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December 15th & 16th, 2018
"Snow Days with the Critters" Storms into Town at the Santa Ana Zoo

"Snow Days with the Critters," the Santa Ana Zoo's exciting winter event, welcomes visitors to the Zoo during the weekend of Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16 from 11 AM - 2 PM, rain or shine. The event is included with the price of admission and is FREE for children 2 and under, as well as for members of the Zoo. On Sunday, December 16, Santa Ana residents can visit the Zoo and enjoy this event for FREE! Proof of residency is required.

"Snow Days" is an annual all-Zoo event welcoming winter and celebrating the joys of the season, including snow! Watch animals receive icy treats and snow enrichment, listen to festive music, enjoy the winter decorations, discover how animals adapt to surviving in freezing environments, create cool crafts, and listen to delightful winter stories. There will even be a special area set aside for children of all ages to play in "snow." Snow enrichment for the animals is being generously provided by Kona Ice, and they will also have their delicious and colorful shaved ice for purchase at the Zoo!

Shop for the holiday season with an extra discount during the "White Elephant Sale" at the Treetop Toys Gift Shop on both days.

"Snow Days with the Critters are engaging, high-energy days created to bring together family and friends to learn more about animals and support the Zoo's ongoing conservation efforts," says David Exline, FOSAZ Board President. "Add to the mix our Zoofari Express Train ride, the Conservation Carrousel, Fifty Monkey Ferris Wheel, our popular playgrounds next to the new Bean Sprouts Cafe and our picnic tables, and you've got the makings for a great day!"

As an added treat, guests will enjoy decorations with a frosty theme and falling snow as they enter the gate. Beautiful, original hand-crafted adornments are perfect for pictures and depict many holiday favorites including Santa's Workshop, Sweet Shop and Post Office cut outs of 3-dimensional wood, all individually designed and painted by Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ) Board Member Rip Ribble.

September 13, 2018
It's Boo Time at the Santa Ana Zoo!
OC's Premier Halloween Event for Kids

Mark your calendars, grab your costumes, and join us for our annual "merry not scary" Boo at the Zoo, OC's Premier Halloween Event for Kids.

The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo present the 28th Annual Boo at the Zoo located at the Santa Ana Zoo. The event will take place from 5:30 PM to 8 PM on Saturday, October 20; Sunday, October 21; Saturday, October 27; and Sunday, October 28, 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. This will be our second year proudly supporting the OC Teal Pumpkin Project, ensuring kids with food allergies are presented with friendly treats and takeaways! Guests will also be able to participate in our nightly costume parade, led by SAZOO (our monkey mascot).

Our exciting "Boofari" Express Train, Conservation Carrousel and brand new Fifty Monkey Ferris Wheel 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 $19.95 per non-member ages 3 and up, and only $9.95 per Zoo Member ages 3 and up. Bonus: Children under the age of 3 are free. Join as a Member to receive your half price tickets! "Boofari" Express Train, Carrousel and Ferris Wheel rides will be available for an extra charge. Food and drinks will be available for purchase nightly.

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 at www.santaanazoo.org (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. So grab your costume and we'll see YOU at the BOO at the Santa Ana ZOO!

May 30, 2018
Santa Ana Zoo 2018 Summer Concert Series & Zoo After-Hours Dates Announced
OC Residents Get Ready to Swing into Summer with a Cool Line Up of Musical Talent and Local Craft Breweries; First Concert is Sunday, June 24th at 5:30 pm

The Santa Ana Zoo's "Sunsets at the Zoo" after hours summer concert series are back by popular demand. Sponsored by Guaranty Chevrolet of Santa Ana & the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ), the Zoo's first summer concert and brew-tasting event will take place Sunday, June 24th at 5:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.santaanazoo.org or at the gate on the night of the event.

In addition to enjoying live music from local artists and bands under the California sky, Sunsets at the Zoo offers a unique, after-hours experience to see the Home of the 50 Monkeys' animal residents prepare for their evening activities. Guests may also purchase tickets to ride the Zoofari Express Train, the Zoo's brand new 50 Monkey Ferris Wheel, and the Conservation Carrousel that evening when the lines are shorter.

"The combination of Sunsets at the Zoo and Brew at the Zoo makes for an event every generation will love," said Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo Board President David Exline. "It's awesome to experience the Zoo after hours, while listening to live music and taking in the beauty of the grounds and gardens. You can also get some incredible photos to share with friends and save for the holidays!"

During the event, guests can take part in a silent auction and craft brew-tasting experience from a handful of Orange County's finest craft beer brewers (additional charge, valid ID required). Zoo members and guests are encouraged to bring their cameras, pack a picnic or purchase food items at the outdoor concert in the park. All proceeds raised this year will go towards the Zoo's fundraising for the Golden Headed Lion Tamarin monkey expansion.

Event dates are:
  • Sunday, June 24, 5:30-7:30 PM:
    • Brew: Stereo Brewing in Placentia, Stone, Tustin Brewing Company
    • Band: Full Spectrum (60's-70's)
  • Sunday, July 8, 5:30-7:30 PM:
    • Brew: Cismontane, The Good Beer Co., Left Coast
    • Band: Doo-Wah Riders (country)
  • Sunday, July 22, 5:30-7:30 PM:
    • Brew: The Bruery, Bootleggers, Gunwhale, Network Brewing
    • Food: Taco Brat
    • Band: 80's Band
"Sunsets at the Zoo and Brew at the Zoo are simple, fun-loving summertime activities you'll cherish and want to share with others," says Amos Bracero, Event Coordinator for the Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo. "We're thrilled to once again welcome local artists and showcase the craftsmanship of Orange County's finest breweries at Sunsets and Brew at the Zoo."

