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  • 16: National Chemistry Week/Chemistry Day: 10am - 3pm | Chemistry displays sponsored by the American Chemical Society. | General Public - FREE with price of admission; FOSAZ Members - FREE.

  • 22, 23, 28, 29, 30: Boo at the Zoo "OC's Premier Halloween Event for Kids!": 5:30 - 8pm | Halloween family festival with trick-or-treating, lights & decorations, nocturnal animal presentations, train & carrousel rides. Rain or shine. | Additional admission required; FOSAZ Member Discount. | more info... | press release...

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The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park celebrated multiple visits from the stork this past July, each with fuzzy baby monkeys.

Celebrate summer with a visit to the Santa Ana Zoo! Come enjoy the Zoo's lush landscaping and growing babies.

Current community favorites include the Zoo's fourth baby giant anteater, two playful baby howler monkeys, the Zoo's first two-toed sloth, and a beautiful young ocelot named Neto. The births, which span over the last several months, are all part of the Santa Ana Zoo's ongoing participation in conservation programs facilitated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)...

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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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by Lauren Bergh, Education Specialist

Did you know that there is a "secret" group of animals residing at our Zoo? These are the Animal Ambassadors, more than 20 individuals representing over 15 species of domestic and exotic animals.

Guests come to zoos to connect with and learn about animals and their environments, and science has shown that direct interaction with an animal creates a lasting connection. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) describes Animal Ambassadors as animals "whose role includes handling and/or training by staff or volunteers for interaction with the public and in support of institutional education and conservation goals..."

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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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Cathi Decker, Executive Director of Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ), revealed plans today for the Zoo to add a "Fifty Monkey" Ferris Wheel. The 64-foot Wheel will be installed near the entrance to the Crean Family Farm, placing a signature stamp onto this family favorite area.

Nestled between the Zoofari Express Train and the Conservation Carrousel, the Fifty Monkey Ferris Wheel will become the perfect finishing touch for this local Zoo to present a total of three child-friendly attractions that can be shared and enjoyed by guests of all ages.

Check out these photos of SAZOO Around the World.

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