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NOVEMBER
  • 7: FOSAZ Board of Directors Annual Meeting: 5 - 7pm | Crean Family Farm Barn Classroom at the Zoo (4pm Zoo Tour)

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Adorable Baby Lemur Born at the Santa Ana Zoo is OC's Cutest New Foodie

The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park is happy to report its baby Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur, born on May 18, 2017, is healthy, energetic and enjoying copying the vocals and antics of parents Mary Lou and Tamazula.

The Zoo Keepers describe the baby lemur, whose sex has yet to be determined, as rambunctious and extremely interested in taste testing new foods. Among the little pup's favorites firsts are grapes and bananas. Guests and Zoo members can easily spot our baby lemur in the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur habitat, which is located in the Zoo's primate walkway.

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OCELOT HABITAT NOW OPEN!

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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Message from the Zoo Director
by Kent Yamaguchi

Thirty years ago my coworker at the Orange County Department of Education asked if I would work with her that coming summer teaching at the Santa Ana Zoo in their summer Zoo Camp. Since I taught kids, had worked at camps, and knew about animals, she thought I would be a perfect fit.

I told her that was crazy because I was allergic to most things at the Zoo (fur, feathers, dust, grass, and pollen) and that I was really terrified of monkeys and birds. She convinced me to apply, and I've been at the Zoo ever since. By the way, I am no longer scared of monkeys but still get freaked out over birds now and then. Also, I married that cute coworker...

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Todd's Tidbits

October 31, 2017

When are the best time and day to see the animals? The best time would be at zoo opening or just before zoo closing. This is caused by of the animals being active with anticipation of being fed or eating their food. Also, keep in mind some of the animals do not like the heat. They do not care to be out in the heat just as we do. So, the animals that are effected will stay in the shade during the peak hours that are hot. The best day to come to the zoo would be on the weekday. The zoo is typically not as busy on weekdays compared to weekends. That being said, If I were coming to the zoo to see the ocelot or any other animal. I would come during any weekday when the zoo opens. Find a good place to sit near the cage to watch the animal.

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PLANS TO BUILD A FIFTY MONKEY FERRIS WHEEL AT THE SANTA ANA ZOO HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!

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.

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