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  • 15: Party for the Planet: 12 - 3pm | Celebrate Earth Day and Endangered Species Day with activity stations and special guests throughout the Zoo. | General Public - free with price of admission; FOSAZ Members - FREE. City of Santa Ana Residents - FREE. more info...

  • 28: "Dreamnight:" 5:30 - 7:30pm | Special invitation only event for children living with life threatening conditions from the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).

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Earlier this year, our ocelot couple had their first baby in our recently opening Ocelot Exhibit and Education Center.

The new baby boy remained out of view while still very young, but you can sometimes now find him out and about in the habitat. This represents the first breeding between these two beautiful animals, and we hope to have more in the years to come. Look for the baby boy just outside the Colors of the Amazon Aviary, right across from the curious camels.

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Ocelots are beautiful "exotic" wild cats from South America, often described as "miniature cheetahs." There are currently only 26 Brazilian Ocelots in the United States, and we are bringing two to the Santa Ana Zoo.

Since 2002, the Santa Ana Zoo has been working with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Brazilian Ocelot Consortium and the government of Brazil to play a role in the ocelot's survival. The ocelot currently is classified as an endangered species, and the Santa Ana Zoo has been one of ten U.S. zoos involved with the consortium.

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Baby Love

Everyone loves a baby animal. And what a spectacular year 2015 turned out to be for our new Zoo Babies!

We had a new baby colobus monkey, the third born to our long-term resident mom Kianga, who was born here at the Zoo just over ten years ago. Nearby, the ring-tailed lemurs also welcomed a new addition, and just down the way the crested capuchins expanded their ever-growing family...

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Uncle Scale's Journal

Journal Date: November 6, 2015

Hello again my friends, It has been quite a while since I last wrote one of my journal entries but there are so many exciting things happening I just had to get back on to give you some updates!

As a guest at the Zoo you have probably spent a lot of time enjoying one of our premier habitats, Amazon's Edge with its beautiful waterfall. This habitat is home to a variety of animals, including our howler monkeys, crested screamers and black necked swans. Many special events have been held at Amazon's Edge from Weddings and photo shoots to one of our most memorable auction items from Zoofari many years ago, the "Date to Mate" overnight experience...

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Todd's Tid Bits...
Santa Ana ZOO Conservation Partners Study Golden Eagles

Golden eagles once dominated the mountains on California's U.S.-Mexico border; now, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are using GPS tags and special 3-D mapping techniques to study how these birds of prey navigate protected habitat in Orange, Riverside, and San Diego Counties.

Golden eagles are a widespread sentinel species that use a three-dimensional habitat space making them an ideal species for monitoring. Collected data will guide future efforts to develop effective reserves protecting both the eagles and the flora and fauna of our region...

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