Admission to Sunsets at the Zoo is $19.95 per person ages 3 & up, and $9.95 for FOSAZ Members. Children under 3 are free. The cost to enjoy the Brew at the Zoo tasting experience is an additional $15 donation per person and reserved for adults 21 and over with valid IDs.

The Santa Ana Zoo is home to more than 260 animals, including 60 of the most interesting and engaging monkeys and several endangered species. The parking, park and grounds are wheel-chair accessible. The Zoo is beautifully landscaped and showcases a wide array of succulents, flowers and other conservation-friendly varietals. Inside the Zoo there is a wonderful playground with nearby seating for parents and guardians. Also available throughout the Zoo are picnic tables and rest areas, and tons of shade.

Open daily from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. To become a Member of the Zoo, please call (714) 953-8555 x13. The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is located at 1801 East Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701.

May 2, 2018
Santa Ana Zoo's "Party for the Planet" Earth Day Celebration is May 20
Santa Ana Community Members Receive Free Admission to Annual Event with Proof of Residency

The Santa Ana Zoo today announced its annual Party for the Planet event will take place Sunday May 20, 2018, from 12 noon to 3:00 pm on the beautiful Santa Ana Zoo grounds locally known as the "Home of the 50 Monkeys." Themed around Earth Day and Endangered Species Day, Party for the Planet represents the largest shared eco-celebration in North America.

Open to the public, Party for the Planet is a fun-filled day that celebrates wildlife while promoting conservation and educating Zoo guests about the different ways they can explore and help protect the environment. The event is FREE for FOSAZ Members and included in the price of general admission. Santa Ana locals with proof of residency are welcome to join the Zoo's Party for the Planet free of charge.

Throughout the event, Zoo guests can create conservation-themed crafts and play fun games, as well as learn from hands-on demonstrations and education stations featuring animals, recycling, sustainable living and a variety of special guests including the City of Santa Ana Water Resources Division, Fullerton Arboretum and other community organizations. Guests of all ages will enjoy partying their way around the zoo and discovering ways to connect with and protect the natural world around them.

"This year's Party for the Planet event marks the 16th year the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo has hosted an event in honor of Earth Day," said Cathi Decker, Executive Director. "We're excited to welcome FOSAZ members, Zoo visitors and Santa Ana residents to celebrate with us on May 20th and enjoy all the Santa Ana Zoo and our special guests have to offer."

Adding to the celebration are the eco-friendly, electric powered Zoofari Express Train rides and the Conservation Carrousel rides. Ride tickets run from $3 up and discount ticket books are available to FOSAZ Members. Children under 2 ride free with paid adult on the Train and adults standing with children on the Carrousel are free. Guests will also enjoy the Zoo's eco-friendly facility improvements including upgrades to the Exploration Outpost, playground, gardens, and new drinking and water bottle refill stations.

The Santa Ana Zoo is home to more than 260 animals, including many interesting and engaging endangered species such as the Golden Lion Tamarin and ocelot. The Zoo is open daily from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. To become a Member of the Zoo, please call (714) 953-8555 x13. The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is located at 1801 East Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701.

February 8, 2018
Santa Ana ZOO Welcomes Community to Annual Birthday Bash
Local Neighborhood Zoo to Celebrate 66th Birthday Saturday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 4th from 11am - 2 pm

The Santa Ana Zoo, "Home of the 50 Monkeys," today announced its 66th wild animal birthday celebration will take place Saturday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 4th on the Zoo grounds from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. You came as a kid, now come back with yours. Live music, parking and entertainment are included in the cost of general admission. Zoo members and children under age 3 are free.

Throughout the event, guests will enjoy miniature train displays by Del Oro Pacific and have the opportunity to sing "Happy Birthday" and learn more about animals from all around the world including giant anteaters, camels, lemurs, ocelots, sloths and the world's smallest monkeys!

SAZOO, the Zoo's resident monkey mascot and honorary OC celebrity, will also be on hand to engage, entertain and take photos with guests. At 12:30 pm each day, Zoo guests will enjoy a ceremony and singing to SAZOO, followed by a piece of birthday cake, compliments of Knowlwood Cafe, while supplies last.

During the party, birthday guests will love visiting the Crean Family Farm and the Colorful Amazon Aviary. Zoofari Express Train Ride and Conservation Carrousel tickets are available for an additional cost. Children under 3 are free to ride with paid adult on the train and adults standing with children on the Carrousel are free. The Zoo's conservation friendly playground and multiple picnic areas are also open to guests at no additional charge.

"For 66 years The Santa Ana Zoo has remained one of Southern California's most memorable places for families and friends to come together, enjoy wildlife and learn about conservation and the wonders of nature," says FOSAZ Executive Director Cathi Decker. "We are thrilled to once again share our birthday celebration with the community and our growing family of wild animal friends!"

The Santa Ana Zoo is home to more than 260 animals, including 60 of the most interesting and engaging monkeys and several endangered species. The Zoo is open daily from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. To become a Member of the Zoo, please call (714) 953-8555 x13. The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is located at 1801 East Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701.

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