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"Holidays with the Critters" at the Santa Ana Zoo

Come one, come all to our annual holiday family festival, "Holidays with the Critters," at the Santa Ana Zoo, located at 1801 E. Chestnut Ave. This magical event is open to everyone and takes place on Saturday, December 18th and Sunday, December 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, rain or shine...or, if the rumors are true, snow at the Santa Ana Zoo!

Sponsored by Marshall & Associates Financial Services, Inc., the event features live entertainment provided by DJ Steve McGuigan, exciting animal shows, beautiful light displays, roaming carolers, holiday storytelling, and special gifts! Along with fun interactive crafts and holiday decorations, the Zoo entrance and Farm area will feature five "treat" stations including an additional "prize" station! Admission to this winter wonderland is only $6 per person or $3 per Zoo Member. December 18th is City of Santa Ana Night and Seniors Night when Santa Ana city residents, employees, and all seniors (60+) get in for free. Additionally, December 19th is Member Appreciation Night when Santa Ana Zoo Members get in for free. Conservation Carrousel and Zoofari Express Train Rides will be available for $3 each, and combo tickets for $5 each.

20th Annual Boo at the Zoo

The Santa Ana Zoo, located at 1801 E. Chestnut Ave, presents the 20th Annual Boo at the Zoo! This 5 night event will be held Friday-October 22nd, Saturday-October 23rd, Sunday-October 24th, Friday-October 29th, and Saturday-October 30th, from 5:30pm-8:00pm, rain or shine. Admission is $12 per person ages 2 & up, and only $6 per Zoo Member.

Boo at the Zoo is one of the safest places for young children to trick-or-treat for Halloween. It's a "Merry not Scary" family fun event, and everyone is encouraged to come in costume! See the Zoo all decorated and lit up for this family friendly holiday! You will also be able to meet and learn about our interesting nocturnal animal friends with live encounters and enjoyable education programs. Plus, there is no better place to hear happy Halloween tales from costumed storytellers, play fun games, sing along with Halloween music, join in creative crafts, and get your photo taken with a spooky SAZOO, our monkey mascot!

The "Boo"fari Express Train Ride will be making its way around the tracks and the animals of the Conservation Carrousel will be happily carrying riders. Each ride can be purchased for $3 or a combo train/carrousel ticket for $5. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be for sale. To avoid the lines, will-call tickets are available online at www.santaanazoo.org (valid any night of the event, non-refundable - bring receipt to Will Call on the night of the event). You may also purchase tickets at the main gate on the night you attend. For more information about this event, please call (714) 953-8555, or click here.

African Safaris

The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo announce three exceptional African safaris. The first safari departs June 10, 2010 for 12 days to see the amazing wildebeest and zebra migration in the Serengeti. The second safari departs, June 20 for 13 days and highlights the best Kenya has to offer. Long considered to be the ultimate safari experience in East Africa, these two countries features diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife, including the big five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. These safaris can be taken separately, or combined for a longer safari experience.

The third safari departs November 8, 2010 for 11 days for the renowned Okavango Delta and Linyanti Reserve of Botswana, the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, and finishes at the spectacular Victoria Falls in Zambia. In addition to incredible wildlife, this trip includes night game runs, mokoro dugout canoe excursions, and romantic sundowners.

Cost: Tanzania, $6,295; Kenya, $4,695; Botswana/Namibia/Zambia, $6,595. All are priced per person, double occupancy, land only, but includes all meals while on safari and guides. Travelers may make their own international air arrangements or it can be provided at $2,300 additional per person. Accommodations on both trips are in small secluded tented camps or thatched cottages that offer the perfect combination of luxury, atmosphere, privacy, and attentive service. All arrangements are through Classic Escapes an internationally recognized tour company based in New York that specializes in photographic eco-safaris for zoos and museums. The safaris are fully escorted by retired Santa Ana Zoo Director Ron Glazier who has lead 15 African safaris. An optional post-extension to Kenya's Tsavo West and Amboseli Parks is available at $2,495 with the Kenya safari. An optional post-extension to Cape Town is available at $2,395 with the Botswana safari.

For a complete itinerary or more information contact Ron Glazier, 360-933-1737, 360-319-4617 (cell), or e-mail [email protected]; or Classic Escapes 1-800-627-1244, email [email protected].

Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park and Co-Chairs Ed Arnold and Sandy Segerstrom-Daniels present ZOOFARI 2010 "Hot Egyptian Nights"

Santa Ana - On Saturday, August 28, 2010, from 5:30 PM-midnight, the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo, a non-profit organization, celebrates the 18th annual Zoofari fundraising gala, "Hot Egyptian Nights." Co-chairs Ed Arnold and Sandy Segerstrom-Daniels welcome guests to attend in their sharpest black ties and sparkling evening gowns (or safari wear) and explore the long lost tomb of the ancient Egyptian god SA ZUU!

