Citing the costs of California’s new minimum-wage law and the need for improvements to some of its animal exhibits, the Sacramento Zoo’s board of trustees has voted to significantly raise the price of admission beginning in January.
Daily admission prices to the Land Park institution will increase more than 25 percent, with general admission rising from $11.75 to $14.95. Tickets for seniors will cost $13.95, up from $11 in 2016. Admission for children will rise from $7.75 to $9.95.
The price of the zoo’s Family Pack, which includes unlimited visits for two adults and four children, is increasing more than 40 percent, from $95 to $135. Its Plus Pack, which includes unlimited admission for four adults and four children, as well as multiple tickets for rides and ice cream, is rising more than 60 percent, from $150 to $245. Membership costs for individuals will remain at $40.
Kyle Burks, the zoo’s director and chief executive officer, said the price increases are necessary to maintain “exceptional daily care” for more than 500 animals and to upgrade certain exhibits, in particular the zoo’s habitat for its big cats. A planned project will give the pride of five lions a more complex living environment with hilly terrain, a climbing structure and plenty of shade, Burks said. The zoo’s great apes also are in line for habitat upgrades, he added.
The facility, which is 90 years old, also needs fencing repair and other maintenance, he said.
The rise in California’s minimum wage, currently at $10 per hour, also…
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