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whether you visit once or become a zoo member. “However, when our costs go up each year, and we keep our prices the same, we can’t have a stable and successful zoo. We are preparing to make improvements necessary to provide our animals and our community with the worldclass institution that Sacramento deserves.” In addition to providing daily care for more than 500 animals and employing a staff of more than 100, the zoo is also making regular necessary capital improvements to its nine-decade-old facility. In 2016 alone, improvements included expanding the off-exhibit living space for the lions; making the red panda exhibit accessible to a young, active pair; new fencing around the lake to facilitate better care for the birds; expanding off-exhibit living space for the Sifaka lemurs; improvements to visitor restrooms (a separate mothers’ nursing room will be complete soon); and emergency funds were mobilized to stabilize the zoo’s Discovery Room building used to educate schoolchildren. Prices increased an average of a few dollars across the board (general admission went from $11.75 to $14.95, for example), and membership package prices are still quite low, considering the numerous benefits they offer. Zoo members receive free admission all year, as well as discounted admission to zoo events and more than 150 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The zoo also maintains its commitment to visitor accessibility by offering a variety of options for free and reduced-cost admission and programs throughout the year. What’s a couple of dollars more to support such a proud Sacramento tradition? For more information, call 808-5888 or go to saczoo.org. The Sacramento Zoo is at 3930 W. Land Park Drive.

GET INVOLVED If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to get more involved

in your community, the Land Park Community Association offers ample opportunities to do so. So why not join in, meet your fellow Land Parklovers and make a difference in the neighborhood you share? The next Land Use Committee Meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 1. The Land Use Committee is responsible for the topical areas of land use, commercial revitalization and transportation, including use permits and zoning changes within the LPCA boundaries. It’s also responsible for making recommendations to the board on initiatives to improve the health and vitality of the commercial corridors, and it’s responsible for addressing all traffic and transportation issues, including monitoring traffic, bike and pedestrian safety and coordinating with the city’s Department of Transportation, Regional Transit and related public entities and private advocates. The Land Use Committee usually meets on the first Wednesday of the month and is open to current LPCA members. LPCA members may join the Land Use Committee by contacting the chairperson at landuse@landpark.org. More interested in keeping everyone safe? The next Public Safety Committee meeting is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8. The Public Safety Committee is responsible for monitoring and promoting the safety of the Land Park community, informing the membership of the existence of threats and advising them of opportunities to improve public safety, as well as coordinating with local law enforcement, administering electronic public safety communications (including the LPCA’s Public Safety Listserv), fostering the formation of neighborhood watch groups and raising public awareness of public safety issues. The Public Safety Committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month and is open to current LPCA members. LPCA members may join the Public Safety Committee by contacting the chairperson at info@ landpark.org.

Admission prices to the Sacramento Zoo have increased If you’re interested in getting a lay of the land before jumping on board, attend the next LPCA general monthly meeting at Eskaton Monroe Lodge (3225 Freeport Blvd.) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 15. For more information about the LPCA, go to landpark.org.

DAY AT THE MUSEUM Sacramento Museum Day is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, so don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy half-price or free admission at almost 25 local museums and institutions throughout Sacramento, including everyone’s favorite play park, Fairytale Town.

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