November 15, 2013
“Holidays with the Critters” & “Winter Zoobilation” at the Santa Ana Zoo Come one, come all to the Santa Ana Zoo’s annual holiday family festival “Holidays with the Critters” on Saturday, December 7th from 11 am – 2 pm, rain or shine. The event is included with the price of admission and FREE for Zoo members. Additionally, throughout the month of December, the Santa Ana Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland called “Winter Zoobilation” with special holiday entertainment each weekend for all to enjoy. On December 7th, Holidays with the Critters will be filled with enchanting animals, festive music and beautiful, original hand-crafted decorations depicting Santa’s Workshop, Sweet Shop and Post Office cut outs of 3-dimensional wood and individually designed and painted by Board Member Rip Ribble. Guests will be able to join in the celebration with stories of winter delights, special children’s crafts and a chance to see the Zoo animal friends put on their “winter coats.” The Zoo entrance and farm area will feature live entertainment and “treat” stations where each child will receive goodies. “At Holidays with the Critters families can escape from the season’s frenzy and get reacquainted with the tranquility of the Santa Ana Zoo,” says Debbie Friedman, Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ) Board President. “Visitors can also spread good cheer by doing their holiday shopping at the Treetop Toys Zoo Gift Shop, where proceeds go to help the Zoo.” All day there will be an exclusive 10% discount on merchandise, highlighting creative and zoo themed gifts for the holidays. Members receive an extra discount of 20% on all holiday themed gift shop items. “Each one of us has holiday memories we cherish as parents, grandparents or friends, and at the Santa Ana Zoo we want to help make and honor these traditions and celebrations for one very special reason – to bring together the people we love and to create happy memories with them,” says Cathi Decker, Executive Director, FOSAZ. The Zoofari Express and Conservation Carrousel will be lit up in their full holiday regale and rides are $3 each or $5 for a combo ticket. The Zoo is open daily from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and children 3-12 years. Children under 3 are free.
October 2, 2013
It’s Boo Time at the Santa Ana Zoo! Mark your calendars, grab your costumes, and join us for our annual “merry not scary” Boo at the Zoo! The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo and B.P.O. Elks Santa Ana Lodge #794 present the 23rd Annual Boo at the Zoo located at the Santa Ana Zoo, “Home of the 50 Monkeys.” The event will take place from 5:30 PM to 8 PM on Saturday, October 19, and Sunday, October 20; Saturday, October 26; Sunday, October 27; and Wednesday, October 30, rain or shine. Boo at the Zoo is one of Orange County's longest-running Halloween events, providing a fun, safe, and family-friendly event for trick-or-treaters and children of all ages who love to wear costumes and embrace the Halloween spirit! Guests will have the opportunity to explore 10 prize stations on our Trick-or-Treat Trail, enjoy a variety of Halloween-themed games and activities – including storytelling and sing-alongs, and visit with our nocturnal animals. Guests will also be able to participate in our nightly costume parade, led by SAZOO (our monkey mascot). Our exciting “Boofari” Express Train and Conservation Carrousel rides will be entertaining little ghouls and goblins all night long. Parents, don’t forget your cameras! Boo at the Zoo provides great photo opportunities that will last a lifetime.
General Admission is $14 per non-member ages 2 and up, and only $7 per Zoo Member ages 2 and up. Bonus: Children under the age of 2 are free. Join as a Member to receive your half price tickets! Tickets for the “Boo”fari Express and Carrousel will be available for $3 per ride or a $5 combo ticket for both rides. Hot dogs, chips and soda will also be available for purchase nightly provided by the Tustin-Santa Ana Rotary Club, Zoo Docents, and Zookeepers. For those who are a little older and more adventurous, Boo at the Zoo will once again have a separate area for our “Teen Scream” haunted house (included in the regular price of admission). This is sure to provide chills and thrills for those who dare to enter. To avoid the lines, admissions are now available online (valid any night of the event, nonrefundable – bring your receipt to Will Call on the night of the event). You may also purchase admissions at the main gate on the night of the event. For more information, please call (714) 953-8555 x12. So grab your costume and we'll see YOU at the BOO at the Santa Ana ZOO!
