elk Grove is about to have a new state-of-the-art zoo in town.

On Wednesday, the Elk Grove City Council reached an agreement with the Sacramento Zoological Society. Additionally, a design firm was chosen to plan the new zoo.

“The (Memorandum of Understanding) will allow us to take exciting new steps in the development process that will include the ability to more actively engage with the community on this project,” said Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh. -Allen, in a statement.

The agreement now allows the Sacramento Zoological Society to begin fundraising for the project.

  • Previous coverage in the video player above.

The agreement between the two parties comes two months after the presentation of a feasibility study to the city council. According to the study, the zoo would be built in two phases and would cost an estimated combined amount of $314.8 million. You can read the full study here.

The president of the Sacramento Zoological Society said they will need everyone’s help to raise enough funds to build the zoo.

“Everywhere I go people ask me, is the new zoo happening? Will the giraffes have more space? Is there a plan to bring back the hippos, tigers and bears? and an expanded zoo and we will need everyone’s help to build the new zoo,” said Elizabeth Stallard.

| VIDEO BELOW | Sacramento Zoo advances next steps to move to Elk Grove

Chosen Design Agency

A Seattle-based landscape architecture firm has been chosen to design the new zoo, according to the release.

SHR Studios “specializes in the development and design of zoos and has helped design the Houston Zoo, the Nashville Zoo, the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha as well as the Werribbee Open Range Zoo outside of Melbourne, in Australia.

“In addition to planning for SHR, our dedicated zoo staff have collaborated with dozens of other Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited hunches over the past few months to develop best practices for designing the zoo. habitat, space requirements and care of the species,” Jason Jacobs, executive director of the Sacramento Zoological Society, said in a statement.

The conceptual and schematic design as well as a financing plan, among others, are expected to take 18 to 24 months, according to the press release.

The Elk Grove City Council and the Sacramento Zoological Society expect to formally review and approve the project in late 2023.

City leaders have been working for several years to move the Sacramento Zoo nearly 15 acres into Land Park because the zoo’s accreditation is “under increasing threat.” Over the past year, officials have been working to approve the move to a 60-acre stretch of land at Kammerer Road and Lotz Parkway.

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Location of Elk Grove Zoo

Several community outreach events are planned for the summer that will give the public a chance to have their say on the zoo.

“Giving the community a voice in the development of this project remains a top priority for the city and the Zoological Society,” said Jason Behrmann, Elk Grove City Manager. “We want to hear from people of all ages about which amenities and design features are most important to them as we continue the development process.”

Michael J. Chiaramonte