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Friends of Santa Ana Zoo Recognized by the City of Santa Ana for Community Development

The City of Santa Ana recognized the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo, a non-profit organization established in 1975 to support the Zoo, with a 2010 Community Building Award from the Community Development Resource Network for their significant contribution in community outreach and building relationships with the residents of Santa Ana. The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo were acknowledged under the Organizational Partner Project in the Category of Chief Executive/Organizational Leader.

Certificates of Recognition were presented to Cathi Decker, Executive Director, and Steve McGuigan, Executive Board Member, representing the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo, for their dedication and leadership to “Help Build A Better Community” from Santa Ana Mayor, Miguel Pulido; Supervisor, First District and Chair, Board of Supervisors, Janet Nguyen; Assemblyman, 68th District, Van Tran; State Assemblyman, Jose Solorio; State Senator, 34th District, Lou Correa; and United States Congress Member, Loretta Sanchez.

The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo began with a group of volunteers who collected feed coins from the Farm area and donated the funds to Zoo improvements. Over the past 35 years, FOSAZ has grown and expanded, running many of the current Zoo’s operations, including the Gift Shop, Party Rentals, Train and Carrousel Rides and Membership Program. FOSAZ also is responsible for all of the events, marketing and fundraising for the Zoo and works cooperatively with the City in exhibit development, strategic directions and long range planning. Executive Director Cathi Decker commented, “Our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers are extremely dedicated to the improvements of the Zoo that affect the visitor experience and the animals who live at the Zoo. We are honored to be recognized for what we do every day.”


The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the pending arrival of two unpardoned Presidential Turkeys raised by Foster Farms. These two lucky fellows not only escaped a “delicious fate” of not being chosen as official turkeys selected to be pardoned by the President, but also escaped becoming your turkey dinner.

Each year at Thanksgiving, the President of the United States pardons two National Thanksgiving Turkeys during an official White House Ceremony. This ceremony signals the beginning of the holiday season.

Our very own local Santa Ana Zoo decided to pardon two of the unpardoned turkeys and give them new life in our Crean Family Farm. Several other fortunate birds went to the Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose and Big Thunder Ranch at Disneyland.

Our two lucky turkeys will soon make their debut at the Zoo and join our other Farm animals in the Crean Family Farm, an interactive area for children to play and learn about farm life. They will be fed corn and soy and live in comfort for the rest of their lives. You can come and visit these two “timely toms” during Zoo operating hours and celebrate their death-cheating ways.

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