August 1, 2013
Tickets Now Available for the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park’s 2013 “Zoofari State Faire” Black-Tie Fundraiser The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ), a non-profit organization, are pleased to announce tickets sales, media and sponsorship opportunities for its 21st annual Zoofari fundraising event are now generally available for purchase online or by calling (714) 953-8555 x10. Tickets to this year’s exclusive, annual black-tie gala, themed “Zoofari State Faire,” are $250 each or $2,500 for a private table of 10. All tickets must be purchased in advance of the event which will take place Saturday, August 24 from 5:30 pm – midnight at the Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park located at 1801 Chestnut Avenue in Santa Ana. Space is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door. With an expected attendance of more than 300 guests, the glamorous fundraising event includes valet parking service underwritten by Villa Ford, a hosted bar and exquisite hors d’oeuvres, along with a first-class dining experience catered by Parties by Panache. Partygoers at the Zoofari State Faire will enjoy an evening of dancing, fine dining and musical entertainment under the stars, and have the opportunity to bid on wonderful trips, beautiful baskets, and one-of-a-kind gifts during the event’s live and silent auctions hosted by renowned auctioneer Glen Fladeboe. “For more than 20 years, Zoofari has played an integral role in raising the funds needed for all the special projects and improvements going on here at Orange County’s favorite zoo including breaking ground on new animal habitats, tackling important conservation initiatives, introducing new rides and upgrading service facilities for our guests to use and enjoy,” says Cathi Decker, event host and executive director of FOSAZ. “Zoofari is a first-class fundraising event that demonstrates the love and investment the local community, surrounding businesses and FOSAZ have for the zoo,” says Debbie Friedman, president of the FOSAZ Board. “This year’s Zoofari State Faire promises to be another endearing and festive evening our guests will cherish and a night of giving that will have a lasting and positive impact on the Santa Ana Zoo for years to come.” To find out more about the 2013 Zoofari State Faire, discuss potential sponsorship opportunities or to reserve seats and purchase tickets, call (714) 953-8555 x10 or view our Zoofari page.
May 2, 2013
Santa Ana Zoo Announces 2013 Summer Concert Series & Beer Tasting Events
Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo Hosts Musical Guests and Local Craft Breweries to The Santa Ana Zoo The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo today announced the 2013 “Sunsets at the Zoo” Summer concert series sponsored by Villa Ford of Orange and “Brew at the Zoo” beer tasting events. Starting Sunday, June 9th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, the afterhour’s concert series and tasting events will feature live music, art by local artisans, Zoo animals, Train & Carrousel rides and offer an exclusive beer garden tasting experience, for adults 21 and over, raising funds to help the Zoo. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, blanket, family and friends and enjoy the concerts. Sunday, June 9: Ritmo, Sabor, y Estilo
Sunday, June 23: The Mighty Mojo Prophets
Sunday, July 7: Psykotik Reaktion
Sunday, July 21: Peggie Perkins “Brew at the Zoo” features a unique craft brew tasting experience from some of Orange County’s finest craft beer brewers. Guests can sample specialties from Stone Brewing & Tustin Brewing Co. - June 9, The Bruery - June 23, Valiant - July 7, and Old Orange Brewing Co. - July 21. Admission to Sunsets at the Zoo is $10 per person ages 3 and up. Zoo Members pay only $5 per person. Children under 3 are free. All proceeds raised from Brew at the Zoo, which include a minimum $10 donation per person, will benefit the Santa Ana Zoo. “Sunsets at the Zoo are a great Sunday summertime activity for friends, family, and couples looking to picnic together, while listening to live music and enjoying all the Zoo has to offer,” says Steve McGuigan, event organizer and Communications Chair for the Santa Ana Zoo Board of Directors. “We’re thrilled to showcase the craftsmanship of Orange County’s finest breweries at Brew at the Zoo” California residents and guests are invited to arrive early for Blues at the Zoo, a blues concert on the front lawn of the Zoo that takes place before Sunsets at the Zoo from 2 pm to 4 pm and is included with regular Zoo admission. The Santa Ana Zoo is home to more than 150 animals, including 50 of the most interesting and engaging monkeys and several endangered species, like the Golden Lion Tamarins. The gates open daily from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and children 3-12 years. Children under 3 are free. The Conservation Carrousel and Zoofari Express Train Rides are $3 each, and combo tickets are $5 each. Children under 2 are free to ride with paid adult on the Train and adults standing with children on the Carrousel are free. If you are entering the Zoo prior to 4:00 p.m. and will be attending our Sunset at the Zoo special event, there will be an additional charge to attend the event.
