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  • 15: 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.

  • 21, 22, 28, 29: 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...

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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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Memories for Our Silver Anniversary
by Ron Glazier, Retired Director of the Zoo

When I look back on my career as Director of the Santa Ana Zoo, there are several things that give me a sense of satisfaction. There are the exhibits that I saw develop from an idea to a more complex concept, then through design, and finally construction.

Opening day of a new exhibit was particularly rewarding when Zoo visitors flocked in to see the animals in their new habitat. Over the years our Zoo members have been instrumental in contributing the funds toward the construction of those exhibits.

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Ron Glazier's Scary Things

Next month, the Santa Ana Zoo will be filled with scary things showing up for Boo-at-the-Zoo. To be honest though, many will be cute and enjoying a merry Halloween. Boo is possibly the best family event in the County for a safe and fun-filled Halloween. The animals at the Zoo are not scary, with two possible exceptions: the tarantula and the boa constrictor, which can be seen in the Exploration Outpost, are in a general group of animals that many find scary.

The fear of spiders and snakes is not totally irrational as many of their species are venomous or certainly can inflict painful bites. I said venomous to distinguish them from poisonous...

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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.

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