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  • 8, 22: 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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Knowlwood's, the Zoo's long-time food vendor is moving out. We are making final arrangements for our new tenant, but in the meantime, we have arranged for Food Trucks to come daily to the Zoo between 11a and 3p, starting July 17, 2018. More information coming soon!

Beach Bus Bistro Hobo Pizza
Salt and Pepper Me So Hungry
Brewwings Frank's Frozen Treats
Cheddr Wheel Kelly's Baby Burgers
Made in Brooklyn Scooter Italian Ice
Sweet Lou California Grill Truck
How Animals Adapt
by Ron Glazier, Retired Director of the Zoo

Currently, we may all be aware of the extremes of weather across the country. We are blessed in Southern California with a yearround moderate climate, unlike most of the rest of the country. Even so there are times when we turn up the heat or turn on the air-conditioning in our homes.

We've seen scenes of people completely bundled up when outdoors in blizzards in the mid-west and northeast parts of the country. So how do animals in the wild cope with extremes in weather?

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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.

During the third week of July each year, celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week; both keepers and animals deserve professional recognition.

National Zoo Keeper Week 2018 is July 15-21. This year NZKW will be highlighting how great animal care and conservation efforts require great teamwork.

For the most up to date information on NZKW and chapters across the country, visit AAZK on Facebook.
Check out these photos of SAZOO Around the World.

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