March 22, 2013
The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo to Host “Party for the Planet!
An Earth Day Celebration” on April 20 Honoring Earth Day, the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo, announced its annual Party for the PlanetTM event will take place Saturday, April 20 from 11:00am-2:00pm on the beautiful Santa Ana Zoo grounds, “Home of the 50 Monkeys.” Exclusive to AZA-accredited Zoos and Aquariums, Party for the Planet represents the largest shared Earth Day celebration in North America. Open to the public, the Zoo’s Party for the Planet is a fun-filled day that celebrates wildlife while promoting conservation and educating Zoo-goers about the different ways they can help protect the environment and “go green.” The event is FREE for FOSAZ Members and FREE for the general public with price of admission. Throughout the event, Zoo guests are welcome to participate in conservation-friendly crafts and fun games including bird bingo, as well as learn from hands-on demonstrations and education stations featuring recycling and sustainable living. The Conservation Carrousel and Zoofari Express Train Rides will be available for $3 each, and combo tickets for $5 each. Children under 2 are free to ride with paid adult on the Train and adults standing with children on the Carrousel are free. “The Santa Ana Zoo strives to lead by example when it comes to conservation, sustainability and going green,” says Debbie Friedman, FOSAZ President. “Party for the Planet allows us to share environmentally-friendly best practices with the community and show our guests first-hand the benefits of living green. From the drought-tolerant plants we grow, to the wood we select for use in our habitats—for us, conservation and protecting our environment is a personal and professional choice.” The 2013 Party for the Planet event marks the 12th year the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo has hosted an event in honor of Earth Day. Participants include the Bee Keeper, the Orange County Vector Control District, the Santa Ana City Water District and the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center. More information about the Zoo’s conservation efforts can be found at http://santaanazoo.org/attractg.htm.
Santa Ana Zoo Celebrates 61 Years!
"Wild Birthday Weekend" March 2-3 from 11am - 2pm The Santa Ana Zoo, “Home of the 50 Monkeys,” announced its 61st Birthday Celebration will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, March 2nd & Sunday, March 3rd 2013, on the Zoo grounds. Open to the public and FREE with the price of admission and FREE for FOSAZ Members, the two-day birthday celebration includes special animal guests, live music and entertainment from 11:00am-2:00pm. Children will enjoy singing happy birthday, eating cake sponsored by Knowlwood (first come, first served), watching the marvelous Guardette Dance Troupe and taking photos with SAZOO, the Zoo’s resident monkey mascot. Other family favorites included are Tierra de las Pampas, home to the new baby anteater, the Crean Family Farm and the Colorful Amazon Aviary! Additionally rides on the Conservation Carrousel, Zoofari Express Train and the new Rainforest Adventure Maze will be available for $3 each or $5 for a combo ticket. “For 61 years, the Santa Ana Zoo has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Southern California community, and we are proud to continue to share our appreciation and love of nature and wildlife with our Members and visitors,” says FOSAZ Executive Director Cathi Decker. “We are thrilled to host our Birthday Celebration and welcome everyone to enjoy all the Zoo has to offer!” The Santa Ana Zoo is home to more than 150 animals, including 50 of the most entertaining and engaging monkeys and several endangered species, like the Golden Lion Tamarins.
