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Press Release - From Vision to Reality: Elk Grove City Council Approves Plan for New Zoo


After more than two years of imagination, analysis, and outreach performed by local, state, national, and international professionals, the Elk Grove City Council voted Wednesday night to approve the development of a new zoo in Elk Grove with the Sacramento Zoological Society.

Considered one of the most consequential development projects ever proposed in the City of Elk Grove, a new zoo presents a transformational opportunity to deliver wide-ranging benefits to both the City and the greater Sacramento region.

“Our commitment today is a force for good and will be a catalyst for new economic growth and collaborations that will support conservation and education efforts for generations to come,” said Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen. “While there is still more work to do, tonight’s action sets us on a course toward a truly remarkable future.”

The project will now move into the next phase of the design process to develop construction documents for the project. Given the complexities of the project, the City expects that process to take some time. Running parallel with this process would be the Sacramento Zoological Society’s efforts to pursue individual, corporate and partnership funding as required by the financing plan. Completion of this fundraising work, and participation by the region in this effort, is critical to the project schedule and its ultimate completion.

An economic impact study commissioned for the project anticipates one-time construction impacts worth $425 million dollars and work on the project could result in more than 2,400 jobs.

For more information about the project, to sign up to receive project updates, or to view a virtual simulation of the new zoo, visit

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