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  • 29: Cryptozoology Event: Times starting at 5:30pm | Haunted OC presents this journey through the nocturnal zoo with talks about fact vs. fiction regarding famously elusive creatures. | Prices starting at $30. | Visit https://www.hauntedoc.com/cryptozoology-event for more details.

  • 14: 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.

  • 20, 21, 27, 28: 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.

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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, Bean Sprouts. But in the meantime, we have arranged for Food Trucks to come on weekends to the Zoo between 11am and 3pm.

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

During the week, a cafe cart is available with snacks and refreshments. More information coming soon!

Wild Jungle Adventure
by Ron Glazier, Retired Director of the Zoo

In my youth, I had many wild jungle adventures. Of course, they weren't really in the jungle but rather on the jungle gym in the local playground. No doubt my imagination was embellished by the Tarzan movies and comic books prevalent during that time.

Jungles are often associated with thick impenetrable lush forests covering the remnants of lost civilizations or hiding primitive tribes from the outside world. They have also become metaphors for tough situations facing many businesses: "It's a jungle out there." Jungles are the setting for a multitude of adventure movies such as "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Perhaps many of you have enjoyed the adventure of the Jungle Boat Ride at Disneyland...

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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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Santa Ana Zoo's Master Plan is Empowering the Community to Help Save Wildlife and Wild Spaces

The Santa Ana Zoo is pleased to announce the next phase of its "master plan," which is supported and funded by the City of Santa Ana, as well as volunteers, donors and Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ), is well underway.

Under the guidance of its new Zoo Director Ethan Fisher, the family-friendly zoo is continuing to enhance and expand its 20-acre, stroller and wheelchair accessible urban forest. Among the new family-fun features for guests to enjoy are the Fifty-Monkey Ferris Wheel and the Dung Beetle Maze...

Check out these photos of SAZOO Around the World.

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Zookeeper Nicole Leslie re-enacts the popular scene from the new movie "Jurassic World,"
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