“Winter Wonderland” at the Santa Ana Zoo featuring “Holidays with the Critters” Come one, come all to our annual holiday family festival, “Winter Wonderland" and celebrate the most festive time of the year during Holidays at the Santa Ana Zoo from Dec. 1-31 at the Santa Ana Zoo, located at 1801 E. Chestnut Ave. Each one of us has holiday memories we cherish as parents, grandparents or friends, we honor our traditions and celebrations for one very special reason--to bring together the people we love and to create happy memories with them. Now is the time to get into the holiday spirit and plan a visit to the Santa Ana Zoo during this special time. See the beautiful decorations and enjoy the animals. Behold the magical decorations, faerie lights, and falling snow as you enter the park! You will relive the magic at Santa's Workshop, Sweet Shop and Post Office, as you notice the hand-made and designed decorations made out of 3-dimensional wood and individually painted. Experience the Zoofari Express and Conservation Carrousel lit up in their full holiday regale. After you gaze at the antics of the ever-mischievous monkeys, you can escape into another world at the Tierra de las Pampas Grasslands and rejoice the birth of the newborn anteater! Join us for a special evening, Holidays with the Critters on Saturday Dec. 15 from 5:30-8 PM. Price is $6 for General Admission and $3 for Members. The Zoo entrance and Farm area will feature live entertainment, exciting animal shows, sparkling lights and holiday decorations, games, holiday storytelling, fun interactive crafts, five “treat” stations with big prizes including an additional “prize” station. Conservation Carrousel and Zoofari Express Train Rides will be available for $3 each, and combo tickets for $5 each. Surprise your loved ones with animal themed gifts in our Treetop Toys Gift Shop and give the gift of a Membership for a full 12 months of family enjoyment at the Santa Ana Zoo! The Zoo is open daily from 10:00am-4:00pm. If you would like to become a Member of the Zoo, please call (714) 953-8555 x13. You can also join us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SantaAnaZoo and Facebook at www.facebook.com/Santa.Ana.Zoo.
Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park presents ZOOFARI 2012 On Saturday, August 25, 2012, from 5:30 PM-midnight, the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo, a non-profit organization, hosts the 20th annual Zoofari fundraising black-tie gala with a 1920’s theme entitled “Cats Meow.” Zoofari takes place at one of the most inspiring venues in Orange County, the Santa Ana Zoo. The evening includes free valet parking underwritten by Villa Ford, a fully hosted bar, delicious hors d’oeuvres, nifty entertainment, a “Roarin’ Ricky’s” bathtub gin-style signature drink, photo opportunity in a paddy-wagon, 1920’s-themed decorations by R.W.B. Party Props, and live and silent auctions. Glen Fladeboe, our prestigious auctioneer, leads the live auction, which is followed by a fully catered sit-down dinner from Parties by Panache, and concludes with dancing to “Soundbytes.” Co-chairs and emcees for the evening are OC Register columnist Frank Mickadeit and contributing columnist Barbara Venezia. This year’s Zoofari is the final fundraiser for the brand new ocelot exhibit, “Wild Cats of El Bosque Verde” (Wild Cats of the Green Forest). Ocelots are “exotic” wild cats from South America which are often described as “miniature cheetahs.” There are currently only 26 Brazilian ocelots in the United States. Scientists hope to increase that number to 120 in captivity by the year 2025. FOSAZ and Zoofari have played an intricate role in funding the continuing upgrades and improvements for the Santa Ana Zoo. At 5:45 PM there will be a special “Wild Cats of El Bosque Verde” Ocelot Exhibit Location “Reveal.” This will be the first time the public will be able to see the selected location where the ocelots will be housed before it is built. Drawings and designs of the new exhibit will be on display and available for filming and photography. Reservations are required. Marketing sponsorships and program ads are available. Tickets are $225.00 per person, or tables may be purchased for $2,250.00 for tables of 10. To find out more about this important fundraising event, sponsorship opportunities, or to reserve your seats, call (714) 953-8555 x10.
Santa Ana Zoo Celebrates 20th Anniversary of ZOOFARI 2012
Fundraiser will Help Raise Funds for Brazilian Ocelot Exhibit On Saturday, August 25, 2012, from 5:30 PM-midnight, the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo, a non-profit organization, celebrates the 20th annual Zoofari fundraising black-tie gala, with the a 1920’s theme “Cat’s Meow.” The event will be at the Santa Ana Zoo during one of Southern California’s hot summer nights. Special honorees this year are Mark and Shio Hui Harrison; Lucille and Mike Harrison; David Exline and Amos Bracero. They were instrumental in bringing the Pavement of Progress team together by meeting with designers, contractors and architects. This project resulted in the pathways and service roads at the Santa Ana Zoo to be eco-friendly and also provide improved accessibility for disabled guests and guests requiring mobile assistance. Co-chairs and emcees for the evening are OC Register columnist Frank Mickadeit and contributing columnist Barbara Venezia. This year Zoofari is continuing to raise money for a pair of Brazilian ocelots. Ocelots are “exotic” wild cats from South America often described as “miniature cheetahs.” There are currently only 26 Brazilian ocelots in the United States. Scientists hope to increase that number to 120 in captivity by the year 2025. At 5:45pm, a special “reveal” of the Ocelot location where the exhibit “Wild Cats of El Bosque Verde” (Wild Cats of the Green Forest) will be housed. This will be the first time the public will be able to see the exhibit location before it is built. Photo, Video and interview opportunities will be available (see below for visuals list). The evening includes valet parking underwritten by Villa Ford, a fully hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, a “Bathtub Gin” style signature drink, photo opportunity in a paddy-wagon, 1920s-themed decorations by R.W.B. Party Props, and live and silent auctions. Glen Fladeboe, is the honored host for the live auction, followed by a fully catered sit-down dinner by Parties by Panache and dancing to “Soundbytes.” Reservations are required. Marketing sponsorships and program ads are available. For reservations and information, contact The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo at (714) 953-8555 x-10. Video and Photo Opportunity for Press for Ocelot* Location “Reveal” - Along with the location of where the exhibit will be housed, footage and stills will be able to capture the drawings and designs of the new “Wild Cats of El Bosque Verde”. They will show:
ZOOFARI 2012 –“CATS MEOW”
August 25, 2012
5:30 PM to 12:00 AM (midnight)
Dining, dancing, and hosted bar
Tickets are $225.00 per person, or tables may be purchased for $2,250.00 for tables of 10.