Zoofari takes place each year during one of California's famous hot and steamy summer nights at the most inspiring venue in Orange County, the Santa Ana Zoo. This year, the glamorous evening begins with free valet parking sponsored by Villa Ford, a hosted bar by Fosters and Southern Wine, appetizers, and our signature drink, "Cleopatra's Kiss". The event continues with a fully catered sit-down dinner by Parties by Panache, animal encounters, and live and silent auctions for wonderful trips, golf outings, and spectacular gifts. Zoofari guests can expect to enjoy an evening under the stars with great food, drink, Egyptian Decor provided by R.W.B. Party Props, live music, dancing to the sounds of "Class of '69," and a special photo opportunity with our visiting camels, Noah & Kaleb!

Zoofari has played an intricate role in funding the continuing upgrades and improvements of the only AZA-accredited zoo in Orange County. Tickets are $225 per person or $2250 per table. Reservations are required. Marketing sponsorships and program ads are available.

Sunsets at the Zoo: Santa Ana Zoo's Summer Concert Series

On Sunday June 13th, Sunday June 27th, and Sunday July 18th, the Santa Ana Zoo, located at 1801 E. Chestnut Ave, will host live music performances during the beautiful California sunset. The event kicks off with The Peggie Perkins Trio on June 13, followed by The Ron Kobayashi Trio on June 27; closing out the series on July 18 is Elnora and Sumthin' Cooking. Bring a picnic dinner, blanket, and your family and friends to enjoy an evening of animals, $1 train and carrousel rides, music and art from 5:30pm-7:30pm each night. The Sunsets are sponsored by Villa Ford, Parties by Panache and RWB Party Props Inc. Admission is $10 per person ages 3 & up, and half-price of just $5 for Zoo Members. Children under 3 are free.

Come early and join us for Blues at the Zoo, a live blues concert on the front lawn of the Zoo. We start the series on June 13 with The Mighty Mojo Prophets, followed by The Blues Cruisers on June 27, and close out with Big Son, Mighty Mitch, & Friends on July 18. Blues at the Zoo concerts begin at 3:00pm and the shows are included with the price of regular Zoo admission: $8 for adults, $5 for children, under 3 years and Zoo Members are free.

Grand Opening of a New Major Expansion at the Santa Ana Zoo
Tierra de las Pampas

On Saturday, April 17, the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park, located at 1801 E. Chestnut Ave, will celebrate the grand opening of its spectacular "Tierra de las Pampas" exhibit.

The Tierra de las Pampas (meaning "Land of the Grasses") exhibit occupies the northwestern corner of the Santa Ana Zoo. This is the first of four major biomes (grasslands, forests, wetlands and deserts) that will join the Crean Family Farm to establish five unique themed areas in the Zoo.

Visitors to the Zoo will encounter two new multi-species exhibits and experience the wonders of the South American grasslands. The first of these areas will house a breeding pair of Giant Anteaters, who range from 6 to 8 feet long, weigh up to 160 pounds and have sticky tongues that can extend 24 inches outside the mouth at a rate of 150 times a minute!

The second will house the Greater Rheas, the largest known American birds, who are flightless but have keen eyesight and hearing. Joining them will be the Guanacos, the tallest wild mammals of South America, which can spit up to six feet with a particularly uncanny aim.

Visitors will learn to fully appreciate the "pampas" through education nodes, interpretive graphics and interactive elements (physical and tactile). The majestic Ombu tree serves as a landmark for this beautiful realm. It can grow up to 60' tall and is a "survivor" because its wood is soft and spongy, retaining nearly 80% of available water. And it is not grazed upon because its sap is poisonous! The Pampas is considered to be one of the most endangered habitats on earth due to extensive livestock grazing and farming practices that make it one of the richest cultivated regions in the world but that also are threats to its existence.

This endangered land will be available to guests right here in their own community when visiting the urban oasis that is the Santa Ana Zoo.

Santa Ana ZOO Celebrates 58 Years!

On Saturday, March 6th & Sunday, March 7th, the Santa Ana Zoo, home of the 50 monkeys, located at 1801 E. Chestnut Ave, is excited to celebrate its 58th birthday. The activities will take place from 11:00am-2:00pm, and the event is FREE with the price of admission for general public and FREE for Members.

There will be crafts, animal presentations, cake (first come, first served), entertainment, music, a spectacular modular train display by Del Oro Pacific Railroad Club and so much more! It's going to be the wildest birthday bash of the year and it's practically in your back yard. 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.

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