Sacramento Zoo to teach about science

The Bee reported today that the Sacramento Zoo will include lessons on evolution as a part of their ongoing lecture series. Opponents voiced their concern for a lack of “alternative theories” and preferred for zoo docents to educate visitors by simple pointing and saying, “Look at the pretty animal that Jesus made for you.”

Here is the schedule of events:

* Feb. 22: “Science and Non-Science: The Truth Behind Intelligent Design,” on why intelligent design is fundamentally nonscientific, and flaws in intelligent design arguments, by Maureen Stanton, professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis.

* March 22: “The Hard Evidence For Evolution,” on how fossil finds support evolutionary theory, by Richard Cowen, paleontologist and UC Davis professor emeritus of geology.

* April 26: “History of Evolutionary Thought,” on the people, politics and debate of the 19th-century era when Charles Darwin published the seminal book on evolution, “The Origin of Species,” by Robin Whittall, zoo education director.

* All lectures are on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is $8 for members, $9 for the general public. Teachers may qualify for discounted admission of $5. For more information, call (916) 264-5889 or see http://www.saczoo.com

Rest in peace Jimmy, we hardly knew thee

Jimmy, the Sac Zoo’s rare and endangered golden-bellied mangabey, has died.

But, who was Jimmy? Even the Zoo isn’t entirely sure:

According to the zoo, golden-bellied mangabeys are considered endangered. There are only 19 golden-bellied mangabeys in North American zoos. Little is known from the wild about these primates. They believe the primates only live naturally in a small area in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Not to make little of the loss to the Zoo, but CBS13’s online write-up of the story sounds too much like a Seinfeld bit.