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  • 9: World's Oceans Day: 11am - 2pm | Celebrate the World's Oceans. | General Public - free with price of admission; FOSAZ Members - FREE.

  • 24: Sunsets at the Zoo, Featuring Brew at the Zoo: 5:30 - 7:30pm | Bring a picnic and join us for a series of evenings of live music, beer tasting, children's craft tables, train/carrousel rides and animals. | Additional admission required; FOSAZ Member Discount. | purchase tickets... | read press release

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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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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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Dear Santa Ana Zoo Members & Friends
by Ethan Fisher, Zoo Director, Santa Ana Zoo

I am incredibly honored to introduce myself as the new Zoo Director. I have a long history with the Santa Ana Zoo since I began as a volunteer in 1999, subsequently holding various positions including zoo educator, animal records keeper, and operations supervisor.

This is not just another job for me - it is my dream - not just to be working with animals, but to be here, at the Santa Ana Zoo.

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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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Kids learn about environmental conservation and preservation when they climb about this eco-minded carousel at the Santa Ana Zoo.

Rather than hand-carved horses, the Conservation Carousel features endangered species. Kids who ride will receive a collectible educational card with information about at-risk creatures.

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Check out these photos of SAZOO Around the World.

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