(714) 953-8555 x10. *Ocelots may or may not be available day of reveal, subject to change.
Sunsets at the Zoo: Santa Ana Zoo’s Summer Concert Series On Sunday June 10th, Sunday June 24th, and Sunday July 15th 2012, the Santa Ana Zoo, located at 1801 E. Chestnut Ave, will host live music performances during the beautiful California sunset. Performing June 10th, we have The Crazy Boots Band. On June 24th the performance will be by The Mighty Mojo Prophets. The third Sunset, on July 15th will be by Peggie Perkins! Bring a picnic dinner, blanket, and your family and friends to enjoy an evening of animals, music, carrousel and train rides, and art from 5:30pm-7:30pm each night. Admission is $10 per person ages 3 & up, and half-price of just $5 for Zoo Members. Children under 3 are free. Santa Ana Zoo will also be offering “Specialty Tasting” during the Sunsets. June 10th will be Beer Tasting; June 24th will be Tequila Tasting. The Last Sunset will be Vodka Tasting. Each tasting will be $10 donation towards the Santa Ana Zoo. Come early and join us for Blues at the Zoo, a live blues concert on the front lawn of the Zoo. Blues at the Zoo concerts starts at 2:00pm and ends at 4:00pm. The June 10th performance will be by Bernie Pearl, June 24th by Babylon Blues and July 15th by MoneyMaker$. The Blues concerts are the only shows included with the price of regular Zoo admission: $8 for adults, $5 for children under 3 years, and Zoo Members are free.
Party for the Planet! On Saturday, April 14th, the Santa Ana Zoo, located at 1801 E. Chestnut Ave, is excited to celebrate Party for the Planet! This all-Zoo event promotes conservation and the environment and is open to the general public. Activities will take place from 11:00am-2:00pm, and is FREE with the price of admission for general public and FREE for Members. There will be education stations including Sea & Sage Audubon Society, Beekeepers Association, City of Santa Ana Water Department, conservation-friendly crafts, bird bingo, hands-on demonstrations and tips on recycling! This is one party you won’t want to miss! Conservation Carrousel and Zoofari Express Train Rides will be available for $3 each, and combo tickets for $5 each.
Santa Ana ZOO Celebrates 60 Years! On Saturday, March 10th & Sunday, March 11th 2012, the Santa Ana Zoo, home of the 50 monkeys, located at 1801 E. Chestnut Ave, is excited to celebrate its 60th birthday. The activities will take place from 11:00am-2:00pm on both days rain or shine, and the event is FREE with the price of admission for general public and FREE for Members. There will be spectacular train displays by Del Oro Pacific Railroad Club, birthday themed crafts, animal presentations, and entertaining puppet shows. Live entertainment will be supplied by Images Dance Company, the Guardettes, Sunshine Generation, and DJ Steve McGuigan. SAZOO will even get his 60th birthday cake, donated by the Zoo’s very own Café in the Park, Knowlwoods! It’s going to be the wildest birthday bash of the year and it’s practically in your back yard. $3 Wristbands will be available to ride unlimited rides on the Conservation Carrousel and Zoofari Express Train from 11am-4pm.
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